Gusto – Manchester – Italian food for the discerning

Behind every closed door lay secrets that often remain between four walls.

When we think of trendy cities full of life, London, Paris, New York and Rome spring to mind and then close on their heels is Manchester. Home of the industrial revolution, the most famous football team in the world, Manchester United and Gusto.

Behind these four walls off Deansgate, on Lloyd Street, lies a very trendy Italian restaurant with a stylish, spacious 1920s layout.

Booths, central island bar, wooden floor and quality food make Gusto a great choice for a quality meal in Manchesters town centre.

A highlight to any great Italian restaurant is an Italian chef and a wood burning pizza oven … Gusto has both.

A good Italian demands a good Italian wine and we tried two superb wines suggested by our waiter Matteo. The red was superb, a Barbera wine and the white a sauvignon blanc furmint grape from Slovenia was fabulous too.

Our evening began when we were seated behind a very large pillar! I must attract them! Crazy because this was the only large pillar in the place.

We moved to the table booth next to us from where we overlooked the entire establishment. It’s impressive with art deco around a central island bar, lacking in lighting for such good looks.

Our starters consisted of sea bass with spinach and a romesco salad.

The salad was superb, fresh and full of flavour, whilst the sea bass was pan fried to perfection.

Gusto has an extensive al la carte menu covering all tastes and a great price range. Many of the mains come as starters too, like the sea bass.

Mains covering pizzas, pasta, meat, fish and poultry are all available on a well balanced menu.

The 10oz rib eye steaks looks to be a popular item on the menu and we can vouch for the pizzas which are fresh and taste authentic Italian.

This place has great atmosphere and plenty of people watching without intrusion.

I can recommend the Polenta chips and Italian fried courgette.

The Caprino pizza was just perfect, fresh, hot and with a woody flavour from the oven.

The quality of food here is really good. It has flavour, not too salty, nor too sweet. I’d say just right.

To finish we indulged in the chocolate brownies and the Italian Tiramisu.

At the end of a meal you often mull over how good or bad the meal is in a restaurant… Gusto has flair, atmosphere and above all its own unique style. We loved it here and as a result we’ll be back.

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