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Lynda Moyo eases into the New Year with some easy eating

Written by . Published on January 10th 2008.


I’m sure I’m not the only one who has had more than her fair share of hot dinners over the festive period. So it’s quite a fall from grace to be back on the boring butties when weather forecasters smugly tell us from the warmth of their cosy London studio that in the North it is in fact the coldest January since BCB (before combination-boilers). It may be new year, new you blah blah but particularly in colder climes the stomach wants what it wants.

And this brings me on to Rustica. Just off Oldham Street, this is a sandwich shop that knows its customers and location. For these are sandwiches and other lunchtime specials for those in need of a decent feed. And the food has to make an impact given that the venue is, well, a bit cramped and a bit crap. So top marks to team Rustica: 5 plucky women stuffed into a tiny kitchen area who make the art of sandwich making look as graceful as synchronised swimming. Charlie’s Angels ain’t got nothing on these ladies.

The hot sandwiches in particular are of a wide and varied selection. Hot chicken, hot bacon, pesto and garlic mayo on toasted ciabatta, Moroccan chicken with salad and mint yoghurt dressing (both from £2.80). And the husky ex-porn star M&S voice-over in my head said: “This isn’t just a sandwich, this is a Rustica sandwich.”

There is also a choice of hot specials which range from pasta bolognaise to chicken and broccoli bake with side salad (£2.99), baked potatoes with filling (from £2.50) and soup (£1- £1.50). Rustica is predominantly a takeaway café, although there is one small table and chair randomly placed where the queues snake, which I might add, everyone queuing takes it in turn to stare at whilst waiting. This seat is for the person that has trekked across town because they know that decent, value for money butty bars like Rustica, are few and far between.

1 Hilton Street
M4 1LP

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14 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

JJanuary 10th 2008.

lovely sandwiches but really awful baked potatoes (soggy mush!).

Rachel BJanuary 10th 2008.

Rustica's Milano sandwiches on a frisbee roll are the food of angels, best darn buttie I've ever eaten!!

LozzJanuary 10th 2008.

Rustica= DecenT!

simonJanuary 10th 2008.

'rustica' great butties, great staff.

GordoJanuary 10th 2008.

aah, Spawny as in you, not a description of the food....

GordoJanuary 10th 2008.


northernlassJanuary 10th 2008.

Have they had a revamp? The last time I was in there it looked far from clean.

SpawnMeister666January 10th 2008.

I've never been much of a sandwich man myself, although all my customers and staff think Rustica is, to coin a phrase, the best thing since sliced bread!Speaking from experience, I can also add that they do great buffets at a reasonable price as well, and often at stupidly short notice when I'm an idiot and forget to ask them in advance....Highly recommended in my book!Spawny

Holly_Em_CJanuary 10th 2008.

Rustica Is Brilliant, Not Just The Sandwiches But The Whole Concept!! My Faves Are The Award Winning Milano, Chicken & Broccoli Bake, Cheese & Mushrooms With Bacon On Toast! Genuine Staff Aswell ('',)

DarrenJanuary 10th 2008.

Gastronomica in the Arndale food hall are amazing.Fine italian ingredients of your choice on fresh italian style bread. The choice of italian cheeses is amazing.

ancoats girlJanuary 10th 2008.

I'd rather walk across town to Merv's for their sandwiches....

Go toJanuary 10th 2008.

Rustica not Loaf

townieJanuary 10th 2008.

Rustica is bar far and away the best buttie shop in town and the staff are friendly too

Jeanette SuchFebruary 14th 2012.

hi guys thanks 4 all ur great comments its me jeanette im the cook /manageress just wanted 2 let u know we have had a revamp now n we were taken over a couple ov years ago ,we now do deliveries n phone orders the menue has stayed the same because ive been there 11 yrs n dont take well 2 change. were up 4 any ideas or critisism ( only if justified lol) so i hope 2 c u soon 4 r award winning milano xxx

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