Proprietors Paolo Canclini and Carmela Sanna brought their restaurant experience in Italy to Telluride in the late 1990s and have been packing the house here ever since. Located in a historic storefront, Rustico is indeed rustic, with a casual atmosphere that is a nice fit for active vacationers, and a time-tested menu. Pizzas come from the only authentic Italian pizza oven in town, and pasta dishes include staples like spaghetti, ravioli, and gnocchi. Dinner also brings steaks and seafood dishes, as well as local lamb. When the weather agrees, the deck here is one of the loveliest outdoor dining areas in the state.