Cuisine: Italian
Price Point: Mains from $25 - $35
Ranked: #20 of 90 restaurants in Auckland

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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Ranked: #20 of 90 restaurants in Auckland 20
Gusto Italiano
Location: Ponsonby
Cuisine: Italian
Mains: $25 - $35

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Lokyin Wong

I had a lovely lunch with my sister at Gusto Italiano. We ordered the crumbed calamari to share, the sirloin steak and the prawn and asparagus risotto. The food was fantastic, great Italian flavours and not overly heavy. Quick and efficient service. Also had a tiramisu to finish and it was one of the best I've had.

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Great food and ambience. Wood fired pizza is great

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The experience was fantastic from the minute we entered the restaurant - the service, atmosphere, beautiful food and company. We were there for a birthday and unfortunately only posted pictures to the gram and didn't have any to post lol but we would definitely recommend this restaurant!

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Russell Marilyn Plews

Food was great. Service was attentive and made to feel really welcome. Will be back for sure.

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Robyn Shelwell

Great menu, good food and service.

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My colleague and I were in Auckland for for a work trip, visiting from Napier. We were both keen for an authentic Italian experience. We were not disappointed! We were greeted warmly on arrival and very well looked after. We had a pasta each and a pizza each. Topped of with a glass of wine each; a Pinot Gris and a Chianti. The food was amazing!! The restaurant had a warm cozy feel and definitely had an Italian vibe. Was cool to be able to see the chef creating and baking the pizza's in the wood-fired oven. Will definitely return to Gusto Italiano if back in Auckland again.

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Jacqueline Engelbrecht

Loved the ambiance and decor in this Authentic Italian restaurant. The staff was attentive and friendly and the service was super quick! My hubby and I had the seafood set menu which was an array of beautiful tasty Italian seafood dishes. The baked fish and prawns were a standout! The kids menu more exciting than most and the wood fire pizza was well received. Highly recommend this Ponsonby gem

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Nice food and dining place. Feels like it's an authentic Italian restaurant.

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Very last minute decision to book this, so glad we did. My daughter said it was the best pasta she has ever eaten - she has eaten a LOT of pasta so high praise indeed! All of our meals were delicious after the difficulty of choosing as there are so many I want to try. Will definitely go back and work my way through the menu.

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Sandra French

I would definitely recommend Gusto Italiano. Great food - try the wood fired pizzas and the pork belly main, excellent service and good ambience.

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We took the set vegetarian menu for 2 and it was absolutely delicious!
Service was on too of it as well!

Thanks for a very nice evening!

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Alek Lisefski

Yum, yum! Great food, friendly service. Homemade pasta!

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Gloria Keng

very nice experience.

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Karen Hadlee

Such a great and busy buzz. Great atmosphere with staff interacting well with all diners. Food was incredible.
We felt so welcome, will definitely be back to what is now our new favourite Italian restaurant. We have to try the pizzas next time, they looked and smelled incredible

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Priscilla Murphy

Recommend pizzas and home-made pasta.

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This quaint adorable restaurant is in the hub of Ponsonby / Three Lamps end. The food is absolutely divine, could not fault the service, again well looked after, would definitely spread the word. Also we were a bit early, but no hesitation in letting us take our table. Top marks for this restaurant.

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Very delicious entrees and mains!

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Kate Rotella

Lovely food
Great authentic atmosphere
Very attentive staff

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Melissa Dyer-Causton

Gusto is great! Fantastic Pizza, pasta and mains. Kid friendly (even if your kid is not feeling very friendly themselves) and a great place to watch the world go by. Highly recommend this great little spot.

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Xinyi Zhu

The loveliest owner ever! Food never disappoints also. I always order the antipasto and frutti di mare !

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Paul Patton

First time diners so not sure what to expect. Good selection of food choices and friendly service. Mainly pizza focused. My pork belly was okay. The fat wasnt crispy and the potatoes weren’t roasted as promised.

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Sara Brookes

Food was nice, had the marinara, chicken breast and garlic pizza, atmosphere was very authentic too

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We thoroughly enjoyed our meal and the service was spot on. We will be returning for further meals thanks very much

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Ed Ackman

Good solid Italian food. Let's face it, pasta and pizzas are terrific comfort foods. They do it very well. We also had a prawn entree which was tasty and well cooked. The atmosphere was fine, the condition clean and well, Italian. Great value for money. Well worth a visit.

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Lynne Abbot

It was just the atmosphere required. Warm, inviting, busy but not too noisy and the food was superb.

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Husband and I dined with our two and four year old and the staff were very attentive to us all.

They provided colouring in pencils and paper to keep the girls amused.

The food arrived quickly and was delicious...pizza and pasta both perfectly cooked.

Would definitely dine here again!

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Darren Ren

excellent little restaurant. rustic and authentic. Food was delicious and service very friendly. Would come again.

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It was a great night, we ordered Bruchetta, Penne and Fetuccine. The bread was simply amazing, one of the nicest breads I’ve had in a while.
Pasta were nice too, not sure if they were handmade but the sauces were definitely great.
Will return to try Pizza, as they have food fired oven.

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Aakash Rajay

Highly recommended!

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Cris Barker

Delicious food, excellent service and a nice atmosphere.

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Great food. Warm friendly Italian atmosphere. Really excited that there were 2 gluten free pastas which could be combined with any of the pasta dishes. Scrummy desserts.

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Laura Darin

Food was delicious, they didn’t leave us waiting for long for food to come out. Lamb was a little disappointing as it was fully cooked through. The sauces on both chicken and lamb mains were delicious and the veggies still had some crunch(just the way we like it). Friendly staff that always checked up on us, waiting for both of us to finish eating before taking our plates(very grateful). Finished our evening with a deliciously light Panna Cotta to share perfect way to end a weekend.

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We had a great time coming with a friend who was up from Wellington to visit. The food was to die for, and the dessert was the best at an Italian restaurant I had ever had. We are booking in for my partners birthday dinner with a bigger group because we can't wait to eat here again =)

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Morgan Cavalle

Fantastic food and experienced. Amazing pizza!

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Thanks Gusto Italiano for a nice start to Friday evening. We enjoyed it!

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Deon Johnson-Hadley

Ambiance was unique. The service was excellent food was authentic, i deferentially would recommend this restaurant to others and will be back.

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Food is great, very Italian, fast service, nice environment, wood fire pizza and risotto is the best while lots of different entree that is special. Tiramisu is a must try for dessert

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Great little authentic restaurant - food great and the odd loved that there pizza was artistically shaped like a fish. Loved the dessert selection - the tiramisu and profiteroles were to die for

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A delicious meal and service that went above and beyond.
Our 3yo says Gusto Italiano is his new favourite restaurant. We'll definitely be back!

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Great food, great service, loved the atmosphere and decor.

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Delicious food, wonderful atmosphere, and friendly service - had such a great night and will definitely be back!

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Thomas Peyrol

The food was really good and the service was efficient and fast.

Great experience dining there !

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Food is good, service is excellent.
We shall definitely visit them again.

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Gusto Italiano was amazing! Delicious food and lovely people, will definitely be back!

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Likai Chunyu

People and food are great

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we had a lovely evening, the food was good and the service very friendly. good value

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Zhe Min Shao

Very authentic Italian experience! Will definitely go back again, good value and the food was really decent!

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Delicious food and great service! Good wine options too. Third time I've been and will definitely be back.

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Fantastic food and service as always!

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Baptist Lobo

Loved the atmosphere and the food

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