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Sep 17, 2009 08:27 AM

Gran Gusto

Going tonight for first time. Besides the pizza, is there anything else on the menu NOT to be missed?

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  1. Pizza is my favorite thing there, especially the margherita. Other worthwhile dishes: tagliere (cold cuts), one of the fresh pastas, maybe the house-made spaghetti with baby squid.

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    1. re: MC Slim JB

      Had gnocchi there the other day. It may only be on the lunch menu, but wouldn't hurt to ask. A little over-sauced, but the gnocchi themselves were excellent, light and just the right amount of chewiness, I thought.

    2. beef carpaccio
      asparagus and gorgonzola risotto
      potato gnocchi

      1. I went to lunch there the other day and if you like calamari I would definitely recommend the grilled calamari on top of arugula, really nice grill flavor and quite a lot of calamari with a light dressing. I wasn't that impressed by the tagliere dish as far as they go but it was fine. My one complaint about this place was that our waiter really didn't know his stuff and seemed uncomfortable the whole time, he also forgot to bring me what I asked to wrap up to go. He was very nice though, just took some of the authentic feel out of the meal. I didn't get the pizza though and will definitely be going back for that, the stuff coming out of the oven looked great!

        1. The calamari is great, as is the pasta with sausage and mushrooms. Anything with truffles, of course.

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          1. re: yumyum

            Throwing in my tertiary recommendation for the calamari. If I could find them and make that...

            Gran Gusto
            90 Sherman St, Cambridge, MA 02140

            1. re: yumyum

              Truffle pizza or Truffle pasta is a must!! Ask them which dish or pizza goes well with truffles. Or you can add Truffles on any dish if you wish. The homemade pasta dish with shrimp is perfect. Very light and cooked "al dente"

              Anyone know where else restaurants serve truffle dishes at a reasonable price?

              1. re: Torolover

                Any minute now someone will post a Truffle thread. Last year's weren't so great ... I am keeping fingers crossed for this year.

                A few past contenders:
                Grotto / Marliave
                Gran Gusto
                TWFood (?)

            2. The rigatoni with mushrooms, sausage, garlic and oil is fantastic. Second only to the awesome pizzas in my book...

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              1. re: TomH

                Seconding TomH's recommendation... I love this dish!