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A little Gran Gusto love

Bob Dobalina Oct 31, 2010 11:07 AM

Just a quick shout to Gran Gusto -

We had the truffle pizza - with prosciutto, cheese, truffle oil and then the waitress comes out with a dish of black truffles, selects one and grates like a madman over the whole pizza so that there are flakes of truffle on the table that we dab at with our fingertips...

I also made a point of not ordering a pasta dish but rather going with an entree - had lamb chops that were perfectly seasoned, really flavorful and perfectly medium rare -

Just a couple of touchstones from a lovely meal...

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Gran Gusto
90 Sherman St, Cambridge, MA 02140

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    bartleby Oct 31, 2010 11:27 AM

    That place just makes me happy. Even the odd location and quirky service somehow add to the experience. It reminds me of the restaurant in Big Night (and in a good way).

    1. barleywino Oct 31, 2010 12:55 PM

      did they have the stracciatella cheese? love that stuff

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      1. re: barleywino
        Bob Dobalina Oct 31, 2010 02:53 PM

        Yes. Like every time, even though it is announced as a special. I think they told me once they fly it in fresh daily...

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        heypielady Nov 1, 2010 05:51 AM

        Those truffles make my head spin! A totally different experience than "truffle oil"

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          kitsune Nov 1, 2010 08:58 AM

          I was inspired by your post, so we went last night and had an equally enjoyable experience. The truffle pizza was out of this world. We also really enjoyed the calamari appetizer, which was served with sauteed mushrooms in a light lemon sauce.

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            Pegmeister Nov 1, 2010 09:52 AM

            Is Gran Gusto T accessible? I'm still not good with Cambridge locations for some reason.

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            Gran Gusto
            90 Sherman St, Cambridge, MA 02140

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            1. re: Pegmeister
              chickendhansak Nov 1, 2010 09:57 AM

              The 83 bus passes by Sherman Street on Rindge Avenue. It's about a five minute walk from that corner.

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                beetlebug Nov 1, 2010 10:03 AM

                It's also about a 10 minute walk from the Porter Square T station.

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                  Science Chick Nov 2, 2010 09:17 AM

                  Just in case you are really going to walk there.....Google Maps estimates more like a 20 min walk from Porter. :)

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                    beetlebug Nov 2, 2010 09:30 AM

                    That's a really slow walk though. It takes me about 20 minutes to walk from Porter to Formaggio which is further out then GG. That's at a leisurely pace. I do know all the short cuts though.

                    1. re: beetlebug
                      Science Chick Nov 2, 2010 09:46 AM

                      Instead of the "walk" option, maybe they should offer a "shuffle" one!!!

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                        Bob Dobalina Nov 2, 2010 09:57 AM

                        Beetlebug also forgets to remind us he has six legs! Beetle beetle beetle beetle....

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                          baldbert Nov 2, 2010 10:12 AM

                          And a Segway... That's not a 10 minute jog.

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                            justbeingpolite Nov 2, 2010 10:27 AM

                            Might actually be closer to walk from Alewife.

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                              chickendhansak Nov 3, 2010 05:46 AM

                              Yes, walking through the Russell Field complex from Alewife, you're very close to Sherman Street.

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                            barleywino Nov 2, 2010 10:21 AM

                            i somehow had the impression Beetlebug was a "she"....or am I thinking of somebody else?

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                              Bob Dobalina Nov 2, 2010 11:09 AM

                              She may be - again...beetles...

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                                beetlebug Nov 2, 2010 11:48 AM

                                Yes, I'm a she.

                                I used to walk from Formaggio to Porter (and back) everyday for the commuter rail. That walk always took me about 20 minutes.

                                From Porter to GG - walk up Upland. Cut diagonal through Raymond Park. Left on Walden, right on Sherman. GG is on the right. It's about 3/4 of a mile still less than a 20 minute walk.

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                                  Aromatherapy Nov 2, 2010 04:31 PM

                                  That's the route! Takes me about 12 minutes, but I move fast.

                              2. re: Bob Dobalina
                                beetlebug Nov 2, 2010 11:49 AM

                                and antennas equipped with GPS. ;-)

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                                  9lives Nov 3, 2010 07:09 AM

                                  Good info..only a 10 min walk from Porter. It's about a 20-30 min bike ride from downtown..too many stops to pin it down but not far.

                                  I really liked GG on my 1 visit even though it turned out to cost me $75..:)

                                  http://www.flickr.com/photos/61246842...

                          3. re: Science Chick
                            apilston Nov 5, 2010 05:59 PM

                            We live nearly across the street from Gran Gusto (which is a dangerous place to live), and it's a 12-15 minute walk to Porter, depending on how quickly you shuffle. Our first time there, there was a man slicing prosciutto in the lobby area, which was a great way to get us to order the prosciutto appetizer. It was wonderful, and we keep going back. Their tiramisu is terrific, too, and I'm not a fan of coffee at all.

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                            Gran Gusto
                            90 Sherman St, Cambridge, MA 02140

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                              cambridgedoctpr Nov 6, 2010 07:00 AM

                              one simple appetizer from Les Nomades in Chicago: prosciutto plus melon slices plus a sauce of port. I rather like the Le Quercia posciutto americano from Whole Foods - which is also used at Coppa, I believe

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                              Coppa
                              253 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118

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