There are two Roscioli’s in Rome, one is an upmarket restaurant selling some of the best, most innovative food in the city, while the other is a slightly more modest forno (bakery), which sells breads, pizzas, pastries and at lunchtime some amazing sandwiches, Roman pasta dishes and typical salads of the region.
Not to be confused with its sister restaurant, which is just around the corner, Il Forno Roscioli has a legendary status among the overwhelming majority of Romans. Most of the locals believe that Roscioli is the place to go for pizza al taglio (pizza by the slice) and its lunchtime specials are pretty highly regarded too.
Personally I’m not completely convinced, both the pizza rossa and the pizza bianco have an unusual taste and are extremely salty, personally, I would always go for the pizzas from the Forno Campo De’ Fiori just around the corner, which in my honest opinion is far superior. But don’t let me put you off, the institution that is Roscioli is still well worth a visit, mainly for its incredible porchetta sandwiches, freshly made pastas and seasonal salads which are all amazing. But be prepared to pay a bit extra for the luxury though, I wouldn’t go as far as to say that Roscioli is expensive, but it’s a lot more pricey than the majority of places in the area. You’ve been warned.
Address: 34 Via dei Chiavari, 00186 Rome
Website: Il Forno Roscioli
Open: Mon-Fri 7:30am-8pm, Sat 7:30am-2:30pm