We hadn't been to Gran Gusto for a couple of years and decided to head there last night about 8 pm. for a late-ish for us dinner. We had such a lovely time that I thought I'd give it a shout-out. It certainly gets mentioned frequently on the board, but I thought it deserved an updated post.
We didn't have a reservation but the hostess sat us at a four-top, the only empty table in the restaurant. The place was bustling but the noise level was manageable. We started with a small meat and cheese plate which had a nice assortment of salumi and a few cheese slices along with some Castelvetrano olives. The olive oil that accompanies the house-made bread is fruity and a little peppery. For mains we each had the chitarra pasta with a cherry tomato-garlic sauce and then tossed with a little pasta cooking water in a hollowed-out wheel of Grana Padano to form a simple but delicious creamy sauce. This was a simple, delicious dish that was more than the sum of it's parts. To drink we had quartinos of the very drinkable house Merlot for a reasonable $8 each. To finish we shared a tiramisu and a couple of glasses of Limoncello.
Our server was the passionate and fun owner who is quite helpful in making suggestions. For four 6 oz. glasses of wine, a starter, two pastas, a dessert and two liqueurs the bill was a reasonable $92. We'll make sure to return soon.