Gusto 101

A couple weeks ago I checked out the relatively new (opened in February) Italian eatery Gusto 101 with a girlfriend.  Gusto was built in an old auto garage; the owners have kept the raw industrial feel, leaving the cinderblock walls bare and installing industrial style lighting with the ever popular retro bare filament bulbs.  The kitchen is left open to showcase the Tuscan wood fire grill.  Also remaining is the large commercial garage door which brings a little of the outdoors in to the bar area when opened and leads onto the front patio, complementing the massive 90 seat rooftop patio essentially doubling the restaurants size.  There is also a private cellar room downstairs, complete with wine barrels, which can seat up to 18.

Gusto makes their own house wines served on tap; Gusto Rosso (Merlot) and Gusto Biancho (Sauvignon Blanc), at a dollar an ounce they are a great deal!  Focaccia and Ciabatta are made in house as well.  My girlfriend and I shared the beef tartare to start, with fresh figs, ricotta cream, arugula, and truffle oil I wished I didn’t have to share, it was perfect.  I followed with Fettucine ai Funghi with portobello, oyster and porcini mushrooms in a truffle paste with light cream, it was excellent.  We decided to forgo dessert much to my chagrin as the Quatro Sampler, which included tiramsu, chocolate creme with salted caramel, iced Lemoncello frizzante and house made biscotti, looked fantastic.

Gusto 101, 101 Portland St, Toronto (between King W and Adelaide St)

FYI, Gusto does not take reservations at this time, so get there early!