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Gusto: Milford, CT

TheFoodGuy Jul 25, 2008 06:58 AM

Gusto: Milford, CT
Location: Post Road Milford, CT
Website: None (wasn't able to find one through google)
Cuisine: The fine art of Italian Living is their motto on the sign
Menu Prices: $12-$2? for entrees (I didn't take note at the restaurant as I thought I could get it off the web)
Quick Gripes: You must have a website in this day and age.
Quick overview: We really enjoyed meal at Gusto and we would also suggest it to others as a place for nice Italian food. We plan to return again to try some other entrees and appetizers.

Review:
We made a last minute decision while out last night to go to Gusto on the Post Road in Milford, CT. When we arrived the parking lot was full, usually a good sign. We walked into the restaurant and were pleasantly surprised with the look and smells. The kitchen was open for all to see and the decorations were nice. We decided however to sit on the deck for dinner. We were a little worried becuse we didn't know how noisy it would be with the Post Road just a few feet away and the live band playing. After waiting for a few minutes the Owner, or who we believed to be the owner, ushered us to our table outside. He was VERY nice and curteous, thank you! The deck was clean and adorned with a mix of real and fake plants, it couldn't be anymore Italian! To our pleasant surprise, the Post Road wasn't very loud and neither was the band! It was just perfect! We could hear the music and still be able to talk. I really enjoy when a restaurant and band have the right mix of volume, it makes us want to return. We ordered a shrimp wrapped in proscuitto as an appetizer and then the chicken marsala and gnocchi romano as entrees. We also ordered a gin and tonic for myself and then two glasses of merlot to go with dinner. Everything was cooked and plated perfectly! I definitely suggest Gusto as a place to try and a place to return for good Italian food!

Service: Our server was nice, but came across as a little shy and dishelved. She was pleasant and offered her opinions on a couple questions we had, thank you! My only complaint is the wait for the beverages and cappuccino at the end of the night. Drinks took more than five minutes to arrive at the table, and we were well into our meals before the merlot came to accompany our dinner.

Drinks: My gin and tonic was perfect. It was not watered down like other restaurants we have been to. The wine list was extensive and had selections for all types of tastes and wallets. My cappuccino at the end of the night was very good and was accompanied by a biscotti.

Food:
Appetizer: Shrimp with asparagus and wrapped in proscuitto and topped with a pesto. It tasted very good and the shrimp were perfect size. Not one ingredient took too much away from the other. My only complaint is that the shrimp was a tad overcooked.

Entrees: The chicken marsala was cooked perfectly and received no complaints! It was accompanied by a side of pasta, but my lovely wife, The Coastal Connoisseur, wanted to have an alfredo sauce with the pasta instead of just red sauce. The waitress said it was no problem, but beware if you order the same as it was an additional $6.95. While it was extra money, it was WELL worth it! The alfredo sauce was obviously homemade as you could see the stringiness of the cheese when you twirled it onto your fork. I would consider ordering just that next time!

My gnocchi romano came in a light pink sauce with spinach and onions. It was cooked perfectly and once again there was not one ingredient that took away from the other. I was not sure about the gnocchi being homemade or not, but regardless they were worth every calorie!

Looking for a good Italian Restaurant, try Gusto in Milford, you will be glad you did!
TheFoodGuy

  1. Jimmy Cantiello Jul 25, 2008 07:57 AM

    You probably couldn't find the website because the name of the restaurant is not "Il Gusto", it's "Gusto". A subtle difference but sometimes Google doesn't have a clue.

    http://www.gustotrattoria.com/index.htm

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    1. re: Jimmy Cantiello
      TheFoodGuy Jul 25, 2008 10:34 AM

      well isn't that embarrassing :(

      Odd that I can't edit my original post when I can in other threads....hmmm....Well I apologize to Gusto then, I swear it said IL Gusto on the menu :(

      1. re: TheFoodGuy
        Jimmy Cantiello Jul 25, 2008 10:46 AM

        No biggie. Honest mistake. I'm pretty sure the edit function is only viable for a certain amount of time. I think it's not much more than an hour, if that.

        1. re: Jimmy Cantiello
          The Chowhound Team Jul 25, 2008 02:17 PM

          Fixed for you. You can only edit your own posts for 2 hours, after which you have to ask us to do it for you.

          1. re: The Chowhound Team
            TheFoodGuy Jul 25, 2008 07:01 PM

            Thank you Chowhound Team!

    2. TheFoodGuy Oct 15, 2008 10:05 AM

      Revisit: We returned to Gusto last night for another dinner, but this time my experience wavered. The service was great! Very attentive, very knowledgeable on the menu and wine menu.

      To start we both ordered the Caesar salad. The salads came out in a reasonable amount of time, but they left something to be desired. The salad was drenched in dressing, which I question was homemade, and the croutons were fresh from the box (perfect little squares). It would have been nice if at least one part of the salad was homemade, if not both!

      I ordered the braciole special. The braciole was okay, but lacked enough ingredients to be braciole for me. It was stuffed with pine nuts and cheese. I like mine with basil, cheese, pine nuts, and golden raisins. The two braciole were served over fettuccine noodles in a red sauce. The sauce was good, but I wished I ordered a meat sauce instead (my bad).

      My wife ordered the Alfredo sauce and was very happy again with it.

      I ordered the Pinot Noir from their extensive wine list and was pleased with it, however it was the only one to choose from.

      Overall it was an okay experience this time around, not the same as the first, but as with all restaurants, there are the up and down days. We will return once more for the rubber match to see if we like it or not.

      1. TheFoodGuy Jan 21, 2009 09:24 AM

        Revisited, again:

        Went to Gusto again, and it was just as good as the first time. We did have to wait on a Saturday night because we didn't have reservations for four. When we did sit down the service was slow, but the good food made up for that.

        Veal Parm: Cooked well, not bogged down with too much sauce.
        Pasta and red sauce: Pasta was al dente and the sauce was nice.
        Cavetelli with Broccoli: Good, although a little less butter would have been nice.
        Fish: Cooked just right, served with roasted potatoes which were also well cooked.

        Overall another pleasant experience at Gusto.

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