Gusto, Leeds City Centre Review

Gusto is a restaurant that I had been meaning to try for quite some time, but until recently I never really got round to trying it. Last Wednesday my husband and I went for a spontaneous meal and following my friends recommendations and some of the blogger reviews I have previously read, we both decided to finally pay the Gusto a visit.

Gusto is an opulent Italian themed chain bar situated on Leeds' most popular dining hotspot, Greek Street. The restaurant features a copper and bronze colour scheme with soft lighting and plush leather booths, all of which evokes a sense of warmth and luxury. The menu offers an eclectic mix of traditional and modern Italian cuisine and caters for many dietary requests, such as gluten free which can be quite difficult to find in Italian themed restaurants. 

For starter I opted for the tomato and basil bruschetta, which I found really enjoyable. I really enjoyed my little bruschetta, it was light and crunchy and the tomatoes were incredibly fresh. If I'm honest, it was so nice that I would have liked a little bit more of it - after all, this is supposed to be an Italian restaurant and I don't think it was that representative of true bruschetta which is usually hearty, chunky bread, but at £3.50 it was a fair price and it also tasted great.

When it came to selecting the mains, I really struggled to chose what I wanted. It was nice to be presented with a menu that had a variety of vegetarian meals and not just 'Penne Arrabiata', the standard pasta with tomato sauce. I love veggie meals with a lot of texture and nice fresh vegetables, so with this in mind, I chose one of Gusto's newest dishes that I saw advertised on Facebook a few weeks beforehand, the 'Garganelli Primavera with summer vegetables, pine nuts and Grana Padano'. Pasta and I have a love-hate relationship. I love eating pasta, but it doesn't always agree with my stomach and leaves me feeling bloated and sore, despite not being a coeliac. However, both my stomach and my appetite enjoyed this meal. The pasta was really fresh and not too carb heavy, the sauce was more of a pleasant drizzle that kept you wanting more rather than the dish being drenched in it and the vegetables were a summers dream - slightly al dente and very flavoursome. I've been dreaming of this dish since I left the restaurant and it definitely made up for only slightly above average starter.

My first experience of Gusto was both satisfaction, yet slight disappointment. I loved the meal, the atmosphere was incredible and I would happily go again, but I just felt that I was left wanting more and I'm not entirely sure what was lacking. Nevertheless, I would still recommend this restaurant to others and I will be going back in the future - I know it won't be long until I'm craving that pasta again.

Have you been to any of the Gusto restaurants?



  1. Love your choices! Gusto translates to taste and it looks extremely tasty! I've never heard of Gusto but I'm definitely about to Google and see if there are any nearby! Stephanie | x

  2. I need to stop reading these posts at night time because now I am starving hungry and I want to dine out. Gusto sounds perfect right about now :)

  3. Oh my goodness how good does that all look - I have to admit I haven't been to Leeds in forever! x

  4. It sounds lovely and I'm glad they have some interesting veggie options but I'd like to see more vegetables in the pasta.

  5. I have to admit I have never heard of Gusto before but it sounds fab! That pasta looks so delicious creamy and fresh all in one bowl! x

  6. It's a shame that you felt something was lacking, sometimes it's hard to put your finger on it. Impressed that there were more veggie options though as it's rare to find x

  7. I've heard great things about this restaurant & that food looks delightful. The next time I'm up in Leeds I'll try and visit.

  8. Sounds like a great place to go to!
    Xoxo, Victoria

  9. I've never tried Gusto but this looks good. Sorry that you weren't wowed but sometimes that happens I guess.

  10. This looks amazing and the photos are making me hungry haha. It's a shame that you were left wanting more though!

  11. I have never tried Gusto, but would like to give it a go sometime.


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