Pizza Rustica

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Pizza Rustica

What’s the “Rustica” referencing? You could say it used to apply to the original location, tiny and fairly bare-bones, but now that success has propelled chef-owner Stefano Roman into a larger, glossed-up space with brick walls, wood floors and a nice bar, we’d have to say the “Rustica” only applies to the food. Pizza topped with rosemary and potato or piled with artichokes sports a buttery crust that’s crisp on the bottom but otherwise soft and fluffy, while fluffy housemade gnocchi soaks up every bit of rich rabbit ragù, all of it rustic in the best way.

Venue name: Pizza Rustica
Address: 3908 N Sheridan Rd

Cross street: between Byron and Dakin Sts
Opening hours: Mon-Thurs 5pm-10pm; Fri 5pm-11pm; Sat noon-11pm; Sun noon-10pm
Transport: El stop: Red to Sheridan. Bus: 80, 151, 152.
Price: Average pizza: $15

Average User Rating

5 / 5

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Even though I live in the burbs I try o get to Pizza Rustica  at least once a month if not more  The food is outstanding and packed with flavor.  We never order the pizza, but go for the specials on the boards with a suggested wine.  This chef can cook!  And the charm of the place makes it well worth the trip.

Jill B

If you are in the area this, is a must stop location. Be sure to check out the menu items on the blackboard, they change daily and never disappoint. My personal favorite is the pizzas. The crust is always perfectly crispy yet the toppings are cooked to perfection. This has become my go to pizza place in the city. Once you sit down be sure to ask your server questions. They are all well versed in the menu items as well as the wine list.Pizza Rustica is a must for date night, girls night or a pick up on the way home from work night.


Love this place...You can't go wrong with anything you order from the menu.I suggest ordering from the blackboard items of  the day.  The atmosphere is beautiful and relaxing. And the staff is just wonderful, friendly and very helpful. Always just a great experience.


The first time I came here, it was for a friend's birthday dinner. Then I moved into the area, and came here again with a promo for CheekyChicago where Juliana would pick a glass of wine for me on the house. Now? I'm a regular, and I bring people here all the time. Chef Stefano's food is phenomenal (hint: just do the blackboard menu) and Juliana's hospitality and hugs keep bringing me back.

You can't go wrong with anything you order here, but I would recommend anything with garlic in it ;)

Kelli H

Almost any restaurant can have an exceptional menu or captivating atmosphere- and rarely does an establishment uphold both of these qualities well. Thankfully, for those who are seeking a sexy, yet relaxing environment accompanied by an impeccable meal (in a fantastic neighborhood), Pizza Rustica fulfills all dining experience fantasies. 

From the ever-changing Blackboard menu, to their modern Italian favorites, Pizza Rustica is the neighborhood staple for every date-night, wine-night, warm-belly comfort food cravings. Relaxing with a glass of wine on the patio during the summer months or enjoying the cozy dim (yet appropriately) -lit dining room with a perfectly seasoned pizza and/or entree doesn't get much better than this. 

Never disappointing, always comforting and sometimes availably el-fresco, Pizza Rustica is a *must* for every food lover.

Chio S

AMAZING restaurant. Food is always delicious (Chef Stefano makes the best food ever) and everyone who works there is friendly and warm. It's my go-to spot for anniversaries/birthdays/etc because they never disappoint!

Earl H

I went here for the first time last year for my birthday and was completely blown away.  From the communal dining tables to the "mom and pop" style of food, you truly feel like family here.  I've never salad, pasta, or pizza that I haven't liked.  Pizza Rustica has quickly become a favorite of mine and a place I like to take friends and family.  Great date spot too!  Oh and their cocktails!  Delish!


I don't even look at the menu anymore...blackboard is where it's at. Maybe because I'm a regular, and have been for years, but Chef Stefano never disappoints. Epic beer and wine selection. I don't even live in the area anymore, but I'm still there almost every week.