In May 1996, Pizza Rustica opened its doors on the corner of 9th Street and Washington in Miami Beach, Florida. Customers were lured in by the aroma of fresh pizzas baking. They had never seen these Roman-style rectangular pans of pizza with so many unique gourmet toppings. Word began to spread among locals and tourists alike that Pizza Rustica was the place where everyone loved to come and enjoy a fast and affordable gourmet meal. Walk in today and it’s easy to see that everyone feels comfortable at Pizza Rustica. Customers range from daytime beach goers to late-night clubbers. Some grab a slice on the run while others stay to enjoy Pizza Rustica’s high-energy vibe and colorful crowd. Currently, the restaurant concept continues to grow and prosper. The pizzeria has been recognized in publications such as the Miami Herald, Boston Globe and New York Times, and has won numerous prestigious local and national awards year after year.