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Got Wood?   4 comments

The difference between pizza baked in a wood-fired oven and a conventional one is like
the dissimilarity between dark chocolate and milk chocolate. The former simply has much
more depth. For pizza, the intensity of the wood-generated heat allows each component
(dough/crust, sauce, cheese, and toppings) to surpass its potential, so the final product
becomes extraordinary. That’s what served at Pizzeria Rustica.

The mozzarella is made in-house. It’s on the pizza, but to fully appreciate its creamy,
silky elegance try the Insalata Caprese of mozzarella, fresh tomatoes, basil leaves and tangy
balsamic vinegar. The Pagliasotti is an appetizer featuring the Caprese but also includes
olives, salami, prosciutto, fresh vegies and crusty bread.

Pizzeria Rustica uses authentic Italian ingredients, as noted on the menu, for the Neapolitan
pizzas. Although round, the pizzas are not exactly uniform since they’re individually hand-
stretched. The Salsiccia (sweet sausage) pizza we ordered had a few bulbuous air pockets,
but nothing was lost on taste. The pocket-free Rustica was topped with tomatoes, the
house mozzarella, prosciutto di parma and handfuls of fresh arugula. The peppery arugula
was an inspired addition. Another nice touch was the truffle oil for dipping the crust.

The menu is a primer in simplicity. A wipe board displays the daily specials, but don’t expect
much more than salad and pizza – and dessert. Prices are a bit high, yet sticker shock
is surprisingly short-lived; these are made-to-order pizzas with fresh, quality ingredients
very rich in flavor.

Four Plates
Pizzeria Rustica
2527 W. Colorado Ave.
Colorado Springs, CO 80904

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Posted October 30, 2011 by bluepagespecial in Restaurants

4 responses to “Got Wood?

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  1. How do they compare to the pizza in naples??

  2. These were very good pizzas! Let me know when you want to see for yourself, then we can talk about a field trip to Napoli.

  3. Now, listen up. I’ve had pizza in Roma, Capri, and Porto Venere, Italy. I do intend to visit this establishment, and I will be bringing my arrogant pizza experience with me.

  4. OK Esteban — game on! I’ll be anxious to hear what you think.

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