Myself and several friends went to rustica for a friends birthday, and we all agreed that the food and the service was exceptional. I myself ordered the lasagne, which was absolutely delicious! The food prices were very reasonable for the quality of food served....i would highly recommend this fantastic little restaurant, i cant wait to go back!!
Pizzeria Rustica is a small pizza restaurant located on the main drag in Richmond, close to the station. I have walked past it numerous times and was always intrigued by a sign out the front claiming that they won ʼBest Pizza in Londonʼ a couple of years back. So one day Alex and I popped in for lunch to see how good the pizza really.
This is a real ʼItalian feelingʼ place, with all Italian staff who spoke to us in a mixture of Italian and English. They were very friendly and smiley, singing along to the 80ʼs music that was playing.
The restaurant has seating over a couple of levels. We sat in the small area at the back on the ground floor, right by the kitchen. There is a good range of starters and antipasti type treats on the menu, along with salads and pastas - but we went straight to the pizza.
There were 14 different types of stone-baked pizzaʼs to choose from. I opted for the Bella Italia, with Mozzarella, fresh tomato, rocket & parma ham, and I had some artichoke added. My companion had the Capricciosa, with Mozzarella, tomato, ham, egg, mushrooms, artichokes, pepperoni & olives.
Both of the pizzas were really tasty, and pretty big! I think next time we will have some antipasti to start and then share a pizza.
The selection of food available on the menu was so great that we had to share all our meals between us because we couldnʼt decide on just one thing that we wanted! Everything was very tasty and fresh, and very good portion-you can definitely tell that it is an independent restaurant.