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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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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Friendly service and delicious meals all round! Such a great restaurant.

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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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