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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.
Upon invitation to give its new Craft Beer of the Month a go, I paid Rustiko Bar & Restaurant a friendly visit last week. Great beer! And great place to keep in mind whatever Italianate libations you seek in Soho.Teaming up with Italian micro-brewery, Birrifico del Ducato, Rustiko is running a Craft Beer of the Month special.
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Today we’re dining in cosy, candlelit Rustiko, a welcoming little restaurant in the heart of Soho. I love the buzz of Soho, packed with bars, restaurants, theatres and markets – and people enjoying them all.First a bit of history. Soho was once farmland and only got its first building after the Great Fire of London in 1666 when the Earl of Leicester built a mansion there. It expanded towards the end of the 1600s to create more accommodation for a growing city. In the 1700s the area became a refuge for immigrants, over 40% of which were French and it was known as the French Quarter.
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