Rossopomodoro is a small restaurant chain providing authentic Neopolitan food in central and greater London, as well as in Birmingham. I had heard about Rossopomodoro pizza being great and was recently given the chance to sample their gluten free pizza offerings, as well as the new item on the dessert menu, gluten free tiramisu!
Six of the nine pizza toppings are marked with an asterisk to indicate they can be made on a gluten free base. I was pleased to find they have excellent cross contamination controls to keep the gluten free pizza safe throughout the preparation and cooking process (see below for more detail).
Our party of four all had gluten free pizza and everyone really enjoyed their pizzas. I love a thin base with a crispy crust! My (non gluten free) husband said it was the best gluten free base he has tried so far (and I have made him try a few!).
My favourite topping was ‘Ventura’, with mozzarella, parma ham, rocket, parmesan and basil and would definitely order this again.
Our waiter suggested we try the classic style Neopolitan pizza ‘Verace’. It is a simple combination of tomato sauce, buffalo mozzarella, olive oil and basil which was very enjoyable and the tomato sauce had a little bit of a ‘kick’ to it which I like, but I think the amount of sauce did make the base a bit moist in the centre.
The other pizzas we tried were the ‘Massese’ & ‘Capricciosa’. The salami on the ‘Massesse’ was nice and spicy and the ‘Capricciosa’ had a good mix of flavours with ham, artichoke, mushrooms and olives.
Pizza cross-contamination procedures
I was impressed with the cross contamination controls which are as follows:
- gluten free dough is produced in a separate kitchen
- the bases are stretched and baked in trays to protect them in the oven (also not cooked at the same time as regular pizzas)
- all ingredients for GF pizza are kept in dedicated containers
- all flour used to stretch pizza in the pizzeria is rice flour
- the gluten free pizzas are periodically tested to check the above processes are working.
As with most restaurants, they do have a disclaimer on their website that they cannot guarantee a 100% flour free environment, but I was comfortable eating the gluten free pizza with the above controls in places.
We went to the Covent Garden location (just around the corner from Leicester Square tube) and the atmosphere in the restaurant was buzzing. It has a casual vibe and would be a great spot for a pre-theatre meal or after drinks at one of the many nearby pubs. The other central London location is in John Lewis department store, so great for a pit stop while shopping along Oxford Street!
We were also lucky to be able to try the newest edition to the menu which is gluten free tiramisu, which will really appeal to the #fruitisnotadessert gluten free campaigners! We all thought the tiramisu was amazing and one slice was just right to share between two after having a big pizza!
We had a very enjoyable experience at Rossopomodoro and would recommend it for gluten free pizza and tiramisu. If you can plan ahead, they do suggest notifying them you will require gluten free to ensure they have enough bases available (no extra charge for gluten free).
The only suggestion I would make to Rossopomodoro is to mark up other items on the menu that are gluten free, as it looked like some of the starters, salads and sides would be naturally gluten free, or could be made gluten free by having gluten free bread available (or removing the bread).
50 – 52 Monmouth Street, Covent Garden, WC2 H9EP
Tel: 020 7240 9095
John Lewis Department Store, 300 Oxford St, London, W1A 1EX
Tel : 020 7495 8409
Check website for details of other locations – Chelsea, Hoxton, Camden, Swiss Cottage, Wandsworth, Kingston, Birmingham
For more ideas on eating out gluten free in London and the UK, please check the following links:
- 100% Gluten Free UK page (including London)
- Summary of chains offering gluten free options
- London restaurant reviews
- all UK restaurant reviews
- Restaurant Lists page
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