Pizza Rustica is a small pizza chain that started in the South Beach section of Miami. Its first Ohio outpost is located on the South Campus Gateway.
Pizza Rustica makes large, rectangular pies. They sell pizza by the slice or as whole pies, as well as sandwiches and salads. Hours run late-night, and Pizza Rustica does deliver.
This place is noted for keeping late hours for the Miami party scene, and the tradition continues on campus with weekend hours that run to 3 a.m.
The pizza crust is thin and soft. The sauce is bright with a hint of sweetness. Toppings run the gamut from three different types of mushrooms to sweet corn and roasted eggplant.
The by-the-slice pizza is actually a large rectangle cut into six squares. This costs about $5.
The pizza Margherita is made with mozzarella cheese, tomato sauce, olive oil, garlic and basil. The sweetness of the sauce and the buttery crust combine to create a deeply satisfying taste.
The three mushroom pizza is toped with portabella, shiitake and porcini 'shrooms, sliced tomatoes, mozzarella and fresh herbs. The different mushrooms add layers of flavor and texture.
The menu also features two meatless panini sandwiches and a few salads. The owner was friendly, and provided advice on menu specials. He's currently using this franchise as a guide before undergoing further expansion within the Buckeye state.
Overall, considering that this is a chain pizza shop, the quality level is very good. When the late hours and inexpensive prices are considered, the reasons for Pizza Rustica's success are clearly evident.