August 15, 2014

Gusto 101

I've been to Gusto 101 several times and absolutely love it! They have a gorgeous patio which is heated in the winter. I only wish the restaurant was slightly less popular so that it wouldn't be so hard to get a seat! 
House wine (red or white) is just $1 per ounce, and you can order at any increments. The alcoholic demon inside of me is leaping in excitement!
Polipo ($14.50) - Grilled octopus, chimichurri, olive tapenade, piquillo puree, arugula and fried capers
I'm not always a fan of grilled octopus, but this one was done well. The exterior was marvelously charred in the most delicious way, and the octopus itself was quite tender. 
Bruschetta funghi with manchego cheese ($10.95)
This was not our order, but it was delivered to our table by mistake. I snapped a picture of it anyway and it looked quite appealing. If I see it on the menu next time, I would give it a try. 
Bruschetta Guanciale e Taleggio ($10.95)
Minutes later, the mistake was rectified and we were presented with the right item (my apologies for the out of focus photo). Overall, I found this bruschetta to be a little salty, and I needed something to offset that salt.
Arancini ($9.95) - wild mushroom risotto, fontina cheese, tomato sauce
These risotto balls are practically $5 each so I found that a little pricey. Aside from that, I did enjoy the arancini a lot, especially when they were served piping hot.
Lasagne ($17.95) heirloom tomato, wild mushroom, italian eggplant, yellow zucchini, kale butter
We visited on a Sunday and luckily for us, lasgane was the special for the day! This was a very solid effort- the pasta layers were thin and delicate, so overall the dish didn't feel overly heavy, as lasagne often do. The sauce was also delectable and there were no complaints at the table.   
Fettuccine ai funghi ($17.50) - portobello, porcini, oyster mushrooms, truffle paste,  light cream sauce
Hands down, one of my favourite pastas in town. I am particularly fond of mushroom pasta, but this was one of the best I've had! The al dente pasta was perfect for soaking up all the deep, earthy flavours of the mushrooms. This is a must try!
Overall, the food was amazing, the atmosphere is lovely and you really can't beat $1 per ounce wine on tap! I will be back for sure. 
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