Rustico Pizzeria - A Zarletti Restaurant
Rustico Pizzeria - A Zarletti Restaurant

Rustico Pizzeria - A Zarletti Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.rusticopizzeria.com/
  • Phone: 4142209933
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch & Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 12:00am, Friday & Saturday: 11:00am - 1:30am, Sunday: 10:00am - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizzeria
  • Executive Chef: Brian C. Zarletti
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Chicago
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking is ample in the Third Ward and there are also several public parking lots and parking structures available.
A word from Rustico Pizzeria - A Zarletti Restaurant
Milwaukee Wisconsin’s Premier Pizza and Italian Cuisine Destination! Available For Delivery, Dine-In, Or Carry Out.
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Rustico Pizzeria - A Zarletti Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
52 reviews since July 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (26)scenic view (22)fit for foodies (19)neighborhood gem (18)good for groups (16)romantic (16)special occasion (15)hot spot (11)notable wine list (10)great for lunch (9)late-night find (8)great for brunch (7)vibrant bar scene (3)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • Great food
    ALpete
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    restaurant wasn't too loud and food and service were great!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • pattyp
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Food is great. Really like the Veal Panini and pizza! Nice place to go before a show or play
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great stuff
    marilyn189
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Wonderful food and service, as always. Pizza and veal cutlet, as well as the chicken focaccia, all tasty.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and service
    anniectaylor
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    We came to Rustico for my birthday and loved everything about it. The server was so polite and attentive and the food was even better. We would absolutely recommend to a friend and will be coming back soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique and delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    I was expecting great food given the owners of this little gem, but I was really blown away with its intimate, classy, yet fun atmosphere. Beautiful restaurant that really represents the culture of Milwaukee. Our group of female executives had a blast relaxing over interesting appetizers, delicious pasta entrees and great wine after a long day of meetings. The crème de la crème of the evening was our charming server! She was professional and knowledgeable of food and drinks, but didn’t take us or herself too seriously — we all just loved her! There were several tables of 6 to 8 guests, but no guest was left unattended or waiting.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Nice Experience
    pcb1107
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Had lunch on a Saturday recently. With family. Had a very nice time and found the food to be quite good, and also generous. Tried two different pizzas, half of which went home for another meal. The green olive appetizer is not to be missed. Did to get a chance to take advantage of the beer or wine its (it was lunch people) but it looked quite good. Will have to go back sans kid some night.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We love Rustico
    marilyn189
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    A beautiful night on the river, great service, great food, great beverage options. What more could you ask for?
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great outdoor dining
    naturalfoodie
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We made a reservation for 8pm and were promptly seated on a Saturday night. However our table was inside and it was sweltering. We started sweating as soon as we sat down and asked out waitress if there were any cooler spots to sit, and she said the entire restaurant was that hot. We were about to leave to find somewhere else to eat when she suggested they had a table outside, which we jumped at. It was a very pleasant evening and we were sat right on the river walk by the water. Great view and atmosphere and 100x better than sitting inside in the heat. Our pizza was great and the fried olives were interesting. The service was prompt and very polite.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for Italian Food
    bostonvisitor
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We had a great dinner at Rustico and it was a charming little restaurant. The service was great with food to match.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rustico
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Rustico didn't see my request via Open Table to sit outside. Why not?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Make a res
    Mickie
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Good food, great patio, nice you can make reservations here even on a Sat night.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed Avg Food High Price
    FrequentDiner
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Host was not friendly. Service was slow. Friday night. Table outside was great.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food could be better
    Corleone
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Rustico is a summertime gem because of the outdoor seating on the Riverwalk. I am sorry to say that the food is just o.k. though. We ordered eggplant as an appetizer and we got maybe 6 pieces for $8.95. Ugh! Our pizza was just alright as far as taste. They need to step it up a little on their food and their experience will be perfect. Everything else was great!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful Night on the river
    tfoodie
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    great pizza and service! Nice place to bring out of town guests!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fair
    OKAY
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    The host was very rude. Wouldn't even make eye contact. We we assumed it was because we had a child with us. The waitress wasn't even sure how to pronounce items on the menu. The app and main course were brought at the same time so we had to eat cold pizza after enjoying our starter. The starter was pretty tasty and the pizza would have been as well if it were hot.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great spot!
    zimmy
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Enjoyed a Saturday evening dining outside at Rustico. Great food, wine, and attentive service. They have some great pizza selections that incorporate unigue ingredients! Try it out and enjoy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exquisite pizza.
    Camusfan
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    This restaurant has pizza that everyone in my family enjoys. It has become our favorite go-to pizzeria. Great drink selection and lovely location.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, good drinks
    WineDine89
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    My wife and I went to Rustico the night before our one year wedding anniversary. We ordered the prosciutto pizza and meat balls; both were amazing. Our waitress was kind, helpful and provided great service. The only downfall was the fact that even though we added a note that we were celebrating our anniversary when booking our reservation through OpenTable, no one even wished us a happy anniversary. This has happened twice now through OpenTable, so I believe they deserve the fault. I definitely recommend Rustico, but if you're going for any special occasion, call to make a reservation.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, good service
    hjg33
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Wanted a small meal before seeing a show downtown. Food was prepared well and came quickly, giving us plenty of time to finish and not feel rushed before heading to the Riverside. Prices, esp drink prices, are moderately high but not unexpected and I can't argue with the quality of what we ordered. Service was prompt and efficient. Would go again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 33 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 69 reviews are from the Rustico Pizzeria - A Zarletti Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Milwaukee River Dining
    calliope
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Milwaukee has such a short outdoor dining season it is always a pleasant surprise to find another riverside outdoor dining spot with good food to enjoy an afternoon or evening dining and/or imbibing.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch
    Jport
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    My wife and I went there for Father's Day brunch. I ordered frittata and she ordered scrambled eggs. Waited about 20 minutes. When order came the scrambled eggs were cold. We sent them back. Probably finished cooking the scrambled eggs before Frittata and let the eggs sit. Also did not have all the silverware when the eggs came back. May seem like nothing but details are important. They were not that busy at the time.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Roo-stick-oh!
    JaySmizzy
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Toscana pizza was a great classic pizza -- lots of unique pizza combos to try. The cheese/apple/walnut appetizer recommended by our waitress was really tastey -- tons of cheese!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charming with great food
    NewGirl2Milw
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    I like the atmosphere...except the tables are too damn close together! Food is always above average and priced well for the value. The staff is always attentive and if its not our waitress assisting, someone else is helping pour water or bring wine.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love this pizza
    highqualityburgers
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    The pizza here is great. I love this thin style. The bread for the panini was not good. cold and kind of stale. That's OK, though. Just go there for the pizza and salads.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First time visit
    leeinthefalls
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Friendly service and very helpful. My wife had the chicken focaccia and I had the pasta all'amatriciana. Both dishes were very good and we would have them again. We had a caprese salad as our appetizer which was also very good considering tomatoes and basil are not in season. Normally I have bread with this salad which is something I had to ask for.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • cold pizza
    KorabicVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    After waiting an unreasonable time for our pizza, it arrived to our table cold. We were given s hot replacement.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Date Night Spot
    Outnabout
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Despite the tables being very close to one another, my boyfriend and I love coming here for date night. No better place to kick back with a bottle of wine and a great pizza!
    Special Features:
    romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FredVIP
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    Thanks for the gluten free pizza and pasta options!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Aberation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Past visits always found extremely friendly and attentive help. This time, not so much. Waitress unable to smile, served wrong dish to party of two, interrupted conversation to write down coupon number, 25 minutes to get drink. Inattentive bartender, streetperson allowed to get half way thru restaurant asking for money. Other than that, things were fine.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We love Rustico
    marilyn189
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Great food, pizza and the steak sandwich being a couple of favorites. Sitting out on the river is great in the summer. Friendly staff.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Don't sit at the table in the aisle
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    I made a reservation for 2 on Saturday, 4/26. We were seated at a 2-person table in the worst location in the restaurant. Due to the configuration of the room/walls, the table angled to the main aisle of the restaurant. I was bumped twice by people walking through the aisle and the waitress stepped on my foot, which goes to show how tight of a space this is. There really should not be a table in this location. I kindly asked to be moved to a different location in the restaurant, but we were denied this request because everything else was reserved (even the two open tables near us). My wife and I actually walked out of the restaurant because of the restaurant's unwillingness to find a new table for us. I've never done that before!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Execellent as ususal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    We had a late reservation, the restaurant was busy, the bar was busy and our table was waiting for us. The service and food was great.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So good!
    AmandaVargas
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    We came to Rustico for a couples night out with 4 couples. We changed the number from 6 on our reservation to 8 about 30 minutes prior, and they were able to accommodate us with no problem. The staff was so friendly and the food was DELICIOUS! I will have to go back to order something different because there were so many amazing choices on the menu! Loved it!
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Romantic, Scenic View, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect crust, great topping choice
    cheyswag21
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    ...just would have liked more water throughout our meal.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice affordable downtown dining
    IrishFoodie1
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    We very much enjoyed our dinner, excellent Italian American food, good wine, pleasant service with good friends makes for a very nice evening.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 3rd ward destination
    hate2cookVIP
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    Great place , lots of choices for different tastes
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing pizza, amazing price.
    MxDV
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Definitely didn't feel like I overspent but the atmosphere and pizza were awesome. Our waitress was nice and gave us plenty of time to look over the menu.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rustico Pizza
    hate2cook
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    I love this place. The atmosphere is great. The pizza and Casa salad are delicious. I also like all the Eggs Benedict choices for brunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not bad-full of Flavor
    NewGirl2Milw
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Pizza we got was alright-the prosciutto. Good flavor but pizza was almost too thick or not enough sauce. The pasta I would rate much better! Great combination and flavor. Garlic bread was much better then the regular bread. Worth the upgrade. I like the atmosphere...some of the upstairs tables are a bit too close, you know when people leave and can't help bumping you or your table. Otherwise service is EXCELLENT from everyone which is mostly why I would come back and recommend to others. Everyone was friendly!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Time w/Hubby
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    So glad we found this spot! We will definitely return - food was fantastic! We are vegetarians and there were plenty of options for us to choose from. We even took food to go for later that night. The ambiance was great - our server was fantastic (Marissa). Definitely earned a spot on our top 5 places to eat in Milwaukee.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate