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Oro Pomodoro - Rockville

Has anyone tried the new Italian restaurant in the Rockville Town Square -- Oro Pomodoro? If so, what did you think? I'm really hoping that their pizza is worth a visit.

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  1. Yes, it's excellent! Similar to 2Amys, but much much better. The pizza is actually cooked, not soggy, on one of the best crusts I've tasted. The pastas are very good too - everything is either homemade or imported from Italy. The only downside was service - when I was there, it had only been opened a few days and they still had some kinks to work out. Definitely give it a try!

    1. We had a terrible experience there tonight. The bartender didn't have the ingredients to make the drinks on their cocktail menu. They have a list of champagne cocktails, but they didn't have any champagne. I ended up w/ a martini (for $10.50) that was missing an ingredient and way too strong to drink. We had calamari, which was a little mushy, and a mozzarella/eggplant/tomato salad that was oily and came with rock-hard bread that was inedible. Our bar bill was $35 and we didn't feel good about paying it for what we got. When we got to a table, the manager was our waiter. We told him of our experience and he basically said it was too late to do anything about it. We had a pizza and he ended up taking $5 off our bill. We left with a really bad taste in our mouths. The pizza was good, but it wasn't worth all the bad service.

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      1. re: enathan119

        We went today for lunch and I won't be in a hurry to return. It was not crowded and we had 2 adults and my 2 small kids who were antsy but like I said it wasn't crowded and I figured pizza was a safe bet. Well, first it was apparent that they don't cater to families with little kids. No plastic or paper cups for the kids. Just the big glass water glasses. The server didn't want to leave glasses on the table, but with no alternative and the kids needing to drink something, I told him to leave all 4 glasses. He asked me twice. Anyway, I ordered mozzarella with roasted peppers and 2 pizzas (they're small) and asked for everything to be brought out at the same time (thinking then the kids wouldn't have to wait for pizza while we ate our appetizer). The mozzarella came out long before the pizza. The servers were discussing it, but I said not to worry about it. No reason to take it back. Fine. Pizza came, it was fine. We had margherita and the kids had marinara. It was good. Then the server asked if we wanted the leftovers boxed. I said yes and asked for the check. Check paid, no pizza. Kids antsy. I ask for pizza and the server looks dumbfounded and says I told him to throw it out. No, I didn't (my niece said we both asked for a box). No offer of anything. No apology. We left. Without the pizza we paid for. I had antsy kids with me or I would have asked to speak to the manager. I did email them about it, but I don't plan to go back. It's pricey for what it is and a bit too trendy for me.

      2. I tried this place about 3 weeks ago with some co-workers and we did not have a great experience. The menus they gave us were old and had the wrong prices on them so when our bills came out to be higher and we questioned it, the waiters gave us a really hard time. The manager came over and gave us our food at the old menu price but was not nice about it. The wait staff is RUDE!! The whole time we stood at the bar to order to go, the bartender was no where to be found, after 10 MINUTES someone finally went to get her. Then when we showed her the menu price, she said "you can wit for the manager because I am not going to change it. Then she just walked away and kept her back to us. She didn't even get the manager!

        MaybeI m a glutton for punishment but I figured that maybe it was just a fluke day, so I went again today for lunch to give the place a second chance. NEVER AGAIN!!!! The staff is incredibly rude!! I had to order to go, so I had to order from the bar again, but there was a guy bartender this time. He took my order (Vesuvio Panini) and then turned his back to me and read a magazine. Never asked if I needed a drink or so much as looked at me again. I smiled as the wait staff would walk past and not even one was friendly enough to smile back or speak. One waitress even gave me a dirty look! I then saw 2 carry out dishes brought to the bar. The Bartender walked over to them, put a ticket on them and went back to his magazine. 8 minutes later, he walked back over to the dishes, bagged them up and gave them to me after explaining that they didn't have 1 dish large enough and they had cut my sandwich in half to fit in two. (no big deal) then turned and walked away. The sandwich cost $9.50, and had one piece of Italian ham and one slice of tomatoe and so little lettuce, you can't see it. It was actually pretty good but not $10.00 good. I was so angry and frustrated, I sent emails all through my office fo no one to go there and warn everyone we know in the area. I hope they go under and a respectable resteraunt can get the location. (p.s. They gave me an old menu again! I showed the hostess to let her know the difference. lol this place is a joke)

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        1. re: x_otikchef

          i actually went there on Saturday and had the complete different experience. The waiter was great and so was the food. i would definitely reccomend it!

          1. re: elegantelliot

            I'm with Elliot - went to Oro Pomodoro twice, and had fabulous food and service. Staff was exemplary from the host through the waiter and runners, and the owner/manager came out (it was quiet) and had a nice conversation about their vision for the place.

        2. Finally got a chance to go to Oro Pomodoro on Sunday afternoon for a late lunch. It was a lovely day and we were able to sit outside. The ambiance was wonderful -- the trees provided shade and the sound of the fountains was really relaxing. Our server, Oscar, was great -- attentive and friendly. (The runners were a bit confused -- they tried to serve us pizzas that belonged to other tables 3 times.) We shared an order of the Arancini Riso with Truffles (rice balls) and found them to be quite dry and tasteless and not enhanced by the accompanying sauces, although the sauces were good on their own. We also shared a Rugola salad which was very good, very fresh, but over-dressed -- next time I would ask for the dressing on the side. Finally, we ordered 2 pizzas: the Stagioni and the Oro Pomodoro. The pizzas were great! Were they on a par with Pizzeria Paradiso? Not quite. Were they the best pizza we've found in the Rockville/Gaithersburg area? Absolutely! Will we be back? You bet! By the way, the cost for 1 appetizer, 1 salad, 2 pizzas and 1 glass of wine was $52 before tip.

          1. My wife and I went to Oro Pomodoro a couple of days ago. It wasn't bad, but nothing special. She started with the insalata mista and it was good, the dressing was served on the side (at her request) so it wasn't overdressed as many are. I started with the mozzarella and prosciutto since they make their own mozzarella. While the serving was large, it was served too cold. It was obvious that it had been prepared beforehand and kept in the chiller. That was unfortunate because the flavor was much too muted. Both mozzarella and prosciutto should be served at room temperature for the best showing.

            We both had pizza (they are aboaut 10 inches) and like others have said, the crust is very good. Thin without being too crispy or soggy. My wife had the "Squisita" Genovese, white pizza with artichokes, smoked mozzarella and basil pesto. The oil in the pesto made the plate oily, but the flavor was good and it was cooked perfectly. I had the Piaa Diavola, tomato, mozzarella and spicy salami. When the server brought it he first said it was pepperoni (something that is not on the menu) but quickly said it was spicy salami, but it could have been pepperoni for all one could tell. Not much of it either with a couple of leaves of basil. However, I did enjoy it.

            When we arrived we were given a "wine list." Now I don't expect much from a wine list in Montgomery County, and this had at least 30 choices with several relatively expensive Amarones and some Montepulcianos, but there were no years listed. When I asked the server if she knew what year some of the wines were she had to go ask the bartender (always a bad sign when the bartender, not the manager is the one who is familiar with the wines) and it turned out that 5 of the 6 wines I asked about were not even available. I ended up having a forgettable if fairly inexpensive (for MoCo) 2003 Bosco Montepulciano Reserva that went well with the pizza. Service was good, but I had to point out to the server that she had forgotten to charge me for the wine. It turned out that the computer did not have the wine prices programed in so it didn't add in a charge for them. I could have just paid what I was originally charged, but I didn't want the server to end up having to pay for it.

            Bottom line, not bad, a good addition to the Rockville Town Square area, but nothing that I'd go out of my way for. The place was fairly noisy but not overly so. One odd thing, there were some big screen TVs there tuned to the Food Network (with the sound turned off.) Personally, I consider that a bad sign in a restaurant that wants to be considered even a little upscale. It wasn't cheap, the salad was $7.95, the appetizer $8.95 and the pizzas $12.95 and $14.95 respectively.

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            1. re: dinwiddie

              After a promising first visit last year, been there several times since but always leave disappointed. Everything seems to be undercooked. The pizza is always soggy and watery, the pasta undercooked (even for al dente) and the meat dishes too rare. I had a veal entree one time - it was pink and I nearly gagged trying to chew it. Plus it's way too expensive for the quality and quantity of food. I really wanted to like Oro, but after several bad experiences, have no plans to return.

              1. re: wysguymd

                I lived in Naples, Italy for a short time a few years ago, and the pizza there - from which the pizza at Oro Pomodoro gets its inspiration - was typically a little soggy in the middle. The juices from the tomatoes seemed to pool a little in the middle and mix in with the buffalo mozzarella. Eating the pizza with a fork and knife was pretty common.

                I thought the pizza at OP was the best I've yet had in Rockville, and was pretty close to the original Neopolitan stuff. Of course, they can't use those great tomatoes that grow around Naples, and buffalo mozzarella would probably be prohibitively expensive. Overall though, not bad.

            2. been there 3 times and each time had good service and very good food. I did not experience the problems that the others have listed and would not hesitate going back

              1. I've eaten there twice and think the Pizza's are pretty good for this region but a bit pricey for what you get.