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

Getting there

  • 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
71 reviews since July 31, 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 (11)great for lunch (11)kid-friendly (9)hot spot (2)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • birthday dinner
    emzee
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Wanted a place we had not been to celebrate my 67th birthday with wife and grown kids. Good food, good service, wine list a bit pricey. Will be back. Liked it.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious! Perfect for any occasion
    StephVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Fantastic! Everytime we go to Gran Gusto, they continue to top the experience from the last! Highly recommended, date night, night out with friends, celebrating birthdays or anniversaries! Gran Gusto is a great pic for all occasions!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • Genuine Italian food
    Babs
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    The broiled calamari are the best I've ever had. I no longer order calamari at other restaurants as they don't even come close to the Gran Gusto app. Our pasta entries were al dente - perfect. Finished with biscotti and home made gelato. Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Absolutely outstanding. Probably the most authentic Italian restaurant in all of Boston.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ladies night
    mamalucy
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    The restaurant was fairly empty because it was early but hostess sat us near the front door. While we were chatting my friend noticed a cold breeze every time the door opened. We spoke with hostess and another man who was the owner. They were reluctant to move us, as if the other tables had been spoken for. My friend was adamant and after a brief standoff they did move us but weren't gracious about it. I think this is a neighborhood gem that takes care of its regulars. It is easy to see why...the food was delicious. The menu is fun and varied. I had the pizza while my friends had pasta and fish. Everything was great. Especially enjoyed the bartender and his way of describing the fun drinks offered. Will try this again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • foodnwineVIP
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    We have had two great fun evenings at Gran Gusto. There is an authenticity in the staff and food that is satisfying. I would call the food high level comfort food - straightforward, quality ingredients and well rendered - not fancy but consistent and very tasty. I enjoyed their wine list but found their better wines relatively overpriced - between 2.5 and 3x of retail.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Authentic Italian dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    I have been here several Times and find the food and service consistently excellent and a good choice for friends with very high "foodie" standards
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • polite
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    we had a wonderful time. Perfect place for delicious food and good ambience for socializing. Not "fancy" but really cmfortable and fine dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So disappointed
    CambridgeDinerVIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    I've driven by this restaurant for years and recently a friend recommended it. I've been twice in the last couple of weeks. First time my companion complained of noise - surfaces are hard. We thought the food v. mediocre. This time I ordered a pasta dish that we were told came with "andouille sausage, artichokes, and plum tomato sauce." There was no sausage, and when we inquired we were told by the waitress, then the maitre d' that there was the "cream" of the sausage. Huh? While I go for the food, I don't want what I'm eating to be the focus of the evening. Very odd.
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  • Good neighborhood restaurant
    HitchVIP
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Had the crudo pizza -- the crust was not the super thin type I prefer but the buffalo mozzarella and the prosciutto were excellent quality. The restaurant seems to cater to American tastes with the standard dishes we expect, but it does so with some authentic accents. Pleasant ambiance. Will return.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic Italian
    bgourmandVIP
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    We came to Gran Gusto first for a wine dinner hosted by a friend, and it was fantastic - a special Sicilian menu was offered that was all delicious. This recent visit was to have a simple dinner with a houseguest, and Gran Gusto did not disappoint. It is located in a rather remote part of Cambridge, but once you find it there is parking and it is worth the trip.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • always reliable
    Mec60
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    and friendly. Good food. Unique "italian" experience.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely evening!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    From the fantastic service to the lively, warm atmosphere, Gran Gusto was perfect! The homemade pasta were top notch. We just returned from a trip to Italy and we could have sworn we were still there!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • CantabridgianVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We have been here many times. I usually get a pasta dish, but tonight decided on the striped bass. I have never had such a delicious entree, fish cooked to perfection, served over spinach and two "rounds" of roasted potato, and a smattering of julienned veggies on top to add a bit of color. My spouse almost always gets pasta with their amazing bolognese sauce. As usual, it was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic and amazing!
    82Well
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Lived nearby the restaurant but didn't eat there until our anniversary dinner last weekend. wow! Great homemade pasta and even better prices! Definitely a gem!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden Italian gem in N. Cambridge
    ScottVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Gran Gusto is hidden away in an office park in a desolate part of North Cambridge and is easy to miss from the street, but it's well worth the trip. The food here is as good as any Italian in the North End, and the prices are quite reasonable. Lots of vegetarian options (might be tricky for strict vegans). Craft beer on tap was an unexpected plus for an upscale Italian restaurant; they have an extensive wine list as well, which we didn't sample. The only negative about this place is its relative inaccessibility via public transit (it's about a 15 minute walk from the Porter Square T station). We'll definitely be back.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great restaurant !!
    bgoldyVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    I've been there several times. The food is amazing. Had Black cuttlefish pasta with seafood. Usually the service is good. Had a very snippy, curt waiter this night. But after I started talking to him at the end of the meal about some recent cycling injuries (and he told me about his), he warmed up. Non-the-less, will definitely go back !!!
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently delicious
    Matthew
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    I always find great food behind their businesslike brick exterior, lunch or dinner. Enjoyed scallops and gnocchi this time, with good reviews from friends who shared a sausage pizza and large salads. Only complaint is that I always leave myself too full for dessert!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bizarre
    samziamVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Waitress spoke extremely poor English. She asked if we wanted to order drinks. We asked if a specific wine was available. Her response was to recite the evening's specials--which were difficult to understand--rather than to address question about wine. Eventually, manager/owner came over to respond to our question and explain the specials. One would think that ability to communicate in English would be a job requirement. Food OK, but not prepared with any apparent care and certainly not memorable. Another addition to our do-not-return list.
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  • Gran Gusto
    Tiger
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    The grilled calamari appetizer is truly wonderful! I hope they never take it off the menu! We all had specials for our main courses, and they were indeed special. The food here is really, really good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for food and conversation
    Diane
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    My first visit to this restaurant, which I picked after searching Zagat's for an Italian place in Cambridge with good food, a low noise level, and moderate prices. I had never heard of Gran Gusto, but it had received a high food rating and positive reviews, so decided to try it out. Both my friend and I loved it. The food was excellent, the service more than attentive, the noise-level low, and as it was a balmy night, we were able to eat in the pleasant outdoor area in front of the restaurant. A place where you can actually have a conversation with your companions!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food exquisite, noise impossible
    OrionVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    This was my third or fourth time eating at Gran Gusto, and it was the best ever. The calamari was perfect--neither under- nor over-cooked, and beautifully seasoned. All of our mains were great, better than most any place in the North End, and the unpretentious wine paired with the meal wonderfully. We love the food! I believe the restaurant was closed for a while for renovations. Whatever changes there were seemed minimal, with the possible exception of the sound in the room--excruciatingly loud, especially since the tables are placed quite close together. The decibel level was not helped by families bringing young children and failing to keep them from disturbing other diners--not the restaurant's fault--but why not some acoustic tile???
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A True All Italian!
    MarcoNVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    WOW! WOW! WOW! Real off the boat Italian owners and they serve you with REAL Authentic Italian food! WOW! WOW! WOW!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Pizza
    AndyVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    The best pizza, better than a lot of restaurants in Italy even!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • sammyVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    We had a 2-block walk on a beautiful day. Loved the décor. Food was good. We did have a problem with the server because she didn't speak a word of English. I would be glad to return, when in that neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Authentic Italian
    RingaVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    We loved the food! We had the parpadelle with mushrooms and pork and the bolognese fettucine. Both were excelent. They have many imported items and they depend ond the distributors. They had an amazing imported special of burrata style cheese but didnt have the gelatos. Over all we enjoyed it very much!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful!
    MyNickname
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Last year we went for the first time upon the recommendation of an Italian acquaintance. Food was great. Service was incredibly slow. This time they got it all together - magnificent all around.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Goold old fashioned Italian food!
    Jacquie
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    It is wonderful to have this restaurant in our neighborhood! When we pass it we have an immediate response of good memories of excellent meals we've had here...and then we go again!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Authentic food warm atmosphere
    PnmiF
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    You could almost think you were n Italy. Good menu, well prepared food, very nice wine list. Pizza appetizer very good - not the usual grilled pizza, branzina very well prepared.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Set back in a Cambridge neighborhood, the restaurant is easy to miss. But upon entering I knew I was going to like the restaurant. Wait staff are fluent Italian-speakers and live violin was really nice. The tagliatelle with sausage and branzino were delicious. The pizza and rigotta pie were just like my grandmother made. Definitely will be back!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Debk
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We had a wonderful family dinner here. The calamari appetizer was exception and the pizzas are memorable! We will definitely return.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    This is more than a neighborhood place but since it's in our neighborhood we consider it a real treat. The selection of main courses is interesting and varied as well as the specials. Good all around.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and wine
    Wilbur
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Not only was the food good, but our waiter really knew how to pair a wine with our dinner, an Italian borolo. The wine was ordered first, actually, and then he would "not allow" us to order the scallops or fish; only meat dishes. It was a great meal and eating experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Fabulous execution - I had the ravioli with a wonderful eggplant sauce - friends had grilled calamari - always a fantastic choice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 37 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 31, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 165 reviews are from the Gran Gusto reviews archive.
  • Delicious food, service needs boost
    David
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    First off, the food was excellent. My fish dish was a large portion, perfectly cooked, with tasty and attractive sides. My wife's pizza was great. We split a salad (average) and an order of pasta (very good) as appetizers. On the downside, it felt like they were short-staffed on our visit. We were seated right away, but order taking was a bit slow, and we were never told of the daily specials. We never learned of the specials until they were listed for a couple at another table as we were paying our bill. It also seemed like the head waiter, after asking if we'd ordered appetizers, rebuked our server and then the food came right out.
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    great for outdoor dining
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always reliable
    VivianSVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We take most of our visitors here because it is good, has a parking lot, and has that great intimate neighborhood feel unlike restaurants downtown. Some of our favorites are the grilled calamari (so much better than fried!) and the pastas (love the pappardelle with pork sausage, the puttanesca and the seafood pastas - they change but are always good). The servings are perfect for a nice dinner where you don't want twice what you normally eat. The ambiance is comfortable enough for a family, yet nice enough for business guests. They were also very careful and accommodating to one of our visitors who is gluten, soy, dairy and meat-free. Definitely a go-to for us!
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    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Great food great service
    frankc
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I dined at Gran Gusto this past Friday evening. I took my elderly Uncle who has some mobility issues. The parking in the rear was great and very unusual to have parking in Cambridge. We were greater warmly. Service was impeccable throughout. We sat in the outside dining area. Antonio who is Italian and seemed to be the headwaiter made everyone feel welcome. The food was perfect - everything - the eggplant, the veal and the lamb. Could not have been better. The place is frequented by Italians so that is a good sign. It reminded me of restaurants I have eaten at in Rome. What a find. I will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • delicious
    Sierra
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Someone gave me a gift certificate and I took my sister. We ordered a couple different pastas to share and the special caprese salad. The mozzarella was so good, I almost ordered more to take home. The service was good. We had to sit inside, but the patio area looked great. With a bottle of wine, our bill was pretty high, but worth it.
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    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gran Gusto never lets you down.
    yacinn
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Owner picked wine for us; loved the gnocchi, the grilled calamari (more interesting than fried ones), and of course the excellent pizzas.
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    good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Find for Fresh Italian Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    My wife and I went to Gran Guso on a whim; we had gone to Somerville to eat at a restaurant that was closed for the evening for a private party. Open Table to the rescue. I had never been here before or even been in this part of Cambridge. But I am glad we went. We got a great table outside. It was quiet. Service was great. The wait staff was very attentive. Food was outstanding, fresh, creative, etc... Some of the best Italian food we have had in the Boston area. We are definitely going back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet