ROSSOPOMODORO: Red Italian tomatoes in Copenhagen
Many of you are probably familiar with Illum’s rooftop and the many restaurants to choose from up there. Whenever just the tiniest amount of sunshine presents itself, the outside terrace is full to the brim making it the place to be and be seen.
I was pleased to discover the opening of Rossopomodoro here in Copenhagen as I was familiar with the restaurant chain from my time living in Spain. Rossopomodoro was founded in Naples, Italy and opened its first restaurant in 1999. Since then, 103 locations have popped up worldwide. Rossopomodoro meaning “red tomato”, is an authentic Neapolitan pizza and pasta restaurant; they even have their staff imported from Italy! Most of the waiters don’t speak Danish, adding to the authentic Italian dining experience.
Whenever I have visitors from other countries, I find myself bringing them to Rossopomodoro as the atmosphere up there is bubbly and the food is liked by everyone. It’s your classic Italian dishes but slightly elevated (and very Instagram friendly may I add). Being a frequent visitor myself and having tried almost the entire menu, I wanted to share a little review for you guys.
My top Rossopomodoro picks are:
- Gnocchi: little pillows of potato pasta in a rich tomato sauce with smoked mozzarella and basil
- Arancini: deep fried risotto balls with beef and melted cheese in the middle
- Parmigiana: baked eggplant slices layered with a very garlicky tomato sauce topped with parmesan
Of course, they also have a variety of pizzas available; from good old margherita, white pizzas (no tomato sauce), deep fried pizzas to gluten free even! I have tried several of the pizzas and they were good – however the crust was not crispy enough for my liking. They don’t overdo it with the toppings either, so if you like a heavier pizza with lots of stuff, I highly encourage you to try some of the other authentic Italian options on the menu instead!
It’s a great place to have a quick lunch in between shopping, or to linger around for hours and people watch over an Italian coffee – which is also delicious by the way. Lastly, along with your receipt, as a fun little parting gift, you receive a guide on Neapolitan hand gestures preparing you for your next visit!
Have a look at the menu on http://www.rossopomodoro.dk