Gran Gusto
Gran Gusto

Gran Gusto

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.grangustocambridge.com/
  • Phone: (617) 441-0400
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch Monday - Saturday 12-3pm Dinner Monday - Thursday, 4:30 - 10PM Friday & Saturday, 4:30 - 11PM Sunday, 4:30 - 10PM
  • Payment Options:
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Giuseppe Castellano
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

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  • Parking: No
A word from Gran Gusto
At Gran Gusto, we pride ourselves on the best quality for a great price. We are a completely in-house production, starting with fresh, basic ingrediants in order to create homemade bread to desert. Over 80% of our products come from Italy one time a week such as, olive oil, flour, truffles, specialty cheeses, bufala mozzarella for the Neopolotan-style pizza, ice cream and etc.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
Gran Gusto reviews from OpenTable diners
72 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (54)fit for foodies (47)notable wine list (25)good for groups (23)special occasion (19)romantic (16)great for outdoor dining (12)great for lunch (11)kid-friendly (9)hot spot (2)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Disapointing!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    Had not been to Gran Gusto in a while. Service and ambiance still OK, but the food was mediocre overall. Don't know if the chef is new. Took a pasta dish with scallops which were microscopic, had very few shrimps and a sauce that was too salty. The aragula salad had too much lemon in it. The almond/chocolate cake did not have much taste, though the Tiramisu my husband took was delicious. The wine by the glass was expensive for what it was. I felt it was like eating at Bertucci's but for twice the price.
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  • Lunch discovery
    Matthew
    Dined on 11/11/2013
    This was our first trip to Gran Gusto for lunch, where we split a salad and pizza. The bread recipe (both appetizer basket and pizza crust) continues to be outstanding and the staff split our single salad into two smaller plates when served, a thoughtful alternative to how most restaurants would just give you an extra empty plate. The pizza was well-sized for two people and its sauce was especially good. I wished it were easy to make something spiced that well at home!
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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  • Why trek all the way to the
    liryon
    Dined on 11/4/2013
    Why trek all the way to the north end when amazing pasta can be had in North Cambridge!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great hidden gem for italian!
    chupa
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    Great authentic pizzas and homemade pastas! Will definitely go back again.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find
    CaptainHaddockVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2013
    This restaurant is a little off the beaten track but well worth the visit. There is ample parking in the rear after 6pm. The decor is pleasant - several rooms painted to look like you're on an outside terrace with windows peeking through to other areas. Food was very very good authentic Italian. My wife started with the carpaccio which was excellent, and I had the special of very fresh shredded mozzarella and speck. We both had the special of pappardelle with lobster tail and shrimp - delightful. To finish we shared a ricotta cheesecake which was also excellent. The wine list is extensive with selections from many Italian regions and in a wide price range (we had a good Nebbiollo). Service was very friendly and attentive. We're going back!
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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  • 1st Miss, Hopefully Not a Trend
    massdinerVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2013
    This has been a go-to restaurant for us. Especially for taking out of town guests. The food is great, an while the ambience is a little clichéd, it is comfortable. Our last experience with new guests was, however, disappointing. The server seemed distracted and not attentive to our table at all. He missed an appetizer order (not enough to critique), which we re-ordered when our meals arrived. Then at dessert, he missed yet another request. At this point, the evening was done.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not as good as usual
    CP11VIP
    Dined on 10/8/2013
    I am a fan of Gran Gusto and have eaten there many times. However, I was disappointed in our recent visit. The quality of the food just didn't seem to be as good as on past occasions. Not bad, just not great. Everyone can have an off night, though, and I am guessing that is all this was. I will definitely return there again because my past dining experiences at Gran Gusto have been excellent. The owner is very welcoming and helpful and the service is excellent without being obnoxious.
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    notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Foodie lover 1962
    Afoodlover1962VIP
    Dined on 10/8/2013
    Gran Gusto made our lunch memorable. The location of the restaurant is a bit hard to find but once you walk inside the restaurant you won't bf disappointed with the quality of the food. The portions are just enough to make you feel stomach full. Definitely pasta which are fresh homemade and the pizza are as close as you can get in Naples Italy. Over all the service was friendly especially from the owner who came several times at our table asking us how we enjoyed our delicious food. Give this little hidden gem a try you won't be disappointed.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • authentic Italian in Cambridge
    BainesVIP
    Dined on 9/29/2013
    Always reliable, always authentic, cheerful and friendly trattoria. Pastas, risotto and fish are special favorites and the bottled wine selection is especially good at a very reasonable price point. Bravissimo!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/14/2013
    The best pizza!!! Just like Italy!!! Great pasta! Would recommend to everybody...
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Italian food, excellent
    pizza4mee
    Dined on 9/13/2013
    Great Italian food, excellent original brick oven pizza. Service was outstanding. Staff was very pleasant. No negatives. Would definitely be back again when in Boston.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • pleasant surprise
    lovetoeatVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2013
    This restaurant is away from the sights of Boston but well worth the trip. The restaurant is located on a quiet street but was busy hinting that we were in for a treat. The grilled calamari paired with mushrooms was terrific as were the salads. All in our party were pleased with the pasta dishes - different and tasty. The wine list is varied and not overly expensive. All in all well worth the trip
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Neapolitan style
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 8/16/2013
    Excellent Neapolitan style Pizza, probably one of the best in US (and as good as the best places in Italy)
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • One of the best Italian restaurants
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/28/2013
    One of the best Italian restaurants in the greater Boston area. The food is amazing, especially the pizza and is very authentic. As a self-professed Italian-food snob, I've never had a bad meal here. Highly recommended for anyone that loves real Italian food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • Interesting service
    AbbyVIP
    Dined on 7/21/2013
    We dined at Gran Gusto for the first time this past weekend. The food was very good, particularly the homemade pasta and the gelato. However, the service was so odd that we couldn't get past it. My husband and I were basically in hysterics the whole time because anytime any of the staff came to speak to us, they touched us and put their face about 1 inch from our faces. It reminded us of an SNL skit. But we would go back.
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Truffle heaven
    Eatoutmore
    Dined on 7/21/2013
    Many good meals here. Interesting and varied menu, attentive service, very good wine selection. Rather noisy, with a needlessly loud sound system. Liberal use of truffles, which I love.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Excellent as always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 7/17/2013
    And it was especially nice to see Antonio in the front of the house again!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Pizza in Boston area
    pizzafiend
    Dined on 6/29/2013
    The pizza at Gran Gusto is almost perfect - fresh but complex tomato sauce, light airy crust (not too thin), and always fresh (and hormone-free) cheeses, vegetables, and meats. The salads are also very good, as are their desserts (excellent gelato). Have been less impressed by their pasta (made in house, but a little on the thick side for me). They have a new outdoor dining area in the back which is much quieter than before. I highlight recommend Gran Gusto to all pizza connoisseurs.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Pizza BUONISSIMA!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/22/2013
    Gran Gusto has the best, most authentic Neapolitan pizza in all of Boston area!!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gran Gusto Delivers!
    esprit
    Dined on 6/15/2013
    We were delighted from the first "Buona sera" to the final "Grazie"! The food was delicious - fresh flavors artfully combined and presented. The charming, attentive staff actually enhanced the dining experience! We will certainly return and recommend to friends.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • weeknight treat
    LaGourmande
    Dined on 6/13/2013
    You can count on Gran Gusto for a great meal. The staff are friendly, the atmosphere relaxed, and the food authentic. The pasta is delicious and creative. I am not a pizza fan in general, but I have heard the pizza here is the best in Boston. There are always customers there speaking Italian, which to me means the food is also authentic.
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • Will have to try again another time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 6/10/2013
    We went to Gran Gusto primarily to try the truffle pizza which a couple of friends had raved about. Sadly, no truffles were to be had that night and we ended up ordering a couple of other pizzas to try instead. I got the Funghi, my husband got the Quattro Stagioni. Mine was pretty good, his tasted overwhelmingly of olives. We also started with the grilled calamari, which were a bit overdone so that what should have been a smoky, grilled flavor ended up tasting more than a bit burnt. I'd be willing to give it another try, but I'll call first to see if the truffle pizza is available!
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  • Average
    cook62
    Dined on 6/8/2013
    Everything was just ok. Nothing notable and nothing bad.
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  • Eating with a gourmet family
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 6/6/2013
    Ninno, Antonio and Chef Pepe are family. They bring you into their culinary experience originating in Naples and accented by Capri. The menu changes subtly. From truffles to straciatella you will savor delicacies not found anywhere in Boston!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decent, but nothing remarkable
    SRM430VIP
    Dined on 5/31/2013
    Visited in a Friday evening. This was our second time at the restaurant. We had remembered the pizzas as being great, but found ourselves a bit underwhelmed. Meal was fine, but not as good as we remembered it from our earlier visit. Ordered calamari and two pizzas. One pizza was fairly good, the other was a bit doughy and even borderline soggy. Fine overall, but given the potential for great meals in Boston, can't see us going out of our way to return.
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  • very nice---just what we expected
    aeg100
    Dined on 5/30/2013
    Gran Gusto is a very fine restaurant in a slightly off the beaten track location that appears to accommodate a wide range of folks..from romantic twos and fours to family dining with well-behaved older, children. white table cloth, fine dining. The host was extremely welcoming, and our reservations received prompt seating Service and food was great; it appeared as a busy evening, so noise levels were a bit high and table conversation was OK Only compliments...the service and attention to detail made our initial visit memorable. I would highly recommend Gran Gusto to all who enjoy fine Italian dining and a large, but not expensive wine list...Kudos! Plus free parking!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, great for lunch, special occasion, kid-friendly
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/23/2013
    Ignore the Yelp reviews! I almost did not book this restaurant because of some recent reviews from this site. My 2 friends and I ended up going there because of a personel recommendation and glad we did. The place is charming, service very prompt and friendly and the owners very attentive. Wine list was respectable..two of us had the osso bucco..very good! Would definitely go back again.
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's always good!
    TLBostonVIP
    Dined on 5/22/2013
    Don't let the location fool you, Gran Gusto is one of the best Italian restaurants in the Boston area! The food is consistently fresh and fantastic. I enjoy seeing what new items are on the menu at each visit. Within free plentiful parking and wonderful service, you can't go wrong here.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • Normally great, not this time
    neighborhoodEater
    Dined on 5/11/2013
    Gran Gusto seemed to be really struggling this visit -- their computer systems were down apparently. Had a reservation for 7, arrived at 7:05, waited until 7:35 to be seated. Once seated, it took a long time to hear what the specials were, and a long time to place a drink and food order. Once food arrived, noone checked on us. When dessert came, we had to wait again to catch a server's attention to ask for utensils to eat it with. All that aside, the food itself was delicious. Our previous experiences were much better, service wise, so hopefully this was just a one night issue.
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  • Great Italian Food
    geraldroyrondoeVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2013
    My wife and I went back to Gran Gusto on Saturday evening for an early dinner. We split their Margherita pizza for an app. The pizza is very good. Thin crust, slightly sweet (in a good way) tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella and a few fresh basil leaves. For our mains I chose the evening special pasta which was spaghetti with shrimp and crab meat and cherry tomatoes. The sauce had a very fresh taste and more importantly it had a deep seafood flavor that I really enjoyed. This wasn't just a basic tomato sauce with some crab and shrimp thrown in. I would guess that used some sort of seafood stock as a base for the sauce but whatever it was it was delicious. My wife had the whole wheat spaghetti with sauteed vegetables.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Disappointed food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 5/1/2013
    Our basic pizza took about an hour to show up as we kept staring at the waiter and the manager without an apology or any acknowledgement. Very disappointment, especially since the restaurant was not even half full. The pizza was nothing you'd want to wait for.
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  • A So-So Meal
    SCHammond
    Dined on 5/1/2013
    The food was fine except what I wanted to eat wasn't on the menu which was odd. The item was a mainstay of their offerings. Parking is a problem. I just wasn't wowed.
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  • Meh
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/27/2013
    My dining experience at Gran Gusto was disappointing. We sat in the indoor 'courtyard' area which contains a piano and we were immediately entertained by a toddler banging on the keys. (We were dining after 8). But that wasn't the real problem; the food was. My pasta meal was bland, and something I could have made at home in about thirty minutes. The pizza was ok; the crust was average and the toppings adequate. The grilled calamari appetizer was enjoyable, but the eggplant in another appetizer was undercooked. We waited a long time for our food, which would have been fine if it was delicious. It wasn't.
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  • Great Food and Service. One
    MarkVIP
    Dined on 4/21/2013
    Great Food and Service. One of the best Italian Bistros in Boston.
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  • Absolutely Amazing!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/20/2013
    How Gran Gusto isn't constantly dealing with a line down the block boggles my mind. The food at this place is without a doubt some of the very best I've ever had anywhere. I've enjoyed a wide range of their menu and it's all so incredible that choosing what I want on a given night is almost The service is spectacular. Must try!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, hot spot
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  • We went here based on all
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/20/2013
    We went here based on all the reviews on open table. We had the calamari app and pasta dishes. The calamari app comes with tiny shrimp that I have Beverly seen before. They had the shell, tail and legs still on. We asked the minimal English speaking waitress if we should eat them whole or if we need to peel. She didn't know. She had the owner come over. Nice guy. Told us to eat it whole as it is sweetest this way. Gave it a shot. Didn't like it. The pasta dishes were ju
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  • Gran Gusto lives up to its
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/20/2013
    Gran Gusto lives up to its name - truly Italian right down to the staff that serve you. The food is quite good, ranging from succulent osso bucco to splendid pizzas. They were more than happy to accommodate our group of six even on a busy Saturday evening. In fact, when our table was not ready for our reservation, they brought us a sample of their pizza margherita to hold us over. Needless to say, we were more than happy with our night there and plan to return.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • Always a delightful meal.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 4/20/2013
    Always a delightful meal. Best pizza in Boston (authentic Neapolitan category). Service is friendly and attentive, but never rushed. Very nice list of Italian wines. Save room for the ricotta pie.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, great for lunch
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  • I have eaten outside a few
    KathyM
    Dined on 4/14/2013
    I have eaten outside a few times but this was the first indoor experience.grilled calamari appetizer(one of my favorites. I get it every time i dine here.)We also ordered the asparagus appetizer which was better than i thought it would be. We all got pasta entree's and we were all happy with our food. Overall a good experience but a limited menu. If you are looking for a veal parm type of restaurant this isn't it. But if you Italian that is not run of the mill, this might be the place.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • excellent restaurant. great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/14/2013
    excellent restaurant. great food. recommended by native italians.
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