Belated catch up with some girlfriends a few weeks back at Gusto on Hutt where the restaurants focus was on regional Southern Italian cuisine – second restaurant to Gusto on The Parade.
I’ve never noticed Gusto on Hutt Street so it was quite a surprise when the location of the restaurant was so close to other popular offerings like Long House Cafe, Goodlife Modern Organic Pizza and Coffylosophy which were all across the road. Gusto’s interior was dark yet warm with large lantern light fixtures on the ceiling, a long sofa seat along one wall of the restaurant and a long shelf of vibrant looking olive oil bottles on display with a back light.
Our group ordered an antipasto plate to share before we tackled our individual mains.
Antipasto di gusto; $25.00
The antipasto consisted of sliced small goods, chorizo slices, some cheeses, grilled button mushrooms with melted cheese, roasted capsicums, pickled artichokes, anchovies, olive tapenade, fried squid and oven baked bread. It was all… okay. Nothing great, but nothing bad either. A reasonable start to dinner which kept our hunger at bay until our mains arrived.
Gnocchi al pomodoro; $23.50
A good and simple main of house made gnocchi with Napoletana sauce, basil and fresh shaved parmesan.
The fish special of garfish was ordered but as you can tell from the picture alone, the owner of this dish was asking our table, ‘Where is ze sauce?!’. Unfortunately, a very dry main of garfish, roasted zucchini and a tomato salsa/chutney (that also looks very dry!).
Fusilli ragu tricolore; $23.50
I ordered a simple dish as nothing from their menu appealed to me that evening; a bowl of 3 coloured spiral pasta served with a rich tomato and veal ragu topped with shaved parmesan. Ahhh.. look, sauce! The thick sauce was flavourful and rich, it clung onto the pasta spirals well with chunks of veal ragu stirred throughout the bowl.
Service was quite attentive that night even though the restaurant was quite busy during our visit. At no time did we felt rushed or that they wanted our table as we stayed and chatted away. My dining companions have been to Gusto on The Parade and preferred that over its more ‘fancier’ cousin restaurant but I’m not too keen to check that place out any time soon with the amount of good Italian options available in Adelaide at the moment.
What are your favourite Italian restaurants in Adelaide and what is a ‘must order’ dish from that establishment? I’d love to know and would add it onto my list.. hehe! 🙂
Gusto on Hutt
173 Hutt Street
Adelaide SA 5000
P 08 8232 3281