Ring*: Astrid & Miyu
Where: Rossopomodoro, John Lewis Oxford Street
Authentic Italian food, a bottle of red and a treasured friend – that’s a pretty perfect evening if you ask me.
Upon being invited down to Rossopomodoro to do a little review, I have to be honest and say that I was a bit nervous. As both a vegan and coeliac, it’s rare that I find myself in an Italian restaurant because to put it bluntly, it’s just not a cuisine that offers me a lot of options. But I was reassured that there would be plenty for me to choose from as most gluten-based dishes on the menu could be made gluten free at my request. As it turns out, I opted for a delicious salad but it’s worth noting that the restaurant is extremely accommodating for all allergies and on my next visit, I’ll be sure to try a pizza or pasta dish.
So where do I begin? Without getting ahead of myself, this place was pretty special. Polly (who of course was perfect company for this occasion) and I walked in to be greeted with a lovely rustic interior. Panelled wood lined the room and potted plants sat on window sills overlooking Cavendish Square. We were taken to a table right next to the window, the perfect spot to watch day transition into dusk.
Our wonderful waiter, Ladu, came over to introduce himself and hand us menus, briefly explaining a bit about Neapolitan cuisine and suggesting his favourite dishes. We browsed the drinks menu first and upon Ladu’s recommendation, ordered a bottle of Chianti – a beautiful dry red wine. Now, I’m the first to admit that I don’t drink. I will have a cocktail or two on occasion but I’ve never really enjoyed alcohol – not the taste or the effects. However, this Chianti was quite simply the most delicious wine I have ever tasted. Polly was sure she would hate it until she had a sip and then admitted she loved it – we both did! It was the perfect accompaniment to our meal and we had no problem finishing the bottle between us.
Now on to the food. While we browsed, we nibbled on fresh mixed olives and crusty tomato bread. We pored over the menu and with a little help from Ladu, ordered our mains which arrived in less than 15 minutes. Polly had a 3 cheese pizza dotted with spinach, fresh tomatoes and aubergine. Polly loves her cheese and with a combination of smoked mozzarella, buffalo mozzarella and gorgonzola, I think she was in her element. She did say that the base was a little soft but I think we concluded that was due to the weight of the toppings – which certainly weren’t sparing! I opted for a delicious quinoa salad, tossed with a variety of fresh and colourful vegetables in a balsamic dressing. The flavours were incredible and there wasn’t a single bite left by the time I’d finished. To share (or rather, a 90/10 split in my favour), we ordered a side of potato wedges. Chunky and perfectly crisp, they were the perfect addition to my lighter main course.
Although Polly doesn’t have a sweet tooth, the chocolate and hazelnut ice cream with a dollop of whipped cream completely won her over. She made appreciative noises as I snapped away and sipped another (!) large glass of wine.
Throughout our meal, Ladu was attentive and informative, ensuring we were comfortable and had everything we needed. His service was outstanding and actually, faultless (which in my experience, is less common than it should be) so Polly and I made sure to leave a generous tip at the end of evening. I have to admit that I was extremely impressed with all the staff at Rossopomodoro.
So what was my overall impression? I loved the interior, the service couldn’t have been better and the food was exquisite. The location is fantastic and the views of the city from our table only made the evening more enjoyable. I would recommend Rossopomodoro to anyone and especially if you like Italian food. You’ll be bowled over by the abundance of choice and the rich flavours of the dishes. This place gets a big thumbs up from me – and from Polly!
Thank you to Rossopomodoro for hosting such a wonderful evening, we can’t wait to come and visit you again soon.
Love, Beth xo.
Disclaimer: all items marked with an asterisk have been gifted to me for promotional purposes.