Even though Rome has no lack of McDonald's and Burger King, pizza is without a doubt the real Italian fast food. There are many pizzerias selling pizza al taglio or pizza al trancio (which basically means pizza by the slice). After you choose the variety from the counter full of wide rectangular trays of pizza, they cut off a piece to your specifications, fold it in half, and hand it to you wrapped in piece of paper. Here's some pizza margherita that I ate in Sora two years ago:
Pizza margherita is one of the most basic types with tomato sauce or fresh tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil. (I remember when my cousins made it at a family reunion once. Aunt Ruth told us the story of how it was first made for Queen Margherita of Italy and how she loved it and how it was named after her. I always remember that family reunion when I eat pizza margherita.) There are many other interesting types, however. You can get your daily dose of vegetables atop your pizza. You can get fresh mozzarella di buffala. You can even get french fries on top!
Two or three times, Mariacarla has made pizza for us at home. She makes her own crust, spreads it with olive oil and tomato sauce, and bakes it until it's deliciously crispy and warm. SO good. No cheese. It's called pizza rossa and it's surprisingly tasty for how simple it is.
After language school today, I went my roommate Emmanuelle and some other girls to a pizzeria in Largo Argentina. They go there often, and if you come to visit me perhaps we will go there too because it's really delicious and quite reasonable. I paid € 3,90 for this satisfying meal:
The one on the left had fresh cherry tomatoes, and the one on the right had mozzarella and some kind of greens -- not spinach, but I can't remember the name that the lady told me. Both were super good! My cousin Anna told me that she was spoiled for pizza after coming to Italy -- and I have to agree. There's nothing like it!