On a whim, I went to Gran Gusto tonight. I hadn't been in about a year, and while I liked it a great deal back when it was a board darling, I always felt it was a bit short of the high praise it received.
The menu seems somewhat different, with more rustic Italian dishes. I had a campo salad, and though the dressing was less sweet than the menu suggested, it was very good. Sour in a good way, with very nice Gorgonzola chunks and tiny sun dried tomatoes. The bufalo mozzarella with suckling pig and lemon was mild but excellent. The pig was nicely textured, porky and fatty about the edges. A gnocchi with artichoke and sweet Italian sausage dish was wonderful-- irregular cut squares of gnocchi and perfect proportions of the other ingredients. Alongside a couple of peronis, a nice meal.
As I was leaving, all the patio tables were full and most inside tables were too. Service was enthusiastic and spirited, as well as efficient. Anybody else been of late?