Love Triangle – Trapizzino

by Danilo Brunetti

Trapizzino—say what? For the few foodies who still aren’t familiar with it, the Trapizzino was invented a decade ago by Roman pizza maker Stefano Callegari (at right). It consists of a triangular- shaped pocket of thick pizza bianca (made with a mixture of soft wheat our and sourdough), closed on two sides and stuffed with all manner of ingredients, from typical recipes of Mediterranean and Roman cuisine to fusion and international concoctions. In other words, it’s the perfect combination of pizza and sandwich. Trapizzino shops can be found in Rome, Milan, Florence, and even New York. The variations are endless, from chicken cacciatora to tongue in green sauce, from burrata cheese stracciatella with anchovies to meatballs in red sauce, from Roman-style tripe to eggplant parmesan.

“While there have been many imitations of the Trapizzino, both in Italy and abroad, the success of the original is due to the high quality of the ingredients and the authenticity of the recipes—always a winning formula. Callegari keeps a notebook full of recipes from his mother, his aunts, and numerous other Roman cooks that includes such gems as cuttlefish with peas, chicken with peppers, and garofolato (beef stew seasoned with cloves)—thus, you don’t need a set table to enjoy an authentic Roman dish.” These are the words of Stefano Bonilli, a voice of authority in gastronomic journalism who, already in 2005, had grasped the innovative potential of this new form of street food, capable of enclosing in a just few bites all the explosive taste of homemade pasta sauce. In just over a decade since its first appearance, the Trapizzino has become a gluttonous star on the international foodie scene, loved from New York to Tokyo, concentrating all the goodness of traditional Italian cuisine into an irresistible triangle—almost as beautiful to look at as it is to eat.

Where to find it:

Via Giovanni Branca, 88 (Testaccio) – Piazza Trilussa, 46 (Trastevere) – Piazzale di Ponte Milvio, 13 (Ponte Milvio) – Mercato Centrale at Via G. Giolitti, 46 (Termini) – Be.Re. at Via Vespasiano, 2 (Prati)