Il Rosso is the natural consequence of the dedication of three Italian generations to gastronomy. The pioneers were the grandparents of Giorgio – one of the current partners – Italians from San Sonzi who emigrated to Uruguay to devote themselves to it. Giorgio’s father followed the tradition with the restaurant Walford, which became a landmark in Montevideo. And of course, when you’ve grown up in the kitchen, the love of cooking is so entrenched that you can only continue with the family tradition.
Il Rosso Ruzafa, opened its third establishment in mid-December, after the success achieved in the Valencian district of Benimaclet and in Ontinyent. This does nothing but confirm the good reception that the authentic Italian food has in the city, because of substitutes we are already served in Valencia.
Here the product is top quality and many of the ingredients are imported from Italy. The best part, is you can buy some of them in the establishment itself to enjoy at home.
But we’ll go into the matter. For starters, you will find the traditional antipasti as the crispy focaccia, crostini or burrata. Although, if you adore this cheese from Southern Italy, your choice must be the Tri Donkey: 3 servings of burrata, one smoked, one with a truffle and one with chives. Delicious.
As a first course you can also bet on the Piadina, cooked ham and mozzarella; Il Rosso, with mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, Parma ham and arugula; the vegetable, with scamorza and aubergines; or the ricotta round, with mozzarella, spinach, ricotta and cooked ham.
In addition, the restaurant has its own workshop from which the fresh pasta that makes up part of the menu is made daily. Panzerotti stuffed with boletus and truffle, lune de quesos or tortellini with spinach and ricotta, are the options offered daily on the menu. If you prefer dry pasta, tagliatelle, spaghetti and rigatoni are the varieties available with 6 homemade sauces to accompany them. You also have several types of cannelloni and lasagna.
The truth is, the menu at Il Rosso is very extensive and it will cost you to decide. That’s why we recommend some of its novelties, such as the Carpaccio Pepe Nero, veal with a hint of black pepper and parmesan, or the Italian maki, a crispy crepe stuffed with loin, mushrooms, tender garlic and caramelised onion. Although you also have some grilled meat options, such as an Italian burger, mixed grill or Angus entrecôte, which has become one of the star dishes of the house.
Of all things, the pizza can’t be missed. More than 25 varieties await you in the menu. Some are more traditional, although there are other more special options, with masses stuffed with cheese, white pizzas, and even in the form of a Venetian gondola.
The idea is that you live the Italian experience to the fullest; the portions are generous. Almost as much as if you visited Nanna on a Sunday. So keep in mind when you order you will get a lot of food. Don’t forget there is a whole menu of homemade desserts that you should try: tiramisu, pannacotta, brownie, blueberry cheesecake, 3 chocolates…
The experience in Il Rosso would not be the same without the touch that the elegant and industrial interior design gives. Depending on your choice, the average price will vary between 15 and 25 euros. Although at noon, Monday to Friday, you can also find the menu of the day with a starter and a second to choose, drink, dessert and coffee for 10.50 euros. If you visit Il Rosso in a group, for 4 people you can order the menu Il Rosso, with a table of sausages, salad, provolone, 2 pizzas to choose and a free drink from the bar for only 16 euros per person.
In addition, Thursday afternoons with each drink, the invite you to an Italian tapa, and Fridays, celebrate evening drinks. As you can see, Il Rosso is an option to visit at any time of the day and week. And in good company.
Phone: 960 881 668
Hours: Monday to Wednesday 8:30am to 5:00pm and de 8:00pm to midnight | Thursday and Friday 8:30am to midnight | Saturday 12:00pm to midnight | Sunday 12:00pm to 5:00pm and 8:00pm to midnight
Text: Inma Sánchez Casabán
Photos: Laura Torres