Saturday, November 23, 2013

gusto 101

Italian food, and $1/oz wine.

Do you see anything wrong with that statement? 

Because I sure don't.

Earlier this month, S and I decided to meet up for dinner and drinks after work. We decided to go to Gusto 101 since it was so close to S's condo.

We had the option of sitting downstairs in a more cozy, louder environment, or upstairs in their heated patio (since it was cold out). We chose to sit upstairs because S said she liked it a lot the last time she was there.

We both ordered a glass of the Gusto Bianco, their house Pinot Grigio which they had on tap. At $1/oz, who could say no? 

They also have a long list of other different wines, some of which are ordered specially from Italy and are not available in Canada.

As true Italian restaurants do, they gave us some bread to dip in balsamic vinegar and olive oil while we waited for our food.

First came our Tuscan Fries, which were a must-try according to S. Accompanied with a marinara-esque sauce, and flavoured lightly with rosemary, salt, and a hint of tomato, these fries provided an Italian twist on the all-American favourite side dish. And were absolutely delicious. 

rosemary, maldon sea salt, tomato rubra

Since S wasn't too hungry, we ordered the Spinaci pizza to share. We were a little disappointed with the size of the pizza as we had expected it to be bigger. This doesn't mean that the pizza wasn't big enough for one person, it was just not enough for the both of us (which it isn't meant to be!). Size aside, this pizza was delicious. I do wish the crust was a little thinner though, but maybe I am just too accustomed to the pizza in Europe!

spinach, buffalo mozzarella, pecorino, fresh ricotta, sliced garlic

The only thing that could have made the meal better was a nice creamy piece of tiramisu for dessert, but unfortunately they did not have it on their menu this time (they change their menu seasonally).

The little pyramids reminded me of the one at the Louvre in Paris!

I will definitely be returning to Gusto in the near future. There were a few other items (more like 10) on the menu that caught my eye...

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