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Cucina Rustica - first impressions

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Cucina Rustica - first impressions

Excom | Mar 4, 2005 10:10 AM

Overall impression: very, very good.

I had all four slices as take-out last night. Note that all were consumed at home about 5 minutes after coming out of the oven, and having gone through pretty frigid air in a standard, poorly insulated pizza box. All slice were square, and cost either $2.25 or $2.50.

1. Margherita: good, fresh mozzarella; great tangy sauce that smacked of ripe, freshly crushed tomatoes; extra virgin olive oil undertones. A great, standard slice.

2. Sausage and mushroom: a great, earthy slice. The sausage (homemade?) and crimini mushroom combined beautifully. I think the same fresh sauce as the Margherita. Again, nice extra virgin olive oil in the background. My favorite slice in the bunch.

3. Artichoke and some-Italian-cream-cheese-kinda-like-ricotta cheese: great, fresh artichokes that played very nicely off of the cheese (sorry, forgot its name). My second favorite in the bunch.

4. Potato, rosemary, and caramelized onion: exactly what it sounds like. Pretty good, but the whole was only slightly bigger than the sum of its parts.

All slices, true to its namesake, had a "rustic" quality - fresh, earthy flavors that begged for a wine with some crisp acidity to even out the palate. The crusts were crisp, leaning toward the thinner side, and had a nice olive-oil-baked-in kind of crunch.

They do have wine it seems, but I got take-out and did not see the wine list. The prices are more than fair for what you get. I didn't see a pie that was more than $13, nor a slice more than $2.50.

I will most certainly be back.

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