Rocco's is a relatively new pizza delivery service bringing authentic wood fire pizzas to your doorstep between 5 and 10 PM, every day. Note, no service at lunch. The menu is large, including over 30 varieties of Italian named pizzas - polle e funghi, capricciosa, quattro formaggio and so on.
Pizza, while hugely popular in Sri Lanka, has never really been one of our culinary fortes. But this isn't the fault of our pizzaiolos or because of the ubiquitous (evil) franchises - it's more our lack of access to the more delicious and delicate cured meats and cheeses - slim sheets of proscuitto, tangy chorizo, creamy ricotta; the emphasis on good ingredients, a drizzle of the right olive oil, a sprinkling of fresh basil - this is what marks the distinction between an Italian pizza and it's franchised, cheese-heavy variants. But in Colombo, finding decent cheeses or any kind of cured meat can be something of a mission impossible. There are rumours of a magical store in Battarumulla, or of finding the unfindable at Brana's
, but even if the desired herbs and hams can be located in various crannies around the island, they rarely end up on the face of our pizzas.
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. Bear in mind we only tried one pizza - so this isn't an indictment of the entire menu - but the bacon and cheese was a disappointment. I'd heard good things and was looking forward to it - this particular pizza coming specially recommended - but what arrived was not quite the gourmet, wood-fire wonder we expected. Fatty chunks of occasionally suspect bacon caked over with an oily, hardened mozzarella (Rs. 1250). The wedges (Rs. 300) weren't that great either - lumpy in the middle and soggy on the outside.
So this was a poor first experience, but it may just be due to the island's issues with securing eatable bacon. The menu is intriguing, containing promises of parma ham, blue cheese, rocket, ricotta - the exciting kind of ingredients we want to see on a pizza. So until next time.
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.