Gusto 101: Wood-Fired Charm


This weekend, do up date night in style with dinner at Gusto 101, one of the most welcoming Italian restaurants in Toronto. Located in the buzzy King West neighborhood, this cozy spot boasts a relaxed, intimate vibe, so you’ll have plenty of opportunity to finish each other’s sentences before kicking up the energy at one of the nearby nightclubs. The chic decor and sophisticated menu draws a stylish crowd of young professionals, and the surprisingly drinkable house wine on tap, at just $1 an ounce, flows freely all evening long. The menu at Gusto–pronounced Goo-sto–puts a modern twist on Southern Italian classics,  so order a little bit of everything to see what the kitchen can do. Plenty of restaurants have kale salad, but only here does it come with zante currants and toasted pine nuts. The popular fettuccine al funghi boasts a trio of mushrooms–portobello, porcini, and oyster–as well as a decadent truffle paste. And those with a taste for fire should order something from the Tuscan wood-fired grill. The branzino alla griglia (grilled sea bass), for example, is served with fregola, escarole, pomegranate emulsion, and a delightfully spicy tomato jam. Reservations are available only for the 6pm seating, so if you plan on dining later, give yourselves a few extra minutes for a drink at the bar while you wait for a table. As you take in the airy space, with its exposed brick walls, industrial light fixtures, and abundant blonde wood, you’ll realize how few restaurants find the sweet spot between casual and formal like Gusto does. That goes double on summer evenings, when Gusto 101’s charming upstairs patio feels like an Italian cafe on the Mediterranean sea.

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Gusto 101

101 Portland St Toronto ON M5V 1T1

(416) 504-9669

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