Arbat St, 19, Moskva, 119002
Hours: 10:00 am – 12:00 am
Prices: 450 rubles+
As a huge fan of Italian food, I’ve been really excited about the ubiquitous presence of Italian cuisine in Moscow. So far, one of my favorite places is Rukola.
Like many restaurants in Moscow, it is much bigger than it seems from looking at the entrance. There are three floors, each beautifully decorated. The first floor is more casual, with lots of natural lighting. The second and third floors seemed fitting for a date but was still casual.
My lunchmate and I ordered a pasta dish with chicken, creamy pesto sauce and spinach. We also ordered a pizza with tomato, mushroom, prosciutto and bacon. The pasta was delicious. It was the best textured pasta I’ve had so far in Moscow. It was cooked perfectly al dente. The cream sauce wasn’t very “pesto-y,” but I was okay with that because it was quite delicious. The pizza was also very fresh tasting. The crust was light and crispy, just the way I like it.
Our total bill was about 900 rubles, which wasn’t so bad. I already can’t wait to come back here, especially for the pasta.
For group and faculty-led tours, this place has a lot of seating available. Although its location on Arbat Street may be convenient for a possible local tour, it may not bring much cultural value.