About us

Simple pleasures. They’re the best kind. We’re from Naples, so we grew up surrounded by a lot of lovely things. San Marzano tomatoes, real buffalo mozzarella, the finest cold pressed extra virgin olive oil; all grown from the ash rich soils surrounding Mount Vesuvius.

Where we’re from, amazing ingredients bursting with flavour are normal. Only harvesting those ingredients locally, using traditional methods? That was normal too.

You can imagine we were pretty surprised when we found out the rest of the world called this ‘ethically sourced’ and ‘responsibly harvested’. We were also surprised that what we had always simply called food was presented as something unique and exclusive.

We started over twenty years ago with the dream of sharing our amazing ingredients with the rest of the world, and that’s exactly what we’re doing – bringing amazing ingredients, all sourced in and around Naples, and serving them with the same passion for flavour and authenticity which we enjoyed as children. From our hometown to yours. From Naples, with love.

Simple pleasures. They’re the best kind. We’re from Naples, so we grew up surrounded by a lot of lovely things. San Marzano tomatoes, real buffalo mozzarella, the finest cold pressed extra virgin olive oil; all grown from the ash rich soils surrounding Mount Vesuvius.

Where we’re from, amazing ingredients bursting with flavour are normal. Only harvesting those ingredients locally, using traditional methods? That was normal too.

You can imagine we were pretty surprised when we found out the rest of the world called this ‘ethically sourced’ and ‘responsibly harvested’. We were also surprised that what we had always simply called food was presented as something unique and exclusive.

We started over twenty years ago with the dream of sharing our amazing ingredients with the rest of the world, and that’s exactly what we’re doing – bringing amazing ingredients, all sourced in and around Naples, and serving them with the same passion for flavour and authenticity which we enjoyed as children. From our hometown to yours. From Naples, with love.

You’d be forgiven for thinking olive oil is olive oil, but here at Rossopomodoro we are happy to proud and a little geeky about our extra-virgin Sorrento olive oil.

dop

The DOP seal ensures our olive oil is genuine extra-virgin olive oil from Sorrento.  DOP, or POD in English (product of denominated origin) certifies the origin of the olives and their production and is a seal of quality.

 

olive

Our olive oil is made mostly from the Minucciola variety, known for its intense flavour.

 

Sorrento Extra Virgin Olive Oil

The proof of the quality of Sorrento extra-virgin oil is in its pale yellow colour and the subtle herby flavours.  The “magic ingredient” in Sorrento olive oil is the delicate lemony taste derived from the famous lemons grown all along the Amalfi coast.

 

olive oil

We use extra-virgin olive oil from the very first pressings of the season. This makes delicate, smooth, almost sweet oil, which is perfect for drizzling on salads, topping pizzas, and practically anything else you might fancy doing with it!

Make like a real Rossopomodoro capocuoco (Italian for cook, don’t you know!) and drizzle Sorrento Extra Virgin Olive Oil in the comfort of your own kitchen, head over to Nife is Life to get the good stuff.

Ciao, Abbie!

Rossopomodoro hosts the World Champion pizza maker Davide Civitiello for exclusive events, and we get to know him a bit more…

Here at Rossopomodoro we are all buzzing with excitement for our imminent visit from the world pizza champ.  Yep, there is such a thing, and yes, he will be at Rossopomodoro UK next week from 19 – 26 May.  Every year, top flour producers Caputo host the Caputo Cup, where hundreds of pizzaioli (pizza makers) from across the globe gather to complete for the prestigious title of World Pizza Champ.  We were lucky enough to score some time with the current pizza champ himself, Davide Civitiello, to get to know him more.

World Pizza Champ!

Abbie: You must have made pizza for thousands of people!  Who’s the most interesting person you’ve ever made a pizza for?

Davide: It is true and I have made a lot of  pizzas in my life for actors, footballers, politicians, entrepreneurs, famous Michelin starred Chefs.  The most important are the customers who eat my pizza everyday because they know the person Davide besides World Champion pizzaiolo.

One of the most interesting people that I’ve made pizza for was Gwyneth Paltrow and the thing that fascinated me the most about her besides her beauty was her humility.  Told me my pizza was very different from what you usually eat in America but had a flavour that she would hardly  forget

Abbie: In all your years of pizza making, have you had any embarrassing moments making pizza?

Davide: When I started at the age of 9, I was often too small to stand at the counter and no matter how good I was in an old Neapolitan pizzeria see a boy of 12 or 13 years stand at the counter… I had so many embarrassing moments!  I was sometimes taken as a mascot especially by beautiful ladies who filled me with compliments and embarrassed me so much that I could hardly prepare any more pizzas.

Abbie: What’s the most unusual request for a pizza topping you’ve ever had?

Davide: I’ve had lots of unusual requests for a variety of pizzas.  A South American friend of mine wanted me to do him a pizza with crocodile meat.  He loved it but I refused to even touch it . . . Years later I tasted crocodile meat and to tell the truth it was not so bad!

pizza photo

Abbie: Assuming you don’t eat pizza every day?  How often do you eat pizza? 

Davide: Maybe many would get tired of it. But the reality is that I eat pizza every day, especially because I like to try what I cook.  I always thought and still think that especially the Neapolitan pizza is a very light one that you can eat every day.

Abbie: And what do you eat when not eating pizza?

Davide: When you do not eat pizza usually you eat pasta in Italy.  But I recommend eating protein too so while pizza and pasta are great it’s always a good idea to complement them with protein like white meat or fish.

Abbie: What would you do if you weren’t a pizzaiolo?

Davide: If I did not make pizza I’d definitely something to do with food in general.  When I was a child I was always fascinated by this world.  Maybe I’d be Pastry chef.  Pastry is a whole other world than pizza but in the end it is always about passion and love!

Abbie: We love having you here in the UK!  What’s your favourite thing to do when in London?

Davide: I am also very happy to be your guest in London, I would like to visit as much as possible and learn even more about the UK that fascinates me so much but the thing that I would like absolutely love to do is see a lot of English football!

World Pizza Champ!

To taste one of the exclusive pizza champ pizzas from his specially designed menu, head down to one of our restaurants next week or even better, book a table to guarantee your world class pizza!

Monday 19 May: Rossopomodoro Notting Hill

Tuesday 20 May: Rossopomodoro Chelsea

Wednesday 21 May: Rossopomodoro Hoxton

Thursday 22 May: Rossopomodoro Camden

Friday 23 May: Rossopomodoro Birmingham

Saturday 24 May: Foodies Festival, Marble Hall House

Sunday 25 May: Rossopomodoro Wandsworth

Monday 26 May: Rossopomodoro Covent Garden

Ciao, Abbie!

World Class Pizza

Come to taste a world class pizza. From 19 til 26 of May our world champion pizzaiolo Davide Civitiello will prepare a special menu with a selection of his best pizza at all ROSSOPOMODORO restaurants. Please see the program below and book your table to take advantage of this unique opportunity!


World Champion Pizza Menu



Davide’s Tour

//MONDAY 19th MAY – evening
ROSSOPOMODORO Notting Hill

//TUESDAY 20th MAY - evening
ROSSOPOMODORO Chelsea

//WEDNESDAY 21st MAY - evening
ROSSOPOMODORO Hoxton

//THURSDAY 22nd MAY - evening
ROSSOPOMODORO Camden Town

//FRIDAY 23rd MAY - evening
ROSSOPOMODORO Birmingham

//SATURDAY 24th & SUNDAY 25TH MAY - evening
ROSSOPOMODORO Wandsworth

//MONDAY 26th MAY - evening
ROSSOPOMODORO Covent Garden

Pizza Masterclass

29 year-old Davide, who has been making pizzas since he was 9, had to beat 500 other contestants from 47 different countries in order to win the revered Caputo Cup, and officially become the World’s Best Pizzaiolo. The Caputo Cup, sponsored by Antico Molino Caputo (simply put, the undisputed makers of the world’s best pizza flour) is held in Naples each year and attracts dedicated pizza fans from around the world.

Read Davide’s interview here!

If you are passionate about food and pizza we will offer you a unique opportunity that you simply cannot miss. Davide will host a pizza masterclasses at our restaurants in London and Birmingham.
During the class Davide will share with you his secrets on how to make the perfect Neapolitan pizza dough at home and you will be able to practice it with him and answer all your questions.

After the class you will be able to taste Davide’s own pizza as part of a three course menu and a glass of prosecco, all included in the price of just £25.

We have very limited availability for this unique event; please contact your preferred Rossopomodoro Restaurant or email to masterclass@rossopomodoro.co.uk to book your place. Please enclose your phone number so we can call to confirm.

A credit card might be requested by our managers to complete your booking.

MASTERCLASS OFFER: £25

1 hour masterclass hosted by Davide Civitiello (all ingredients for the dough will be provided and you will take away the dough)
1 welcome glass of Prosecco.
Three courses meal including a: bruschetta al pomodoro, one of Davide’s special pizzas, one tiramisu or gelato, one espresso

Masterclass program

//MONDAY 19th MAY – 6.30 pm - FULLY BOOKED!
ROSSOPOMODORO Notting Hill

//TUESDAY 20th MAY - 6.30 pm - FULLY BOOKED!
ROSSOPOMODORO Chelsea

//THURSDAY 22nd MAY - 6.30 pm - FULLY BOOKED!
ROSSOPOMODORO Camden Town

//FRIDAY 23rd MAY - 4.30 pm  - FULLY BOOKED!
ROSSOPOMODORO Birmingham

//SUNDAY 25TH MAY - 6.30 pm - FULLY BOOKED!
ROSSOPOMODORO Wandsworth

//MONDAY 26th MAY - 6.30 pm  - FULLY BOOKED!
ROSSOPOMODORO Covent Garden