This venue has closed.
They say as one door closes, another window opens. The rebirth of Ramo, Fangjia Hutong’s only and therefore favourite pizzeria, has taken on this adage with gusto, re-opening in Lido with approximately ten times more windows than it originally boasted in Gulou. Befitting of its new digs, Ramo is now uber-family friendly, with lots of clean, spacious play areas for little ones to safely run around in, which is more than could be said for the Fangjia edition.
The menu builds upon the popular stalwarts of the original – there are still plenty of pizzas, pastas and salads, but there is now also a rice dishes section with wintry stews. For reasons unbeknownst to this reviewer, Ramo is primarily known for its pizzas, which are primarily average. This remains unchanged in the second coming – the veggie party pizza (68RMB) we had was bland and the base lacked any of the requisite chewiness of a ‘za worth its salt. It was also astonishingly light on the advertised feta, a fromagey frustration that is sadly all too common in Beijing. The final blow comes in the news that the pizza is no longer available by the kuai’r.
The new Ramo is still in soft opening so there are naturally kinks to be ironed out. Our gamble on some chicken croquettes (38RMB) was however beyond the pale – the first bite revealed slightly dry strands of meat that didn’t befit what should be a warm, gooey nibble; the second exposed a still ice-cold centre and a soggy base.
If you liked the original Ramo you’ll do all right by mark two, and the expanded space and mostly cheerful menu make it a decent option for a family. But if it’s a food-focused meal you’re after, go elsewhere.