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Italian, Cafe, Mediterranean
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Quality little place - welcoming and friendly owners, lovely food and delicious coffee. Definitely worth a visit if you’re in the area.

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 1 September 2021 via mobile

I live in Linslade and when I checked TA out of curiosity for the best restaurant in town I was amazed when it recommended Rustico. I should have known better than to doubt TA. Rustico is a little gem - it is so small that...you could walk past and not notice it. It is owned by a young Italian couple who cook and serve delicious authentic Italian cuisine. We were the only people there at first, but the background music still made it feel comfortable. It later filled up with Italians who clearly know where to go for good Italian food! The menu is very limited, but everything that we ordered was delicious - the ragu was the tastiest meal I have had in a long time.More

Date of visit: August 2021
GIOVANNI P, Owner at Rustico Italian Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 1 September 2021

Thank you so much for this review, more because we know that after the Italians arrived that was a little bit of noise 😅😅❤. Hope you see you very soon

Reviewed 26 August 2021

Simply the best place to eat in Leighton Buzzard. The food is exquisite and the service pitch perfect. This is a small local business run by people who care about what they are doing and cook food with love. You can’t ask for much more....A massive 10/10 from me. Please order the Bignes with salted peanut caramel for dessert, absolutely flawless!More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 20 June 2021 via mobile

Visited this place after reading reviews on here. And what an amazing place it is- the food was delicious. Had the seafood salad to start, the ragu for main and a bottle of red. Would highly recommend. The staff were incredibly friendly and couldn’t do...enough. Already looking at my calendar of when I can go back. 10/10.More

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed 2 June 2021 via mobile

This has to be the best authentic Italian restaurant! The food was so delicious and such a lovely intimate environment so pleased we booked with friends can’t wait to go back.

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed 1 June 2021

I don't eat any animal products. I'm not a vegan, I'm a whole food plant eater. So I don't want things like fake vegan cheese or cream. Some friends of ours wanted to go to an Italian. We've heard great things about Rustico so my...better half, who is Italian, wanted to try it. I was not so keen as most Italian restaurants deliver an anglicised version of Italian food with loads of cream and butter and cheese. This means they can cope easily with vegetarians but not so well for vegans and whole food plant eaters like me. At first glance Rustico's very short menu looked like there was very little I could eat. However, the beautiful Italian waitress re-assured me that they cook most things from scratch so they can adjust virtually anything. So, they very kindly gave me bespoke food. My better half also needs to eat gluten free and they easily managed to accommodate that. The other couple were very pleased with their food too. The only very minor thing I would say about my food was that the portions were a little small for the price we paid. My main should have come with some side vegetables or a small salad for example. However, it was very tasty and made specially for me so I'm not complaining. I'm really grateful.More

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed 22 May 2021

Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous!! Thank you for a truly lovely evening, Delicious food, attentive staff , Can’t wait to return .

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed 5 March 2021

I wanted to treat my vegetarian wife to a special meal on her birthday, preferably away from the domestic scene. The answer was our SORNed motorhome. Candles and soft music provided the atmosphere and Rustico provided the excellent meal. Her roasted pepper filled with chickpeas,...sundried tomatoes, ricotta cheese and homemade basil pesto was wonderful. I had a salmon fillet with creamy leeks and mashed potato: and of course we both had Tiramisu for puds. Accompanied by an excellent Valpolicella from my own collection it made for a memorable meal. Thank you Rustico.More

Date of visit: March 2021
Reviewed 5 November 2020 via mobile

Our second visit to Rustico since moving to Linslade - this time for my wife’s birthday. We had a really great meal and the evening couldn’t have been better. We had octopus and bruschetta to start and then the spaghetti vongole and pork belly for...our mains. The food was exceptional and the service very friendly. The restaurant was fully booked and we are sure they will see things through the upcoming lockdown - we will be back! Thanks for also giving us a complimentary chocolate tort for dessert (on the house as a birthday present).More

Date of visit: November 2020
Reviewed 31 October 2020

Evening menu; short but interesting. We both had bruschette to start, which we enjoyed, although £10.50 seemed a bit steep. For desert my wife had Tiramsiu and I had the Tortino al Cioccolat again both enjoyable. For main course my wife had Sea trout which...she thought excellent and I had the belly pork which was a disappointment. It was a piece of meat about 3 inches thick and it was overcooked. The crackling was fine (if slightly charred) but the flesh was very dry and the underside very tough (I struggled to cut it). However I did clean my plate so didn't bring it to anyone's attention. I wasn't driving so I had both red and white house wines which were good and good value.More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Meryl B
17 July 2019|
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Response from giovannipN3342DX | Property representative |
Hi Meryl Yes we do have gluten and dairy free options( bread and pasta as well) Kind regards valentina
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Yes, Rustico Italian Bistro offers takeaway services.

Rustico Italian Bistro is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 5