Kingston is one of my favourite towns to go shopping, they have a vintage shop, an antiques centre and a John Lewis where I like to go for home bits and haberdashery supplies. When I go shopping I always like to stop for something to eat, to keep me re-fueled and to break up the day a bit. I was delighted when Rossopomodoro opened in john Lewis last year, I love Italian food and their pizzas are absolutely delicious.
A few weeks ago I popped into Rossopomodoro with Rob for a chilled out lunch and after looking round the shops it was a welcome treat. They had invited us along to try the new restaurant and write a review. The company originates in Naples and have a fantastic Italian menu. They claim that you won’t find a more authentic Pizza than theirs outside Naples and I know neither of us were disappointed by our delicious meal.
I was also really impressed that they have gluten-free and low-calorie pizza options. I’ve been being careful with my food and have been losing weight, so being able to go for a slightly less sinful option was really good.
The decor of the restaurant is lovely. It is spacious, light and airy. There is loads of space between the tables so you can enjoy your meal and conversation without having other diners on top of you. The huge floor to ceiling windows give you a great view over Kingston, so you can watch the world go by while you eat.
The staff were really friendly on arrival and we were immediately offered a drink and some olives. The olives were absolutely gorgeous and it was nice to have something to nibble on while we looked through the menu.
We opted to share a selection of Bruschette for our starter. There were four different varieties and we had half each. They were all really tasty and luckily not too filling as I wanted to save room for my pizza!
The Bruschette were made using chargrilled home-made bread and came in a classic tomato, garlic and basil, a mushroom pate with pork, a cannellini bean and Neapolitan Friarielli and my personal favourite buffalo ricotta cheese with rich & spicy nduja. I’d definitely recommend getting the section if you’re opting for Bruschette as they are all really yummy and it’s nice to try lots of new flavours.
When it comes to pizza, I always go for one with fresh rocket on top. It’s one of my favourite flavours and I always think the peppery crispy leaves go so well with the tomato and cheese. This time I chose the Leggerina from the under 500 calorie range.
The pizza is topped with Buffalo ricotta with herbs, ham, rocket, cherry tomatoes and tomato sauce. All the ingredients were so fresh and went perfectly together, it was absolutely delicious and beautifully presented. The food also arrived really quickly, so there was no waiting around between courses. Perfect if you’re having a quick lunch between visiting shops.
Once we had finished our pizzas I couldn’t resist trying one of the desserts (forget everything I said about the diet earlier!) When I saw they had Tiramisù, which is my absolute favourite dessert I knew I had to give it a try. It was every bit as good as I’d expected.
Our whole experience at Rossopomodoro was a really good one. From the lovely decor, to the friendly staff and excellent menu, it was all perfect. I loved the handy location in the heart of Kingston and being able to walk in from the shops for a nice lunch suited us perfectly. I’d love to go back with the kids to sample the children’s menu soon too.
To find your nearest restaurant and see the full menu on the Rosopomodoro website.
Thank you to Rossopomodoro for inviting us along for lunch. Although our meal was free, all opinions as always are my own.
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