Rustico in Scarsdale: gone
Drove by Rustico on Central Ave. It's now a restaurant called Za-Za (perhaps named after a long-lost Gabor sister). I'm sure it was Rustico last week...pretty fast metamorphosis. Sign on awning says: Authentic Neopolitan Pizza. If it's even sort-of-authentic, that would be nice. And I think it's already open. Fast...
IT'S THE RUSTICO OWNERS. DECIDED TO GIVE THE PLACE A FACE LIFT AND A CHANGE. I ALWAYS LIKED RUSTICO.
I ate there last night. Same 4 owners, only the name and interior have changed.
The menu is starters, salad, pasta, and pizza.
The owners are all young and from Napoli.
The pizza oven (the centerpiece of the restaurant) is autthentic and brought over from Napoli.
The Margherita pizza I had tasted good...authentic.
The minstrone was well seasoned with very large chunks of veggies.
My daughter ate linguine con le vongole....prepared well.
Sidewalk seating was also a plus on a really beautiful evening.
Went to ZaZa last night after seeing this post. Hadn't been there since the days of Rustico long long ago... Figured it would be a good place to go to with the kids for some pizza and salad. My husband and I were pretty surprised to see the prices on the menu. $14 for a smallish appetizer salad and then $18 to 20 for an individual size pizza. Are they crazy? We ordered 2 pizzas and a salad, and left hungry. The pizza was tasty, but not worth the price by any means. Would rather have been at Pepe's. Sure, not the same ambiance, but better food.
My husband and I are looking forward to trying "Za Za" - he grew up in Naples and he is a BIG fan of the beloved late italian comedian "Toto" a/k/a Antonio De Curtis - we think that the name comes from a Toto movie and there is a little top hat in the name of the restaurant that resembles Toto's trademark hat. We tried to go one very snowy night and it was closed! We will try again!!! The dishes sound very authentic and we can't wait to try them!