Rome: Pizzeria Dal Paino, Piazza Navona

pizza alla capricciosa
I wasn’t giving up. I still wanted to find great pizza in Italy. My search took us to Pizzeria Baffeto which was in several lists of ‘must eats’ in Rome.

What I neglected to read on my research was the opening hours of Baffeto. No wonder there were no lines, the pizzeria was open for dinner only.
Pizzeria Baffeto

It’s a good thing they had a suggestion for an alternative. They even included business cards inside.
Pizzeria Dal Paino

So we went to look for Hosatria Pizzeria Dal Paino which was just around the corner.
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The wood burning oven looked promising.

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We ordered 2 pieces of fried zucchini flowers since Sharon didn’t want any but the kind waiter gave us 3 pieces. I’m glad he did since it was fantastic. It was freshly cooked so the cheese inside was melted and gooey while the thin batter gave the zucchini flowers a nice crunch.
Pizzeria Dal Paino - fiori di zucca (zucchini flowers) €2.50
fiori di zucca (zucchini flowers) €2.50

Our pizza alla capricciosa had tomatoes, mozzarella, mushrooms, artichokes, sausage, peppers, onions, and a fried egg on top. It was the best pizza we had in Italy but it’s not as good as some pizzas I”ve eaten in Manila or the US. I guess I’m just used to ‘Americanized’ pizza.
pizza alla capricciosa €9
pizza alla capricciosa €9

The crust was really thin and crisp the way I liked it but the toppings were a little dry and there wasn’t very much cheese. I guess this is as good as pizza gets in Rome.
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The pizza Margherita was simple and good too.
pizza Margherita €6
pizza Margherita €6

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Pizzeria Dal Paino's menu
Pizzeria Dal Paino’s menu (click to enlarge)

This store’s signs caught my attention.

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Too much?!
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Too Much store

After lunch we walked to Piazza Navona.
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Fountain of the Four Rivers
Fountain of the Four Rivers

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There were many tourists in Piazza Navona but only two umbrella toting Asians.

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Our next stop was the 400 year old Officina Profumo – Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella, one of the world’s oldest pharmacies.
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Their perfumes are the most popular products.

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I didn’t know they made jams too.

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Pizzeria Dal Paino
Via Di Parione 34/35, 00186 Rome, Italy
telephone: 06-68-135-140

Officina Profumo – Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella
Corso Rinascimento, 47 Rome, Italy
telephone: +39 06 6879608
website

One thought on “Rome: Pizzeria Dal Paino, Piazza Navona

  1. Leslie, does in Italy serve pizzas with cornmeal on the botton crust? It must more in San Francisco for every pizza shops I go to have it. Like Dutch Crunch Bread it more popular in San Francisco than any where else. Guess we like more texture to our food.

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