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The team behind Santa Teresa's acclaimed Cafecito cafe-bar have expanded into the floor above their much-loved establishment, transforming the leafy courtyard into a dining space that is arelaxed in... Read More
The team behind Santa Teresa's acclaimed Cafecito cafe-bar have expanded into the floor above their much-loved establishment, transforming the leafy courtyard into a dining space that is arelaxed in ambiance and as rustic in decor as the name suggests. The menu takes in some interesting vegetarian options such as a delicious grilled brie and pineapple salad as well as grilled ribs and other meaty favourites. It's hard to go wrong with pizzas from the wood-fired oven, and the light, crispy vegetarian option that skips the cheese and piles on the grilled eggplant, cherry tomatoes and black olives is a refreshingly light way to indulge. Staff are attentive without being pushy, the choice of wines and beers is impressive, and the location at the heart of Santa Teresa can't be beat.
Rua Paschoal Carlos Magno, 121
Rio de Janeiro, 20241
- Best for Romantic Dining Because: Lovely views, al-fresco seating and a relaxed ambience make this a great bet for a laidback romantic meal.
- Best for Santa Teresa's Best Restaurants Because: Rustico is as breezily bohemian as the lovely neighborhood it is set in.
- Best for Outdoor Dining Because: The outdoor setting overlooking Santa Teresa's street scene seems to make the wood-fired pizzas at Rustico taste even better.
- Best for Homestyle Because: The wood-fired pizzas here are a comforting treat, and the terrace makes a lovely setting for a spot of foodie indulgence.