Review: Gusto Restaurant, Deansgate, Manchester, UK

Gusto Places to eat have 13 Italian places to eat in the United kingdom, spanning from Edinburgh to the north to Birmingham in the ‘south’, but largely positioned throughout the north of England. The cities of Leeds, Liverpool, Newcastle and Nottingham all have one particular, as does Manchester, the city we have been browsing for the weekend.

On coming into Gusto Manchester, with its entrance adorned with a plant installation, we were being warmly welcomed by two ladies behind a reception desk who designed a take note of our reservation specifics prior to we have been taken to our desk. Reservations are not needed, but are advisable at occupied times. Irrespective of staying quite a large location, it can get pretty active at peak occasions.

Within just the partitions of this vintage Quality II Outlined making is pretty a huge cafe (8,000 sq ft), opened in 2014 pursuing a £1.3m makeover, with a variety of seating possibilities and an island bar with a patterned marble counter that takes centre phase (where you could sit and have a consume if you were being ready for a desk).

Although we were eating in the mid-afternoon (ahead of an evening present), the cafe had a quiet buzz about it.

Diners are able to see into the exhibit kitchen area at a person corner of the restaurant. There is also a private dining space at the location, suitable for specific celebrations.

The menu

We visited on a Sunday for which there is a exclusive Sunday menu. I think this to be equivalent to the regular menu – it integrated a broad selection of dishes but had a highlighted section entitled ‘The Gusto Roasts’ that bundled the typical meat roasts with all the trimmings, as effectively as a vegetarian selection (a Mushroom & Purple Wine Pudding which is served in a suet crust).

The menu contains calorie information and facts, a new government requirement for more substantial eating places, an initiative embraced by Gusto Manchester.

The meals

As a bash of five, we have been capable to sample a variety of unique dishes. Our starters involved the Caesar Salad (pictured here with out anchovies thanks to a private preference) which can also also be requested as a key, and with chicken as an optional extra.

Among us we also sampled the Chicken Liver Pâté which came with a delicious caramelised red onion chutney and warm toasted focaccia bread…

…the King Prawn Bucatini in a sweet chilli tomato sauce completed with fresh new lemon and rocket, a very good decision for these with a hearty appetite…

…and the Crispy Lemon & Pepper Calamari which experienced a beautifully light and crispy tempura batter and was accompanied by a lemon mayonnaise.

Going on to the mains, I have it on good authority that Gusto’s Vintage Burger – a British chuck burger with caramelised onion, pecorino cheese (but pictured right here without), tomato, lettuce, relish and gherkin, with pores and skin-on fries (or a residence salad), and with the added pancetta, was significantly succulent.

A vegan option is available with a ‘Moving Mountains’ burger and selfmade Romesco vegan mayonnaise and vegan mozzarella.

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The pizzas are cooked in wood-fired ovens, evidently using a dough recipe inherited from a Tuscan monk. The bases are gentle and airy, with a distinct authenticity about them. Pictured down below are the Truffle Bianco Pizza (a white base with truffle paste, portobello mushrooms and Fior Di Latte mozzarella topped with rocket and Gran Moravia cheese and – my alternative – the pretty flavoursome Caprino Pizza (with D.O.P. San Marzano tomato, goat’s cheese, roasted red peppers, pine nuts, sweet onions, pesto, Fior Di Latte mozzarella and rocket).

The Truffled Mushroom Fettuccine also caught my eye and I’d be tempted to opt for that following time. It comes with oyster, chestnut and button mushrooms and tarragon, and is pictured here with a good sprinkling of Parmesan. It can also be experienced as a starter, and will come with the alternative to increase hen.

For dessert, I experienced the Chocolate Espresso Martini Mousse – a whipped chocolate and coffee mousse with a ginger biscuit base topped with Chantilly product – which was light-weight and, for a non-espresso drinker these kinds of as myself, with a adequately light coffee flavour.

The Italian Gelato Ice Product is also to be advised. You can pick from chocolate, salted caramel or strawberries & cream flavours, or go for the more easy Madagascan vanilla.

Chocolate lovers will be tempted by the Heat Chocolate Brownie which comes served with salted caramel gelato ice cream and a dim chocolate sauce.

Other options integrated: Biscoff and Chocolate Dough Petals (to share) – a ‘twist’ on their normal Dough Petals with actual Italian gelato Madagascan vanilla ice product and contemporary berries Tiramisu Vanilla Panna Cotta served with oranges marinaded in Marsala wine and Amaretto Crème Brûlée served with fresh berries.


Gusto Manchester can be found at 4 Lloyd Avenue, Manchester M2 5AB, which is just off Deansgate. On road parking is avilable on Lloyd Road or Q-Park (Piazza), St James Avenue. At the advice of Gusto in advance of our pay a visit to, we in fact parked at the Manchester Good Northern NCP auto park a minor additional absent, mainly because it is also handy for the Manchester Opera House which we have been checking out afterwards.


Starters ranged from £5.75 (Rigatoni Arrabbiata) to £13.25 (Pan-Seared King Scallops).

Mains ranged from £10.95 (Pizza Margherita) to £32.95 (8oz Fillet Steak). Gusto’s Steak Experience expenditures £100 but is for two persons and involves a bottle of A Mano ‘Prima Mano’ Primitivo wine.

Desserts ranged from £5.50 (Italian gelato ice cream or Sorbet) to £7.25 (a quantity of distinctive desserts).

The ultimate verdict

Gusto Manchester provides terrific worth for dollars for authentic Italian meals, with an intensive and diverse menu. Assistance was pretty attentive with out getting extremely-intrusive. The cafe has a wonderful excitement about it and we would notably suggest this location for pre-exhibit eating for any one attending situations at the Manchester Opera Dwelling (3 min wander) or Royal Trade Theatre (7 min stroll). It is also useful for pre- or post-cinema eating with the Everyman and Odeon cinemas the two within just a 5-moment stroll.

Disclosure: Our pay a visit to was sponsored by Gusto Dining establishments.