An accolade to the roosters that own Stock Island, Roostica also places emphasis on back-to-basics cooking: Italian recipes, fresh ingredients and a wood-fire oven. Brought to you by the same owners as the Hogfish Bar and Grill, the new Italian venue opened summer 2012 and is defying the common assumption that Florida can’t make quality pizza.A Freshly-Baked Pie — Photo courtesy of Roostica Wood-Fire Pizza
The Neapolitan-style pizza is baked in a 900-degree oven, with options ranging from classic Margherita (buffalo mozzarella, tomato sauce, basil, and Romano cheese), to Cuban pizza with roasted pork, ham, and caramelized onions. Guests can also opt for a white pizza (no sauce), stuffed pizzas, or create their own – all with a thin, crispy crust and chewy center.
The venue is a sophisticated take on an old-world culinary art form, with an outdoor patio, open kitchen, and modern design that adds a home-like atmosphere while the space to hums with energy from staff and patrons.The Wood-Fire Oven — Photo courtesy of Roostica Wood-Fire Pizza
Generous portions of lasagna and eggplant also grace the menu, as well as meatball sliders and wood-fired focaccia bread. “Sunday Gravy” is a family-style meal of spaghetti and meatballs, sausage, bread, and house salad. A moderate selection of beers and wines are available, as well as Italian sodas and espresso drinks.
As true surprise on Stock Island, Roostica defies the trend of commercial restaurants that keep growing in Key West by offering homemade pizza pies in an authentic setting.