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Nov 28, 2011 12:59 PM

Gran Gusto found a sale on sea salt? :-P

Hit it over the weekend and the calamari and papperdelle both seemed oversalted...:-P
There's no way the papperdelle included half a lobster as described in the menu either :-(

Gran Gusto
90 Sherman St, Cambridge, MA 02140

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  1. We had that dish about 3 weeks ago - there was definitely a half lobster - we had meat aplenty - also not at all oversalted. The dish was very good. Perhaps this was an off night - I find Gran Gusto dishes to be deftly seasoned, generally speaking.

    Gran Gusto
    90 Sherman St, Cambridge, MA 02140

    1. When you say, not half lobster, what parts did you receive? I would expect to get a claw, some tail meat and some other fiddly bits.

      I do worry a tiny bit about GG - the last time we stopped in, the salad leaves were a tiny bit past prime, couple of very subtle things that hit my radar only because everything I had ever eaten there in the past was completely superb.

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      1. re: Bob Dobalina

        and 1/2 of what size lobster? a chick lobster will only yield 3-4 ounces of meat.

        1. re: Bob Dobalina

          Wish I had taken photos. Neither of us remembers all the body parts of the lobster on that dish...we just remember there were bits and pieces that didn't seem to add up to half a lobster :-P

          Don't think you have to worry about GG..we stopped by Saturday evening and it was pretty packed (to the point that service was painfully slow) and there seemed to be a good takeout amount of pizza. The pizza was good (and most importantly, not oversalted :-), though the crust wasn't as good as some other places in's thin and light but it was pretty soggy in the middle.

          1. re: Spike

            That's not great that you received no discernible parts of the lobster, just chunks. -1 on them for that.

            1. re: Bob Dobalina

              i wonder if they buy cooked lobster rather than prepping from scratch?

              1. re: Bob Dobalina

                I suspect they prep a lot of lobster meat and put it all in a bowl, then grab a handful when ordered. I'd be surprised if they keep each lobster separate so you get the identifiable-parts effect.

                1. re: enhF94

                  The problem is in the phrasing.
                  If the menu said pasta with lobster, then a handful is fine. But if the menu promises a half lobster, I personally would expect to see parts representative of the description.
                  So they could give me a tail or two claws or cut the bug longitudinally.

                  1. re: Bob Dobalina

                    yep...that's why I mentioned it. If they just said lobster w/ papperdelle, I wouldn't be surprised except for the cost ($28) which seemed a bit steep for what was plated :-P

                    They should probably just change the description...and add "it may might not be for people w/ salt issues depending on how much salt the chef grabs at the time" :-)
                    The lobster ravioli at Mamma Maria on the other hand were awesome...big chunks of lobster in the big ravioli...and not salty at all with lots of taste...

                  2. re: enhF94

                    it's not going to be "in a big bowl". they'd weigh, portion and bag a certain number of ounces for each order. food costs and all. one person's handful is another person's armload.