A romantic dinner, a glass of wine with close friends or a family celebration. Rustico Rothschild is the place.
The city’s elders can’t remember what Rothschild Boulevard looked like before Rustico opened, right in front of the historic No. 16 building, where Ben-Gurion promised pasta to whoever set foot in the area, regardless of religion, race or gender. Rustico is a classic Italian restaurant, which means stains of olive oil and the smell of balsamic vinegar, mozzarella ripped between one’s fingers, something which just came out of the oven fresh and warm, a bit of coarse salt and freshly ground pepper. And a glass of wine, of course.
With the Italians, everything begins and ends with a proverb. And it’s not just any proverb. Most of their proverbs begin and end with food. Would you like an example? Here you go: “Dire pane al pane e vino al vino.” And in English: Calling bread bread and wine wine. In other words, calling something as it is. The pizza is pizza, the pasta is pasta. We don’t play with food. We just do it right.