Rustico - Del Ray

827 Slaters Lane
Alexandria, VA 22314


Neighborhood: Alexandria

Cuisines: Modern, Pizza, Italian, American

Opening Hours:
Open for lunch and dinner Sunday 11:30 to 10, Tuesday through Thursday 11:30 to 10, Friday and Saturday 11:30 to 11. Open for dinner Monday 4 to 10.

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Nearby Metro Stops: Braddock Road

Price Range: Inexpensive

Dress: Informal

Noise Level: Chatty

Reservations: Recommended


Best Dishes:
Pot-pie and pork Mosaics; chicken-liver terrine; rockfish with fennel pollen; sausage-and-pickled-pepper pizza; grilled cheese with balsamic onions and maple ham; braised pork shoulder over rigatoni; sunchoke-and-sheep’s- milk-ricotta pizza; Guinness cupc

Price Details:
Lunch entrees, $7 to $16. Dinner appetizers, $5 to $10; entrees, $12 to $23. Pizzas, $12 to $15.

Special Features: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly

The Needle: Rustico

The menu at this beer-centric restaurant touts its devotion to fresh ingredients, but a recent visit showed that the kitchen isn’t above taking shortcuts. The steamed mussels were fishy, a cheddar-and-ale soup lacked the depth of a long-simmered stock, and a dish of baked oysters had an unpleasant aftertaste. But the zesty Buffalo-chicken croquettes were simple and satisfying, and a homey peanut-butter trifle provided a decadent finish. The 300-bottle beer list—including such unusual finds as a milk stout from North Carolina’s Duck-Rabbit brewery—is a treat.

-August 2009