From Our Editors
The specialty pies number in the dozens at this self-described home of “unusual pizza and sandwiches” – and that’s just one section of Rustica’s expansive menu. This unassuming-looking Northern Liberties spot sources its imported Italian meats and cheeses from Claudio Specialty Foods in the Italian Market, which means that the humble pepperoni becomes something special, while more offbeat pizzas continue to wow. The Chicken Pot Pie is a pizza that comes topped with house-smoked chicken, rosemary roasted carrots and garlic mashed potatoes, while the Crawdaddy is a white pie with tomatoes, cilantro, red onion and spicy crawfish. The thick-crust Sicilian pies are made-to-order and require an hour to prepare, while sandwich options come hot or cold, but are equally massive. Extremely limited seating is available inside the long, brick-stacked space, making most orders to-go; there are a few sidewalk tables for diners looking to grab some Philadelphia sunshine.