Rosso Pomodoro

Shop 90-91, 24 Buchanan St, Balmain

Friday night out and since we’re trying to save a bit of money, pizza was on the menu. (Hopefully normal service will be resumed shortly). We decided to head to Rosso Pomodoro in Balmain, reputedly one of Sydney’s best pizzerias. As a good meal it wasn’t a foregone conclusion. A few weeks back we’d been to the Time Out rated Dimitris in Surry Hills, which was pretty poor. It was the sort of pizza I’d imagine you’d get in the 70s when no-one knew any different…

Rosso Pomodoro on the other hand got off to a good start. It was frenetic as all pizzerias should be and it was free BYO. So you can get stuck into the vino without the wait.

There were four of us and taking our cue from other diners decided to share only 3 pizzas. But of course we had to start with an Antipasto.


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It was surprisingly good – 3 different types of ham, decent warm breadsticks, marinated onions, olives & artichokes and the rest. It was a generous serving. However there were the obligatory feta stuffed peppers, which are generally a bit acrid and an unwelcome sight to most plates of these kind.


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The pizzas arrived (in two courses) and were very good. We started with the funghi & capricossia. The bases were just the right side of chewy and had a good charcoal flavour. I’m a sucker for funghi pizza and this had that familiar moreish woody flavour. The standout though was the capricossia for the ham, which was clearly a couple of rungs above the normal cut you get on average pizzas.

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The ‘main course’was the patate e salsiccia – a white pizza with Italian sausage, rosemary & potatoes. This was a proper man’s pie. It was rich and heavy and impossible for the collective group to finish. It was very good with the various ingredients collectively adding to the dish, just a lot to deal with after a sizeable amount of bread & ham already.


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We did though still have room to share a Tiramisu for dessert. This actually ended the meal on a minor downer. It was all cream, without the counterbalance of sufficient espresso or liqueur. It was a little pedestrian and came across as a dish for kids – not Friday night fodder! It was surprising since this place certainly had a bit of Italian authenticity in terms of staff & décor.


So overall, it was well worth the trip from the North Shore and restored my faith in getting decent pizza in Sydney, though as you’ll see in below posts, we’ve got that covered at home. I’ll be back though.


4 Responses to “Rosso Pomodoro”

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