Subway: Red to Sheridan(773) 404-8955 pizzarusticachicago.com41.953051 -87.654740 3908 N Sheridan Rd (between Byron and Dakin Sts) Uptown, Chicago
Lunch (Sat, Sun), dinner (closed Tue)Average pizza: $12
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.