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Oct 31, 2010 11:07 AM

A little Gran Gusto love

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...

Gran Gusto
90 Sherman St, Cambridge, MA 02140

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  1. 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. did they have the stracciatella cheese? love that stuff

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      1. re: barleywino

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

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

        1. 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.

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

            Gran Gusto
            90 Sherman St, Cambridge, MA 02140

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            1. re: Pegmeister

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

              1. re: chickendhansak

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

                1. re: beetlebug

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

                  1. re: Science Chick

                    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

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

                      1. re: Science Chick

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

                        1. re: Bob Dobalina

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

                          1. re: baldbert

                            Might actually be closer to walk from Alewife.

                            1. re: justbeingpolite

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

                          2. re: Bob Dobalina

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

                              1. re: barleywino

                                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.

                                1. re: beetlebug

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

                                1. re: beetlebug

                                  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..:)


                          3. re: Science Chick

                            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.

                            Gran Gusto
                            90 Sherman St, Cambridge, MA 02140

                            1. re: apilston

                              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

                              253 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118