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This Italian restaurant, aperitivo lounge and basement bar keeps things simple, with classic Italian cocktails and dishes on three distinctly different floors. The first floor is a bright, no-frills dining room, while a dimly lit, rust-coloured cocktail bar and a few alfresco tables populate the ground level. In the basement, a DJ booth, darker colours and softer furnishings make this a good spot for the smaller – and boozier – hours. With new owners and investment in spring 2016 came a fuller menu, including cicchetti, pasta and pizzas. Expect keenly priced, hefty portions of adequate food: our lobster linguine arrived steaming from a foil package on a plate, and was tasty and enough for two. Meek cocktails include a list of Prosecco options and passable classics, so we suggest sticking to Prosecco, Italian wines or the Italian beer of the month. The whole operation feels thrown together, relaxed and welcoming: Rustiko is classic old-school Soho.