Rossopomodoro is a restaurant in the West Village specializing in Neapolitan cuisine. I would classify it as a modern take on Neapolitan cuisine that also highlights some of the classics like Margherita pizza and dishes like pasta
Genovese. I met a dear friend here for lunch. The host and waiter were friendly and made this a lovely experience.
For a starter, we shared the polpetta di melanzane, or eggplant meatballs, which of course, were vegetarian. And very good!
For our entrees, we got pizza to share. First, the Margherita pizza. This pizza was very nice. The tomato sauce in particular had a very fresh, sweet tomato flavor. This pizza was not as “wet” in the middle as Neapolitan-style pizza tends to be.
We also got the Genovese pizza with mozzarella di bufala, basil pesto, pecorino and chili. This pizza was a bit spicy with the chili but not unpleasantly so. Just the right amount.
The bright red and green colors on our table were reminiscent of the Italian flag!
For a side dish and a bit of vegetable, I got the broccoli rabe, which was cooked perfectly–not bitter at all.
For dessert, we had the semolina lemon cake with strawberry gelato. This had such pure, delightful lemon flavor that you really did not need the gelato. The cake was that good on its own.
We also shared the Nutella panna cotta. Cream and Nutella, what more can I say?
A highlight about the menu for those with gluten issues is the gluten-free pizza, which from the sound of reviews, is pretty great.