Food and drink
As well as classic toppings like capricciosa and quattro formagi, Sforno offers some real gourmet options like the Greenwich – mozzarella, stilton and reduced Port sauce – or the parmigiana, which takes the classic ‘melanzane alla parmigiana’ recipe (aubergines and tomatoes baked with parmesan) and adapts it to a pizza. In addition, there’s a bigger than usual selection of the kind of entrées that Roman pizzerias traditionally lay on – bruschettas (including a ‘Greek salad’ version) and fried finger-food like potato croquettes or filetti di baccalà (cod in batter) – all done in light versions using the very best ingredients and olive oil. Daily specials are listed on a blackboard. The wine list would be the envy of many upmarket restaurants, and there’s also a good selection of artisanal Italian and European beers.
Once past the contemporary shopfront, it’s fairly traditional inside, with terracotta floor tiles and green checked tablecloths.
Friendly and dependable.
Though it’s way out on the south-eastern edge of Rome, the restaurant is fairly easy to reach as it’s near the end of the A metro line: take it in the direction of Anagnina and get off at the Subaugusta stop. Walk past the entrance to the Cinecittà studios; Via Statilio Ottato is the second on the right.
A gourmet starter, a pizza and a speciality beer will set you back around 20 euros a head.
If you don't want to trek out to the Tuscolana district, the people behind Sforno recently opened a takeaway pizza outlet called 00100 in central Testaccio with the same gourmet approach. It's at Via Giovanni Branca 88, and is open daily from noon to 11pm. See www.00100pizza.com for details.
- Backpackers / Students
- Families with teenagers
- First-time travellers
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