SAYS IT ALL!
Situated in Greek Street Gusto is the jewel in the crown of the city’s Italian restaurants.
It’s true to say Gusto is a place of Neapolitan excellence in both its food, ambience and décor.
Having recently had a makeover even midweek you will find this restaurant buzzing and lively and filled with discerning customers who appreciate the joys of good Italian food.
Yet despite being a large restaurant it still retains a kind of intimacy by the clever and thoughtful positioning of its tables and seating. It also has an extended and comfortable area outside heated for chilly nights and large umbrellas for the sunny times of day and perfect for an aperitif or cocktail before or after your meal.
Very soon after we arrived we were seated and introduced to our server who couldn’t have been more attentive or knowledgeable if he had been our own personal butler.
The menu at Gusto is large so whilst we perused it we ordered some Marinated Olives which were very tasty marinated in chilli, garlic, parsley and olive oil and served with bread sticks. We had been recommended to try the Warm Rosemary Focaccia Bread and we were not disappointed it was hot and the outside was beautifully crispy.
For starters I chose one of my favourite dishes Slow-Cooked Meatballs. They came in a rich tomato sauce with grated Gran Moravia cheese. The meatballs were smooth and not gritty and blended well with the flavour of the grated cheese, however I did find them a tad spicy but never-the-less they were flavoursome. There is also a choice of vegan meatballs for this starter which I was pleased to see on the menu.
My colleague opted for the Chicken Liver Pate. It is was very generous portion and she found it rich and very smooth. It came with a tasty caramelised red onion chutney and warm toasted focaccia bread the ideal accompaniment.
One cannot dine at Gusto without being tempted by their Sourdough Pizzas. These have been inspired by trips to Naples and their 24-hour sourdough is made from scratch every morning with Caputo Blue Flour and contains 10% mother dough.
Pepperoni Salsiccia was my colleagues choice. She found the combination of ingredients very flavoursome and the base just perfect.
I opted for the Pan Fried Fillet of Seabass but without the chillies. The fillet came on a base of Tenderstem broccoli, almonds and a potato gratin. The fish was succulent, moist and cooked perfectly with a lovely crispy skin.
To share we ordered a portion of Italian Fried Courgettes which we love. This was a large portion and they were hot, seasoned and the batter crispy and just so tasty. If you never tried them then its time you did.
Desserts at Gusto are certainly something. The Vegan Biscoff Cheesecake was my colleagues choice. It was beautifully presented, very light and not overly sweet.
Although the array of dessert cocktails was tempting I decided to give them a miss and went for the Chocolate Espresso Martini Mousse – which gave me the best of both worlds. It came served in a martini glass and was it my heaven on a plate? Definitely yes.
This sweet treat could have come from the angel’s kitchen with a whipped chocolate and coffee mousse on a ginger biscuit base which gave it a delightful contrast and was topped with just the right amount of Chantilly cream.
Gusto is a place you just don’t want to leave as its just so welcoming. Perfect for just about every occasion from post-retail therapy and business lunches, to special occasions, pre-theatre dinners or family and friends get-togethers or that romantic meal or date night it can be whatever you want it to be.
Gusto, 10 Greek Street, Leeds. Tel: 0113 467 9770
Open Friday and Saturday 12.noon until 11.00pm and Sunday to Thursday 12 noon until 11.00pm.