We love it when something new pops up in Newcastle… Especially when its foody related. So…We were delighted when the recently opened Rossopomodoro Restaurant, located in Eldon Square’s John Lewis, invited us for lunch in order to try their Neapolitan menu.
Rossopomodoro’s pitch is…that they’re are truly Neapolitan – With chefs from Neapolitan pizzaioli families making Neapolitan dishes using ingredients sourced from the Napoli region.
I was curious to see how the integration of an authentic restaurant based within a modern department store would work…Or, if it would be like putting a square peg into a round hole. As predicted, the chain’s design team seemed to have met John Lewis half way.
The venue is a spacious, open plan area situated on the first floor of the department store. It actually blends in quite well, as its entrance is recessed and understated. The venue’s interior is simple yet functional. Weathered wood cladded walls adorned with authentic Neapolitan art and eclectic Mediterranean styled furniture help create a tangible beach shack feel. The pizza oven and preparation areas are exposed and at the heart of the restaurant.
There’s also some clever yet subtle little touches like potted fresh herbs on the table, condiments presented in large tomato cans and a menu featuring a portrait of the beautiful Sophia Loren. Overall…considering its within a department store in the middle of Eldon Square, Rossopomodoro’s combination of both decor and branding achieves a welcoming ambience.
While Jess and I perused the menu, we gleefully munched our way through the bread basket (£3.95) which was a delicious selection of homemade, Tomato, grissini and focaccia breads. The menu is brimming with Italian classics along with dishes exclusive to the Napoli region. For starters we opted for the Parmigiana (£6.95) which was a hearty aubergine bake dish smothered in smoked mozzarella, parmesan and a rich tomato sauce. This rustic dish was wholesome enough to be a main and tasty with a good depth of flavour albeit, not too pleasing on the eye.
For my main I simply had to try the Neapolitan Pizza as; When in Rome…you get the picture! I plumped for the Pizza Cappricciosa (£11.95) Consisting of; mushrooms, ham, artichoke hearts, mozzarella, and black olives on a rich tomato sauce base. Although the place was busy, service was brilliant and everything we ordered came quickly
The toppings were fresh and were handily placed across their delicious and unique base. It was the base which really separated this pizza from other Italian joints in Newcastle. The dough was in particular, exceptional. The 24-hour dough-making progress creates the most fantastic of bases that’s light and full of flavour.
Rossopomodoro is an exciting and vibrant place where you’ll eat amazing pizza. It’s fresh, authentic, kid friendly and…heck it’s fun.
John Lewis, Eldon Square, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE99 1AB
Monday to Friday: 9:00 – 20:00
Saturday: 9:00 – 19:00
Sunday: 11am – 17.00
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