Forget all the stereotypes – you’ll feel at home when you come to Rossini. An Italian friend of mine loves to eat at Rossini because he doesn’t even have to order his dinner; as soon as they see him, they know what he’s going to have. His favourite pizza, a Margherita con prosciutto, is even named after him. Even the insalata mista, a simple mixed salad, tastes good, tastes Italian. If you dare not go beyond the pizza and focaccia here, you’ve missed out. You can eat fresh bread, made twice daily in their oven.
The owner, Enzo, hails from Pozzuoli, Campania, in southern Italy and opened Rossini in 1985. His hometown is near the sea, hence the abundance of superb seafood dishes. Fresh Italian ingredients arrive here on a weekly basis, while you can also drink quality Italian wines, including a decent vino sfuso della casa (household cask wine). Enzo’s clients are mostly Italians, which is a good sign, we’d say. You won’t see tourists here, but only connoisseurs of the cuisine.
The Mamma Mia dishes Mila recommends: The vitello tonnato (veal with a special tuna sauce and capers) is a masterpiece, perhaps the best in town. But the pappardelle al cinghiale (pappardelle with wild boar sauce), the spaghetti alle vongole, and the melanzane alla parmigiana (eggplants parmigiana style) are also household specialties.
Also good to know… in summer there is a lovely garden.
We recommend… ordering the focaccia as a starter.