Italian cuisine is having its heydays in Jeddah lately, with the opening of several restaurants. The latest name that is trying to win us over is “Rossopomodoro”, an International chain that has branches in Europe, The US, and now branching out to Asia and the Middle East. But would Rossopomodoro succeed in its quest. That is the question that we setout to answer.
“Rossopomodoro” in Italian means Red Tomato, it is their logo, and also in the heart of their menu, where tomato based dishes are the crown jewel of it. We wanted to know what would distinguish this restaurant from the many newly opened and established Italian restaurants in the City, so My friend and I paid them a visit last Friday evening to check it out. For a start, we learned that “Rossopomodoro” is all about the traditional Naples cuisine. Naples as many of you know is the birthplace of pizza, and it has a famous reputation for its renown food.
We entered the restaurant and it was almost full, but the host warmly greeted us at the door and invited us inside. We were seated at a high table just in front of the bar, which offered us a nice view of the whole restaurant. Our table as I said was high and it was against the wall, which is painted red, in harmony with the theme of the restaurant. Our stools were wooden with red cushions, while the rest of the restaurant filled with your standard issue wooden tables and chairs. The bar also was red, and the other side of the restaurant were decorated with large oil paintings represent Italian themes. Other than that, there is not really much to say about the décor, which was very simple, and the only decoration that is worth mentioning are large cans of Italian tomato paste, olive oil bottles, and bags of pasta on the walls and the bar, with a corner filled with aforementioned products and several other for the Italian cocking enthusiasts to buy.
As for the food, it was really something. The menu was extensive, but we tried select what we thought it would be a good entries to what the place can offer, thing that would make or break your experience in an Italian restaurant. Meanwhile, our waiter brought a paper bag to our table with slices of bread inside it, and he also brought olive oil with lemon and with orange flavors. We tried the bread with both and they had strong pleasant flavor which we have not tried before. It was not for long before our food started coming. For starter we chose the “Griglietta”; a side of grilled vegetables (12 SR) which was ok but nothing special, and the “Bruschetta”; topped with tomato, basil, oregano and EV olive oil (29 SR), which reminded me a lot of the ones I had in Italy, it was that good. For the main dishes we chose “O Gnocco”; potato gnocchi with cherry tomato, smoked provola cheese, Parmesan, and basil (41 SR). This was an excellent gnocchi, it was smooth and the taste would make the buds of your mouth dance with joy. We also chose the “Fru Fru” pizza; an oval shaped pizza divided between three kinds of pizza: ricotta and beef salami, buffalo mozzarella tomato sauce and rocula leaves, and cherry tomato with Parmesan cheese (49 SR). This pizza was incredible. Even if we set aside the fresh and tasty topping, the dough itself is the best I had in Jeddah. Words can’t really describe how good it was, and you just have to go and try it yourself. Drinks were the one part that was lacking in their menu, so we had soft drinks (6 SR a can). For dessert, we went for “Tiramisu” (23 SR), which was good, but since they incorporate Nutella into it, it was overwhelmingly sweet for my taste, but I am sure that many would like this inspired twist on the good old Tiramisu formula. Our total bill, with a whooping 18% service charge, mounted to 195 SR.
It goes without saying that Italian food lovers are having an increasingly harder decision to make where to eat, with the growing number of excellent Italian restaurants in Jeddah, and the addition of “Rossopomodoro” to the mix will further complicate this dilemma. Because when it comes to food, we were beyond impressed with our dinner at “Rossopomodoro”, the service was attentive and excellent, and the ambience was good as well. That is why I think that this restaurant will make a regular out of any guest who try it even once.Rossopomodoro,
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