Glitzy Italian with a bold aesthetic, terrific pizza and pasta, plus appealing wine and cocktails.
Bella Napoli became ORO in 2017, with owner Domenico Crolla looking for something unique, less generic, to brand his family business. ORO is Italian for gold and it’s an apt title for this glitzy place with a lavish interior. If subtlety is your aesthetic, look elsewhere. Myriad paintings, plants and a huge gold pizza oven vie for your attention. The vibe may or may not be to your taste. The food and service, however, are impeccable. Share the delightful bufala Caprese salad, in which tomatoes, fresh berries and beautiful mozzarella sing in harmony. A starter portion of aubergine alla parmigiana is dainty, light, and has nicely defined layers. Crolla himself is a distinguished pizza chef, and his imposing oven fires out top-class dough – the original pizza Napoli is wonderful in its simplicity, and if you’re up for something leftfield there’s the goat's cheese and grape option. Pasta is of an equally high standard; the artichoke rigatoni, with creamy gorgonzola sauce and toasted pine nuts – and the lobster ravioli are sumptuous high points. Desserts, wines and cocktails are all spot on. ORO’s on the more expensive side, but life is for living.
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
- Capacity: 140
- Open since: 2001
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 10
- House wine: £19.50 per bottle