Gran Gusto
Gran Gusto

Gran Gusto

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.grangustocambridge.com/
  • Phone: 6174410400
  • 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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Gran Gusto reviews from OpenTable diners
47 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (35)fit for foodies (27)notable wine list (22)special occasion (18)romantic (13)great for outdoor dining (13)good for groups (11)great for lunch (10)kid-friendly (9)late-night find (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • 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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    kid-friendly
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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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    fit for foodies
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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!
    Special Features:
    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.
    Special Features:
    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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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Gran gusto is one of the best
    Carl
    Dined on 4/7/2013
    Gran gusto is one of the best Italian restaurants in the Boston area. Unfortunately,there were two tables near us with very young crying children which made for a very disruptive and annoying experience
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Excellent food
    Rick23VIP
    Dined on 4/4/2013
    We go to Gran GUsto once or twice a year. The food is excellent and it keeps us coming back.
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • This place was recommended
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 3/25/2013
    This place was recommended by the person who checked our coats at Sandrine's. It is a well-kept secret, she said. The best Italian food in the area. She was completely right. The food is excellent, I highly recommend it. The gnocchi was the best I've ever had. The pizzas reminded me of my best meals in Rome. The branzino was tender, sweet, melt-in-your-mouth delicious. One of my dinner companions had the lamb. I cannot describe the look in his face when he took the first bite. Yes, the food gets five stars.
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • I've been to Gran Gusto many
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 3/14/2013
    I've been to Gran Gusto many times and I'm always welcomed back personally no matter how long it's been. The food is great and their wine list is amazing. If you're not sure which wine to go with, just ask and they will have no problem suggesting something for you.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • always a great meal but new
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 3/14/2013
    always a great meal but new young waiter was horrid. no attention. had to order wine 3 x and didn't put in the pizza we ordered to go at the end. very bad service.....
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  • So good! My favorite Italian
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/9/2013
    So good! My favorite Italian restaurant in Boston!
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  • Went here on a Sunday night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 3/3/2013
    Went here on a Sunday night and everything was perfect. Try their pizza! It is just like the pizza you would find at a small restaurant on the streets of Naples in Italy. Worth checking out and worth the 10 dollar cab ride from Harvard Square
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    neighborhood gem
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  • fun night. easy atmosphere.
    Mec60
    Dined on 3/2/2013
    fun night. easy atmosphere. good italian. need to provide more affordable wines.
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • Not so romantic on Valentines Day
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Gran Gusto's food was up to par, however the busy Valentines day rush caused the service to be very slow. It was extreamly crowded and the normally roomy seating was assembled differently, the tables were pushed very close together, We could barely get in and out of our seats. The waitors even had a hard time getting to our table. The service was very slow as I said most likely because it was Valentines' day. The food as always, was wonderful.
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  • We had good meals here --
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    We had good meals here -- the pasta dishes (Spaghetti and Tonnarelli) were cooked perfectly al dente, the salads (Rughetta and Spinaci) were filling and fresh, and the dessert (a Ricotta Cheesecake -- might have been a special) was probably the highlight of the meal. We might try the pizza next time -- at least from a distance, it looked good. All in all, this is a very pleasant place with a nice atmosphere, and we'd probably come back here again.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • Sensational
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 2/12/2013
    Amazingly delicious authentic Italian style pizzas. Great wine list put together by a knowledgable and extremely friendly manager. Tried the grilled calamari for an appetizer which was also delicious. Off the beaten path but worth finding to get a real taste of Italy in Cambridge
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    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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  • very authentic. Just like
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 2/2/2013
    very authentic. Just like being in Italy. Excellent service too. Well priced. A true find in Cambridge with free parking!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Outstanding food and care.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 1/26/2013
    Outstanding food and care. My go to place for a great meal
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    fit for foodies
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  • so friendly and fun. really
    Jayjay
    Dined on 1/11/2013
    so friendly and fun. really a pleasure every time we go. the food, the wine, but really their friendliness is what makes it stand out
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • We always enjoy dining at
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/6/2013
    We always enjoy dining at Gusto's. Food and atmosphere is great.
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    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • I truly believe this is the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 12/28/2012
    I truly believe this is the best italian place in all of Boston.
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  • We love Gran Gusto. Great
    lakelady1
    Dined on 12/26/2012
    We love Gran Gusto. Great service, great menu. All meals were superb. We had a group of 6 & had a wonderful round table in the corner, so it was great for conversation. Our waiter was helpful with the wine list. We've been there several times so far & plan to go back often.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • This is one of my favorite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 12/21/2012
    This is one of my favorite Italian restaurants in the Boston area.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • This is a charming restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/14/2012
    This is a charming restaurant with very fine food. The only complaint we had was the constant intrusion by the wait staff to take away our glasses, plates, bring the bill, etc., as though they were trying to move us out. There were no parties waiting at the time. That treatment was not appreciated.
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  • Give your review a title
    NanceVIP
    Dined on 12/11/2012
    Best food - consistently excellent. Great wine list, friendly waitstaff.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • I had very high hopes for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 12/8/2012
    I had very high hopes for this restaurant. It came very highly recommended by a friend. I went to school in Italy for a while and was expecting an authentic Italian experience especially when I read the chef was from Napoli, but the food was just so-so, nothing particularly special for the price associated with it. We had pizzas, veal, and the pasta special with crab. Ambience and service were okay.
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  • We had such a bad meal! Four
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 12/8/2012
    We had such a bad meal! Four of us ordered a pizza to start, it came out cold and undercooked. We asked the waiter to have it heated and, because his english was not good,he brought it back to our table in a take out box. We sent it back again, and the 2nd time it was not much warmer. The main courses of pasta also came out cold. I sent mine back to be warmed and when it was returned, it had obviously been reheated in a microwave-really?? The whole experience was such a bummer. The restaurant was packed, and clearly they need more competent waiters. I have eaten at Gran Gusto before, and it has been very good. Maybe this was just an "off" night...
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