Before it became Rustica Sourdough bakery cafe, this building contained Pane Provinciale, then Itza cafe. Itza had once been good, but it suffered a drastic decline in the quality of its bread and cafe food, stopped baking, and finally became somewhere no one wanted to go to. Fortunately this has changed, with a new business and a new light-filled interior.
Rustica opened about 10 days ago. I went in last week to buy bread, then returned this week for breakfast. The pumpkin and olive loaves are fantastic, and I’m pleased enough that they have solved a problem for me: where to get fresh bread on a Monday morning when Babka is closed.
The coffee is average, but they’ve just started so there’s plenty of time to improve. The food is good: I chose the ricotta hotcakes with apple, honeycomb and cream, and my friend had the croque monsieur. It was not toasted as is usual – it was a sandwich with melted cheese on it, but my friend seemed satisfied. The hotcakes were excellent.
I like Rustica, especially the bread. I may take away more than I eat in, but I am very glad they have opened and I hope they do well.