Rustico Pizzeria

Historic Third Ward

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In a Nutshell

  • Specialty pizzas
  • Pastas & sandwiches
  • Full bar with wine list

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Promotional value expires Oct 29, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift. Limit 1 per table. Limit 1 per visit. Valid toward alcohol. Must purchase 1 food item. Dine-in only. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Mozzarella is the kitchen’s rowdiest resident and must be trapped between a chewy crust and bountiful toppings to prevent it from racketeering in the refrigerator. Savor rambunctious flavor with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Italian fare and drinks at Rustico Pizzeria in the Third Ward.

Rustico dishes up a culinary tour of Italy with pizzas, pastas, and a bevy of beverages. The brightest star on this culinary walk of fame is the restaurant’s pizza selection, full of intimate 12-inch and crowd-pleasing 16-inch pies. Specialty combinations include the classic Margherita ($10.95/$14.95), the veggie-hugging Spinaci ($14.95/$18.95), and the meat-centered Carne ($14.95/$18.95), each capable of crushing an appetite beneath layers of toppings. Alternative taste-bud tango partners include a number of noodles on the pasta menu, such as the sea-sourced scampi, with jumbo shrimp, onion, red bell pepper, and garlic in a white-wine sauce ($18.95). The lunch special ($8.99) includes a drink and gives indecisive eaters the chance to choose any two items from the soup, salad, slice, or sandwich selection.

Rustico’s bartenders pour on the liquid love with a large selection of wines enjoyed by the bottle, glass, or handful. Sample a glass of the farnese house wine ($6), or pair a large pizza with a carafe ($18).

Rustico Pizzeria

Dough leaps from chefs' hands and pirouettes in midair before donning Rustico Pizzeria's slew of fresh toppings such as pine nuts, taleggio cheese, and eggplant, with gluten-free pizza and pasta available upon request. The menu includes a variety of small and large plate options, and pastas arrive at tables draped in an array of slow-stewed sauces. A rustic dining room is decked with brick walls, hardwood floors, and sturdy chandeliers. Outside, a wooden patio affords pristine views of the Milwaukee River, and an ideal station from which to christen passing ships with bottles from the Italian wine list.

Customer Reviews

Stick with the pizza. Its their specialty and worth the money. The other menu options can rack up a good size bill for what you get.
Jonathan L. · May 15, 2014
Great pizza and apps!
Jamie K. · September 5, 2012
Great Food !!!Excellent Service !!
Sheryl L. · November 7, 2011
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    Historic Third Ward

    223 N Water St.

    Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202

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