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Dar Poeta’s Pizza. Ewe.

The only way I learn about a restaurant’s riposo settimanale is the hard way. On Wednesday night, I planned on having a pizza at Ai Marmi with friends. It was closed so we decided on Dar Poeta instead. This Trastevere institution has managed to remain popular and packed in spite of never having had amazing pizza. Well, maybe it was alright back in the day, but whatever we were served on Wednesday was a joke. It was not unlike someone had dressed a disk of sandpaper with anchovies, mozzarella and squash blossoms and served it. We should have gone to Da Ivo. Lesson learned.

2016-01-07T03:42:09+00:00 February 12th, 2010|Categories: Carbs, Daily Food Photo, Food & Wine, Pizza, Rome & Lazio|14 Comments


  1. ciaochowlinda February 12, 2010 at 2:33 pm - Reply

    The pizza in the photo looks like it was good, but maybe it wasn’t what you ate. Da Ivo is always reliable!

  2. Jeremy Parzen February 12, 2010 at 3:46 pm - Reply

    I regret to say that the one bad meal we had on our honeymoon was at Dar Poeta. But it was the only place, halfway decent and with a recommendation, that we could find at the late hour we arrive. The beer was cold, though. I think that Mario Batali learned how to make pizza there, though, at least gauging from the “pizza” he makes at Otto in NYC!

  3. John Kelly February 12, 2010 at 5:33 pm - Reply

    Does anyone go to Dar Poeta for the pizza? I always just treat it as something I have to get out of the way – like eating my brussels sprouts – so I can get to the dessert: calzone with ricotta and nutella.

    Then I get a massive sugar rush and lose the next two hours. It’s still worth it though.

    • Katie February 12, 2010 at 5:40 pm - Reply

      @Eleonora I don’t love Baffetto but Baffetto 2 always comes in handy when I am touring with clients in the centro storico and they want to have a choice of pizza, pasta, verdure, etc. I much prefer Li Rioni, Remo, and Ivo.

      @John Kelly there was a time when one would go to Dar Poeta for the pizza. Ahhh 2003…They used to have lots of strange toppings (for Rome). Now those are gone and so is the quality. But they were still slammed by 8pm on a Wednesday. Boh!

  4. Katie February 12, 2010 at 3:56 pm - Reply

    @ciaochowlinda It LOOKS like it should be good but the crust was a disaster. it was like someone had rolled dough in sand and baked it. awful. plus, there was a 3 inch dough rim encroaching on my cheese and fiori di zucca!

    @jeremy yes the beer is very cold and very tasty. it took us 3 pints to choke down the crust.

  5. Eleonora February 12, 2010 at 4:10 pm - Reply

    The Poet’s Zucchini Blossom and Mozzarella pizza USED to be good, but you’re not the first to complain about its decline. Pity.

    Ivo, Remo… Haven’t been to Baffetto recently. Wonder how he ranks in your opinion.

    Buona pizza,

  6. Hande February 13, 2010 at 12:55 am - Reply

    I think they dredge the dough in cornmeal and that is giving the sand feeling…. I don’t like dar poeta anymore either.

  7. sara February 13, 2010 at 12:05 pm - Reply

    I’ve wondered about both Dar Poeta/Baffetto. Good to have an opinion I can trust! Maybe we’ll try one of the others you suggest.

  8. Lisa at Wanderlust Women March 22, 2010 at 6:27 pm - Reply

    This is so disheartening because that is THE specific pizza I was dying to try very soon. Anyone else in the area have that combo?

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  10. Hälsporren September 16, 2010 at 4:24 pm - Reply

    Oh, that saddens me to read… I loved Dar Poeta in the beginning of this Millenium, but haven’t been there since. I was planning to rivist the pizzeria next time I’m in Rome, but this post had me re-think my plans.

    • Katie September 18, 2010 at 12:04 am - Reply

      Check out Da Remo, Sforno, or Gatta Mangiona instead. You won’t be dissapointed!

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