$20 for $40 Worth of Italian Cuisine at Manducatis Rustica

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In a Nutshell

  • Seasonally changing rustic Italian fare
  • Brick-oven pizzas
  • On-site bakery
  • Serves brunch

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The Italian countryside is beloved for its lush scenery, flavorful vegetables, and gigantic boulder that hides David Schwimmer's DVD collection. Gather the Italian outdoors' edible goodies with today's deal: for $20, you get $40 worth of rustic Italian fare at Manducatis Rustica in Long Island City.

Like a spy's costumes, Manducatis Rustica's menu changes daily to showcase innovative dishes and fresh, seasonal ingredients. Set traps to catch grilled octopus and calamari ($9.50) or eggplant rollatini ($8.50) as it emerges from its countryside burrow. The shifting sands of taste flow onto your tongue with secondi such as shrimp and scallops ($24) or chicken radicchio ($17). Manducatis Rustica's pizzas, which are Neapolitan-style and baked in a brick oven, are heaped with savory flavors such as mozzarella, goat cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, rucola, and basil (the Rustica, $14). Magnumly-lauded calzones (ricotta, mozzarella, ham, mushrooms, olives, artichokes, and parmigiano; $15) are also available.

Let the breeze on Manducatis Rustica's patio sweep away summer heat, or colden yourself from the inside out with a cup of deliciously frozen gelato (ask your server for flavors and pricing). The cozy café atmosphere and large dining rooms make dining at Manducatis Rustica more pleasant than sailing a toy boat in a bathtub cloaked by a fresh vinyl curtain. The eatery also has an on-site bakery and serves brunch, so stop by on weekends to fill up on hearty midmorning Old World fare. You must call ahead to make a reservation.


Manducatis Rustica was featured on the websites Liqcity, The Foodista, Always Hungry New York, and Serious Eats New York. Yelpers give Manducatis Rustica 3.5 stars:

  • This place will not empty your wallet and I'd definitely suggest it. – The Foodista
  • Best brick oven pizza in all of long island city ...hands down. – caryn e., Yelp
  • Dessert pastries and cakes have been, without exception, perfect. All very good. – daisy m., Yelp

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