Eating At Bonci Pizzarium

Bonci Pizzarium was a place I discovered thanks to the taste buds of one of my favourite foodies: Nikki.

Nikki’s blog and taste buds have guided me in many of my city adventures, and Italy was no different. The minute I announced that S and I were heading to Rome, notifications popped up with recommendations of places I should go to eat – and Bonci Pizzarium was one of them.

Bonci Pizzarium is the creation of Gabriele Bonci – somebody who’s been dubbed as the king of good and fair pizza by almost every publication. He believes in quality without compromise, supporting agriculture and using only the freshest and most natural ingredients, where possible.

But at the time, I didn’t know any of this.

I knew two things: that S and I loved good pizza, and Nikki had suggested a place where we could find just that.

We had spent the morning roaming around St Peter’s Square in Vatican City, before deciding that we’d be better off doing a tour because the queues were INSANE. Just as we were walking away, the familiar pang of hunger struck and a few minutes later and we were there: Bonci Pizzarium.

People stood outside huddled around tables chatting animatedly as they tucked in and the smell of freshly baked dough hits your senses from across the street.

The process of ordering at Bonci is simple.
You take a number, wait your turn and then choose your pizza slices.
All of the pizzas are cut with scissors, enabling you to choose exactly how much of each you’d like to try.

Or if you’re me, you ponder over the choices for way too long, before deciding to try a little bit of lots of things, before paying for your pizza by weight.

We were fortunate that it wasn’t too busy when we arrived and opted to eat our pizza out the front, making the most of the warmer temperatures.

The pizzas at Bonci are different to those I’ve eaten before. Not just because of the flavour combinations (some were amazing, and some I wasn’t blown away by) but because the base was a different texture to what I’m used to.

It was bubbly, with crisp outers and a fluffy inner which, upon Googling, I’ve discovered is because it’s left to rise for 72 hours. This change to the dough provides a pizza experience like no other.

We stood there chatting away until we could stomach no more, before continuing on to battle the carb-bloat that was about to arrive. If you’d like to do the same you can find Bonci Pizzeria at Via Della Meloria, 43, 00136 Roma RM, Italy

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Have you ever been to Bonci Pizzarium?
What were your thoughts on the pizza?