Filippa Cusimano, Co-Owner
Growing up she came to work with mom and dad and gradually started to help out. Working at their family restaurant was not the dream job Filippa had hoped for, but she new it well and was good at it, and continued to work. Soon she was old enough to go out and do her own thing and began a new career in the beauty business. Working as a hair stylist for almost ten years, she was happy to help out mom and dad every once in a while. Filippa never thought she would be back in the restaurant business. While on vacation in Sicily Filippa found romance and the man who would bring back the old family business once again. Once Francesco and Filippa were married they pursued Francesco’s dream of owning an Italian Restaurant some day. In 2000 they embarked on their first restaurant in Oceanside. Filippa helped her husband with the daily operations; working side by side toward building their business, which soon became a successful Italian eatery. Unfortunately, the time came to sell the place after moving to Murrieta, and needing a place a little closer to home. Filippa’s family was growing with the birth of their daughter and then their son, so it was time to expand the family business too. Rustico opened in August 2004! Filippa assisted in the design of the restaurant’s rustic décor and now manages the front of the house. Filippa is also the events coordinator for special events and V.I.P dinners. Filippa has always had a warm and friendly smile which has made it easy making new acquaintances part of her Rustico family.