Sunday, August 8, 2010

Roma - Gusto

Piazza Augusto Imperatore 9

'Gusto is a complex of restaurants on the Piazza Augusto Imperatore.  The complex is located short walk from the Piazza del Popolo.  'Gusto could be a good choice for a lunch more casual than Dal Bolognese.  The main thing about the restaurants is the design, they are drop dead gorgeous.  All the places are highly designed in the "Keith McNally type style."  There is a ristorante, a pizzeria, a salumeria, a retail store etc.  We just went and looked at the menus.  It is a little confusing, but I think we ended up in the pizzeria.  

The food was good, nothing memorable.  Other than Sloan's quattro formaggi pizza which was a real belly bomb.

This thing must have weighed 2 pounds, and easily could have fed 4 people.  There was really nothing traditional or special about it, but it was good in the guilty pleasure type of way.  I dont remember anything else we ate, but I do remember the rooms.  Gorgeous room shots below:

In conclusion, the 'Gusto complex is pretty cool, but is more about beautiful design than food.  Riccardo says that they are famous in Rome for serving an American style brunch.  But, please dont eat an American style brunch in Italy!  You need to save room for 4 courses at lunch and dinner with snacks in between.
I would definitely recommend going for lunch, but for dinner the food might not be special enough.

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