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About 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.

90 Sherman Street
Cambridge, MA 02140
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch
Monday - Saturday 12-3pm

Dinner
Monday - Thursday, 4:30 - 10PM
Friday & Saturday, 4:30 - 11PM
Sunday, 4:30 - 10PM

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options

Phone Number:
(617) 441-0400

Website:
http://www.grangustocambridge.com/

Parking Details:
After 6 PM free parking.

Executive Chef:
Giuseppe Castellano

Gran Gusto Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.3

ambience

4.2

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for Birthdays (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Notable Wine List (7)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Kid-friendly (6)
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Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Bar Seating (5)
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·Dined 3 days ago

Worst restaurant experience of my life. We sat down and tried to flag down a waiter for 30 minutes, and the wait staff simply REFUSED to serve us. The two waiters would look at us and just look away. After 30 minutes of waiting, we left.

Not to mention, the tables were roughly two inches apart from each other.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

A little bit out of the way but once you find it, you'll keep going back. the food is all home made and Luigi and Antonio make you feel so welcome.

Tags: Healthy, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Disabled Access, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly
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 (New England)·Dined on February 10, 2018

The food was delicious the service was very fast! Highly recommend this restaurant.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Good Italian food. Nothing over the top but good if you want dinner out as if in Italy.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 2, 2018

I go to Gran Gusto regularly so usually have an idea what to expect. But this night they were definitely off their game. Though it was not busy, the service was slow and irregular. We had to call our server over multiple times and even had to ask what the specials were. Since this was a birthday dinner I splurged on a fairly expensive bottle of wine which turned out to be a mistake. The 2009 Brunello had probably not been stored improperly and showed much more age then a Brunello from that year ought to. The tannins were gone and it had none of the rich textured flavors that that region is known for. The Gran Gusto wine list has a number of excellent wines for about $50 (e.g. the Foras Cananau) so I would stick with those.

The food was OK. I ordered the chitarra, which is one of their specialties, pasta prepared at the table in a large round of pecorino. But this time it was more gloppy and grainy than it ought to have been but the flavors were still quite good. My companion ordered the arctic char special, which sounded good when described, but the fish was a bit dry and overall she did not find the flavors much to her liking. I enjoyed the Tiramisu which had an interesting touch of almond extract.

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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 2, 2018

I found Gran Gusto pretty highly rated on Foursquare. We arrived at a quiet time between lunch and dinner. The service was prompt and professional, but not overly friendly. We enjoyed a calamari and two pasta dishes, all of which were served piping hot and fresh. The restaurant offered a quiet warm ambiance with a few locals favoring the window seats. Overall, we had a good experience with satisfying food and service.

Tags: Casual, Cozy
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 27, 2018

As usual, food was excellent and service was on par. Ore pizza is outstanding and a good appetizer to share for small group. I highly recommend Gran Gusto.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 27, 2018

It seemed to be an unusually busy night for the restaurant as the staff appeared a little flustered, but they pulled it off. The food was very good, the seating was a little tight, but it was still possible to maintain privacy in our conversation.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New England)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Love this place. Food is always cooked to perfection. Has the ravioli with eggplant and fresh tomatoes.

Tags: Tapas, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Organic, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food
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 (New England)·Dined on January 26, 2018

This Tratoria style restaurant much calmer, and in most ways more authentic than the north end. Delicious. I go there often.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Kid-friendly
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 (New England)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Couldn't have had better or more attentive service. Pasta (only thing we had) was good. Wine (chianti) so-so, but that's usually true of chianti. Many other options I will try next time. Good parking in back, although we found one on street. The evening we were there, a Wednesday, it was not crowded and not at all noisy which my friend and I appreciated.

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Quick Bite, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Very great Italian restaurant that I recommend to everyone! The food is authentic Italian!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Love this place. Excellent Italian food! Excellent ambience.

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Grangusto always delivers. I am Italian and we are regulars there. The pizza is better than what I could get in many many places in Italy. Appetizers are to die for. Antonio and his team do everything they can to make you feel home in this absolute best-Italian-pizza-in-Boston spot! We just love it.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic, Casual, Kid-friendly, Fun, Comfort Food, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Welcoming atmosphere.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Al dente fresh pasta and actual neopolitan pizza. Salads just ok. Grilled calamari is nice.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 30, 2017

The chef and wait staff are enthusiastic and knowledgeable about their food. The pasta was exceptionally well prepared and flavorful. There is a large selection of Italian wines and Amari.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 27, 2017

We LOVE Gran Gusto. This is a friendly neighborhood place. The whole staff is wonderful. The menu is short but seems to only include dishes at which they excel. Our favorite is the "Chitarra"- thick home-made spaghetti served from a large bowl of pure parmesan cheese. This has to be the best way to serve pasta: simple and infused with flavor. Pair it with a meat dish and share. And Gran Gusto has parking - rare in Cambridge.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on December 23, 2017

My husband and I had dinner with our son and his new wife at Gran Gusto, as part of our celebration of Christmas 2017. The excellent food and service and charming ambiance made the evening a success. I am sure we'll return soon to this neighborhood gem.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 21, 2017

We have been here a number of times and it never fails us. The menu always offers interesting choices, the food is reliably very very good, and the service is excellent. This is a charming restaurant.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Birthday. Thanks!

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 (Naples)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Outstanding food and service. Great people!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2017

This is an absolute gem! One of the most authentic Italian restaurant in Boston area. It has such a warm, cozy, and welcoming aspect that makes nostalgic amd feel like I’m in Italy. The food is as authentic as it gets. Number 1 thing everyone should try is their pizza. Anyone that has eaten pizza in Napoli or anywhere in Amalfi Coast will be able to appreciate this place as much as I do! The owner and staff are very welcoming and friendly. Best of all, this isn’t the type of restaurant where everthing feels super rushed so they can turn tables as quickly as possible and this way you definitely get to enjoy the moment and the slow paced European style. Obsessed. A must try.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Really appreciate the after hours off-street parking!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 24, 2017

As always excellent food and service. Fresh and well prepared Italian specialties. Pizza is as good as their meu items.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on November 24, 2017

This was my second time going to Gran Gusto and it was as good the first time we went. Love the homemade pasta😁

Tags: Fun, Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Casual, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Gran Gusto was terrific
Opentable did not come through for us. The restaurant had no record of our reservation
Very disappointed in your service

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on November 18, 2017

We have eaten at Gran Gusto's a few times recently and have enjoyed it each time.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Nice neighborhood restaurant. Food very good. Menu interesting. Sadly it was quite noisy therefore not conducive to good conversation.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 12, 2017

pasta and risotto dishes were terrific- my first time there and very impressed with the food, wine and service- will definitely return!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Still the best at what it does.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Reservation for 7:45p; we were sat 8:40p. Kitchen was backed up. It took a while to get our dinner served. Would have appreciated some drinks gratis for inconvenience vs a small pizza

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 (New England)·Dined on November 8, 2017

The owner himself came to the table and greeted us. All of the servers were kind and attentive. The noise level was a little high for my taste - lots of glass, stone and hardwood in a room with high ceilings means lots of sound reflection. But the sound was of happy dining conversations, and the room is lovely,

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual, Fun, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Gran Gusto is authentic always fresh and delicious - have been many times and have never been disappointed. A great go to neighborhood restaurant. Antonio and Luigi are always helpful and attentive

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Usually good, authentic Italian food. Prices going up however.

Tags: Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Even with a reservation we waited for 45 mins in the back of the restaurant of what it seemed to be the building's lobby. It would have been nice to be asked if we would like a drink while waiting.
When seated, they were out of bread and out of the wine we ordered.
Customer service was mediocre/poor. I am Italian (Rome) and I have to say that the food was mediocre as well.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 2, 2017

We have been there ~ 4 times since we found it ~ 5 months ago. Never failed to be 4 or 5 on 5 point scale. It seems a bit rustic, there are a few open tables, and it is relatively quiet - not like Guilia's and with at least equal food with higher plate-to plate variety.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We had a wonderful meal! There were so many great things to choose from that we decided to share a bunch. Appetizer special of figs stuffed with goat cheese wrapped in prosciutto served over arugula with balsamic glaze - out of this world delicious! Pizza with roasted eggplant was amazing - light crispy crust. Gran Gusto special pasta was delicious. Favorite was the Short Rib pasta - can't wait to go back again for more! All staff was warm and welcoming and very attentive. You can't go wrong with this place!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Great service and atmosphere. Food is transcendent. Best pizza I have ever had.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Fantastic food, the most authentic Italian outside the North End, as far as I know. The grilled calamari is killer. All the homemade pasta is top notch. They even made up a seafood risotto for me during lunch, when there isn't risotto on the menu. Give them a try, including their excellent margherita pizza and fresh salads.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Seasonal
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