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Dar Poeta – Rome, Italy

September 24th, 2010 · No Comments

Pizzeria Dar Poeta - Rome, Italy Pizzeria Dar Poeta - Rome, Italy Pizzeria Dar Poeta - Rome, Italy
At night, in Trastevere, you could never be faulted for just choosing any restaurant and going inside – the choice of places to eat is somewhat overwhelming. But with a little research, you can find places like Dar Poeta, where the ambiance is good, the service is friendly and fast, and the food is great.

D again tracked this place down as having some of the best Pizza in rome – and so off we went. It was about 8pm, we didn’t have a reservation, and we had a baby stroller with us – but they were still able to accomodate us – very, very nice. D ordered the pizza ‘Dar Poeta’ – peppery, seasoned ham with mozzarella and sliced zucchini; I had the superbufala which was just a cheese pizza with mozzarela di bufala and pecorino romano.

Dar Poeta is supposed to be famous for its pizza crust – supposed to be ‘easy to digest’ (the ‘easy to digest’ qualification seems to be very popular here in Italy – although I think I’ll leave it out of my criteria for now) – and also supposedly not too crispy, not too soft. You can order their traditional crust (which we did) or you can order a more thick crust.

So how was it? Good, very good. Not the best pizza so far this trip (see the entry on Antico Forno Roscioli for that), but certainly pleasing. The crust was very nice – although for a place that was famous for its crust, I can’t say that after this one visit, that I felt it was better or worse than any of the other great pizza that I’ve had this trip. As for the toppings – the pizza Dar Poeta was my favourite. It had a sharp taste of pepper, with delicious bites of ham and just a bit of zucchini flavour that made for an interesting and very good pizza. The quality of ingredients in all cooking here is just so high that pretty much no matter what, you’re not going to go wrong.
Pizzeria Dar Poeta - Rome, Italy Pizzeria Dar Poeta - Rome, Italy
The superbufala pizza was OK – although I think that melting mozzarella di bufala wastes much of its unique flavour, and I found it a bit strong on the pecorino romano. D likes this sheep’s milk cheese, and while I enjoy it, I found the flavouring of this pizza to be a bit heavy-handed with it. It certainly overpowered the delicate flavours of the mozzarella.

For dessert – Dar Poeta is famous for a nutella and ricotta calzone – D couldn’t resist. It was a nice treat, but I can’t say it tasted much different than any giant pizza pocket stuffed with nutella – in other words, delicious.
Pizzeria Dar Poeta - Rome, Italy
Overall, Dar Poeta was a very good experience. It wasn’t the best pizza that I’ve had in Rome, but it is still leagues ahead of pretty much anything you’ll find in North America. However, the service, location, ambiance, and price make it a place to visit if you’re in the neighborhood.

Dar Poeta
Vicolo del Bologna, 45
00153 Roma
Tel (+39) 06 5880516
www.darpoeta.com


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