Right in the heart of Belmont Center is a cheerful and comfortable
Mediterranean eatery serving savory food to the budget-conscious diner. Lunch
combos -- for instance, half a sandwich with a cup of homemade yellow-pepper
gazpacho and mesclun side salad -- cost under $5.50. The diverse lunch menu
includes pizzas, pastas, and roasted-chicken dishes. Whatever you do, don't
miss Rustica's signature crisped saffron-risotto cakes ($5.75, or $1.95 for a
single cake on the bargain-filled Rusti-kids menu). The patty, which is
sautéed on one side and brick-oven-baked on the other, is then drizzled
with an onion sauce and Parmigiano Reggiano shavings, and served atop a roasted
plum tomato. The spectacular tiramisú ($ 5.50) is made by Sandio, one of
the restaurant's waiters, who follows his mom's original recipe.
Rustica, located at 30 Leonard Street in Belmont, is open Tuesday through
Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 10
p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Take-out is
available. Call 489-6333.
-- Nancy Kalajian