In early January we enjoyed a spectacular Italian feast at Rustica on Rockland’s Main Street. Chef/Owner John Stowe is a very friendly guy and boy can he cook! The restaurant is lovely, with wooden tables, soft lighting, and beautiful art. But it’s the staff that really shines. Our server, Adrian, has worked here for 6 ½ years and is super knowledgeable about the menu, which is a good thing because it is lengthy.
I enjoyed a delicious glass of Layer Cake Primitivo ($9), which paired well with my entrée, John’s housemade Risotto, a dish that lets his creativity shine, because he actually changes it every night. Mine included house-made chicken bacon sausage in tomato parm risotto with baby arugala and artichokes ($22). The portion was massive and I enjoyed it for lunch when we got home.