Rubicon Pizza at Northstar Village

By Priya Hutner  ·




General manager Clarissa Savitsky recommends the Fire Roasted Medley Pizza  ·

“Gourmet Pizza with Altitude” is Rubicon Pizza’s mantra. And, who doesn’t like pizza? Some of us like our crust thin and crispy, while others lean toward the thick and doughy.

Always on the lookout for a satisfying piece of pizza, I ventured out to sample Rubicon Pizza’s cuisine.

Colorful paintings of Tahoe and 3-D wire art displayed by local artists create a warm and relaxed atmosphere. The menu offers 12 different types of pizza, choose from the Classic Margarita, Mediterranean, The Hawaiian, Thai Curry Chicken and the meat lovers Big Mountain pie. The Rubicon, topped with pepperoni, Italian sausage, roasted peppers, onions and portobello mushrooms is the house favorite, and The Blanco, the chef’s signature pie, is served with a creamy garlic sauce, sliced chicken, red onions, and crispy bacon. There also is a vegan, gluten-free pizza and weekly specialty pie.

Clarissa Savitsky, the general manager, suggests the Fire Roasted Medley, topped with roasted garlic, onions and peppers, fresh basil, tomatoes, goat cheese, and Rubicon’s own four-cheese blend and the Apple Pecan Salad. Rubicon Pizza has perfected its dough recipe.


Fire Roasted Medley Pizza

My pie arrives warm and smells divine. The appetizing fire-roasted veggies and blend of cheeses complements the crust, which is a great balance of doughy and crispy. The Apple and Pecan Salad, served with Granny Smith apples, homemade candied pecans, mixed greens, Gorgonzola cheese and a tangy balsamic dressing is a delightful mix of sweet, savory and crunchy; and it is delicious.

The menu offers a nice selection of appetizers, including a homemade Spinach Artichoke Dip, Hummus, Feta and Olives, and crispy Calamari. There are plenty of pasta dishes to tempt you, try the Italian Herb Shrimp Penne, Spaghetti Bolognese, Four Cheese Ravioli or the classic Tomato Basil Pasta. Rubicon’s Classic Caesar, Greek, Apple Pecan and House salads all look enticing. The bar offers a wide variety of draft beers, served in chilled mason jars, and wines to accompany your meal.


Apple Pecan Salad

An extensive children’s menu makes this restaurant a great choice for the entire family. Save room for one of Rubicon’s delicious desserts, Homemade Apple Crisp, a warm Chocolate Chip Cookie or the Rockslide Brownie. Gluten free? Try the Turtle Brownie, from Whole Treats Bakery.

Rubicon Pizza is situated in the heart of Northstar Village, across from the ice rink. The staff is friendly, the vibe is easy and the food is tasty.


Rubicon Pizza is open for lunch and dinner in the Northstar Village. For more information, call (530) 562-2199 or visit

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Priya Hutner
Priya is a writer, personal chef and meditation teacher. Having moved to the mountains from Sebastian, Fla., she embraces the Tahoe lifestyle and loves to ski, hike, paddle and swim. Priya is the owner of The Seasoned Sage, a business that prepares organic meals and facilitates workshops that promote a health-conscious lifestyle. Priya writes feature articles about music, art, food and recreation. She loves to immerse in story. Whether jumping from a plane, eating obscure foods or hitting the Tahoe-Reno music scene, she is always up for adventure and experience. She is currently writing a memoir about her experience living on an ashram and working on a series of cookbooks.