Rustico Italiano

Celebrating 17 years as Lake Worth's premier Italian restaurant!

Rustico Italiano is a quaint Italian restaurant nestled in the heart of downtown Lake Worth. Chef-owner Nino Annunziata brings a variety of authentic family recipes from his hometown on the beautiful island of Capri, Italy.

At Rustico Italiano, you will discover the best of Capri through an array of savory dishes that perfectly capture the island’s elegance and charm and a menu that honors the unique flavors and aromas of the magnificent Mediterranean.

Signature Dishes & Wine List

Signature Dishes & Wine List

His signature dishes include elk tenderloin, risotto with wild quail, salciccia cacciatore, veal caprese and buffalo shank osso buco.

Rustico Italiano’s extensive wine list features acclaimed selections of Italian, European and International labels, and Chef Nino is happy to help his guests choose the right bottle to perfectly complement their dining experience.

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Family Passion

Family Passion

Inspired by his family’s passion for sharing classic flavorful meals based on simple, elegant recipes, Chef Nino (left) with Giuseppe Bianchetta (right), is proud to bring his personal interpretation of fine Italian cuisine to South Florida.

  • Isle of Capri

    Isle of Capri

    Capri is an island located in the Tyrrhenian Sea off the Sorrentine Peninsula, on the south side of the Gulf of Naples in the Campania region of Italy. The main town Capri that is located on the island shares the name. It has been a resort since the time of the Roman Republic.

  • Monte Solaro

    Monte Solaro

    Monte Solaro is a mountain on the island of Capri in Campania, Italy. With an elevation of 589 m, its peak is the highest point of Capri.

    Marina Grande lies at the foot of the mountain. It became popular with painters due to its "romantic situation, affording extensive and beautiful views to the NW of the Tyrrhenian sea, the gulf of Naples". Up the mount there is a statue of Emperor Augustus who first landed on Capri.

  • Sphinx

    Sphinx

    Sitting atop the island of Capri, this sphinx (appearing more egyptian in style) this sphinx is poised as a protector of the island.

  • Ancient and Roman Times

    Ancient and Roman Times

    According to the Greek geographer Strabo, Capri was once part of the mainland. This has been confirmed by geological surveys and archaeological findings.

  • Harbours

    Harbours

    Capri is part of the region of Campania, Province of Naples. The town of Capri is the island's main population centre. The island has two harbours, Marina Piccola and Marina Grande (the main port of the island). The separate comune of Anacapri is located high on the hills to the west.

  • The Rock

    The Rock

    Capri is a large, limestone and sandstone rock. The sides of the island are perpendicular cliffs and the surface of the island is composed of more cliffs.
  • Blue Grotto

    Blue Grotto

    The grotto was known by the Romans, and apparently used by the Emperor Tiberius during the years when he retired to Capri. Roman sculptures of the appropriate period showing Neptune and tritons have been recovered from the cave and it is thought more might lie on the deep bottom. The grotto was known to the locals under the name of Gradola, after the nearby landing place of Gradola, but it was avoided because it was said to be inhabited by witches and monsters.

  • Middle and Modern Ages

    Middle and Modern Ages

    In 1496 Frederick IV of Naples established legal and administrative parity between the settlements of Capri and Anacapri. The pirate raids reached their peak during the reign of Charles V: the famous Turkish admirals Barbarossa Hayreddin Pasha and Turgut Reis captured the island in 1535 and 1553 for the Ottoman Empire, respectively.

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    A "Second Gibraltar"

    French troops under Napoleon occupied Capri in January 1806. The British ousted the French in the following May, after which Capri was turned into a powerful naval base (a "Second Gibraltar"), but the building program caused heavy damage to the archaeological sites. The French reconquered Capri in 1808, and remained there until the end of the Napoleonic era (1815), when Capri was returned to the Bourbon ruling house of Naples.

  • Art and Literature

    Art and Literature

    In the latter half of the 19th century, Capri became a popular resort for European artists, writers and other celebrities. The book that spawned the 19th century fascination with Capri in France, Germany, and England was Entdeckung der blauen Grotte auf der Insel Capri, 'Discovery of the Blue Grotto on the Isle of Capri', by the German painter and writer August Kopisch, in which he describes his 1826 stay on the island and his (re)discovery of the Blue Grotto.

  • Destination

    Destination

    Capri is a tourist destination for both Italians and foreigners. In the 1950s Capri became a popular resort. In summer, the island is heavily visited by tourists, especially by day trippers from Naples and Sorrento. The center of Capri is the Piazza.

  • The Last Legion

    The Last Legion

    The Last Legion, a historical fantasy novel by Valerio Massimo Manfredi, is partly set on the island of Capri, where Romulus is imprisoned after a failed rescue attempt in Ravenna by Aurelianus. Romulus discovers the sword of Julius Caesar hidden in one of Tiberius's villas, which is revealed at the end of the novel to be the legendary sword Excalibur. Parts of the 2007 film adaptation were subsequently filmed on the island.