Pizzeria Gusto has been around OKC for a while, but it has been years since I have eaten here. I remember it being pretty good, but it was never a stand out option for me, ya feel? My husband really wanted pizza for date night, so I gave him a list of spots – including Gusto – and this is the spot he picked! I had been wanting to come here since we moved back so it was a win-win. We went on a Friday, fairly early – around 5:30pm and were shocked that the restaurant was full and all the tables had reservations! Luckily, they had a few spots at the bar and chefs counter so we were able to get a spot. It spoke volumes to how popular they were since they had no tables so early on a Friday.
They are known for their pizza – I mean it is in their name, so it better be good! They have a giant, red wood pizza oven that is a centerpiece! It is where the magic all happens and how magical it is! As y’all already know, we always tend to over order and this spot was no exception. In our defense, we were expecting much smaller portions for the price. We started with the Fried Artichoke Hearts with Harissa Aioli ($11) and the Burrata served on Walnut Bread with Truffles, Mushrooms and Honey ($13). The artichokes were lightly breaded and fried to a crispy perfection. On their own they needed a bit of salt and maybe some lemon juice, but with the harissa aioli they were delicious. It added so much creaminess and a hint of spice! Overall 9/10 for me. The burrata was definitely not what I had pictured, but it was so rich and creamy. The walnut bread was soft, warm and nutty and soaked with the sweet honey. Overall, I would give it an 8/10 overall.
Next up for the pizza. I grabbed their Margherita the Queen ($17) and my husband went with the Italian Sausage ($17). The margherita the queen comes with a fresh tomato sauce, buffalo mozzarella, fresh basil and EVOO. Their tomato sauce is so fresh and light but yet has so much flavor – they keep it simple which I enjoy. The buffalo mozzarella is creamier than your traditional mozzarella and it melts really well on top. The crust was also crispy and slightly charred on the bottom and sides while still being fluffy and had a soft center. Overall 9/10 – I think a pinch of salt on top would help bring out the flavor a bit more! The italian sausage starts with the same crust and is topped with a broccoli rabe pesto, fontina, mozzarella – provolone blend, and red onions. The italian sausage was juicy and flavorful. I would swap the pesto for tomato sauce next time, but overall I would give this an 8/10.
As if we hadn’t ordered enough food at this point, we couldn’t say no to the tempting desserts. We had to try the ricotta donuts that are tossed in cinnamon sugar and served with a heaping dish of nutella for dunking! These donuts were so warm and had an interesting texture – they somehow were both light and dense with an almost custard-like inside. I also ended the night with their zero-proof espresso martini called “Mommy’s Little Helper” that comes with espresso, heavy cream, vanilla and a cherry swirl in a fancy glass. They actually have a full zero-proof cocktail list if you, like myself, want to enjoy a fancy drink without the hangover!
Overall this place was even better than I remembered. Not only was the food fantastic and the price was also great! We left stuffed full and happy and will absolutely be returning soon – although next time we will make a reservation to secure a seat! For the menu, click here.
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