The new Rossopomodoro restaurant in Kingston-upon-Thames is much classier than your typical chain restaurant with a light, cool and airy decor and ample space between tables for a relaxed dining experience. Staff are plentiful, attentive (but not overly so) and welcoming, making it a great place to relax and enjoy simple Italian food. The menu is predominantly pizza and pasta with a number of Neapolitan specialities. For early risers, the restaurant is open from 9:30am for breakfast with an Italian twist.
For our starter, we selected a platter of melt-in-your-mouth Buffalo mozzarella, Parma ham and bruschetta. The bruschetta was fresh with a spicy tang of garlic, and very traditionally prepared (deeply toasted with lashings of olive oil), as a fellow diner pointed out with a hint of nostalgia. We also tried the calamari, which was very tender and cooked in a light tempura batter and accompanied (interestingly) by thin strips of courgettes.
For mains, we selected the Fru Fru pizza with Buffalo ricotta and Neapolitan salami, mozzarella, Parma ham, rocket and basil, the restaurant's most popular pizza, which was deemed by my teenage son to be one of the best pizzas he has ever tasted! He particularly enjoyed the softness of the dough, achieved, we were informed, by cooking the pizza at 500c for 90 seconds. We also had The Pescatora pasta, which had a delicious sauce enriched with octopus and cuttle fish. The pasta was, however, slightly too al dente for my liking. The third of our dishes was the Tonno e Pistacchi; a fresh tuna salad. The fish was cooked to perfection, but the salad was a bit bland.
For the perfect accompaniment to our meal, we enjoyed a bottle of the Valpolicella Ripasso, a lovely dark purple wine with dark cherries on the nose and a rich, spicy flavour. My son, who isn't old enough to imbibe, enjoyed the Lurisia Gazzosa, a fantastic, tangy homemade lemonade. To round off the meal, we enjoyed an indulgently rich chocolate soufflé (very moreish), and three scoops of delicious ice-cream.
Overall, we had a thoroughly enjoyable experience at this family friendly restaurant, which is great for families with children of all ages. So if you are in the centre of Kingston, whether shopping or not, this is a great place to visit.
Our experience overall
Food and drink: ★★★★
Staff attentiveness/friendliness: ★★★★
I'm a lover of all cheeses (bordering on an obsession), so I will definitely be celebrating the Buffalo Mozzarella season this summer!
Buffalo Mozzarella is freshest in July and August, as during these months the weather in Campania is at it’s warmest, the grass and herbs at their sweetest, and apparently water buffalo are at their happiest (I'm not sure how one determines a water buffalo's happiness levels, but it certainly sounds nice to have blissful water buffalo roaming around high on life for the sheer purpose of producing divine cheese).
To ensure freshness, Rossopomodoro transport the Buffalo Mozzarella twice weekly direct from Campania, and it goes from production to plate in 24 hours, bringing London the tastiest and freshest mozzarella possible.
To celebrate these two special months, Rossopomodoro has introduced two larger sharing plates (in addition to the permanent menu items).
Both are served with tomato bruschetta, grilled vegetables and prosciutto di Parma.
With just over a month to go before the Buffalo Mozzarella season ends, ensure you head to Rossopomodoro now to indulge in some creamy and delicious mozzarella in all its glory.
Rossopomodoro London locations
10 Jamestown Road
Camden, NW1 7BY
020 7424 9900
214 Fulham Road
020 7352 7677
50 - 52 Monmouth Street
020 7240 9095
1 Rufus Street
London, N1 6PE
020 7739 1899
300 Oxford St, John Lewis
Shopping Centre, W1A 1EX
020 7495 8409
46 Garratt Lane
London, SW18 4TF
020 8877 9903
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