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
Accepts:   Gusto Italiano accepts American Express

Reviews

What a lovely prelude to visiting Franklin Road to see the Christmas lights. We were welcomed by name which was a really nice touch. The waitress brought over a colouring page for my son which was very much appreciated. The food was delicious and I thought the portion sizes were excellent. It was a vibrant, festive atmosphere and I felt like the staff were very happy to be there! I will definitely be going again!

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Chicco Benucci

Each time we have been to Gusto Italiano’s we have had great food & service. The place is homely, staff welcoming & friendly. The food is probably the most authentic Italian food we’ve had in New Zealand. Makes us feel like we are back in Italy

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Julie Bray

Always great to eat at Gusto, friendly staff and good service.are assured.

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Fraser Watene

Great Classic Italian food. The chef made special characters for our children’s pizza bases which they loved! Such a good place will be back again.

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Really great food.

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Ellie Foreman

AMAZING! Diavolina pizza was one of the best pizzas I’ve ever had. Pansotti pasta was an interesting texture, would probably get something else next time. Will definitely be going back!

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Amazing italian feast. Mum and I went here for a Monday night date and loved everything about it. Wonderful food and great service!

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As usual superb food- beautifully presented, great taste and a wide choice of options. Great for vegetarians. Service attentive and discrete. Will continue to patronise this excellent Italian restaurant.

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Selected the set menu, Divine. Absolutely recommend this Italian restaurant, food was authentic and delicious and the service was the best, staff went out of their way to accommodate us.

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Maddie McKenzie

Fantastic dining experience. The food and wine was so delicious and of high quality. The service was very attentive and friendly :) thank you!

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Delicious, authentic Italian food. From the moment you walk in the door you can see one of the chefs making fresh pasta by hand and you also see a proper wood-fired oven for the pizzas. There are many different pasta dishes and pizzas to choose from, as well as other mains. They cater to vegetarians also. The staff were very friendly and accommodating. We will definitely be going back.

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Leah Thompson

Best pizza ever tasted

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We had a very enjoyable weekend lunch. Our favourites were the Scamorza cheese starter and the beef tortellini - you can't go wrong with the pastas here!

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Paik Davidson

Love the food here, really honest and flavourful. The margherita pizza is our favourite and one of the best we have sampled anywhere. The spaghetti Fruitti Di Mare and the ravioli were both excellent. However the tiramisu did not quite hit the mark as it did not have a strong coffee flavour. Will definitely be back but will try different desserts instead. The restaurant has a lovely relaxed atmosphere and very friendly staff. Highly recommended.

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We had a delicious meal, well presented and a good range of options in the menu. The staff were friendly, prompt and efficient. Good decor and pleasant ambience. 4/5

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The food and the service was pretty good. Had a good time.

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Enjoyable evening with friends, the food was divine service was outstanding friendly staff would recommend it

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Enjoyable evening, great food, quick service, authentic decor and music. Would dine at Gusto Italiano again.

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Tasty food and excellent service.

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Cil Brink

The food was literally amazing! We had the set menu with a variety of fod, we almost wanted to lick our plates!

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Alex Strawbridge

Delicious food and fast, friendly service.

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Greer Lindsay

Pumpkin gnocchi was supreme. Perfect timing for dinner after work in a buzzy area.

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Kathleen Butterfield

Great service!

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Shaila Studd

Second time dining here, we had a pizza and it was amazing and so quick to the table. Service and food can not fault. The atmosphere is lovely as well.

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Absolutely delicious pizza!

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Very nice place , good service , great food!!

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Very nice place and the food just amazing :)
If you really like cheese, I'd highly recommend Scamorza al forno!! so good!!

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Dipinto Castillo

This restaurant is so amazing!! Delicious food and great service

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Warm atmosphere, lovely service, incredible food.

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Everything thing was just amazing, food, service, ambience. Will definitely be going back!

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Very good very friendly and the food was great cant complain go back again thats for sure

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Natascha McKenzie

Delicious authentic Italian food. Great service. We will definitely return to dine.

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Such an amazing little restaurant! Mega delicious food and super service. Best garlic pizza I've ever eaten in my entire life!

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We had a wonderful dining experience here. The setting is lovely and warm. We were served by a fantastic waitress - she was knowledgeable and friendly. Food was delicious. Would definitely recommend you try one of their tasty pizza's! We will be back again.

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Anna Angrignon

Cozy, authentic, delicious. Great place for a date! Will definitely be back.

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Really love authentic food and great service. Will definitley be going back

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A fantastic meal for the 3 of us. We all ordered differently and all enjoyed the outstanding taste of each dish. service was superb - attentive yet discreet. Gusto Italino is now one of our very favourite!!

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Eden Acraman

It can sometimes be tricky finding delicious, vegetarian food that isn't totally boring. The range of vegetarian options at Gusto Italiano was really great and we both thoroughly enjoyed our meals - the gnocchi was incredible! Not to mention the service was excellent. Will definitely be returning.

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Cannot fault anything ! The food was amazing I cannot wait to go back :)

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Melissa Murphy

We had an amazing time at Gusto Italiano! Food was scrumptious and service was top notch! Will definitely be coming back for more.

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Lovely atmosphere and great, extremely efficient service.

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Karen Gunting

Excellent dining experience. Loved their pizza, gnocchi, pasta, their stake and tiramisu!
We enjoyed the dinner, friendly staff

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Felt like we had been transported to Italy itself! We were so looked after constantly asked if we needed anything, refilling the drinks taking away the countless empty plates that piled up due to how much we were eating!

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Rowan Lowe

We loved Gusto!! Everything was divine! Incredible pizza also, perhaps the best we have had! We even had leftover pizza and our friends said it was also the best they had! A really big thank you to the team for an incredible meal, we 10/10 recommend and can’t wait to come back.

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The dimly lit restaurant provided an amazing experience with the authentic Italian feel. Our waiters were kind and super alert. The food was amazing, and our pizza was full with toppings, just how it should be. Would definitely go back!

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Olivia Sinclair

Great little restaurant that gives you an authentic Italian feel. Their pizzas are spot on, very thin base with a crispy crust and loaded with goodies. Their pastas are even more phenomenal- beef tortellini is heaven on earth, and the pansotti

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Bridie O'Sullivan

Incredible food, atmosphere and service! 10/10 recommend

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What a fabulous restaurant A great atmosphere with the wood fire oven visible. Food was tasty and authentic. Service of staff was top. A great experience. Loved it.

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Dipinto Castillo

Amazing!!! The restaurant is super beautiful and the food amazing!

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Rich Smith

Fantastic food and service. Had the Calzone and it was amazing.

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Fabulous food, ambience & excellent service. We were sitting near the chef using the Wood-fired Pizza oven - great to see. Grazie mille! A wonderful meal

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Great food, great staff, we will definitely be going back!

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Incredible food and atmosphere. The tortellini was truly exceptional. Best Italian in Auckland by far!

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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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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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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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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 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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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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Stina Laurence

Wow this place was amazing!!! We booked for 3 (my partner and I and our 4 year old)
So we struggle sometimes eating out with our Diva! But the Gusto Italiano team were fantastic taking our order promptly so we could feed the diva before she turned demonic and her pizza literally took 5mins PERFECT! Leaving mum and dad to enjoy a wine while we waited for our delicious din dins and let me tell you we weren’t disappointed from the gooey baked scamorza cheese to melt in the mouth beef carpaccio for starters then the most amaze-balls beef tortellini in the richest get some bread to mop up mushroom sauce HEAVEN! My partners pizza was delicious with just enough chilli for a kick
Staff were great attentive lovely and were fantastic with our tiny little foottrip who danced happily around the restaurant to their music.
We have and will be recommending Gusto Italiano to others
Thanks guys for an amazing meal!!

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Fantastic dining experience. The food was superb, I had the pork belly, which was melt in your mouth goodness, portion size was huge, would happily pay full price next time.
My partner ate the Spaghetti Frutti Di Mare, filled with plenty fresh seafood, thoroughly enjoyed and would also happily dine again & pay full price.
Tiramisu & Panna Cotta with well brewed tea to top off our dinner - definitely ate our full of delicious food, delightful!
The staff were very happy & accommodating, we were rather early for our booking however we were able to sit & order.
Very nice environment, small & intimate, would recommend to all.
AAA++++

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Philippa Hine

Excellent service and food was delicious and authentic. Had prawns, ricotta stuffed pasta in sage butter and pizza - all very tasty!

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What a lovely prelude to visiting Franklin Road to see the Christmas lights. We were welcomed by name which was a really nice touch. The waitress brought over a colouring page for my son which was very much appreciated. The food was delicious and I thought the portion sizes were excellent. It was a vibrant, festive atmosphere and I felt like the staff were very happy to be there! I will definitely be going again!

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Chicco Benucci

Each time we have been to Gusto Italiano’s we have had great food & service. The place is homely, staff welcoming & friendly. The food is probably the most authentic Italian food we’ve had in New Zealand. Makes us feel like we are back in Italy

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Julie Bray

Always great to eat at Gusto, friendly staff and good service.are assured.

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Kate Rotella

Always delicious
Wolfed our meal down in record time.
We’ll be back

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Fraser Watene

Great Classic Italian food. The chef made special characters for our children’s pizza bases which they loved! Such a good place will be back again.

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Really great food.

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Ximena Tamburo

It was great!!!

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The food was amazing from start to finish. There wasn't too much wait time to be served entrees, mains, desserts. Would definatly return.

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Ellie Foreman

AMAZING! Diavolina pizza was one of the best pizzas I’ve ever had. Pansotti pasta was an interesting texture, would probably get something else next time. Will definitely be going back!

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Amazing italian feast. Mum and I went here for a Monday night date and loved everything about it. Wonderful food and great service!

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Renzelle Alvarez

Good service and even better food! had the set menu and it was well worth it. would recommend :)

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As usual superb food- beautifully presented, great taste and a wide choice of options. Great for vegetarians. Service attentive and discrete. Will continue to patronise this excellent Italian restaurant.

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Selected the set menu, Divine. Absolutely recommend this Italian restaurant, food was authentic and delicious and the service was the best, staff went out of their way to accommodate us.

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Maddie McKenzie

Fantastic dining experience. The food and wine was so delicious and of high quality. The service was very attentive and friendly :) thank you!

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Delicious, authentic Italian food. From the moment you walk in the door you can see one of the chefs making fresh pasta by hand and you also see a proper wood-fired oven for the pizzas. There are many different pasta dishes and pizzas to choose from, as well as other mains. They cater to vegetarians also. The staff were very friendly and accommodating. We will definitely be going back.

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Leah Thompson

Best pizza ever tasted

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Monique Radford

Delicious meals with a cosy neighbourhood atmosphere. We felt like we were in Italy.

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Always good here

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We had a very enjoyable weekend lunch. Our favourites were the Scamorza cheese starter and the beef tortellini - you can't go wrong with the pastas here!

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Paik Davidson

Love the food here, really honest and flavourful. The margherita pizza is our favourite and one of the best we have sampled anywhere. The spaghetti Fruitti Di Mare and the ravioli were both excellent. However the tiramisu did not quite hit the mark as it did not have a strong coffee flavour. Will definitely be back but will try different desserts instead. The restaurant has a lovely relaxed atmosphere and very friendly staff. Highly recommended.

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We had a delicious meal, well presented and a good range of options in the menu. The staff were friendly, prompt and efficient. Good decor and pleasant ambience. 4/5

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The food and the service was pretty good. Had a good time.

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Enjoyable evening with friends, the food was divine service was outstanding friendly staff would recommend it

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Enjoyable evening, great food, quick service, authentic decor and music. Would dine at Gusto Italiano again.

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Tasty food and excellent service.

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Cil Brink

The food was literally amazing! We had the set menu with a variety of fod, we almost wanted to lick our plates!

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Alex Strawbridge

Delicious food and fast, friendly service.

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Greer Lindsay

Pumpkin gnocchi was supreme. Perfect timing for dinner after work in a buzzy area.

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Kathleen Butterfield

Great service!

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Shaila Studd

Second time dining here, we had a pizza and it was amazing and so quick to the table. Service and food can not fault. The atmosphere is lovely as well.

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Absolutely delicious pizza!

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Shaun Hodgkinson

Had a great time, thanks Gusto team

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Very nice place , good service , great food!!

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Very nice place and the food just amazing :)
If you really like cheese, I'd highly recommend Scamorza al forno!! so good!!

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Anna Becker

We really enjoyed our experience at Gusto, authentic Italian food was great and arrived very quickly, our toddler was entertained with crayons, colouring and a fish shaped pizza. Service didn’t seem overly friendly but everything was done right. Will definitely be back.

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Dipinto Castillo

This restaurant is so amazing!! Delicious food and great service

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Warm atmosphere, lovely service, incredible food.

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Everything thing was just amazing, food, service, ambience. Will definitely be going back!

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Very good very friendly and the food was great cant complain go back again thats for sure

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Natascha McKenzie

Delicious authentic Italian food. Great service. We will definitely return to dine.

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Such an amazing little restaurant! Mega delicious food and super service. Best garlic pizza I've ever eaten in my entire life!

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We had a wonderful dining experience here. The setting is lovely and warm. We were served by a fantastic waitress - she was knowledgeable and friendly. Food was delicious. Would definitely recommend you try one of their tasty pizza's! We will be back again.

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Anna Angrignon

Cozy, authentic, delicious. Great place for a date! Will definitely be back.

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Really love authentic food and great service. Will definitley be going back

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A fantastic meal for the 3 of us. We all ordered differently and all enjoyed the outstanding taste of each dish. service was superb - attentive yet discreet. Gusto Italino is now one of our very favourite!!

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Eden Acraman

It can sometimes be tricky finding delicious, vegetarian food that isn't totally boring. The range of vegetarian options at Gusto Italiano was really great and we both thoroughly enjoyed our meals - the gnocchi was incredible! Not to mention the service was excellent. Will definitely be returning.

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Cannot fault anything ! The food was amazing I cannot wait to go back :)

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Melissa Murphy

We had an amazing time at Gusto Italiano! Food was scrumptious and service was top notch! Will definitely be coming back for more.

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Lovely atmosphere and great, extremely efficient service.

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Kuljit Kaur

Love, love, love this place!

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