Pizza Rustica opened last weekend in the Ethel Street courtyard, just behind the Guildford Village Market row of shops along James Street. Only opening in the evenings – Thursday to Sunday at this stage – tables are set up in the courtyard, as well as inside the shop, with lights strung across the courtyard making for a pretty and inviting sight.
BYO only – and water tumblers rather than wine glasses supplied – and a fairly large range of pizza choices – and they are happy to chop and change them to suit particular wants or needs (as you will note from our orders) – with a variety of sauces. (The only glitch was a lack of chilli and anchovy but we were assured this oversight will soon be fixed.)
A balmy evening, flickering lights, a couple of bottles of Pinelli wine and delightful and amusing company (Lady FWO, Penny Lane and Faith Healer***) saw the FWO enjoying a pizza extravaganza on Sunday night.
Three pizza were more than enough for the four of us – firstly a variation on the Grandé Papa – prawns, herbs and mozzarella – this was well cooked, the topping generous and the prawns juicy and sweet.
The Portofino – requested without the listed prawns – but with the addition of black olives also impressed – the mix of ham, mushrooms, oregano and mozzarella was again on point.
And finally, Quattro Stagioni – ham, mushrooms, artichokes, olives, herbs, and cheese. Another very good pizza pie. (And until Faith I had never seen a pizza eaten with a knife and fork – shades of George Costanza and the Snickers bar!)
Pizza Rustica has added another string to the James Street dining bow – we enjoyed it a lot and we will be back again, and again….
***names changed to protect the “innocent”