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Pizza Rustica opening soon on George Street

Proving that pizza is recession-proof

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Pizza Rustica, a franchise from Florida, has claimed its home in the former Haven spot on George Street. The pizzeria will offer fresh salads, hot sandwiches, and specialty Roman-style rectangular pizzas. This differs from most of the pizza joints in Charleston, like Andolini's New York-style or Monza's Neapolitan pies. House-made toppings range from rosemary potatoes and shrimp pesto to the more traditional arugula, so there is a pie for every palate. You can wash down your favorite with selections from the beer and wine menu.

Sure to be a hit with College of Charleston students are the prime location and the cheap prices, with everything under $20. Owner Adam Carb already owns Giuseppi's Pizza and Pasta in Mt. Pleasant, so when he heard about the opening up of the George Street space, he considered turning it into a Giuseppi's Express. Instead, he decided to open a franchise of Pizza Rustica because he had visited one in another state and knew they had pizza for a great value in a fun atmosphere.

Carb and his crew have gutted the entire Haven interior and rebuilt from the ground up. They expanded the kitchen and will specialize in mostly takeout, delivery, and catering.

Pizza Rustica is set to open the week of Dec. 7 and will be open Sun.-Wed. 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Thurs.-Sat. from 10:30 a.m. to 3 a.m. For more information, visit pizza-rustica.com.

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