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10 of the best pizza places in Rome

Rome-based food blogger Katie Parla eats her way around the Italian capital’s tastiest pizzerias

• As featured in our Rome city guide

Hop off the Metro A near its southeastern end and walk a few blocks northeast for what many tout as Rome’s best pizza. At Sforno, the pizzas have a thick rim and elastic body (similar to the Neapolitan style), an anatomy that is essential for containing their dense toppings. But before jumping into the pizza, begin with fritti (fried starters), like suppli’ alla gricia, a fried rice ball with cured pork jowl, pecorino cheese, and black pepper, a combination inspired by a Roman pasta. The cacio e pepe pizza also takes its cue from a local pasta dish; it is topped with a thick layer of pecorino cheese and coarsely ground black pepper. Wash it down with one of the dozens of craft beers on Sforno’s menu.
Via Statilio Ottato 110-116; +39 06 715 46118, sforno.it. Closed Sun; dinner only

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10 of the best open spaces in Rome

Rome tour guide John Fort finds some favourite places in the city to wander in peace and tranquillity

• As featured in our Rome city guide

Dominated by that magificent monument to papal hubris, the 16th-century Palazzo Farnese, now the French embassy, and the twin fountains created out of enormous Roman granite bathtubs, the largest in existence, the Piazza Farnese is one of the finest outdoor drawing rooms of the city. To enjoy the square, either sit on the stone benches which run along the façade of the palace, or take a cup of coffee in the Caffè Farnese at the corner with Via dei Baullari. You could also settle down for a good meal at the restaurant in the corner, Ar Galletto, an old-fashioned trattoria serving classic Roman dishes (closed on Sundays).
Piazza Farnese

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