Bites and Booze
Recently relaunched, Gustoso is a fine dining Italian restaurant in the residential areas of Kemps Corner and Khar. It has a surprisingly large, welldesigned seating area with a brick oven for making wood fired pizzas and a swanky bar. We were warmed up for our meal with a glass of Sangiovese red wine and in-house cocktails accompanied by our guest, Bharat Poojari, a traveled connoisseur who enlightened us about his various hospitality projects. With his experience, there could not have been a better judge of the food than him. We started our meal with a Burata Crostini, the Melanzane Parmigiana and the Prosciutto with fresh buffalo mozzarella, all of which was made from ingredients flown down from Italy. For the mains, we were spoilt for choice from a wide selection of pastas, sides to pizzas. So we decided to go with their recommendation and ordered the Gnocci Alla Sorrentina with smoked cheese, a Four Cheese with Spicy Honey pizza and Portobello Mushroom with Truffle Oil pizzas. A point to note is that Gustoso aims to serve fresh, and juicy pizzas in the Neapolitan style – the most authentic Italian pizza style there is.
The highlight of the meal was the Taglionili Bombay, a pasta cooked fresh by the chef on your table in a grana padano cheese wheel flambed by brandy and then the pasta sitirred in the cheese. The Semifreddo Al Pistachio, a soft ice-cream made from only pure ingredients, alongside their Totra Caprese, a chocolate almond cake with vanilla ice cream completed our really Gustoso (means tasty in Italian) experience.
FAB OR DRAB
Considering that we loved everything about our meal, Gustoso is definitely one of the finest Italian eateries in Mumbai. The flavours in the food were a lesson in perfection, and the décor, quality and freshness definitely deserve a 10/10 from our end.
Kwality House, August Kranti Marg, Below Kemps Corner Bridge, Mumba