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Making a Valentine's Day Memory -- Start with Hot Cocoa.
Is it just me... or has the cynicism surrounding Valentine's Day gotten a little out of hand?
We get it... blah blah blah, it's all about commercialism and unrealistic expecations -- but why choose to feel crappy when you can embrace the meaning of the holiday at the basic level. Share some love this Feb. 14th -- ring in the New Year (Chinese, that is...) with a little tenderness for each other -- yourself, your family, your friends, your neighbor. And if you're lucky, with your sweetheart.
There is no better way to celebrate life and love than by sharing a meal and a bottle of wine at La Rustica. Hands down, the best Italian food in Seattle. The menu and entree specials will make your dining decision challenging but rest assured that your meal will be fantastic. Let the warm, cozy environment envelop you and get lost in the eyes of your dearest dear.
Without reservations, there may likely be a wait. Just pack some hot cocoa and a picnic blanket... together hands clasped, cross the street with your Valentine to the small pebbly stretch to watch the sun set. Your patience will be richly rewarded.
Normally reservations are only taken for parties of 4 or more... however on Valentine's Day, you won't have to wait -- make your reservation now! For 2 or 4 or more... spread the word, share the love.
Yum Yum Yum.
Such a great place. Seriously the BEST Italian food in Seattle. The atmosphere is cozy and comfortable.
There can be a small wait at times, but it is soooo worth the wait.
Could be just outside Firenze.
Wandered in on a whim Saturday night after reading reviews (Yelp & others)and talking to friends about this place. Reminds me a lot of any one of the smaller locals only places around Firenze. Food was stellar, the Chingale in agro Dolce con polente was the star of the 6 dishes that came to the table...though the venison osso bucco was narrowly second. The wine list could use some more depth, though they did have my favorite Vernaccia on the list, and fairly priced to boot(had to have one then right?). Our server felt a bit rushed, did not really engage with the table, and seemed to be resigned to the whole experience. Julian the owner is a gem of a man, and goes out of his way to accommodate his guests. The only gripe I have about the place is that there are no ADA bathrooms, and the one bathroom that is there is up a series of twisty stairs and in need of some love.
One of Seattle's Best!.
I've been frequenting La Rustica for a few years now and both my wife and I highly recommend it to all of our friends. The service is excellent, but the food is the reason to come back. For years i was sold on their house speciality, Lamb Shank, but recently have been taking advantage of the fish of the day. Last visit i had a mouth watering black cod (not to mention a good portion) that was cooked to perfection. My wife, as always, order the riccotta gnocchi with house made sausage. The newly added wild boar dish is also a reason to stop in. Judging by the reviews, it seems most would agree with us, with the exception of the salt critics. However, last summer while my wife and i were seated by the window overlooking the water, i noticed they had removed the salt and pepper shakers off the tables. I asked the waitress if they had forgotten to set them out...she laughed and said, "no, we removed them off, and haven't had a complaint about the food ever since".
Keep up the good work La Rustica, we can not wait till summer when the deck opens up!
real italian food, best in seattle!. This is the cutest little Italian restaurant! We went there for the first time last Sunday, and when I say "little" I mean LITTLE!!! Make sure that you go right when they open or later at around 9:00 or you most likely won't get a seat for awhile! ( But it would be definitely worth the wait!) Definitely try the gnocchi, and save room for the chocolate creme brule!!!! I have never had a dessert so delicious in my life! And the cappuccino is almost as good as they serve in Italy! I can't wait to go back again and again!!!
Go for the Cocktails, bread, and creme brule. Yes, this is a very romantic spot unless you're seated at the table by the door. Upon arrival we were told the wait was 30 minutes or less, but ended up waiting in the charming bar/cave for an hour. I didn't mind however, because I had one of the best cocktails of my life- the Pink Lemon Drop. The bartender was a sweetheart, and very helpful. The wine list was pricey and the affordable wines were blah. The complimentary bread was outstanding, as expected. Perfectly warm, salty, and crusty on the outside. The salad was simple, yet fresh. I ordered the halibut special and it was fine, but not amazing. My date ordered the filet and it perfectly cooked. The chocolate creme brule was unforgettable. Creamy, with a perfect layer of burnt sugar, it was one of the best desserts I've ever had in Seattle. The service was okay, but I can see how some customers would get irritated.
hidden gem. this was a great date spot. the seating is a little tight but we found it charming. For some reason it seems to be full of really nice patrons. Everyone seemed to be happy to just be there. watching the waitstaff and support crew break down and reset tables was a show in its self. we had a calamari dish that i would be happy if it was the only thing i had to eat for the rest of my life. the smolina gnocchi was outstanding just a bit more firm then thier potato gnocchi (the way they should be). we also had the lamb shank which was O.K. it was a bit dry. maybe a reheat? it was also served with pasta on the plate. Authentic? this doesnt happen in Italy this is a East coast thing. I will ask for polenta next time. keep up the good work!
Absolutely one of the best authentic Italian restaurants in the pacific northwest..
This is no doubt absolutely one of the best restaurants in the pacific northwest. They have great authentic Italian food, just like taking a mini trip to southern Italy. The owner (who is from Italy) brings homeland recipes to Seattle. Those in the past who claim to be "Italian" and don't recognize La Rustica food must have been born in America and never actually visited Italy, because this food is excellent and is representative of true Italian cuisine. On the downside, it is a very small place and not easy to get into. However, if you're lucky enough to get in and get a table you're in for a real treat. Save room for the "bread" that comes complementary with dinner, this stuff is fantastic and was created by Julio one day long ago when the fresh bread didn't show up in time. He improvised and made his own bread, with a recipe that is faintly like crunchy pizza dough with chewy insides. Every customer ranted and raved how good it was, so it became a standard for every diner...it is worth going to this unique restaurant for the bread alone. Make sure to save some to complement the outstanding pastas.
However, leave the small noisy children at home. This is NOT "buca de beppo" or the "spaghetti factory", it is NOT a family style restaurant, it is NOT for loud noisy customers.
It IS a small romantic hidaway, it IS for folks who like great food, it IS for anybody who likes quiet cozy dining.
Awesome, unpretentious, delectable and truly authentic Italian fare..
Wow! I just found my new number one favorite Italian food. La Rustica is a small neighborhood restaurant that has everything I need in a meal out. The server was polite, efficient and very knowledgable about the delightful menu and mouthwatering specials. The bread is homemade, soft, fluffy, perfectly seasoned with a little garlic and olive oil served warm out of the oven. Delicious but beware because it just keeps coming and it is free! Leave some space for a hearty cross cut lamb shank that was served at a precise temperature, was refreshingly lean yet fall off the bone tender and picked up all the subtle flavor and opulent nature of the saffron risotto. A potato cake and grilled vegetables finished the dish and man the squash was good. My Mother in Law had the wild boar chop that was just perfectly heated and disolved in ones mouth like butter, this was a special and boy I hope it's on the menu next time I go. The meat was twice as good as any Filet I have eaten. My wife had the veal wrapped prawns from the main menu. She gave me a morsel and what an outstanding flavor combination. My daughter had a fabulous pizza with fresh basil and the best crust you'll find in Seattle. Wine is available in carafe's and the Italian beer I had was light and refreshing with a honey like finish.
La Rustica is a place to go and fill up on inteligently simple, freshly prepared food with exciting and truly memorable flavors. If you are a food lover then you should be there before you are able to finish this review!
Great job and keep it up. We will be back soon!
Many thanks from the Smith's and Kellers
About time!. I've been a West Seattle resident for 22 years and just made it to La rustica for the first time. Embarassing I know. Too bad for us. We've been missing out! It was my daughter's birthday and we went as a family to celebrate. This small intimate Bistro has it all; warmth, character, great food and the portions are healthy to say the least. They served us bread on the house that was dripping in yumminess and we could hardly stay away from it. They brought us basket after basket and we joyfully threw caution to the wind and dove in. I had the homemade Gnocchi with sausage and it was fresh and delightful. My husband had a fish dish that disappeared quickly. Emma loved her pizza, and kept stealing gnocchi bites from me. Our server was sweet and attentive and we just had the best time. I'm a believer now and can't wait to back and try more dishes from the extensive menu. Happy Birthday Emma!
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