Rocco's in Rajagiriya is yet another one of the many pizzerias that has gained popularity for its delivery. Their wood fire pizzas, while not terrible in any way, just aren't as good as some of our top spots.
The competition between pizzerias in Colombo has heated up over the past few years with the likes of Santore
coming in with very competitive prices. Rocco's is slightly older than the aforementioned and they've gained quite a bit of popularity.
One thing we really need to give them props for is their menu, which is possibly the most extensive one we've come across. They've got any pizza you can think of whether it be Thai red curry, Moroccan lamb, smoked salmon and pretty much all the classic Italian pizzas. They also offer both 9'' and 14'' pizzas priced between Rs. 850 - Rs. 1300 for 9'' and about Rs. 300 more for the larger, which isn't too bad all things considered.
The salsiccia (Rs. 1100) which is chorizo sausage with mozzarella wasn't very impressive unfortunately. We're directly comparing it to the stuff from Domenico's since we had it recently and it just doesn't match up. This is mostly due to the chorizo sausage itself lacking in flavour and missing little things like a dash of oregano for aroma.
We also got the Bacaroni (Rs. 1150), which is a fun little word play at a bacon and pepperoni pizza. Gladly, this one was a lot better than the previous and it's always great to see actual bacon as opposed to facon (chicken bacon). Honestly, this one would taste great as long the ingredients are good. I mean look, it's bacon and pepperoni.
Risottos aren't something that we come across often in Sri Lanka, so we were interested to see how Rocco's seafood rissoto (Rs. 1250) would fare, since it can be notoriously difficult to do right. This one was actually a little tricky judge, since it was actually quite tasty. The problem though, was that the texture and consistency was completely wrong. The rissoto was really thick and the texture was actually more like mac n' cheese.
Rocco's has one of the most impressive menus we've seen from a pizzeria, but the pizzas themselves, definitely have room for improvement.
Try, Meat Fest, Chicken Alfredo and/or Five Cheese.
No stranger to the residents in Rajagiriya and Nawala, Rocco's has been one of the few consistently good Italian restaurants.
Best suited for those living around Nawala/Rajagiriya. Really good toppings on wood-fired pizza.
Rocco's in Nugegoda is yet another one of the many pizzerias that has gained popularity for it's delivery. Their wood fire pizzas, while not terrible in any way, just aren't as good as some of our top spots.
The real problem with local pizzas is the bacon; bacon being something of a loose term in Sri Lanka, used to denote anything ranging from chicken ham to the actual thing. And this was the problem we had with Rocco's - the bacon
ඒං එහෙම පීසා කාලා..
අනික් පැත්තටවත් හැරෙන්න බැරුව ඉන්නකොට, අර වගේ පංකාදු පහට චොක්ලටුයි, කෝපියි රස තියෙන්න හදාපු මොකා එකක්වත් නැති වුනා නම්!
බලා ගන්න තිබ්බ.
අන්තිමට ආපු ලසඤ්ඤා එකෙන් තමා දෙන්න කට් වුණේ. චීසුයි චිකනුයි තට්ටු 4ක් විතර. තලු මැරෙන රස, සුවඳ නිසා නොකා ඉන්න බැරි කමට කටක් දෙකක් කෑවා මිසක් නැත්නම්... අඟල් 14 පීසා 1 ½ට වග කියල, හැරෙන්නවත් බැරුවනෙ හිටියෙ.
රස තින් ක්රස්ට් පීසා හොයනවනම්, රොක්කෝස් පීසා එකට නියම තැනක්.
දේශීය පීසාවල මූලික ගැටලුව තමයි, බේකන්. ලංකාවේ බේකන් කියන වචනයේ අරුත ලිහිල්. එයින් චිකන් හැම්වල සිට සැබෑ බේකන් දක්වා මස් අදහස් කෙරෙනවා. රොකෝස් පීසාවල අප දුටු ගැටලුව එයයි.