Easy Homemade Roman-Style Trapizzino


Trapizzino is a triangular pocket-shaped sandwich that has become a popular street food in Italy. It is made with a pizza dough that is formed into a pocket stuffed with traditional Roman dishes including pollo alla cacciatora (chicken cacciatore), genoivese (beef ragu) and parmigiana di melanzane (eggplant parmigiana).

The word “trapizzino” is a portmanteau of pizza and tramezzino (an Italian sandwich made of soft white bread with the crust removed and cut into triangles). The plural form is trapizzini.

This Italian pocket sandwich was invented in 2008 in Rome by a highly-decorated Italian pizza maker, Stefano Callegari. Stefano trademarked the term “trapizzino” and opened up his own restaurant in Rome named Trapizzino, later branching out throughout Italy and to the US.

Together, Stefano and Paul brought Trapizzino to Italy and the world: today the brand is present in Rome with 6 offices – in addition to Latina and Ladispoli – and in Florence, Milan, Trieste, Turin and New York.

The beginning of a story born from the desire to bring young people closer to the cuisine of the past, not that of quick dishes but that of the right times and ways, of “it takes the time it takes” and love for choice of raw materials.

The bread of this “sandwich” is made of pizza bianca (plain pizza dough). Original trapizzini are made with a 200-year-old sourdough starter which has been passed down through generations of Southern Italian bakers. This dough is baked into loaves, which are cut diagonally to make a triangular shape. The exterior is crispy while the interior is warm and soft.

The filling can be any traditional Roman dish, which takes days to make and is simply scooped into the baked pizza dough. So, the flavor really depends on which Roman dish you decide on whether its an eggplant parm, beef ragu or otherwise.

Easy Homemade Roman-Style Trapizzino

Difficulty: Beginner Prep Time 5 min Cook Time 10 min Total Time 15 mins
Best Season: Summer


This is simply the quickest way to enjoy a trapizzino-style sandwich. Like any kind of sandwich, you can customize it to your taste and use whatever filling you like.

(Tip: visit your local Italian restaurant and use your favorite dish as a filling.)

Also, visit your local bakery for fresh unsliced sandwich bread.



  1. Pre-heat air fryer/oven to 350°F 180° C

  2. Meanwhile, mix the marinara sauce, meatballs and Italian seasoning in a small saucepan over medium-high heat for 3-5 minutes or until hot.

  3. Heat roll in air fryer/oven for 3-5 minutes or until warm throughout.

  4. Heat roll in air fryer/oven for 3-5 minutes or until warm throughout.

  5. Slice roll diagonally to form two triangles. Hollow out center to create a pocket for filling.

  6. Pour meatball sauce with 2 meatballs into each hollowed roll. Enjoy!

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