-By Marryam H Reshii
Italian with an Indian sensibility
The interiors are cramped, the service is affably clueless but it's crowded through the day because of the pizzas.
You don't have to navigate all the way down Hauz Khas Village because Pizzeria Rossa is the very first eatery as you enter and there are no steps to climb either! The cladding on the walls and the false ceiling have turned it into a dark trattorio-style space which would have suited a colder climate than ours, but it's still extremely popular. They call themselves a pizzeria with good reason: they are the reason most visitors are here, given the quality. The base, the toppings, the witty combinations: just a beer and a pizza is a good enough reason for a visit.
The bbq chicken pizza (Rs 435) has a sprinkling of caramelized onions atop it which lifts it up from the ordinary. The onions have been caramelized carefully so that they are not burnt, but add a delightfully sweet aftertaste to the chicken. Even better is the Rossa special French fries pizza (Rs 375) that actually does feature crisp French fries as the main topping. It is no more authentic than, say, chicken, cranberry & Brie pizza, but it is a rather witty take on America meets Italy and it is not as gross as it sounds. It is the signature pizza of the restaurant. Next to the pizzas, the rest of the menu is a bit of a pastiche. Some dishes work; others don't. The Arancini (Rs 275) are very well made here, with oozing mozzarella in the centre of a ball of rice that is coated in crumbs and fried. The baked artichokes (Rs350) were classic enough, but were a surprisingly lily-livered addition to a menu that glorifies French fries as a pizza topping! As for the saffron flavoured seafood risotto (Rs 465), it violated the cardinal rule of Italian culinary beliefs: not to mix cheese and seafood in one dish.
Plus and minus
The exponential rise in the number of restaurants in the city has meant that half-trained and un-trained staff is sent out to tables without supervision. That is what has happened in Hauz Khas Village and Pizzeria Rossa is no exception. On the plus side, the carrot cake is lightly flavoured with cinnamon and the Sambuca lava cake has been made with an extremely high degree of skill.
Grilled river sole in lemon caper sauce; ricotta ravioli with almond butter sauce; tiramisu
Review posted within last 6 month
The ambience is nice and cosy! Being a pizzeria, expected the pizzas to be much better. Salad was good. Also, the drinks menu had very limited options. Go if you're with friends and want to enjoy some drinks with wood oven pizzas. Value for money though HKV has some grt other options.
Review posted more than 6 month ago
This Sunday I went Hauz Khas village monuments and Dear Park in a group of 9 people. It was very nice roaming around. Later in the day, we all were tired so decided to have some good food. Hauz Khas is known for best restaurants in Delhi. We went to Pizzeria Rossa. The ambiance was beautiful and elegant. We wanted to try something different and so ordered Bruschetta for starters. It was quite good and delicious. We later had Pizza. It was amazing and taste Italy can be felt easily. Pizza was thin and properly roasted. I really liked the place and loved the food.
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