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Pizzeria Leonina, Rome

by Krista
Pizzeria Leonina Entrance

Pizzeria Leonina

Pizzeria Leonina

Via Leonina 84 (just off Via Cavour)
Rome, Italy

Date of Last Visit: Friday, April 17th, 2009

The Victims: Julie, Feathers, Anna, Kellie

The Damage: 25 euros for five people to eat delicious pizza, washed down with Coca Cola. 25 euros TOTAL.

The Background: When I first moved to London, I thought I’d only be here for two or three years. And well, I just celebrated five years on March 30th. Time–it gets away from you.

So you know you’ve been here a while when people who’ve moved here AFTER you decide to return home. So it is with my friend Julie, who’s heading back to the States for good this coming weekend.

We decided to send her off in style with a girls’ weekend in Rome. Julie was in charge of sightseeing. Kellie was in charge of walking. And I was in charge of food. (As a mother of two, we let Anna have the weekend off. And Lee was in charge of speaking as she knew more Italian than the rest of us.)

The Entrance: We’ve just been to see the Forum and the Coliseum. My third time. Julie’s first. We’ve worked up a powerful hunger and our feet hurt already. It’s time for a break. I have it on good advice from Rome blogger Ms. Expatria that Pizzeria Leonina is where it’s at for lunch near the coliseum. Her review was highly complimentary.

We arrive and I’m slightly disappointed. It kinda looks like a dump.

But the greeting is warm and genuine and the pizzas look interesting and, well, they’re CHEAP.

Pizeria leonina menu

The Food: So we load up. I opt for the potato and prosciutto pizza. There’s a sundried tomato pizza and a sausage pizza and a crushed tomato pizza. The guy behind the counter slices them all up into tiny pieces which makes sharing easy.

Pizzeria leonina pizzas

There are no tables at Pizzeria Leonina. It’s not really a restaurant, more of a cafe. There are just some bar-style stools along the wall. We happily perch and eat, reflecting that our 25 euro bill is actually 60% food and 40% coca cola.

For the rest of the trip, we talk about how great the pizza here was.

Pizzeria Leonina Verdict

Cheap. Delicious. Friendly. Can’t beat that now, can you?

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Miss Expatria April 28, 2009 - 8:15 am

See? Look at that! Your old Miss E. won’t let you down. Seriously, I love that place. it ain’t the Ritz, but it does its job.

Gregory April 28, 2009 - 8:23 am

I share your thoughts as an ‘expat’ living in London for 11 years now…. is that long enough to call it home ?

Love Rome ! Check out Gusto (www.gusto.it) which is awesome as is Matricianella (www.matricianella.it) and it’s wine list of biblical proportions.

Gregory April 28, 2009 - 9:04 am

I share your thoughts. As an expat living in London for 11 years, can I start calling London home ?

Love Rome, try http://www.gusto.it and http://www.matricianella.it with it’s wine list of biblical proportions.

Krista April 28, 2009 - 11:21 am

Miss Expatria, I took you up on another one of your suggestions too…you’ll
have to check back again tomorrow…

An American in London April 28, 2009 - 1:01 pm

What a great tip – I’ll look forward to using it next time I’m in Rome.

A Girl Has To Eat April 28, 2009 - 10:25 pm

That’s awesome value! 25 euros for 5!

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