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October 9, 2013
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Rustica Ristorante

Fonterutoli Chianti Classico on the wine list at Rustica was a very good sign. I don’t know a thing about Italian wines, but we stumbled upon this vineyard on a long ago visit to Tuscany. Our Lunch at the Osteria Fonterutoli (with plenty of Chianti) is a magical memory that I’m happy to dredge up with a fresh bottle. Concern about the location aside (the former home of Trapiche AND Lupo), Rustica’s transformation into an airy trattoria bodes well. Finding red sauce on the Shoreline isn’t difficult, but there are surprisingly few authentic “Italian” Italian restaurants. No longer.

Here’s the real deal, extending to the sweetly theatrical owner. Skip the salads and start with a plate of marinated fresh sardines with broiled potatoes on a bed of arugula. And try as I might to avoid pasta, I couldn’t resist theirs, available by full or half portion, made by hand in house, every day. The tangle of tasty linguini with wild mushrooms, butter, wine and truffle oil was worth every calorie. My husband was thrilled with his Branzino; a filet of pan-seared sea bass in a simple lemony white wine sauce. You’ll find the dishes here straightforward, flavorful and crowd-pleasing. The place was packed early on a Wednesday night. No website, but I’ve added a few selections from their menu to my site. See them below and make reservations on Open Table.

Rustica Ristorante 189 Middlesex Ave., Chester

Here are just a few selections from their menu:


Caprese: Bufala Mozzarella with tomates, basil, extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper   $13


Cozze Mediterraneo: Fresh PEI mussels sauteed with garlic, parsley, olive oil and white wine  $12


Alici Marinate: Fresh marinated sardines with capers, white vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, red pepper flakes, parsley, served with broiled potatoes and arugula salad   $13




Cesare: Hearts of Romaine with homemade croutons and house made Caesar dressing    $8


Insalate di Arance: Mixed greens with orange segments, goat cheese, dressed with balsamic and olive oil   $8



Linguini Funghi: Homemade linguini pasta with mixed mushrooms, white wine, touch of butter and truffle oil  $19


Scialatelli:  Saffron hand cut pasta, in a light cherry tomato sauce, shrimp and arugla  $18


La Bolognese:  Homemade Pappardelle pasta with homemade classic Bolognese sauce  $19


Risotto agli Asparagi:  Creamy risotto with fresh asparagus and gorgonzola cheese  $18



Trota: pan seared Arctic Char, topped with a fresh basil, Lime pesto, served with potato gratin and seasonal vegetables  $24


Maiale: Grilled pork chop served with bell peppers and onions in an agro dolce sauce with mashed potatos    $24


Saltimbocca: Veal Scaloppine topped with Prosciuttodi Pama, sauteed in a sage white wine reduction sauce, served with grilled vegetables and roasted potatoes    $25


This is just a sample, there’s much more available on the menu, plus housemade desserts.

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Tags: Chester, wine, trattoria, italian, authentic

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