Cuisine: Italian
Price Point: Mains from $25 - $35

Located in what is fast becoming the European corner of Ponsonby Village, Gusto Italiano is a local icon for its authentic food and home-away-from-home atmosphere.

With a huge variety of traditional and modern Italian dishes on their menu, as well as their daily and seasonal specials, you’re spoilt for choice at Gusto. From freshly made pastas, wood-fired pizzas and Mediterranean salads, to classic mains of grilled and marinated meats, there’s something for everyone to enjoy (gluten-free and vegetarian options are available too). Don’t forget to save room for their Dolci menu, like the house tiramisu, and make sure to try an Italian wine with your meal, just ask your friendly waiter for a recommendation.

Inspired by the charm of a traditional Italian restaurant, Gusto (which means taste and enjoyment) brings the true Italian experience to New Zealand. Found on Ponsonby Road, just 10 minutes’ drive from Auckland centre, make sure to give this cosy eatery a try!

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Gusto Italiano
263 Ponsonby Road
Auckland

Open Hours:
Every night 5:30 pm till late

Lunch: Thursday to Sunday from midday

Phone: 09 361 1556
Website: www.gustoitaliano.co.nz/

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Gusto Italiano
Location: Ponsonby
Cuisine: Italian
Mains: $25 - $35

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Julie Bray

Great night....busy but still had good service.
The four of us were celebrating being new grandparents...so it was a night of fun and laughter.

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Great food, fantastic service. Will will be back.

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Delicious!

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Delicious Italian food in a delightful authentic setting. We love our meal at Gusto's.

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great food and service will definetly be back.

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Food served was exceptionally good & well presented. One of the best Tiramisu we have had. Would love to visit again.

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YITENG ZHANG

Good taste.

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Anoosh Franklin

Excellent food and best waitress I've ever had. Great sense of humour and excellent service.

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Everything about our experience at Gusto Italiano was perfect. Outstanding service, food and location. Loved it. Highly recommend.

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Rachel Seow

Nice restaurant with friendly staff, good environment. The food was great and portion size also good. Left feeling soo full!

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We had a warm welcome and a choice of inside or outside. The service was very good with options well described and the food was very tasty. An excellent leisurely lunch.

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Rovina Schofield

We had the pizza and the duck and they were both amazing. Service was great as well.
Tried their tiramisu and that was okay not the best.
But will definitely be back again for the meals.

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Natalie Bedggood

Amazing calamari! We'll be back.

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Alek Lisefski

Great home made pasta. Always love the food and service here. We'll be back for sure!

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Yee Wen Ong

The food is amazing! Loving our seafood pizza fruitti di mare and the tortellini and the rich truffle sauce! The ambience and decor makes you feel so welcome and the waitress served us well. Hope to be back again soon ! Keep up the good work Gusto Italiano!

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Cathy Louis-Marie

Enjoyed the meal, I found the waitress a little annoying, too over friendly and she kept interrupting our conversation.

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Joan Tan

My tortellini porcini was on point! My mum loved her spaghetti marinara. We also loved the garlic mozzarella pizza as an entree. For dessert, we chose to have a cup of coffee/mocha. Italian coffee is damn strong and we love it! If your a coffee lover, you should try their Italian coffee. We can't wait to come back again to tryout more pizzas and pasta. Definitely recommend this place :)

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Wendy Morrice

Great food and friendly staff

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Simon Angelo

Great family Italian experience.

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Fabulous... easily the best Italian food we have had in Auckland. Highly recommend.

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Oksana Zhang

Greeted before we were even inside the restaurant, the service from the girl was amazing!

Great Tortellini and Gnoccini, mains were good but there’s room for improvement!

Overall a very satisfying experience.

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Great atmosphere. We really enjoyed our meals. The garlic pizza was exactly the right combination of garlicky and salty. Pansotti was yum and the Mediterranea Salad was fresh and lovely. Weren't offered dessert or coffee though.

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Very delicious food (entre, main and dessert), lovely staff and good atmosphere. I would highly recommend dining here.

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Josh Findlay

Friendly accommodating staff and beautiful Italian food! Grazie Mille!

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Our dinner was great! We ate bruschette, melt scamorza (type of really good italian cheese). Then we got fettuccine with shrimp and zucchini, duck and meat (tagliata in italian). Everything amazing, only on the tagliata there was too much pepper, but we have appreciated every single plate.
Thank you so much for cooking italian delicious food :)

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Graham Barrett

We enjoyed our bountiful lunch and liked the fact that a house wine was offered by the 500ml carafe. A nice experience.

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Irene Calangian

My boyfriend and I went in for lunch and we were greeted by the friendly staff (who I believe is the daughter of the owner?) and we were seated immediately. We ordered the beef carpacio and thr garlic pizza

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Stephen Naisbitt

From being seated and ordering the waitress was fantastic
The food and vino was Devine
The Italian atmosphere was buzzing
A little piece of Italy in Ponsonby

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Claire Josephine

Incredible! I want to go back! So
Yummy!

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Leslie Jellick

What a great place to spend time with friends. Recommend to us by 1 of the girls, the four of us booked a mid week lunch to celebrate a colleagues birthday. The service was warm and friendly, the atmosphere welcoming and comfortable and pizza we could all return for. We’re all so taken with this little piece of Italy. I can not wait to return to enjoy a glass of wine

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Mike Rehu

Awesome food and the waiter was a fantastic guy

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Lyndsay Davenport

LOVE THESE GUYS! Authentic Italian food (often hard to find in NZ), non pretentious setting (very hard to find in Ponsonby!) and friendly wait staff. Have made this my new fave spot.

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Julie Bray

Friendly welcome, great service, food delicious. We had a lovely night at Gusto...thank you

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Lisa Corbett

Had a lovely meal last night. Staff were attentive and very accommodating. Will definitely go back and try more of their menu.

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Tery Everett

A little piece of Italy in Ponsonby. Absolutely divine. The best gnocchi I've ever had - light, light, light. Thank you.

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Elizabeth Ling

Taste of Italia

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Krister Gritzun

Authentic Italian food and good wine!

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Kate Rotella

Lovely friendly restaurant with delicious food

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We ate delicious italian food! We started with some entrees: bruschette, carpaccio and calamari, and then we got some first plates: panzerotti (large portion), risotto funghi e tartufo, gnocchi alla zucca. All really good, only the bread served with carpaccio and the risotto were a little bit too much salty and/or spicy. The most abundant portion was for gnocchi alla zucca, I think the best plate we got. Highly recommended. For sure we'll come back again

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Jon Woodhead

From the get-go, we were greeted and seated at our table by a friendly waitress. Throughout the evening we constantly had water topped up and the status of our food order was given. The food was AMAZING. Authentic Italian pasta and pizza as well as some delicious chicken and pork mains. The Tortellini was especially delicious and would be my pick on return. Overall, we loved Gusto Italiano and would definitely return. Food 5 stars, Service 5 stars!

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It was such a lovely dinner! I loved our seats and the manager in particular. She was nice and friendly. The food was delicious also portion was good too. I will definately recommand this place.

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Jessie Kim

Service is excellent. Staff is very friendly.
Wood fired pizza was awesome!!
Highly recommend

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everything was absolutely beautiful! thanks

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The SetMeals is expected that everyone get a plates.But the food tasts nice.

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Alek Lisefski

Yum yum. Love the food here, homemade pasta and authentic pizza. Will definitely be back!

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Treena Brand

What an amazing restaurant. You actually feel like you have been invited into someone's home in Italy so they can host you for a meal. Which was perfect considering we were celebrating two birthdays. The food was delicious and the service was even better. I highly recommend this restaurant if you are wanting authentic Italian food with authentic Italian hospitality.

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The service was incredible. In fact our waitress had a great sense of humour. Food was fine, if anything, we just wished they were bigger portioned as they were so delicious. Highly recommend!

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The most beautiful Italian food with special creative attention to the kids pizza.
The staff were AMAZING! Patient with the two kids and made the night really fun.
I will definitely be taking the family back there.

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Sandra Regan

Food was plentiful and tasty. Staff very attentive

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Amelia Nelson

The food and service was amazing. Very authentic Italian. Would definitely go back.

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