So it’s summertime in London – not that it feels much like it, let’s just say I’m not exactly sashaying around in my flip flops yet. But you have to make an effort to get into the spirit of it (#FindYourSummer) and for me that means plenty of alfresco eating (and drinking).
Today, then, we’re up on the roof of iconic British department store, John Lewis, in the heart of London’s busy shopping district – Oxford Street. The Summer Retreat is a surprising haven on high, featuring over 1,000 plants, shrubs, trees and grasses, colourful lanterns and bright blue tables to welcome you, as well as expansive views, of course.
And there’s some lovely Italian food to be had from the Rossopomodoro restaurant family. RossoTerrazza brings the street food of Naples to the rooftops of London – now that has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?
It’s a simple menu divided into four sections: Pizza paninis, pizza wraps, pasta salads and mozzarella skewers. You order at the counter and take your food out to enjoy in the sunshine (hopefully). It’s wonderfully peaceful up here, you can’t believe you’re in the middle of the chaos that is Oxford Street packed with its hordes of shoppers
The Zingara Pizza Panini was filled with Mozzarella, Parma ham, tomatoes, lettuce and mayonnaise. The thinnest of crispy bread with fresh, tasty ingredients inside.
We also ordered the Salmone pizza wrap (smoked salmon, buffalo ricotta, sundried tomatoes, rocket) which was fishy and creamy with a peppery rocket bite. And the pasta salad (orecchiette pasta with ham, green peas, Emmental cheese, leek and rocket), a deliciously sweet and delicate dish that I’m going to have to try to reproduce at home!
For dessert there are daily choices and (hooray) there’s also gelato on offer. We tucked into this traditional Italian chocolate cake (called a caprese – yes, the same name as the classic salad) and a generous bowl of pistacchio gelato.
Rosso Terrazza is on the Roof Terrace at John Lewis, 300 Oxford Street, London W1. It’s open until the end of August. It’s open from 12pm until the shop closes on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays to Sundays and from 12pm to 4pm on Wednesdays. It’s part of the John Lewis Summer Retreat, so if you’re shopping in Oxford Street take a break away from the hustle and bustle…up on the roof.