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Italian, Pizza
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
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Reviewed November 4, 2020 via mobile

It doesn’t get any better than this outside of Italy! The flavor of the various dishes we had reminded of us of our Italian visit. The margherita pizza was just as we experienced at a street side cafe. Service was very good. We highly recommend...trying this especially if you can’t get to Italy!More

Date of visit: November 2020
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Reviewed October 11, 2020 via mobile

I’m Italian born and raised. I lived in the US for 2 years, I travelled a lot and I tried a lot of “authentic” Italian pizza places around here. With absolutely no doubt this is the one and only pizzeria that has been really able...to bring me back home. The real secret for Italian pizza is “less is more”, to bring up the quality of every single ingredient instead of losing its taste in a ton of different flavors. To obtain this you need to use really great ingredients, and Rusciano definitely knows where to find them. In addition, the dough is to die for. One visit and it’s already become my favorite restaurant around.More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed April 26, 2020

Since COVID-19 restrictions, we've been phoning in our orders, and continue to be thrilled with the service and the quality of food. In fact, going to pick up our food has become an adventure we look forward to. We phone in our order and let...them know what time we'd like to pick up. We go inside to pick up. The food is always ready and hot, and as delicious as ever.More

Date of visit: April 2020
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Reviewed February 19, 2020 via mobile

Great pizza! This location is in a strip mall with various other options around but this was a stand out find. Pizza and calzone were excellent. Service was great and friendly. It was very quiet in the restaurant so atmosphere was cold and the decor...could be improved but more than made up for by the food.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed January 24, 2020 via mobile

This restaurant has delicious authentic Italian food. We’ve tried both pizza and pasta and it’s wonderful. A great place for Italian food lovers as they feature different Italian dishes.

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed January 9, 2020

This place continues to be our top choice in North Liberty and keeps getting better. The owner is from Naples and brings years of experience creating real Italian street food and pizza. The wood-fired pizza oven was imported from Italy and does double duty baking...fresh bread As time goes on, he is expanding and offering a number of specials that are outstanding, from risottos with locally grown mushrooms to crispy cannolis with house-made shells piped full of goodness. Our usual habit is to order the special pizza and the special pasta, which might be a risotto or lasagna, or even squid ink pasta! About my only complaint is that the specials are only on the menu for a week or two, but some of the most memorable were made with fresh seasonal ingredients that can't be made to order any time of the year. This place is worth visiting again and again, and we do.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Rusciano_nl, Owner at Rusciano's, responded to this reviewResponded January 10, 2020

What an awesome review, thank you so so much!

Reviewed January 4, 2020

Many a foodie movie has sung praises to the authentic Neapolitan pizza, usually with the some version of the obligatory "food porn" shots. For us, it was a documentary, Arrangiarsi: Pizza...and the Art of Living that put the quest for the taste of Napoli on...our itinerary. To discover Rusciano's Authentic Napoli Pizza in our back yard made us a bit suspicious. The word "authentic" has become another marketing gimmick in the restaurant world. Rusciano's however, has certainly earned that label. This pizza joint occupies a humble spot among other strip mall businesses, but it welcomes with the warm Italian charm of the owner, Genaro Rusciano. Tidbits of his story as a native of Napoli are offered as he glides from being a host to serving and educating diners about the art of Neapolitan pizza in this hipster setting Of course, the secret is in the ingredients. We only tried the pizza, Margherita and Marinara to start, and Cinque Formaggi on a second visit. Fresh mozzarella cheese, San Marzano tomatoes, and a bit of basil. Even though I don't usually have tomato based pizza's, this is the pizza I've craved without knowing it. Cinque Formaggi is just that, pizza topped with five types of cheese and a few roasted pecans. I would have preferred the cheese to be better blended for a consistent flavor over the whole pizza, but one gets a bit of a gustatory adventure in tasting different undertones in different bites. I rarely order dessert unless it bears the promise of being spectacular. Genaro told us that he'd made the canoli from scratch, including the crust, so I couldn't resist. Extraordinary absence of the heavy sugar punch so typical of American desserts made me so glad I succumbed to this temptation. The crust was perfectly browned and flaky and the filling and dollops of garnish demanded a sensuous savoring. I'm done searching for a perfect pizza, and I look forward to tasting other things on Rusciano's menu.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Rusciano_nl, Owner at Rusciano's, responded to this reviewResponded January 10, 2020

Thank you for the incredible feedback!

Reviewed September 3, 2019 via mobile

Wonderfully authentic and fresh. The flavors of the food linger long after the meal is finished. I very much appreciate the care and perfection of the preparation of the food. I look forward to many more visits.

Date of visit: September 2019
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Rusciano_nl, Owner at Rusciano's, responded to this reviewResponded January 10, 2020

Thank you so much!

Reviewed September 3, 2019

We tried the Street Food Sampler, but the arancini was the best. Next time, we'll just order the arancini. Pizza was good, especially the crust. However, the calzone crust was disappointing. We'll stick with the pizzas in the future.

Date of visit: August 2019
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Rusciano_nl, Owner at Rusciano's, responded to this reviewResponded January 10, 2020

Thank you!

Reviewed August 10, 2019 via mobile

Very good food and friendly service. It’s a pretty small place and seating is limited. I would definitely come back.

Date of visit: August 2019
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Rusciano_nl, Owner at Rusciano's, responded to this reviewResponded January 10, 2020

Thank you

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