I have heard mixed reviews of this place. I have been to Gusto quite a few times now, but it was hit and miss a couple of times. Lately, my followers had informed me that they didn't like it anymore. We decided to go and try again. It wasn't very busy on a week night. In fact I used to remember that it would be packed, and if you had no booking you would not be able to get a table. Two items that were on the menu was unavailable on the night, this was including one of the specials, which was duck.
Schiacciata - baked flat bread, this one was almost the size of a full family size pizza. There was Parmesan cheese, tomatoes, fresh basil and drizzled with olive oil on top. This was tasty but we didn't want to stuff ourselves with pizza bread before other dishes came out. Next was the shared antipasto plate, with proscuitto, olives, chorizo, capsicum, antichokes, and pork belly. A great variety and excellent dish to share.
There was a long wait before the entree and the main course. By the time the main course came out to our table, they were a little dry. It seemed like all the main courses were cooked a while a go, and had been put under the heat lamp for a while before it was served.
The linguine had crab meat throughout the dish. However the sauce was so thick and creamy, that we couldn't finish the dish.
It used to be one of the best!!
A few of us ordered the same pasta. I wasn't sure if the kitchen cooked the pasta in bulk or not, but it seemed like the portions on three individual pastas were very uneven. The first and the second one had little to no sauce within the pasta, and the last one was drenched with sauce and had hardly any seafood. All the seafood was very mushed up. We needed to scoop the seafood up with a spoon. The flavours were there, but it was not the same as it used to be. What happened to the chucky fish fillets, or the octopus? To me it seemed like a pack of marinara mix was used and mixed in with the spaghetti.
The steak was ok, it lacked a little presentation. However it was cooked just right.
I used to love this restaurant. They used to serve one of the best seafood marinara pastas. However I must admit that I was super disappointed with the pasta tonight. This has dropped a few spots on my favourites list.
Visit Gusto Ristorante - 121 The Parade, Norwood, SA 5067 - (08) 8364 6422
Discount: ENTERTAINMENT BOOK - GOLD CARD: 25% off the total bill.