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“Take Away with Tables” 2 of 5 stars
Review of La Rustica

La Rustica
Via Maiorca, 98, Marina di Pisa, Pisa, Italy
050 36725
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Dining options: Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Take Away with Tables”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

We, a family group of four, were recommended La Rustica by our hotel manager after a lovely holiday in Tuscany crammed with terrific food and wine. Sad to say this last meal was a great disappointment. La Rustica is principally a Takeaway Pizza parlour with tables inside and out for people who want a sit down meal. The main income seems to be from the take away business so diners, on this occasion at least, get pretty short shrift in terms of attention and service. We waied a long time for any acknowledgement of our presence at all, even though a table had been booked in advance, and the service throughout was pretty haphazard and scanty, depending, it seemed, on the queue at the takeaway counter - which was constantly a long one. There was a fairly wide ranging menu of Tuscan favourites but under the circumstances we thought pizza was the best option. So we ordered four with different toppings. They were a disappointment. All four had the pizza disaster of a soggy bottom. They were, admittedly, crisp around the perimeter but sadly slimy towards the middle. Toppings were pleasant enough - though not special. On the credit side, the house wine was very cheap and, provided it was given a fair amount of breathing space, not unpleasant.
The great thing about Marina di Pisa is the quality of the sunsets. There are many restaurants which face onto the sea and allow you to eat and drink while watching the sun go down, generally very spectacularly. The Rustica is not one of these. It can't help that of course, but we all rather regretted not going somewhere else. My advice is not to make the same mistake.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“excellent value, friendly service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

Good range of pasta and fish - well flavoured dishes, very reasonable price and lovely waiters. Would recommend.

Visited July 2013
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