Hype can be a scary thing. The expectations set up a perfect storm of pressure that can make even the best-laid plans crumble. Luckily, Seu Pizza Illuminati lives up to the excited anticipation.
The modern pizzeria recently opened in the Porta Portese area of Trastevere and it is oh-so-good.
The pizzeria is named after its founder – Pier Daniele Seu.
His “Enlightened” approach to pizza has to do with ingredients, but also with design and ambiance. So Seu Pizza is not just your run of the mill pizzeria – it is modern, with cool white marble and slick black finishings.
But of course, you come for the food.
We started with Seu Pizza Illuminati’s fritti.
A frittatina of cacio e pepe, fried eggplant parmigiana (“parmiggggianina”) and a carbonara supplì.
The eggplant parm was one of the better fried things I have had in my life. Next time? I would not share it. I would get it all for my greedy self.
There is also craft beer and wine to wash it all down – but really you come for the pizza.
The pizza menu is divided into “must haves” (like marinara and Margherita), “old school” (as in diavola), and “Seu.”
Obviously, we went straight to the Seu.
Look. At. That. Crust.
I went with the Margherita Gialla, and I picked well. It has yellow pomodorini (tomatoes), with smoked provola and mint. The smokey cheese was perfect with the occasional fresh hit of mint.
It was a beautiful pizza.
Sara opted for the carbonara pizza.
The guanciale was perfectly crisped and the drizzle of eggy-cream that is rich without being so heavy that you can’t finish the whole thing.
And that crust again.
Anyways – I’m not really sure why you are still reading. You should be calling to make a reservation now.
Yes, you definitely need a reservation. And I’ll probably see you there because I am still thinking about that provola.
Seu Pizza Illuminati
Via Angelo Bargoni, 10-18
Rome, Italy (Trastevere)
Phone: 327 413 7031 or 06 588 3384
Closed Tuesday. Open every other day from 7 pm to midnight.
P.S. If you are looking for other new restaurants in Rome, I wrote about the latest openings for Puntarella Rossa.
P.P.S. Love pizza and know Italian? Then you need to be reading Pizza On the Road.