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Monday 17 June 2013

Rosso Pizzeria Edmonton, AB - pizza needs a bit of work

We were surprised De Capo recently changed hands - same staff but different management, and the oddly appointed space was had a facelift too - a new "window" in a wall adjacent to the kitchen gives you a view of the pizza oven, but alas, the huge odd shaped gelato counter/coffee/cashier monstrosity still dominates the room and obscures what should have been show cased as their namesake.  Anyways, on to the food...We stopped in for a quick bite of pizza, and noticed the menu had been pared down, but essentially the same as the previous menu - with the substitution of mozzarella with fior di latte and fancying up the menu.  Still, we had high hopes that now that they were going to focus on the pizza, (which we loved years ago before they lost their pizza chef), that they would have revamped and perfected their pizzas since their name had changed to focus on pizzas.

We sipped on some complimentary Q water while we waited - tap water filtered thru a system that dispenses still or sparkling water on demand so the restaurant helps the environment out by not using bottled water.

And admired the tables with reclaimed wood from wine barrels

We gave the Fungi Misti pizza a whirl, advertised as mixed mushrooms, fior di latte, tallegio, fresh parsley, truffle oil.  While the toppings were good and the truffle oil used for finishing wasn't used so excessively that it became a crutch... 

the crust while semi-crisp, I found it a bit more chewy than the usual and enjoyed the flavours, my boyfriend felt like he was working out his jaw... perhaps the dough was overworked before being popped into the oven.

The Tonno e cipolla - advertised as san marzano tomato, fior di latte, olice oil preserved tuna, white onions, chili flake, while tasty, had the tuna pieces almost shredded onto the pizza, making them rather dried out after baking rather than luscious fatty rich chunks of tuna.

It could have used a bit more tomato sauce as the scant sauce rather than adding moisture and flavour, merely only added a bit of color.

Sadly, the pizzas fell far short of our expectations - especially since they had changed their name to reflect their new focus on their menu.  Hopefully, with time and tweaking, Rosso Pizzeria can truly have pizzas we can brag about.

Rosso Pizzeria
Address 8738 109 St NW, Edmonton, AB T6G1E9
Phone (780) 433-5382
Hours Sun-Thurs 10am-10pm, Fri-Sat 10am-midnight
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