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Gran Gusto

4.5
536 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Cozy
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 536 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.3
service
4.3
ambience
4.4
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Run by an Italian from Napolo - this is the real deal.

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4.0Dined 7 days ago

Excellent service with an entertaining sassy attitude. The prosciutto app was sublime, and I greatly enjoyed the risotto entree.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

We can't wait to go back and try the fresh pasta tossed in a wheel of pecorino (or maybe it was parmigiano?) and the pizza. We had a burrata special that was outstanding, and two delicious homemade pasta dishes. The owner is very hands-on, taking orders, checking in with diners to make sure they are enjoying themselves, etc. This may become our new go-to place for a casual night out.

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4.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Excellent food--I had the pappardelle with 1/2 lobster (would recommend they take the lobber out of the shell though--messy to deal with, despite the extra napkin!); my friend had a black pasta with shrimp and clams. Service was attentive and very friendly, ad not in that over-the-top annoying way. Wine suggestion was very good with our meals. Will definitely go back!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Amazing food! Amazing service! The best expresso martinis ever! Charming and intimate atmosphere.

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Great service by Luigi. Mixed meats and cheeses appetizer was very authentic and delicious. Pizza real Neapolitan style was excellent and seafood w/pasta was great. Tucked away in North Cambridge. Fruit cake desert was not what we expected but still very good.

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3.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Had a good time but experience was not exceptional or noteworthy. My lobster pasta was over cooked

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Great food and great waitstaff. Our two young kids were entertained and well attended to. A terrific experience!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

One of our favorite places for a good quality, good attitude dining experience without the added cost of downtown boston eateries. Neighborhood feel with food prep comparable to many more highly rated boston resteraunts. Highly recommend the chitarra for pasta lovers.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

We keep coming back for the truffle pizza and the specials

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

When you go to an Italian restaurant where most customers are Italian you know you've nailed it. Gran Gusto has never disappointed. The menu is outstanding and Antonio will make sure you feel welcome. The staff is respectful and efficient. The food is outstanding (my personal favorite is the Chitarra). The Gelato is out of this world.

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5.0Dined on March 20, 2018

Food is delicious. The fresh pasta just makes the dish. I had the short rib ragu and I can’t wait to go back and eat it again.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

A special visitor from out of state.

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2.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Positives: Waitress was extremely nice and patient

Negatives: Wait times pretty long in spite of making reservations
- Food preparation was good but actually taste was mostly flat
- When we informed the maitre d’ about our concerns about the food, he essentially walked over and yelled at my wife.
- The only reason this place got a 2 star is because of the waitress.
- I will not be returning here

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4.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Excellent food, friendly but sometimes distracted wait staff.

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3.0Dined on March 4, 2018

We were there on a very quiet evening, the restaurant was almost empty. Nice surroundings. The service was good--not great. Our server never came to check if everything was OK after our food was delivered, we had to flag someone down for more bread (took a while to get it), and the same for water.

The food was good, but not great. My dish was super salty, the portion was not generous, but the homemade pasta was nice. One person at the table wanted to order additional pasta and we were charged for 2 full meals, which made for an expensive evening.

I guess we would try Gran Gusto again. No restaurant is 100% consistent and maybe we were there on an off night.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Gran Gusto is a small gem that I must go to more often. The service is super attentive and the Carbonara was outstanding. I made a last minute reservation late Saturday afternoon for that evening. Parking was easy. The restaurant was full, but noise levels were comfortable.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Fabulous as usual - the food was wonderful from our usual appetizers to the specials presented in mouth watering detail. Always my favorite place to dine and never disappointing!

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

As usual, our meal at Gran Gusto was delicious. We took guests from out of town and they were suitable impressed. The food tasty and the service is friendly and attentive.

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2.0Dined on February 28, 2018

Would not go back for business! Ok for a weekend meal with family.

Have been before and had good experiences. But this time went for a business dinner early 5:45 pm. on a Wednesday, the service was poor. Waiters were bored because it was empty and more interested in socializing among themselves than taking care of the few tables they had.

When asked if they had a bottle of red Primitivo from Puglia, the waiters response was positive, the waiter then came back to the table with an expensive S. Italian Primitivo red wine but not from Puglia. Wine did not live up to its promise from waiter. The restaurant was cold. Waiters kept fighting over raising and lowering the lighting. Caesar salad dressing was bland (not enough garlic) with to much shaved cheese, had to ask for ground pepper. Had the pasta (Pacci with Short Rib Ragu) the ragu meat was tough and stringy, had to ask for cheese. If I had the advance time, I would rather eat at Guilia or Pammy's for the same amount of money.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Awesome experience and food!
Will definitely be a go to restaurant.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

My friend and I were going to a concert and wanted Italian food. We decided to try Gran Gusto, which was nearby. We were given a lovely table by the window. The service was attentive. The food was authentic and delicious. We would probably go back if in the same area.

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Excellent neighborhood find. Food is consistently tasty across the menu. Comfortable atmosphere as well makes this a great spot.

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1.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 12, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

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

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3.0Dined on February 6, 2018

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

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3.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on January 13, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on January 13, 2018

Love this place. Excellent Italian food! Excellent ambience.

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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined on January 12, 2018

Welcoming atmosphere.

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4.0Dined on January 6, 2018

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

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5.0Dined 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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