Rossopomodoro Covent Garden

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Rossopomodoro Covent Garden

This chain of Neapolitan restaurants must be doing something right - from humble roots back in Naples it's grown into a group of more than 80 venues worldwide. There are eight now in London, including this branch, on Monmouth Street.

The chain's ethos is one that sticks to those Neapolitan roots. The food menu ranges from freshly baked breads, bruschetta and antipasti platters to salads, classic Italian pasta dishes and a house special of black ink linguine with prawns and cherry tomatoes. The stretchy, chewy pizzas are made with Neapolitan flour and given a blast in the wood-fired oven.

The wine list sticks to Italy, and most are available by the glass. There's Birra Moretti, spumanti and limonata made from Sorrento lemons, too. A short cocktail list includes rossinis, negronis, bloody marys and espresso martinis.


Venue name: Rossopomodoro Covent Garden
Address: 50-52 Monmouth Street
Opening hours: Mon–Thurs: noon–11pm. Fri–Sat: noon–11.30pm. Sun: noon– 10pm.
Transport: Tube: Covent Garden tube
Price: Main courses £7-£14. Set lunch (noon-3pm Mon-Fri) £9.99 2 courses
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Having tried and tested a few slices of Rossopomodoro's finest at a Pizza Festival in Borough nearly a year ago I had been keen ever since to try out one of their now many outposts across London to get a glimpse at their whole menu and enjoy more than just a bite. I visited with my Mum just last week; she ordered the Pomodorosa which was an 'oval gourmet' pizza that allowed you to try 4 styles of their pizza in 4 quarters and I ordered one of their specials that was to be topped with burrata, tomatoes, anchovies and fresh herbs.

The food envy unfortunately hit me as soon as they arrived because my special arrived for some reason without any kind of sauce. Perhaps I missed something on the menu but I've come across pizzas of all varieties and with all kinds of ingredients used to make up the 'passata' that tops the cooked dough but I've never seen what I was served described as a pizza before. It crossed my mind to point it out that they'd forgotten it but I took the British standpoint of pretending everything is fine in this instance. Mum absolutely adored hers and I spent the meal wishing I'd just stuck to the normal menu and not without finding all of the ingredients that topped my 'pizza' both fresh and delicious but should you ever give a pizza without sauce a go you'll notice it's unsurprisingly drier than its average cousin. Drier meant it took longer to chew through and needed a whole lot of chilli oil for soaking which felt a little pointless. 

The moral of the story here is perhaps, at risk of sounding a little odd, to ask your waiter whether your order comes with sauce or not because it will mean the difference between your loving this place or choosing somewhere else.

On the upside the Aperol Spritz's are served practically in goldfish bowls so I had a decent amount of liquid to was it down with.

I have walked past here a few times and wanted to try it, but never found the excuse. Well that came along when my Dad and his credit card wanted somewhere for dinner and a catch up!

We were seated near the back, by the dough making machine (which intrigued me no end wondering what it was, until they used it). We started with doughballs and ordered a red wine. We followed this up with a pizza each, which was a good choice since it can be a challenge to find a decent pizza in London. Lastly my Dad introduced me to Affogato and I havn't looked back since, always making it my preference for Italian desserts!

I really recommend this place, the staff were friendly and the restaurant decor is pleasing. The pizza's are cooked in the back of the restaurant in full view of the tables, so it gives the place a really good atmosphere.

Had to wait for a good while for a table, but that's my own fault for not booking, had a seat and a glass of wine though so not all bad.  The service is really friendly, from a pretty much exclusively Italian staff as far as i could tell.  The food was simple, fresh and tasty which I imagine is just what they're aiming for!

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Came for lunch, last minute decision to go to Rossopomodoro. Great choice for family choice. Pizza's are superb. Real pizza's. Staff were friendly, polite. Albeit when full they were stretched. Great food though.

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There's loads of quality pizza places in the west end these days, and Rossopomodoro can definitely compete with some of the newcomers such as Homeslice, especially as the size of the place means large groups of people can be accomodated easily (which definitely gives them the edge over several other places)

Food has always been good, with light, not overly doughy bases and pretty much all the classic toppings being available in some form or another - prices are good and they often offer discounts for local businesses having a team lunch


This italian food & pizza place is light, bright and airy. The service is friendly (but was slow at the end to get the bill) and the food is tasty. I'm a pizza fiend and I liked the dough in the pizzas. Very tasty.

Came for lunch and had the Cornucopia pizza which was delicious, would thoroughly recommend. Eager to try the pasta next time as I hear its just as good. Only down side is service wasn't great as we had to ask three different people for the bill before it actually came, but all in all a pleasant experience

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Lunch with a friend was enhanced by the fantastic pizza and salad choices. A personal favourite is the Verace with tomato sauce, buffalo mozzarella, extra virgin olive oil and basil (always fresh from the oven). The service is not overly fussy and when I’ve been it’s always been busy.  My guest had the rigatoni and it looked good alongside the mixed salad, which you can ‘mix’ yourself with on table vinegar and olive oil.  I’ve sometimes been wary of the prices charged in restaurants around Covent Garden, but Rossopomodoro I think is fairly priced for the quality of the food and service.

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I love this place. I was originally introduced by a mad Italian colleague, an Italian recommending pizza! surely a better seal of approval cannot be sought. From the outset, the café styled interior is both humble and welcoming, the smell of pizza and the delicious fresh Neapolitan ingredients the chain pride themselves on serving, fill the air. The staff are friendly and proud of their authentic Italian roots. Perfect in every sense. The gourmet pizzas are something to behold, the farfallona is one of my particular favourites. A charming little piece of Naples right in the centre of London. As one of their wallboards states, 'Good pizza is better than sex, and when it's bad is still pretty good'. Enjoy and don't rush it. 

Some people really dont know what real neapolitan pizza should be like....... "Pizza was floppy, not cryspy......" The Pizza Napoletana IS floppy and thats how it should be! ...... "Food taste like it's made for americans, lots of fried food" ......... Silly me, neapolitans do not fry food....... ;) Please, please, please, if you like pizza hut or other american shitty places, do not go to Rossopomodoro and expect the same rubbish...... This is Pizza Napoletana at it's best: fresh ingredients, perfect dough, cooked in a wood fired oven, what more need i add? One of the best, if not the best, in London!

I have never left a restaurant so appalled at the service. I ate here a few years ago for a friend's birthday and the pizza was sublime, so I recommended it to a friend for his birthday. By about an hour into the meal, I felt ashamed for doing so. So- the waiters ignored our table for the first 25 minutes because two of the group were late. BUSINESS TIP 1: If your clients want to buy drinks, you should probably serve them as this can occasionally make you money. When they arrived, the fat bald man at the door told them: 'Your table is just next to the toilets. enjoy your meal'. TIP 2: Don't treat latecomers- no matter how much an inconvenience they've caused- like dirty outcasts. When our waiter eventually came to the table, rather than introducing himself, or dropping a friendly hello, he managed with impressive speed to shove a drinks menu *under each of our elbows*. He pinched me with the card, twice. TIP 3: Don't assault your customers with menus. TIP 4: Don't employ (rude) ninjas as waiters. They burnt the (different) bruschetta starters of 4 of our group. The meatballs were delicious and so was the calamari. But that wasn't exactly fair on the diners who had made the mistake of ordering bread. BUSINESS TIP 5: Don't let dragons toast your bread starters. The pizzas were pretty good, the 3 unlucky diners who picked pasta mains (against my advice) were sorely disappointed. TIP 6: Er, you're an Italian restaurant, not a pizzeria- sort it out. And finally, when it came to the bill, we ended up £25 over after the service (HAH!) charge. The waiter then *shouted* loudly in Italian at the birthday boy that we were £20 short. Luckily he is also Italian and explained that "short" and "excess" have different meanings. TIP 7: Don't shout at your customers, particularly on their birthday. Don't be such rude, ignorant morons. DINER TIP 1: Don't eat at Rosso Pomodoro Monmouth Street, unless you have dangerously low blood pressure and need somewhere to raise it.

We booked a table at Rossopomodoro in Covent Garden upon recommendation from a colleague. The restaurant was really busy (and quite noisy) but this didn't bother us too much as we were looking forward to the food! Whilst seated, the couple next to us returned their chicken/beef salads saying that there was little flavour to the dish, and that they could do better themselves. This put me off getting the salad. In the meantime, the table on the other side of us was returning a pizza to the kitchen. We ordered a olives followed by pizza and a pasta dish. Unfortunately we found that the food wan't that great. The olives seemed to have come straight from the jar, and were undressed. The thin crust pizza was sloppy (not crusty) and didn't have the choice of topping requested, and the pasta dish was bland, which led me conclude that it was not a very skilled kitchen, hence the reason I have come to write this, and the poor rating. Rossopomodoro need to up their game!!

Came to this place last saturday evening for the first time as i just moved to the area. I must say I have never been happier with a restaurant experience. The service was super friendly and attentive, the atmosphere buzzing and the food was delicious! My girlfriend and i shared the buffalo mozzarella starter and then shared a pizza! Never had pizza that good! Found my all time favourite place!

Went here last Saturday with some friends who were visiting. Haven't been before but always looked quite lively and buzzing when walked past. From the minute we walked through the door it was an amazing atmosphere. They'd gone to town with the Halloween decorations, carved pumpkins everywhere, all the staff were dressed up, the (male) manager was even serving in 3 inch heels! All the staff seemed to really be enjoying themselves,and I think that speaks volumes as so often I have been to restaurants with really surly staff. Anyway, there was quite a bit of a wait for the food, but the place was really busy and we didn't mind too much, although if we'd had theatre tickets or somewhere to go, we might have brought it up, but as it was we were quite content with our drinks and soaking up the atmosphere. We didn't order any starters just went for pizzas (3 and one Calzone) I can't remember what mine was called, it began with a V but it was amazing, the cheese was so gooey, the dough perfect and it had truffle oil on it which I love. Everyone else loved their pizzas, and my friends Calzone was absolutely enormous. I really loved being able to see pizzas go into the oven too. Will definitely be going back!

Service is good - althou the meal isn't a traditional Italian meal, seams to cater for Americans... With it being deep fried in some cases. Only come here if you miss the food in the states. Very commercial, doesn't have that home cooked effect to it.

Had loads of good meals at this place. I've always found it to be great value for money and simply don't think there's a better pizza in town. Salad has also got much better recently too

Amazing food, great atmosphere and very good service - the best pizza restaurant in London!!!

It is the first time I manage to find a real authentic Italian restaurant in London, finally! The pizza was excellent, it was as good (if not even better) than those I usually eat in Italy. The service was perfect and the whole atmosphere very enjoyable. I had very pleasant evening. I would recommend it to all Italians who want to feel back home and to all those who want to try high quality Italian food for a very reasonable price!

Delicious food, super friendly staff, great enviroment. We had hot and cold starters which consisted of meat and fish, mains were salads and pasta dishes. Everything was presented very well and all the food was seasoned perfectly. The enviroment at the restaurant was lively and the team are very friendly and were always on hand. 10/10

Fantastic service, nice, laid-back atmosphere and a brilliant new menu. The asparagotta pizza and grilled vegetable salad were both delicious. Thoroughly enjoyed myself last night and will have no hesitations recommending the place.