Most of our apps were outstanding. Simply grilled Octopus was perfect and served with thick slices of celery. Their Cuttlefish app is also excellent and comes in a mixture of olives, capers and chiles. For the first time ever, I wished we had ordered more salads. They all looked fresh and vibrant. We tried one thatâ€™s a combination of favas, pecorino, mint and escarole. Simplicity and harmony on a plate. Their fried Artichokes didn't do anything for me and their $16 plate of Prosciutto had me longing for a Lb from Dipalo's.
I had a whole grilled Branzino that was perfectly grilled, deftly oiled and moderately seasoned with a bit of fresh herbs and a healthy dose of salt. Other standouts were the grilled tuna belly which is cooked all the way through and served with Escarole and Olives and a Lemon Riostto which was packed with flavor. Fresh, salty flat bread that came with dinner was fantastic. All 8 diners were members of the clean-plate-club.
Entrees average in the mid $20â€™s, pastas around $15 and apps in the $12 range.
Id say that Gusto is an excellent neighborhood spot that I would put on par with
a place like Red Cat.