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Haute Menu: Rustica’s New Spring Selections
As you turn your calendar and you’re switching your closet to linen and lace instead of wool and cashmere, Rustica at Fashion Island is making their menu a little lighter to reflect the changing seasons, too. While your favorites from the restaurant aren’t going anywhere, with all the new additions, you might just find a new regular to order next time you’re sitting pretty on their patio.
“This is a great time of year to really showcase the season’s offerings and get creative with dishes. My spring menu uses the freshest vegetables to ensure that we are serving the best tasting, most flavorful dishes,” says Chef Ren, who also adds that all the menu items at Rustica focus on regional cuisine and a commitment to quality, and the finest ingredients and produce. “I like knowing where my produce and meats come from – just try my carrots from the unique family-run Weiser Farms, my free-range chicken from Mary’s and my seasonal veggies from Kenter Farms.”
Diners agree — as you might know — the restaurant’s packed patio is a popular gathering place whether you’re refueling mid-shopping trip or meeting your best friends after work. Their Nicoise salad has become legendary in Orange County and many of their menu items have garnered rave reviews from local publications. A favorite among wine enthusiasts, the restaurant has become a gathering spot for everyone across Orange County.