This laid-back pizza joint is housed in a cozy dining room in historic downtown Lawrence. Rudy's signature spicy red wine sauce (heavy on the oregano) and hearty crusts inspire a loyal local following, but the distinctive nature of these key elements can be a deal-breaker for some.
A laundry list of nearly 40 toppings includes unique options such as walnuts, cashews, sunflower seeds, avocado and eggplant, any of which can also be tucked into Rudy's house specialty, the Pocket Za, a made-to-order calzone bubbling with cheese ($4 to $8.95). With a crisp edge and soft doughy interior, Rudy's whole wheat crust is a treat but better suited to the regular hand-tossed pizzas or the Pocket Za. Best to stick with the white crust when ordering a thin St. Louis-style pie.
Rudy's is easy on the wallet—a family of four can eat well here for around $20. (No wonder the college students like it!) To wash it down, the ample selection of bottled beers includes a rotating selection of imports and microbrews.