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“A Little Old Fashioned but Great Food!”

Rustico Italiano Ristorante
Ranked #4 of 271 Restaurants in Lake Worth
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
San Diego, CA, USA
Level 6 Contributor
102 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“A Little Old Fashioned but Great Food!”
Reviewed February 13, 2013

We were pleasantly surprised at this little gem in Lake Worth. The place was very busy and for a good reason; the food was fabulous. We were initially a little concerned when the waiter brought around a tray of food samples so we could see what things "looked like". I have certainly seen this with desserts before but never with main courses! However, I am happy to report that everything we ordered was perfectly prepared, pasta and sauces appeared to be home made, and overall we had a wonderful meal. We will definitely come back here if we stay in Palm Beach again. We were at the Omphoy and it was a short 5 minute drive back over the bridge to get to this restaurant.

  • Visited February 2013
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Delray Beach, Florida
Level 5 Contributor
88 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“The Best There Is. A Gem”
Reviewed February 12, 2013

This is the best Italian restaurant in all of Palm Beach County. And we have been to a great many over the years. It is a little gem. As soon as one walks in and is warmly greeted by the congenial host/chef Nino, from the Isle of Capri, one thinks he or she is back in one of those small restaurants in Florence or on the Amalfi coast that we knew years ago and loved. It is a charming little place of maybe 15 tables. And the food.....wow. Nino and his kitchen turn out some of the best dishes we have ever had. Whether its the veal dishes or pasta, fish or seafood or anything Nino prepares, it is delicious. A very wide menu selection. Then there is the rolling cart of daily specials and hand made pastas that Nino brings over to the table and patiently describes. Prepared dishes so tasty and delicately spiced, with excellent service. Real authentic Italian cooking, and I mean high-end cooking.....not the red sauce places so many down here in South Florida only know and love. Good wine selection that is reasonably priced too. The decor is very charming and the tables not on top of each other, so one can actually have a conversation with one's dining companions and not have to shout. The prices are very reasonable for this high quality food and service, and he actually has some Italian born waiters on his staff. Refreshing. Very nice recorded music too. Reserve today or tomorrow and go. We were there again last night, and the high quality never changes. Nino is to be believed!!!

  • Visited February 2013
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Lake Bluff, Il.
Level 6 Contributor
55 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
“Even Better Than The Reviews!”
Reviewed February 7, 2013

Based on the strong recommendations on Trip Advisor, we made straight for Rustico Italiano when we found ourselves in Lake Worth. We were instantly transported to Italy -- the food is absolutely authentic -- and delicious! In fact, we quickly decided we would return on the second night of our visit to Lake Worth because we just couldn't imagine that any other place could possibly live up to the wonderful dinner we enjoyed there on our first night. Nino is a charming and welcoming host who will happily advise and make great suggestions for your meal. Our favorite dishes were cannelloni with osso bucco stuffing, pappardelle with cinghiale (wild boar), fresh caught snapper with lemon and capers, and saltimbocca. This is not an inexpensive restaurant, but remember: A.) It's definitely NOT the Olive Garden, B.) the ingredients are premium and often imported, and C.) the wine pours (for wines by the glass) are VERY generous. Se si mangia vi piacerà

  • Visited January 2013
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Anacapri
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“The best Italian restaurant in Florida”
Reviewed January 31, 2013 via mobile

I'm Italian and i use to come every years to Florida and this is my favorite restaurant! The sea food pasta it tastes like home and the staff is super friendly...Don't miss it

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Blacksburg, VA
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“My favorite restaurant”
Reviewed January 31, 2013

I have been a regular at Rustico for over ten years. It is an excellent Italian restaurant--my "second home" for several of these years. The menu ranges widely across Italian cuisine. It is well prepared. And nicely served. I take all of my friends and visitors there whenever I can. My wife and I eat at Rustico once a week.

  • Visited January 2013
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