As soon as you arrive in Rome, you’ll almost certainly get lost. Maybe you have an excellent sense of direction or a guidebook filled with maps—neither of these apply in Rome. Maybe you have a destination in mind—you might find it eventually. The thing is, everywhere you look, there’s an amazing architectural spectacle, a fascinating piece of history, a tiny street lined with inviting trattorias, or an avenue with endless ancient espresso bars. You will become distracted and enraptured, and you will love every second of it.
Start your day by winding a circuitous route through the Borghese Gardens, stopping to visit the impressive Italian paintings at the Galleria Borghese or just enjoying the large collection of statues lining the garden’s walkways. Be sure to appreciate the parasol pine trees and lush green all around. And absolutely be sure to find your way to the Pincian Hill on the western edge of the garden.
If you do, you can stand at the top and marvel at the Piazza del Popolo and the entire city of Rome laid out before your eyes. Once you’ve taken it all in, descend the steep steps and head south along the Tiber, stopping to enjoy the bustle of Piazza Navona and Campo de’ Fiori along the way.
Eventually you’ll find Voglia di Pizza, a busy and inviting spot just off of Campo de’ Fiori. This pizzeria boasts an impressively long gluten-free menu and can essentially make nearly anything from its regular menu gluten-free.
Paper flags decorate certain dishes to signal their gluten-free status, a nice reminder of the care that Voglia di Pizza places on safe food for its diners. From the pasta menu, the gluten-free spaghetti with tuna, tomatoes, olives, arugula, and mozzarella is an excellent choice. Filling, protein-rich, and studded with hidden morsels of mozzarella, it’s a tasty option to share.
The real star of the show at Voglia di Pizza, of course, is the pizza. The crust tastes and feels like a chewy, light, authentic Roman pizza crust, an interesting departure from the starchy crust prominent throughout many US pizzerias. Topped with the simple yet delicious combination of zucchini and gorgonzola, this is a pizza worth walking across Rome for. Be sure to save room for Voglia di Pizza’s large gluten-free beer and dessert selection as well—you’ll want the extra fuel for your meandering walk back home.
Where? Voglia di Pizza is located near the Campo de’ Fiori in Rome: Via dei Giubbonari 33, 00186 Roma (+39-06-6875293).