Pomodoro Rosso

4.6
1226 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Pomodoro, at 229 Columbus Avenue has been a neighborhood favorite for years. The beautifully prepared Italian classics and excellent service has earned this restaurant a loyal following of Upper West Siders. Beige walls adorned with decorative ceramic plates from Italy, a ceiling trellis with hanging grapes and red and white-checkered tablecloths evoke the feeling of an authentic Italian trattoria. The street side outdoor café is the place to sit and enjoy a glass of wine and savor the antipasti while watching the people stride by.
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vipnygal
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience4

I've been coming to this restaurant for over 20 years (although delivery more often than dining in) and today is probably first time I'm not giving 5 stars. With the number of COVID rising, I hoped Pomodoro Rosso would take more precautions. It's not their fault a sick looking person walks in and dines in. With so many empty tables, I was surprised to see them sitting this person so close to us. I noticed him coughing and sound sick right away (of course, I don't know if he was indeed sick and contagious but he didn't sound good). I asked the waiter to move us to another table and he kindly did. I could not help but noticing this customer the whole time throughout the dinner. Him coughing, using a lot of profanity (while they were 3 kids in the restaurant), and his mind was obviously full of COVID because that was the only thing he seemed to be talking about. I ate as fast as I could and left. BUT if there was COVID spread from this event, I realized this place did NOT do any contact tracing measures (e.g., writing down contact info) like other restaurants allowing indoor dining would! Also, no temperature check at the door. Again, it's not their fault if a sick person visits, but they could do take those measures to at least discourage a sick person from walking in. Other than that, the staff and the food were lovely as always. I deeply care for this neighborhood gem and hope they survive this hellish pandemic.

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vipEricH
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful host & waitstaff.
Great food!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite place in the neighborhood.

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vipTGCcc
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

fabulous food and service--my favorite marinara sauce in the city. Whenever we think we might leave NYC, we realize great places like Pomodoro are still here--we wouldn't find anything close, anywhere else.

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Phil
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, attentive waiter and cozy ambiance! So glad to have found this Italian spot in my neighborhood.

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vipGsDwnHllFst
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We were pleasantly surprised to find such a great place in our neighborhood. We started with the fried calamari which was crispy but soft inside. The paparadelle with lobster, shrimp, and shitake mushrooms was quite good. The trout almondine special also very good. We topped off the meal with a very tasty Barolo. An exceptional experience overall.

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vipPickEeater
Miami
23 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience3

We were pleasantly surprised at our meal at Pomodoro Rosso. It doesn’t look real fancy from the outside, but the food was very good. We requested outdoor dining and the set up was pretty good. I’m glad we had a reservation for outside, because we were the last table.
The steamed artichoke was delicious, but my trout was dry. My daughter had the vegan eggplant meatballs and loved them. My husband and our friend both ordered the veal chop parm and said they were very good. Servings were large.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Really good and the music was an added bonus!

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vipAlisonD
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service are always excellent at this spot. Favorite Italian in the UWS and the city!

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vipEllen
New York Area
60 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place. Peter, the owner, is always there and he oversees everything. It’s a wonderful neighborhood Italian restaurant and we always feel very welcome. The food is top quality and consistent. We bring friends and relatives as we always know they’ll have a great meal.
My husband and I enjoy Pomodoro tremendously. It’s our go-to place.

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Jemima
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were glad to see that Pomodoro, a neighborhood favorite, is surviving in this time of plague. The food and wine were excellent, the wild salmon was perfectly cooked medium as requested. My friend had bow tie pasta with salmon and said it was very good. The salad greens were fresh and tender, the way I like it. We sat outdoors with good overhead protection. The service was excellent and the waiter was helpful and cheerful.

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vipSirEatsAlot
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Each year we have a few special occasion dinners at Pomodoro and has been our son's favorite for his birthday dinner 3 years running. I am always impressed with how attentive the service is, including check-ins from the manager/owner, who is very friendly and helpful. We have ordered most items on the menu and it is comprehensively delicious. We have 3 little kids, and despite being a very nice restaurant, the kids are always treated patiently. Especially during these rough times for restaurants, we love Pomodoro and encourage anyone interested in fantastic Italian food and great service to enjoy a wonderful meal there.

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annamarr
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So glad my husband and I wandered in after a move. It’s become our favorite spot for a celebration or just a nice evening out. Great menu and everything we’ve had has been great. Love the friendly, unfussy warmth Pomodoro offers.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a favorite!!

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SULUSCHUFOODIE
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

There were five of us and we all ordered different entrees. We all agreed that the food was excellent, served hot and the server was very accommodating.

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vipLarryR
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

you can refer to the previous 12 reviews we have left for Pomodoro Rosso.

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Nabs
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

This is the last time we'll go there. Over the years, it was really lovely, but no longer. Everything has changed, even the food. Sorry Peter, but something isn't right and you're not correcting it. Having discussed this with a few friends and neighbors, they too have said the same thing. Fortunately, there are other restaurants. Having said this, it saddens us to not say it's one of our favorite places any longer. Good luck !

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Theatregoer
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Met friends from out of town. We were able to sit, eat and visit and talk easily. We all had a very pleasant afternoon and I would go again A friend recommended the restaurant and I am glad she did.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food, nice neighborhood Italian restaurant

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vipSteph
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was delicious! A lot of options outside your typical "spaghetti bolognese".

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annep
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always enjoy dinner at Pomodoro. Never fails to satisfy.

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vipelaineml
Las Vegas
16 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious, pleasant and accommodating! Real neighborhood jewel.

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DebbyG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you Peter and Staff. Another great meal!

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DrKay
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Excellent service. Excellent wine. Excellent food, especially the bread! A bit pricey, but probably the norm for that part of the City. Only real negatives were the crowded seating and the volume. If tested, I would get 100 on the content of the conversations of the people sitting next to us. We could hear one another okay at our own table, but it was loud. When having a nice piece of sea bass, I don't haven't to learn at what age the woman next to me lost her virginity.

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vipBridgetw
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience5

Pomodoro used to be a wonderful Italian restaurant with beautiful murals and ambiance. The ambiance is the best thing about this restaurant now. The food is so mediocre and used to be wonderful. It is way over priced. We had a small kale salad with beets and goat cheese $16. I ordered lobster ravioli in cream sauce and I was handed 6 medium sized raviolis drowning in cream sauce $37. To make matters worse the ravioli tasted like I bought it in the frozen section of my grocery store. Not good at all. I sent it back and didn’t get anything else I was so disappointed. The best thing they have is their focaccia bread with garlic olive oil to dip. I won’t be going back.

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vipLarryR
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We live in Westchester and our daughter and her family live near Pomodoro. We eat there as often as we can. The s time it was better than ever.

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vipOwlhunter
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice neighborhood restaurant, attentive and friendly staff, excellent food. Busy but not too noisy, tight seating, but not uncomfortable. Just a wonderful experience.

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vipRichardS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific food, wine and service. Easy walk to Lincoln Center

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was simply delicious and the service outstanding even thought it was a very busy night.

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merrillg
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

very friendly, accomodating place with solid, tasty food, nice wait staff, pleasant atmosphere.

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teddy57
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I hadn't been to this neighborhood gem in a while but glad I chose it to for a dinner celebration with my friend. The ambiance is warm and cozy. The staff was attentive throughout our dinner. We both had delicious pasta dishes and shared salad and dessert. The food was great. My advance request for a birthday candle and song was honored and executed beautifully. Highly recommend.

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vipBari
New York Area
71 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I always enjoy this restaurant. The food is consistently good, with good service and pleasant surroundings....and just a 10 minute walk from Lincoln Center

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vipKIBI
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite home cooked meal on the UWS!😋

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HappyFour
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service is fantastic. Food is delicious. Everyone was super happy. Would go here again for sure. Went here before show at Lincoln center.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and service was great!! Will definitely be coming back!

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vipDrew
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and wonderful service here!

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JamesT
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the best dinner. We had a party of 6 and everyone loved there food and service. I would definitely make it a point to eat here again.

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vipRippling
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Four of us enjoyed a fine meal. The salads and burrata were a promising start, and the pastas and chicken parm were so good! We will be back, for sure.

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vipRichardS
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was exceptionally good. Service was timely as we were going to Lincoln Center. Hosts were gracious.

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Lindy
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been to this restaurant many times when we come into the City. It is our first choice. Love the neighborhood as well. The atmosphere and food are excellent.

FAQs

Pomodoro Rosso offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 721-3009.

Pomodoro Rosso is rated 4.6 stars by 1226 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.