Authentic Italian pizza is Rosso Pomodoro's promise
Rosso Pomodoro, located in Balmain, came with raving recommendations and taglines such as 'The best Italian pizza in Sydney', so it was hard for me not to give it a go.
Located on a not so busy street of Balmain, the restaurant's translucent PIZZA lights on the wall and the red and green decor is unmissable. We were greeted with a warm welcome on arrival and instantly felt relaxed in this family friendly restaurant.
Rosso Pomodoro takes incredible pride on their authentic recipes, ingredients, including the cheese that is imported straight from Italy. They have rules listed on the wall about their menu, which categorically states 'No half and half pizzas' and 'No ham and pineapple' among other rules. If you are after a Hawaiian pizza, this is not the place for you, however, if you want some fresh stone baked pizza served hot to the table, this is surely the place.
Pizzas come with 2 base sauces, tomato and white sauce. There is also a vegan alternative for anyone who wishes. Without much ado we went for the recommended favourites Patate e Salsiccia which is potato and sausages, Margherita Regina with buffalo mozzarella, Vegetariana with potatoes and olives and the Prosciutto pizza.
The pizzas were sizzling hot as they arrived on the table. They looked and tasted divine. A drop of their specialty chilli olive oil added a kick to the pizza that raised the bar from wonderful to wow.
The pizzas are priced between $19-$28 and come with six reasonably big slices. One pizza can easily feed a hungry stomach or 3 pizzas could feed 4 less hungry people.
When it came time for desserts, the menu and the dishes didn't disappoint at all. We were served the largest portion of Tiramisu I have seen for a while, along with a nutella calzone and a cheesecake, all of which spread a delightful and contented smile across the faces on the table. The nutella was oozing out from the calzone in huge portions and it would take any nutella lover straight to heaven.
My restaurant tip: Don't skip the dolci and make a reservation to ensure you are not disappointed. Note BYO wine only.
The only flip side I thought was obvious was the space and table layout within the restaurant. The space between tables is tight and you might find the wait staff leaning over the tables to get something on it or out. Of course they do try to not inconvenience the diners, however I would have liked a little bit more room.