last sunday night we finally made our way to gusto 101 down at king and portland. it is not to be missed! having just celebrated their one-year anniversary in a town that spits out new restaurants by the dozen, we knew we had to give it a go. after waiting a half hour in the crowded bar area, we were debating whether or not we should leave. there are only so many times you can be elbowed in the ribs before giving up. luckily, we were seated before we made the decision to look elsewhere.
we sat at a great table by the open kitchen. the industrial, abandoned auto body shop that was once 101 portland is now a trendy, food-focused destination. the chef, Daniel Mezzolo, is right on point and fun to watch, even chatting with us briefly about what he was cooking up.
check it out for yourself.
|they sold these cute little sacs the bread was served in|
|RK and i shared the mozzarella di bufala. i would argue it is toronto's best.|
roasted tomatoes, basil oil, parmigiano crisp, smoked paprika, arugula
|AY and MS shared the bruschetta ai funghi|
wild mushrooms, truffle oil, manchego
|AY ordered the rigatoni heritage pork sausage|
rapini, peperoncino, ricotta salata
|MS ordered the rigatoni lucani, and was impressed by the amount of meat:|
shredded braised lamb shank, tomato, fresh herbs, shaved pecorino
|i loved the roasted pumpkin agnolitti|
sage brown butter, marmigiano, poppy seeds
i'm still thinking about it...
|RK enjoyed the recommended spinaci pizza|
spinach, buffalo mozzarella, pecorina, fresh ricotta and sliced garlic
|two for the table|
a divine dessert, budino al cioccolato
we should have ordered 4 this was so scrumptious
overall, great vibe, great food, great service! a definite recommendation!
before we left, our amazing waiter took us up to the second story to show us the new renos. come summer 2013, good luck getting in to gusto 101