Rustico Opens This Weekend

Life just keeps getting better for local beer connoisseurs.

Just weeks after Birreria Paradiso opened, Rustico, the newest restaurant from the owners of Tallula, Vermilion and Evening Star Cafe, is expected to open for dinner on Saturday, bringing with it an impressive beer list of more than 250 selections, including 30 on tap and casks of ale. You can check out the draft list here.

Rustico's menu features pizzas, rotisserie meats and breads from a wood-burning oven, as well as the de rigueur cheese and meat boards. An appetizer of Rogue Chipotle Ale barbecue pork sandwiches (I'm presuming they are minis?) and an entree of mac and cheese carbonara with bacon, pancetta, peas and mushrooms have me intrigued.

Lunch service and a take-out operation will follow in the weeks to come.

827 Slaters Lane, Alexandria