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Gluten Free Pizzas at Rossopomodoro, Covent Garden

I’m not usually one for the chain restaurants – especially in London when there are so many independents to choose from, but I made an exception for Rossopomodoro last week. And I’m pretty glad I did.




Rossopomodoro has six London branches and one Birmingham outpost, and they’re all about authentic Neapolitan cuisine. So much so that all ingredients are imported from Naples – even the flour they use in their pizza bases!






My main reason for going was their newly launched gluten free pizzas, so off I trotted to the rather hectic Covent Garden branch to give them a try.




We began the meal with Prosciuttina (£3.95) – cubed parma ham marinated in oregano, chilli, garlic and Sorrento olive oil. The perfect pre-pizza nibble.




For the main event I went with the gluten free Capricciosa (£11.45) – tomato sauce, mozzarella, mushrooms, ham, artichokes and black olives. I’ve tried many a gluten free pizza in my time but none have ever impressed me as much as this one did – thin, crispy and totally addictive, I surprised myself by almost wolfing down the entire thing…






Boy opted for the Santagata Calzone (£10.95) – mozzarella, Neapolitan salami and buffalo ricotta cheese topped with tomato sauce, which received rave reviews too.


Santagata Calzone




The Verdict: The service wasn’t faultless, and the atmosphere could’ve been a *little* more relaxing, but  if you’re looking for a great gluten free pizza in London town I’ve got one word for you… Rossopomodoro.




Gluten Free: Rossopomodoro offer pizzas with no gluten containing ingredients (NGCI). They do state, though, that they can’t guarantee a 100% flour-free environment, so no pizzas can be guaranteed to be free from gluten traces. Full details here.


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Vita Bella, Essex

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