After taking a stroll through the Christmas market outside of the Waterloo station, we were ready for some dinner. We decided to walk away from the river and see what we came across. After stopping in a couple of places, we realized that theatre crowd was in full force and we were going to have some issues with being seated.
We were about to pass Rossopomodoro, but decided to check and see if they could accommodate us. Lucky us! They were able to... and we got a great spot by a window, which gave us a bit more room. This place clearly wanted to make use of all available space, so it was on the crowded side. Our waiter, Ladu, was sweet and though it took a bit to get the water we ordered, the service was good throughout our meal. 12.5 percent service is added, which would annoy me if I had a bad experience of service, but we definitely didn't.
To start, we got a small bread selection. This came with 3 pieces of different breads: a piece of focaccia (it said it was garlic on the menu, and though I liked it, I didn't get the garlic from it), plain bread, and sun-dried tomato. They gave us a little basket with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and a pepper grinder. The bread selection was good, but I would have loved if all three pieces were the sun-dried tomato. Talk about delicious! I want to buy a loaf!
My husband and I are quite keen on ordering two mains and sharing, so we usually go down the menu and decide on the two things that look best to us. I was feeling the Gnocco... Gnocchi with a tomato/smoked mozzarella sauce. Chris was loving the idea of the Sfilatino. The menu described this as a folded pizza with tomato sauce, fresh burrata, aubergines, courgettes, peppers and parmesan cheese. It didn't sound super appealing, but he wanted it, so we got it. Boy was my assumption incorrect. I loved this! It comes out on a wooden tray... it's like a normal round pizza, but with two sides folded in on each other, so it looks a bit like a fish. The dough made this dish. It was light and delicious. The burrata was delicious and everything inside was amazing. This is one of my new favourite Italian dishes. The Gnocco was good, but plain and boring comparative to the Sfilatino.
I know this is a chain, and I tend to enjoy smaller places better, but I will go back. Sfilatino for the whole table. Delicious.
This is hands down one of the worst restaurant experiences I've ever had. We have a large party here - about 45 people. We were told that 7 pizzas can be made every 90 seconds, so a large party would not be an issue. I'm currently sitting at a table of 12 people and we received 3 small pizzas (4 slices per pie) about 20 minutes ago, and haven't seen a morsel of food from the kitchen since. The waiters & restaurant manager have all come over several times promising that food is coming - but has not arrived yet.
The other 2 tables in our party keep getting served, but our table seems to be the black sheep of the group. One of our other party's tables felt bad for us & threw us a slice left over from their table - the 2 guys who split the slice said "if ash flavored pizza existed, this would be it."
Another choice quote from our table:
Waiter (for the 20th time): would you like more drinks?
Table (collectively): No! Bring us food!
Lastly, the place keeps bringing out 1 or 2 personal pies at a time, and regardless how many times we asked them to cut the pies into more slices instead of 4, they kept saying ok & not doing it. As a result, half of our table was constantly without food.
Do not come here if you have more than 2 people - you will be left hungry and sad.
Update: in 2 hours we received 7 small personal pizzas between 12 adults. Still waiting on the rest...
Great service and wonderful food. You must try the mozzarella. They import it from Italy on Tuesdays and Fridays. You must have this!!
Good quality Italian restaurant in Covent Garden / Seven Dials. Prices are alright, the same for drinks. It is quite big so it feels a little lost when you go outside of lunch / dinner hours.
What really p****ed me off was the fact that I was just grabbing a quick (late) lunch and they added service to the bill automatically. I was there by myself. I don't think that is appropriate and it should be changed. This is the only reason, I can only give three stars.
One of London's best naples style pizza (slightly smaller, slightly thicker) coming from a proper wood oven. Try the Verace for the top ingredients!
Overall, all the dishes on the menu are good, from appetizers to pastas. However where I think it really shines is for the pizza: a perfect mix of quality ingredients prepared in a wood oven. I really love the texture and the taste of this kind of pizza, and the even higher quality ingredients used in the Verace make it even better.
To drink I usually also take the Gazzosa Lurisia, that's another quality lemon-based drink quite rare to be found around.
AMBIENT AND SERVICE
The ambient is bright and comfortable, even if during peak hours it can be incredibly packed regardless of its two floors. For this reason I often go off-peak or in one of the other restaurants of the same chain (like the one near Old Street).
The tables aren't big, but fortunately they are big enough to eat properly in comfort.
The service is good and over three years I've seen it improving from quite unpolite to quite good.
This is a almost high-end pizza chain directly from Italy, you can find exactly the same restaurants back there. All the ingredients are consistently the same and the quality is on-par.
I have to add, this is also why I find funny the rare negative reviews here criticising dishes... that are basically identical to the ones people find and love in Italy (both for quantity, quality and preparation). With a few exceptions, they aren't adapted to the local tastes, that's it. Don't expect pizzas or salads with 5+ toppings, for example. And the pizza is naples style. Not rome style. Not chicago style. Not anywhere else style.
After returning recently from a fantastic holiday in the Bay of Naples and still craving good Neapolitan food and searching the area for a place to eat a couple of days ago, we chanced upon Rossopomodoro. We weren't disappointed!
We were greeted by a friendly host and seated immediately - which delighted us after traipsing numerous nearby eateries with no hope of a reservation! - and after perusing the menu which was very difficult as it looked amazing. However as we weren't massively hungry this was really hard! After ordering our wines - one a red Merlot, the other a white from Puglia, both delicious - we decided to be sensible and order a couple of starters to share - the cheese platter and calamari and courgettes - and the buffalo mozzarella to share. We were both really pleased with the food and the service was excellent - very friendly and efficient.
I would definitely return and this time when I was hungry enough to enjoy one of their pizzas which looked delicious!
Located on the edge of Seven Dials & Covent Garden so very central and convenient.
I LOVE Rossopomodoro! It was recommended to me by an italian who said it was the only italian place she liked in London because it was authentic. Having gone twice now, I wholeheartedly agree with her, this place is a gem!
Even if you didn't know anything about it, you could probably tell how good this place is by the atmosphere. This weekend it was busy and buzzing, families and friends of all ages trying to get seats here. We had to wait a little for a table so I recommend coming early if you can. It was the perfect place for a fun Saturday night with friends. The service is great, our italian waitress was very helpful:)
I think I have to start backwards with the unanimous favourite of the night, the nutella tiramisu. This is maybe the best tiramisu of my entire life (ties with one I had in Florence). This was just delicious perfection.
The food here is great too. The braciola beef stuffed with pecorino cheese, pinenuts and raisins stewed in a tomato sauce with roast potato was amaziiiing. Every mouthful was incredibly flavourful and I loved the tasty mince meat and the potatoes. I couldn't taste the raisins, which was great for me since I don't like them haha. Their tagliatella with mince meat and ragu is authentic and delicious comfort food. The margherita pizza was simple, good and made in true Napoli style. I especially loved the quality mozarella.
This is now my favourite italian restaurant in London! So happy I found this place, I am sure I will be back here soon:)
I'm a big believer that no matter how good the food, service will make or break an experience every time. And unfortunately, our experience was filled with OK food and terrible service.
We were craving pasta and was in the area. Every place had a wait but this one seemed semi-open so we stopped in.
We were told five minutes to wait and then asked if we would mind sharing a big table with others. We did not and are sat.
Rossopomodoro does traditional Italian food. This means it's a selection of woodfire pizzas, salads and pastas with tomato sauce (I really wanted cream sauce that night but what are you going to do?) The food was fine. I got the Pacchero pasta with meatballs, peas and smoked mozzarella. Good but not amazing, just your normal plate of well sauced, well seasoned pasta.
However, the service - awful. I think because we were placed in the corner at a large table, they forgot about us. Everyone one the table has gotten there food (even people who sat after us) long before we did and were almost done eating by the time our cames. We actually had to ask them twice and they kept going, "What did you order again?" Seriously.
When the food did come, I got my side salad I ordered but my friend did not. We asked and our waitress went, "So you'd like another salad?" Yes, the one we ordered from the start. And honest to got it took another 15 minutes for the salad to come and us asking about it again. And I could see them making salads!
The place is fine and the food is reasonably priced (about £9 for pasta, £11 to £15 for pizza) but the service was so bad. And it was a Thursday night at 7pm. Just yikes.
I don't know.
I only had a salad at this place.
10 pounds and really minimal on ingredients.
While it wasn't exactly remarkable, it wasn't too bad.
I don't think I will be returning here though; it seems like every other Italian spot.
If you're anything like me, you'll have mixed feelings about Rossopomodoro: you may eat something tasty one minute, and be disappointed the next.
Five of us were shown to the tall table, which is incredibly tight and uncomfortable. Our waitress was sour, and her mood didn't improve the whole time we were there. My friends had pizza, which they said was OK, but nothing special. I ordered gnocchi, which was awful. It was like eating squash balls: terrible texture and not enough basil in the sauce (they drape a basil leaf over the top of your meal, which doesn't quite do the trick).
It's not hard to cook gnocchi. It really doesn't take a genius. I wouldn't return here. There are much better Italian restaurants in London that would be more appreciative of your money.
I've decided that in London, from now on I'll only ever eat the pizzas I make at home (not necessarily the best, but fun to make, pretty tasty and exactly how I want them to be), or at Rossopomodoro.
I went there a few weeks ago and loved it. The best bit is, if you don't know what to choose, they have pizzas with two or three different sets of toppings (I think I had the Fru Fru). I'll definitely be going there again.
Great wood fired pizza and friendly staff. The appetizers were tasty but are overpriced for the portion size. Pass on the desserts...
Bruschetta - two small pieces.
Scamorzina - very, very small portion.
Massese pizza - good size. Salami had very good flavor. Crust could have used a bit more salt but overall, a good pizza.
Tortino al Cioccolato - worst part of the meal. The cake was incredibly dry and lacked flavor. Would not recommend.
Saw Rossopomodoro and it looked promising. Of course I check the yelp reviews and felt it was a good choice for an early dinner. Before heading back, I asked the concierge at my hotel for the best pizza in the area and without prompting, he also recommended it. OK, no turning back now, I'm in.
The place is busy, (usually a good sign) at 3:30 I'm seated within minutes at the last table downstairs. I order the calamari. Calamari, shrimp, zucchini all lightly breaded and flavorful. The shrimp might be a bit overcooked its slightly tough, but I'm still enjoying all of it. The presentation and serving size is impressive.
So far the service has been very good. The staff has been attentive, friendly, and yet very busy. The place his buzzing.
Watching food come out of the kitchen, you can't help but notice the serving sizes are very generous. Maybe the calamari appetizer before the pizza is going to be too much. I'll soldier through.
OK, pizza arrives and it looks great. Looks can be deceiving. It's good, but by no means great. I'm disappointed. The crust is chewy and flavorless. The sauce and cheese are bland and it's just mediocre at best. Not at all what I was expecting.
Would I return here for another meal? No
Would I recommend it to a friend? No
Was it a good value for the money? No!
I was walking in west end, with my yelp (iphone) searching with me for a place to eat in ... preferably clean and chain-less! and I found a few, but while I was walking toward one of the suggested places, I pump into Rossopomodoro, and I just said (ooooooh that's a hell of a name, it has 6 Os can you imagine :D). so I asked my little yelp and it was positive.
While the restaurant is not (very) well located in the west end, it is quite accessible if you that it exist. It has a very wide windows that makes you feel welcomed. In the inside, the atmosphere is quite nice, waitress were neither pushy nor lazy, they were just right for me. I quite like them to be honest.
I found the menu to confusing, and as a bad-menu-reader, I ordered a pizza and bowl of Salad (how boring), but I was so happy with meal, just so lovely. The pizza is perfect and salad was freshly made. So all in all the meal was great, and I was very content with the choice (thanks to the first reviewers).
I took one start away, because the place does not have the wow-factor that some other places have. But I will go back to Rossopomodoro whenever I'm around again.
Carb-fearers, don't be enthused by the selection of salads and meat dishes that Rosso Pomodoro have to offer. I tried to be a good lil' dieter, sticking to a side salad to start and the chicken with roasted veg dish, and left the place still hungry. The chicken was paper thin and sat in a tiny pile (with one slice of courgette and one slice of roasted pepper) in the middle of a massive plate, with loads of balsamic glaze drizzled everywhere.
I was ashamed, and totally envious of my fellow diners who had great heaping bowls of pasta and huge plates of bubbly-crusted pizza. Why oh why did I decide to be healthy at a proper Italian restaurant like this?
So while I can't review the delicious looking cuisine that was being munched on to my right and left last night, I can tell you that the healthier options are..... lame.
Great location though -- that is a big plus! And they happily seated 7 people without a booking on a Sunday night.
This place is a hop skip and jump from my work and as it is so convenient and as there is a dearth of good Italian trattorias locally i wanted to love it.
So it's with some sadness and frustration I have to write that TWICE now it's been a massive disappointment.
The service is hurried, brusque and indifferent.
The food when it came was slop.
I've had better pizza from Firezza (delivery, north London) but pizza is pizza...however, if you're going to be more than just a pizzeria then the other offerings need to be at least palatable.
My A'Scamorza was just a grotesque lump of oily melted cheese in a plate bare but for a charred tomato and slimy mushrooms. I was starving hungry so I ate it but it repeated on me and I felt nauseus all afternoon.
My dining partners O'Bocatino was gray looking, congealed and there was a spoonful on the plate. For a strapping lad that's just insulting.
The bill when it came for two mains, a sparklng water and a small glass of wine was £34 including service.
I was on a budget (week before pay day is always a killer), as was my friend who was on a flying visit from brazil where he recently moved, and this was just thievery as far as we were concerned.
If unlike me, you're not tied to fitting in a friend from overseas, I'd save your tastebuds and pennies for Jamie Oliver's restaurant opening in Covent Garden in June 2010. Having looked at his menu the prices are far more resasonable, the menu more diverse but with all the favourites and you can be damn sure of better service.
I'm sorry Rossopomodoro but you had a chance to redeem with a second visit and you failed miserably, you will not be seing my custom again.
Don't listen to the haters (who clearly wouldn't know an excellent Neapolitan pizza from a f*ing pizza express) - this place is fantastic.
Disagree? So, why is the place always packed to the rafters with Italians? Hmm...
Don't come here looking for your standard pizza choices - these all seem to be local specialities... including a bunch without tomato sauce (bizarre eh?) - the Fiaschetto and the Purchianese (feat. tomato bacon sauce - oh yes!) are both really good.
Service is friendly, if occasionally a bit erratic... but that's all part of the fascino napolitano, you ignoranti!
Trust me: it rocks. And apparently, pizza menu changes with the season - woop!
Delicious wood-oven pizza in a restaurant with an authentic italian feel. This was our second visit & both times we opted for pizza, while antipasti, salads & pasta are also offered on the menu.
I had the Verduretta (vegetarian) pizza & it was full of flavour, ingredients were really fresh & tasty. Prices seem pretty average for London & the service was efficient both times.
I hadn't realised that this was part of a chain of restaurants, but knowing this after the fact seems to make sense to me. It really did have that chain restaurant kind of feel to it.
That probably sounds like a negative comment, but I actually enjoyed the food and the experience. I had crispy squid for a starter and tasty, filling calzone for my main. I had an affogato for dessert - but it probably would have been easier to consume if it were served in a cup/glass!
The service was good, friendly and even a little cheeky. I suspect that everyone there was Italian - which possibly makes sense as it's an Italian restaurant!
This place has the best authentic Italian pizzas I've ever had. I came here with a friend, who is a true Italian, born and raised is Napoli, Italia. We've checked out some other "Italian Pizzaria" around London and he was always a critic when it came to the pizzas. He said this place is true Italian. The servers are Italian, the cooks are Italian, and the best part is they cook the pizzas and calzones in a BRICK OVEN. My friend said, "if it's not cooked in a brick oven pizza, then it's not Italian." It made sense though, I could taste the difference when it wasn't baked in a brick oven.
Most of the people that go there to eat are Italians. It's probably the only authentic Italian pizzaria in London (my friend made me believe that).
I'd definitely come back to this place for some pizza anytime!
The service was quick and nice. I wish they'd put some ice in my water though, but that's how Europe operates.
Rossopomodoro Covent Garden is the only one of the chain I have visited, but so far so good.
I work some days across the road from here and one evening we decided to buy in bulk our pizzas from here.
Being across the road, we collected the pizzas and actually saw them being pulled out of the fire-stove-thing, put into boxes, and cut. They looked delicious!
Whilst we waited we were offered seats and all the staff said hello and a couple made polite chit-chat; they were all really friendly :)
The pizzas themselves were oddly lacking in the cheese department, but I think that's because we ordered those ones specifically (no idea why); they were wonderfully tasty and had that great authentic Italian flavour.
I'd really like to go back and eat-in to try some other food there. Yummy!
We went here for dinner on Saturday night. I didn't have particularly high hopes but was very pleaseantly suprised. Had aubergine balls (aubergine with cheese and some other stuff) with a cheese basket thing and cherry tomatoes. I don't always get on that well with tomatoes when they are not cooked in a sauce but the dressing made these tomatoes great. The aubergine balls were also good.
For main course I had calzone. It had a little bit too much bread for my tastes, although it was tasty bread. The filling was good (cheese, tomato sauce, salami), it included ricotta which I wasn't sure about when I saw the menu but it worked well.
They brought chilli oil when requested but it could have been spicier.
Service was quite slow but there were 12 of us so that is probably fair enough.
From our upstairs table, you could look straight down into the cooking area and watch the jolly chef making the pizza. This was a nice touch.
Had a starter, main, two beers and half a bottle of wine each and it came to £30 a head, so pretty good value. Hence 4 stars.
Rossopomodoro - Pics @ The London Foodie
I recently visited this new Italian Pizzeria in London's Covent Garden. Highly recommended by my Italian friend Bruno, who will not go anywhere else for his pizza fix, I came to Rossopomodoro armed with a lovely bunch of Italian foodies and very high expectations.
The décor is simple and functional with some nice touches like the golden mosaic tiles used for the wood oven. We were quickly shown to our table on the upper level, and were soon greeted by the friendly staff. I found the upstairs dining area more relaxing - the lighting is dimmer and the area has a more elegant feel than the busy ground floor. It was a Saturday evening, the place was busy and the atmosphere boisterous.
We soon ordered a selection of starters to share A Parmigiana @ £6 (fried aubergines with mozzarella cheese, tomato sauce, parmesan and basil) this was quite delicious but the portion was on the small side. I cook this at home whenever I have vegetarians coming for dinner, it is easy to prepare and a real crowd pleaser.
A Tiella @ £6 (mixed fritters fried dough balls with tomato and parmesan, fried breaded mozzarella, deep-fried potato dumplings and rice balls) this was disappointing the potato dumplings and rice balls were lacking in seasoning and were not as hot as they should have been. Presentation was not great either.
A Bufala @ £11.20 the mozzarella was definitely very fresh and utterly delicious but again the rather naïve presentation and ungenerous sized portion detracted from the overall experience. The buffalo mozzarella is flown in from Naples and was by far the best mozzarella I have ever tasted.
We ordered a couple of bottles of the House Wine which at £14 were quite drinkable. Beyond the House Wines, red wines start at £16 and whites at £20 which we thought a little dear. I would like to comment on their bad choice of plates they look suitable for children's parties but not for a restaurant.
The pizza names and toppings are unusual in the UK - I am told by my friend Massimo, a Southerner from Avelino that these are very typical Neapolitan ingredients and names. I am intrigued by Fru Fru which @ £10 contains, among other ingredients, friarielli (Neapolitan wild turnip tops) and sausages - two ingredients that apparently always go together as pizza toppings.
Rossopomodoro has Neapolitan mineral water flown in to make their pizza dough. It certainly helps to create a fine dough it was deliciously chewy, and charred by the wood fire, the dough had great elasticity and flavour; it was definitely different from any other fine pizza bases I have had before.
All my friends were also highly impressed by their pizze and calzone, and the overall opinion was that Rossopomodoro's pizze were authentic and pretty good.
Verdict wonderful pizza base & very interesting toppings make Rossopomodoro's pizze, one of the best in London. Starters were a bit of a let down, so stick to what they do best and you will not be disappointed. I will certainly return for more of their delicious pizza.
Luiz @ The London Foodie
Full review and photos on grumblinggourmet.com
Admittedly bowling up at 2.30 on a Friday afternoon wasn't a particularly fair start. Slap bang on a busy Covent Garden junction, they'd obviously been hammered by a long lunch rush and the staff were slightly on the back foot, if delightful, throughout.
Bread and olives were definitely not good. The slightly over dry ciabatta had obviously been sat toasted for a while, left over from the lunchtime rush, and a too liberal glug of oil pre-delivery made for a chewy and teeth squeaking start. Olives likewise we're nothing to write home about.
Porky meatballs to start were fine, though any subtlety in the meat was overpowered by a brash tomato sauce that shouted over the top of them. They were, to be fair, better than a Frito Misto bowl of calamari and courgette. While it was a hearty portion, after too much dry and cloyingly thick batter, quantity became part of the criticism. We soldiered on and finished it, though mainly as it was a late lunch and we were starving.
I have to confess to not being entirely well disposed to the food by the time the pizza arrived. Expectations suitably lowered, they were wonderfully and unexpectedly knocked into a different league by the pizza. I went for simplicity itself, a humble margherita, topped with a simple smear of fresh tomato, sweet mozzarella and a wisp of basil. The other one was a Carmelo, slightly overbearing smoked mozz leaving both of us feeling like we'd just nipped out for a fag and lovely, if too sweet, Neapolitan pork sausage.
The toppings were secondary, it was the bases that were special. Really special. Chewy, toasty moreishness with a light char and the lightest sour tang. By dint of that, and the simplicity of it, the margherita is one of the best pizzas I've ever tasted in this country. It even edged ahead of my last visit to to Franco Manca, a real touch of Naples in the most unlikely of spots.
So did it change my preconceptions of the Italian chain? Well not really. Other than that pizza, there wasn't anything here that would make me run back. That being said, I've got a new place for a quick pizza in central London, if I can get past the tourists.
For a so-called Italian chain, I find the quality of the food to be less than desirable. Side dishes I ave ordered tend to be caked in TOO MUCH olive oil, and the mozarella on the food is like eating chewing gum.
I went there twice, but definitely wont be going again.
Rossopomodoro doesn't look like a traditional Italian restaurant, but the food is authentic - in fact I have had the best pizza in London at this restaurant (I haven't had the chance to visit that little popular place in Brixton's Market yet).
As I was saying the pizza are amazing and there is a choice of traditional ones (with tomato sauce) and more authentic ones (without the sauce). My advice? Go for the authentic ones. They are simply amazing.
The choice of pasta is fair, and, as other reviewers have noted, the servings are generous.
The highlight, though, for me is the dessert. And you'd be crazy to go for anything else than the Calde Calde - three donuts covered with sugar and Nutella. It sounds simple, but it's simply the best, though very filling, desert you'll find in Central London.
The only drawback about Rossopomodoro is the service. A few of the waitresses, especially on the upper floor can get stressed during busy evenings. Best to ask for a table downstairs, where the service is a lot better. But, as this is a popular place, you might not have a choice!
I was feeling like salad and the one named for the restaurant was both filling and delicious. The gourmet pizza my bf had was quite good -really amazing crust. It's got nice decor with the pizza oven visible to the customers. Great place for a pre- or post-theatre meal.
The location, interiors and spacey rooms give RossoPomodoro convenience and a nice feel, it always gets busy but at the end of the day is not anything to write home about, I would say it was adequate.
As always with Italian food in the UK the menu is pretentious, peppered with as many Italian words as possible to make it sound fancier - the food took 40+ minutes (sometimes for a simple pizza) and was average, and quite pricey! Okay for a last resort if you're in the area.
Nice looking restaurant which has more seating upstairs.
Good menu and friendly helpful staff.
The foods not exactly cheap but good size tasty portions justify the price.
Basically think prezzo/ ask.
Handily placed in between Covent Garden and Soho, Rossopomodoro serves up really authentic Neapolitan pizza and hearty pasta dishes. It is part of a chain which began with several restaurants in central and southern Italy, and this heritage shows in the unusual selection of pizze bianche (no tomato), and the absence of boring standard UK-Italian fare - no soggy garlic bread or lasagna in sight. It is also notable for always being packed with Italians, so if it's good enough for them then it's good enough for me.
I would love to give it 5 stars for the quality of the pizzas, I am restrained by the occasionally poor service (at least it's authentically Italian I suppose...), disappointing starters (don't bother, get straight to the pizzas) and over-priced wine. Definitely worth checking out though, especially if you're a pizza fiend like me!
I used to go to Rossopomodoro when I was in Milan, Italy, to have a delicious pizza. Finally I can do the same here in London. Same informal atmosphere, same good smell in the air and same good pizza. For a wonderful experience I suggest to start with "a 'tiella" and then go for the "Verace" pizza. Maybe with a bit of spicy olive oil or pepper. Then you can order a special coffe with Nutella (chocolate cream) and whipped cream if you like to end your meal with some sweetness. Staff is nice but if you don't want to wait too long for your food I suggest to avoid saturday and sunday evening and go to eat around 1:30 pm at lunch in order to avoid the crowd.
Delicious food but expect a wait. It was nearly a 45 minute wait on a Tuesday night which I can only imagine it being much busier on the weekends. Pizza and eggplant parm is delicious but I wouldn't recommend the fried pizza.
Wonderful pizza and a very friendly staff. Definitely worth a visit if you're in this area and trying to avoid the tourist traps and places that rush you out the door. Also nice if you love arugula.
We have been waiting at least 20 minutes for our mains to arrive. We asked a waiter to check on our food, but he seemed to barely understand English
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Well, this is not so much a restaurant review but a warning
P. and I were on our way to the Donmar Warehouse in Covent Garden to see a play and had a bit more than an hour beforehand to grab some food. Plenty of time we thought little did we know. We went to a place that looked quick and chain-like with the intention of getting some reliable food and ended up at Rossopomodoro (Italian for red tomato). Rossopomodoro, as I learned later, is part of an Italian chain with origin in Naples wanting to bring a little slice of Naples to London.
The restaurant is rustic and not too big, but there were zillions of people working there. Well, maybe not exactly working but having leisurely chats with each other and fully ignoring the customers. The waitress and the chef clearly had something going! It did feel a little bit that as a patron in their establishment you were disturbing their evening entertainment.
Look, it's not that I don't like people to be happy and enjoy themselves while earning money, but unfortunately the service was not the only problem, but the food! Believe me the food was the most revolting thing I have eaten in years.
P. went for the pre-theatre menu (mind you, we wanted to go to the theatre afterwards) and I had one main pasta dish. We shared the starter that came with the menu. A Tiella (which apparently is a Neapolese specialty) consisted of different items of unrecognizable deep fried stuff. I mean swimming in oil, artery-cloggingly deep fried. It looked revolting and tasted of old fat. I think one was deep fried mozzarella and one deep fried rice possibly? Disgusting.
Then the clock was ticking we waited for 20 min, 30 min, 40 min pre-theatre menu??? When we finally managed to disturb one of the waiters in their private conversations, and asked them to hurry up, they had not even started preparing our dishes. We did make the theatre by the skin of out teeth, but the stress! Especially with all that grease in our bodies!
Coming back to the main course. P. struggled with the Calzone, it was really not good at all and so oily. My pasta (Scialatielli with ricotto, aubergine, tomatoes and basil) (9£) sounded very nice and seemed a safe choice but was close to being inedible. The pasta itself was doughy and the sauce was extremely heavy and greasy as well as completely tasteless, even after I had put half a jar of chilli flakes on top. Believe me, I was not sad that I had to leave more than 2/3 of the plate because we had to hurry to the theatre. And then it's not even cheap!!
Don't go there, I doubt it will be pleasant and also think of your arteries! If you intend to get yourself closer to a heart attack it should at least be worth it!
Great food, great atmosphere. We even spotted a 'celeb' while dining. It's close to the theatre so I'm sure it happens often. Our waiter was great. Very Italian, had some great recommendations too and the mozarella was AMAZING! I'd never been before, but for a dinner with the girls, bottle of wine, great food and great conversation, would go back time and time again.
Went here during a really slow time of day but the staff was tentative, warm and kept us laughing. They were training some new hires (very first day) and would keep explaining that they were new... we didn't mind, I like helping people and am pretty understanding when someone is learning something new. My brother had a pizza and wine here (his favorite meal always!) and he was super happy...drank the whole bottle of Italian wine himself! I wasn't too big on the panna cotta, not because it tasted bad, I think it was just my personal preference... it was definintely tasty and creamy but not a big fan.
Friendly, filling food, fairly priced.
Great pizza, great service. What more can you ask?
I went on a Wednesday evening and I am glad I arrived before 8:00pm, as they were turning away people. They take reservations, so I would definitely recommend making one if you want to dine in. The restaurant is very open, warm woods, with cheerful reds and colorful paintings. After a long day at work and a chilly fall evening, I was looking for some warm Italian comfort food. I love adventures and finding new culinary delights. When I am handed a menu, it is my goal to find the treasure food item, that I won't be able to taste or experience anywhere else. In my search for the golden food gem, I found "deep fried calazone". I thought to myself, what is that? I have NEVER seen that on any other menu. The manager happened to come by, and I asked him about it, he smiled and informed me that it was actually his favorite menu item, and unique to Rossopomodoro. So, I couldn't back down now, I went ahead and ordered it, thinking that I will need to restart my running routine when I get back home. If you have had fried bread, just imagine it with delicious cheese and pizza sauce inside. Yummy! This went well with the red Italian wine. I couldn't have had a better experience. I also loved that around me I could hear other diners speaking in Italian, and the wait staff speaking in Italian. The servers were also very friendly and the service was fantastic. I couldn't refuse a look at the dessert menu, as I had seen some of the people with dessert as I had come in, and it looked mouth watering. A couple of servers happened to come by as I was looking over the menu, and the both told me their favorite was the dark chocolate almond cake w/ buffalo milk ice cream - Caprese. I went for the suggestion and was not disappointed. I savored every bite. The best ending to a great meal was the house Limoncello. It was the best Limoncello I have had. They told me it was from Naples. They also mentioned the other choice which was a melon/chocolate liqueur specific to Naples. I had to keep something for next time. I couldn't have all the great things in one night. :) I wish I could take this place back to Switzerland with me.
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