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Pizza Rustica
Avg. Customer Review (4.5 Palms): 4.5 Palms
Number of Reviews: 1

Review Type: Restaurant
5422 College Avenue, Oakland, CA 94618
Dedicated GF: No
Phone: 510 654 1601
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Pizza Rustica (yes! GF pizza!),

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4.5 Palms
4.5 Palms
Pizza in a pizzaria atmosphere! This Greek-owned gourmet pizza shop is a must if you are craving a superb pizza, GF or not! We dined for a late lunch in this San Francisco suburb restaurant whose tables were dressed in traditional red and white checked tablecloths. It was not crowded then(as table space is limited) for our large party of 8. (note that lunch sandwiches are served only until 2:30pm). Although I did call ahead (due to the size of our party) to be sure they had GF pizza crust available, the sweet waitress advised that it wasn't really necessary. She was very understanding with our GF needs. We even observed her packaging others' pizza and items in take-away boxes by sliding the food into the boxes careful not to touch any food items with her hands. This made us feel a little more comfortable about dining in a "pizza flour zone". She advised that the chef knew all about contamination issues with the GF pizzas. (apparently they order out the rice crust pizzas, then dress and bake them in their kitchen). Three of us requested GF pizzas to share (one with feta and mushroom, and the other with double cheese). We first enjoyed a light appetizer of mozzeralla balls with tomatoes and fresh herbs, which the waitress pointed out had no gluten (only olive oil dressing). Scrumptious! Our pizzas were baked to order and arrived with everyone else's outstanding "quattro formaggi" (non-GF 5 cheese, roasted garlic and herbs), or panini sandwiches. My GF daughters and I were in pizza heaven I tell you!! We had enough from our 12 inch pizzas to even take a couple slices home! (which of course, barely made it home). Pizza Rustica charges an extra $5.00 to prepare GF pizza, however we felt this was a small price to pay for a luxury we do not find often! This restaurant (they have another store in the Montclair area which is take-away only) also offers low fat soy cheese as a substitute for whole milk mozzarella. The salads menu items look wonderful (being a Greek owner makes mostof the salads naturally GF because only olive oil and vinegar is used as dressing). If we were to stay for dinner (after 4pm daily), I may have chosen their specialty greek rotisserie chicken or tuscan chicken with roasted veggies or new potatoes as a meal. If we lived closer, I'd be one of their best customers!! I'm hungry just thinking about them!! We can't wait for another road trip to this quaint Oakland, UC Berkely area!

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