You may or may have noticed (or not even remotely cared!) that I’ve been a bit quieter on this blog over the Easter break, and that’s because I decided to take a breather and spend some quality time with the family, and over several days this quality time involved some lovely days out.
During the first week of the Easter holidays, we decided to meet Adam after work for a trip on the London Eye (more on that in another post), before hitting a restaurant in Covent Garden that was totally new to us, Rossopomodoro (try getting your kids to sound that out during phonics practice!).
Rossopomodoro are a small chain of authentically Italian restaurants, mainly based in London (although they have branches at a few other spots across the UK), and when they invited our family to give them a go, we jumped at the chance. As a family, we are often lucky enough to eat out fairly regularly, and working, living and playing in London, we are spoilt for choice. But finding a new family-friendly gem that isn’t the regular chain pizza place up the road is high up on our culinary list!
We decided to choose one of their restaurants in Covent Garden as we could have a stroll over the river from the Eye, but also because we just love the hustle and bustle and people-watching-potential of the area. And indeed, we weren’t disappointed when it came to the latter: On arrival we were seated on a spacious table near the window, complete with our very own basil plant which delighted Freddie (6) and Sasha (4) no end. Brownie points already and we hadn’t even eaten.
The staff serving us were really friendly and approachable, high-fiving the kids and making sure we had everything we needed, plus knowledgeably answering any questions we had regarding the large menu. We ordered still, bottled water and apples juices (for the children), plus a bottle of actually very nice house white for Adam and myself (well, a small glass for pregnant old me!).
After perusing the menu for what seemed likes ages (so much choice!), I settled on the Frittatine to start (pasta croquettes with Bechamelle, green peas and mozzarella with a basil mayo) and classic Carbonara for main. Adam went for Bruschette to kick off his dinner, and then one of the specials: spaghetti with whole crab, cherry tomatoes, chilli and parsley. The prices at Rossopomodoro are slightly more expensive (but not extortionately so) compared to some other big chains, but if you read on, it appears that you get what you pay for here, and the choice and ambiance is just fantastic.
The children’s menu was simple but appetizing, with talk of “breadcrumbed chicken fillet and homemade potato wedges” and “dough balls flavoured with basil pesto, garlic and Parmesan cheese”. The eventually both opted for dough balls to start, with F choosing ham and mushroom pizza for main, and S going for Spaghetti Bolognese.
On arrival, every single one of our dishes was a visual treat, so beautifully presented (especially the whole crab, wowsers!), and portions were extremely generous, which people may or may not love depending on which end of the spectrum your appetite sits. Top marks go to the flavouring in our dishes, with Adam’s tomatoes in his bruschetta being particularly flavorsome and tasty, and my carbonara was spot on. We were also impressed with the amount of bolognese in Sasha’s dish, especially in comparison with other restaurant chains, where you get a heap more pasta and what seems like a token dollop of bol.
I was tempted to skip dessert (stuffed!), but being the sucker that I am, chose the most delicious ricotta panacota with white chocolate and redcurrants. The children had ice cream, and Adam had the most incredible ‘Brioche al Gelato‘ (Homemade buffalo milk ice cream, stuffed in a warm brioche and served with your choice of topping)- which Freddie and Sasha helped him polish off!
When it came to our food, if I was being really picky for the sake of this review, we would say that Adam’s crab pasta had a little too much shell in it (although the flavours were awesome), and I’d have preferred the kid’s starter options to not be too deep-fried as they were a little rich as a result, but otherwise we couldn’t fault anything.
All-in-all we had such a lovely meal, and it made a nice change to go somewhere different. It will definitely be on my go-to list when I’m in the area for a pre-theatre dinner, or a birthday treat out with friends, as it struck the difficult balance perfectly between being family friendly yet ‘nice’ enough for a grown up dinner.
Top marks from Family Freeman!
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Terms and Conditions: Competition closes at 11.59pm GMT on Sunday 21st May 2017. Entries received after this time and date will not be valid. Giveaway open to UK residents only. Entrants must be 18 and over. Winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter after the closing date and will be notified within 5 days of competition end. Only entrants received via the Rafflecopter widget will be considered valid. The prize is as follows and must be taken by the 1st January 2018: A Meal at a Rossopomoro Restaurant in a London branch for a family of 4, maximum 2 adults. All diners will receive a 3 course meal, including a bottle of wine for adults or a soft drink of choice, and soft drinks for children. The prize can be taken at either lunch or dinner. No cash alternatives to the stated prize will be offered.
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