REVIEW: Rossopomodoro, Camden
WHAT? Neapolitan food (that is, hailing from Naples) is a carb-lovers dream, so on a stonking hangover we could think of nowhere better to head than Rossopomodoro, Camden.
Happily the vast menu goes beyond pizza and pasta, including Le Fritte (round, fried pizza stuffed with cheese), Scarpetta (a pan full of tasty sauce with fresh bread to dip in, until your top button must be undone), Parmigiana, and a pleasing array of gluten-free options. This being a large chain, the food isn’t exquisite – but by 6pm the place is buzzing. Pizzas are baked fresh, pastas are piping hot and delicious, and the waitresses super friendly.
We opted for the Cozze e Pecorino (£11.95), comprising thin spaghetti with mussels, garlic, fresh chilli, extra virgin olive oil, pecorino shavings and home-made pecorino, garlic and parsley pesto – a little stingy on the mussels but a good portion size. Next up, the potato and rice gnocchi with beef bolognese sauce and parmesan shavings – again, very tasty but a measly portion for a grown (if hungover) man.
WHY GO? Wine and cocktails are at good price points, an Espresso Martini setting you back £6.95 (a heady mix of Absolut, Kalhua, Neapolitan espresso and sugar), a tasty Lurisia Gazzosa just £3.25 (made with succulent lemons from the Amalfi coast).
The dessert menu is extensive, though we recommend a Sorbetto al limone (£6.45 ) – a whole lemon filled with refreshing lemon sorbet. Finish with a Melannurca (£3.45), a unique grappa made with the typical “Annurca” apple, for a refreshing end to a quick, decent belly filler at a good price. When in Naples…
Amy was a guest of Rossopomodoro