Rotorino: west meets east
|Rotorino: Buffalo mozzarella, smashed broad beans, mint|
We ordered four dishes from the menu which is split into sections with headings like First, Second, Third, Stove and Sweet. With prices per dish well below the £10 mark, the menu structure is perhaps a little confusing, implying that you'll need at least three dishes each, with the option of something sweet or cheese (under another heading) to round out a meal. The four dishes we had were enough for a light lunch for two, with the total bill, including an espresso but no other drinks, coming to a reasonable £33. The wine list looked interesting, with enough price points to suit many budgets.
|Rotorino: pork and veal meatballs with tomato sauce|
|Rotorino: pea gnudi with buffalo ricotta, peas, crispy sage, parmesan and butter|
|Rotorino: coppa with sweet and sour fennel|
It's easy to like Rotorino, but at the same time I find it hard to be effusive about it although I kind of doubt that's the point. It's more of a neighbourhood place (albeit one catering to the upwardly mobile locals) rather than a destination one. The dishes I sampled were all tasty examples of Southern Italian food but are generally something you could knock up yourself at home without too much effort. That means that I probably won't be making the journey back East too quickly, but if I lived locally I'd be happy to pop round to Rotorino for a plate or two and a glass of something interesting.