I love to see that the Roman street food scene is alive and well even after so much upheaval in the food industry in the past year. Amerina La Pizzetta is a delightful new space offering small personal pizzas in one the most beautiful small piazzas in Rome. So it really has pizzette (small round pizzas) in the piazzetta (small square).
Tucked away in the corner right next to my favorite tiny church, Santa Barbara dei Librari. Amerina is right off of Via Giubbonari and a few minutes walk from Campo de’ Fiori. While pizza al taglio (pizza cut to order by the slice) is a staple in Rome, the simple format of tiny pizzas made to order or picked to take away is a bit different.
Amerina uses a mix of flours and high quality, even some Slow Food, ingredients to make everything from classic Margherita to more gourmet pizzas like caramelized onion, sweet pepper, and olive.
The dough goes through 72 hours of fermentation and rising before it is spread into the tiny personal pans and quickly cooked to the absolutely perfect crunch.
The street food spot is named for the owner’s grandmother, who used to take him to eat these small style pizzette when he visited her as a child in Pescara. The personal pan pizzas actually hail from there, so they are an Abruzzo tradition. However, the format fits perfectly in Rome.
There was no simple pizza rossa ready so they made it to order for my three-year-old son in about 4 minutes (“also less” the sweet girl working at the counter promised us).
Prices for the 7 in (18 cm) pizzas start at €2.50 for the bianca and go up to €5.50 depending on the toppings. The idea is that you can eat as many as you like, mixing and matching the small plates to sample a variety of flavors. It also means this is the perfect stop for a small meal and an amazing price right in the middle of the city. Our two pizzas plus water came to €7.50.
Amerina La Pizzetta is directly across from Dar Filettaro, which means you have two of Rome’s best places to eat for cheap on the exact same square. No reservations are needed. Simply stop by, order a glass of wine, and pick out enough little pizzas to satisfy any craving.
Amerina La Pizzetta
Largo dei Librari 82
Rome, Italy (Centro Storico)
Closed Monday. Open 11 am – 10 pm Tuesday – Sunday.