Gran Gusto

4.6
637 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Monday - Saturday 12-3pm

Dinner
Monday - Thursday, 4:30 - 10PM
Friday & Saturday, 4:30 - 11PM
Sunday, 4:30 - 10PM
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Phone number
(617) 441-0400
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Giuseppe Castellano
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Parking details
After 6 PM free parking.
What 637 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.2
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RM
Portland
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently wonderful . . . Gran Gusto never disappoints.

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ST
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, authentic and marvelous Italian specialties. The house-made pasta is to die for. The ambiance is relaxed and European. After several visits, we've had all hits and no misses.

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JG
New England
7 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

We've eaten here several times. Food is consistently excellent, but service is spotty. It can sometimes be difficult to get a waiter's attention. Tonight the appetizers and entrees arrived simultaneously ; )

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MB
New England
6 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great!

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ML
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a great neighborhood restaurant. The more we go, the more we love it. The ambience is wonderful and the food is authentic creative Italian food.

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TC
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very cozy place with very good food that is well priced. I will definitely return.

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RM
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Food was fantastic...authentic Italian we were looking for. Service staff was very engaging so we were able to practice our Italian while enjoying an awesome meal. We just wished they played Italian music over the PA. Just go..you’ll love it!

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EF
Berlin
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gran Gusto is the most authentic Italian restaurant there is around Boston. Highly recommended by Italians.

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CN
New England
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Italian restaurant in Cambridge. Warm, friendly and relaxed - a true family trattoria with excellent food and wine. By your second or third visit you will be greeted by name.

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BJ
New England
13 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was creative and delicious. Service was prompt, expert and friendly.

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RE
New England
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A hidden gem in Cambridge! Everything from the food to our charming and knowledgeable waiter was authentic Italian. The pasta was on the same level as the top restaurants in Rome. There is a parking lot behind the restaurant, so don't worry about driving to this somewhat out of the way location. I will definitely be back.

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JD
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We had to wait 30 min from the time we made reservations and were shuttled to a place to stand that was bleak...but the food good and the service when we got seated good too. We were expecting another guest (who couldn't find the place and was lost) and they were loathed for us to order appetizers before putting in our main meals even though we were able to get drinks. Saying all this, I'd still recommend the place.

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D
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good honest food. House made pasta a bit heavy-handed on the sauces. Not great bread.

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b
New England
36 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gran Gusto never disappoints! Great homemade pastas. Unusual menu items. Some of the very best pizzas in the Boston area.

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N
New England
20 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is our family favorite and we celebrate all birthdays and other occasions there. In between, we make sure to go often - we have favorite dishes but enjoy the "specials" as well.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Chef modified the special and made a custom fish dish stuffed with lobster for me, which was excellent. Service excellent. Only drawback was the location of our table near the kitchen door and big distraction from the TV at the bar. (I don’t like TVs in restaurants but guess some people do)

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SG
New England
13 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We LOVE Grangusto! Best Italian pizza in Boston!!! Not to be missed

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GG
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Good Italian cuisine, with fresh ingredients and homemade breads and pastas. The menu has a variety of entrees, each thoughtfully composed, some unusual combinations.

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LU
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

My husband and I absolutely love Gran Gusto; I think it's the best pizza in the Greater Boston Area. However, the service is pretty slow. This past trip, we must have sat for over 20 minutes before ordering any food and we weren't offered any of the specials.

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LF
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

We needed an early dinner spot after an afternoon movie in Cambridge, so we thought Gran Gusto would fit the bill. Everything was just fair, except the wine list for Italian wines that was a nice representation of the different regions. The manager/ host was non-communicative. The other server was pleasant. We had to ask for bread and there was only one other table of diners for most of our meal.

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BM
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Food was delicious, but service was poor. Wait staff never gave us the specials, and we had to call them over to even take our order. Wait staff was unable to describe any of the desserts, and the person who seemed to be the manager was abrupt and rather rude when asked to do so. A shame, given how good the food is.

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RR
New England
8 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

One of the most consistently good restaurants in the Boston area. The food is fresh, quality is excellent and presentation of certain dishes(scuie scuie for example) pleasing. Wine list is varied enough to satisfy different palates and pocketbooks. Staff caring and efficient. All in all very nice presentation . A "hidden gem".

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G
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious meal! We Went with a very active toddler. The wait staff was just so sweet to her.

This was my first time to this restaurant and all three times I have been terrific!

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MA
New England
24 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Gran Gusto team was warm and welcoming. The food is beautifully served and delicious. It was difficult to decide what to order as the entire menu looked good. There is parking behind the restaurant after 6 pm (and perhaps weekends?). Or, use a Danehy Park lot 1/2 block away.

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s
New England
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good value I like the cloth tablecloths on the tables very friendly service and owners very good food

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SS
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

I have been here several times and have always enjoy the food. This time was no exception except for 2 issues - we were seated next to a table with noisy children and, unfortunately, there wasn’t an alternate table to which we could relocate. We recognize this was more the fault of the parents and not the restaurant. However, our male server had a real attitude that evening which was a huge disappointment. He obviously didn’t want to be there and was inattentive, curt and borderline rude. I was embarrassed because I was introducing friends to the restaurant that evening after months of telling them what a great place it was. Thankfully, the food was exceptional leading us to agree that it’s worth another visit.

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LT
New England
68 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Tried Gran Gusto for first time based on reviews & a friend.

Friendly staff.

THE BEST PARTS
1. Sat outside and enjoyed the fresh air.

2. Immediately greeted at table with waitress. Bread in basket served quickly, and was fresh and soft - but I'd say nothing extraordinary.

3. Husband ordered the cod special. Fresh, flaky, delicious, big portion. Light and not greasy, very well prepared.

4 I ordered the pasta Chitarra (described as thick spaghetti, roman pecorino, cherry tomato) and it was OUTSTANDING. Homemade pasta, flavorful, delicious & perfect consistency. The sauce was addictive and decorated with fresh basil in the middle. I had shrimp added.

5. Easy parking found on the street on a Sunday night.

Area for Improvement

1. Caprese Salad - with a pesto sauce drizzled over it. Pesto sauce was GREAT & made the dish. Surprised to find the tomatoes unevenly sliced (some slices are easily 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick, others are so thin you could see-through) & the tomatoes themselves were cold lacking farm-fresh flavor - even in mid-September we are still getting flavorful tomatoes so I was a little taken aback.

Overall very good experience, but would not order salad again.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Rude servants, low quality food, low quality and overpriced wine list. Awful.

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D
New England
24 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Gran Gusto had dropped off our restaurant radar screen for awhile, so it’s been a couple of years since our last visit. I’m happy to report that the food is as good as ever, especially the pasta dishes, and the wonderful grilled squid appetizer. Service was a bit disorganized, but it was a busy Saturday night, and the quality of the food made up for any service blips. Not a destination place, but we’re grateful to have it nearby.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, freshly prepared and very tasty. We love this place.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Authentic Italian dishes and very friendly staff!

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DD
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

a great find for authentic italian cuisine in the neighborhood

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Miami
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Muy buena comida y atención personalizada del dueño.

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EM
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very italian coucine with handmade pasta
and best plate tradition of Naples

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TK
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is amazing! Everything was delicious and service was fantastic. Would highly recommend!

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JM
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been going there since its inception and have never been disappointed. the owner's are knowledgeable, the food is authentic and pastas and pizzas are made in house. totally recommend this hidden gem in north Cambridge.

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F
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 2

We're frequent patrons of Gran Gusto because the food is excellent. The service this time was very poor. We arrived for a 7PM reservation and there was no bread on the table or drinks ordered for an hour. The food finally arrived at 8:30. Gran Gusto often has very long waits but this was excessive. The waiters were doing the best they could but there were too few of them. If I were to recommend Gran Gusto to a friend I would tell them the food is excellent but the service at times is excessively slow

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EC
New England
9 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I’ve eaten here numerous times. The food is always excellent, the service is great and the owner cordial. I recommended it 100%.

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DH
New England
7 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Birthday celebration. Very nice menu with good wine options.

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H
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food, friendly service, nice ambience, we like it!!!!!!!!!

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