Gusto Italian, York

Gusto Italian.

This is a place to go for special occasions as it’s a great fine dining destination – we are very lucky to have one in York. Our Gusto has lovely friendly staff who are always smiling and I can’t wait to go back for date night after lockdown restrictions have been lifted to see all their lovely faces!

Not an ad or gifted. This visit was prior to social distancing and Coronavirus.

This post was written before any announcements about June or July lockdown easings.

STARTERS

If you go to Gusto, you go all out because it’s so difficult to choose what to have for each course. When we visited last, it was for my Mam’s birthday back in March but in this post, I’m only featuring Josh and I’s choices. So…there’s your photo creds Josh, ha! I had the Porcini Mushroom Arancini Rice Ball which is just LUSH, I always go for this starter as it’s perfect to start the meal off with. Gusto used to do three mini arancini balls with the sauce but they’ve changed it to one massive ball. When you cut it open, there’s a mini ball of mozzarella oozing out. It’s served with a truffled mayonnaise. Josh had the Smoked Haddock Risotto, served with fennel, peas, and a runny egg. You can have this dish as a main or a starter for half the price.

MAINS

We both had pizzas, surprise surprise. But these aren’t just your usual Dominos pizzas, these are made with a sourdough base and freshly made sauce. Gusto also offers a gluten-free base for all of their pizzas. Me being a plain jane, I went for the Margherita and Josh had (I think) Truffle Funghi but I can’t remember, ha! It’s meant to be a pizza Bianca so I’m not sure but it’s a similar pizza. They change their menu depending on the season so it’s quite nice to have newer options…even though I usually go for my favourites. For the table, we ordered the BEST side ever. We discovered these beauties at Gusto and haven’t looked back since. Courgette fries. What a dream, try them. You won’t be disappointed.

DESSERT

Ooh, now we all had a debate about whether Josh and Dad’s dessert was a bit childish for two grown men, haha! Ice cream and gelato? Hmm, I’m still not sure but it was a birthday…so you do need some sort of nod to your childhood, right? I had the Sticky Toffee Pudding with vanilla ice cream which wasn’t too heavy because you know sometimes you go somewhere and the cake can be a bit stodgy? This wasn’t, it was a perfect ending to the meal. Josh had the gelato and ice cream three scoop combo: chocolate, strawberries & cream, and lemon sorbet I believe. This wasn’t our first visit and it’s definitely not our last!

Check out the menus here!

STAY SAFE.

SEE YOU SOON,

NIAMH

XXX

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50 Comments

  1. 29/06/2020 / 11:28 am

    Great post! I’ll have to check out this restaurant the next time I go to York because it looks amazing!

    • Niamh Darby
      Author
      29/06/2020 / 11:35 am

      You might see me and Josh there too! We’re never NOT at Gusto, ha! It’s our number one choice! X

  2. Josh Bickerstaffe
    29/06/2020 / 11:45 am

    Actually can’t wait to go back here! Xxx

    • Niamh Darby
      Author
      29/06/2020 / 11:45 am

      Same! Bring on date nights xxx

  3. 29/06/2020 / 12:08 pm

    This whole meal looks delicious! I’ve never been to York; but if/when I do then I’ll be checking this restaurant out. It looks perfect for date nights x

    Paige // Paige Eades

    • Niamh Darby
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      29/06/2020 / 12:35 pm

      We can’t recommend it enough! X

  4. 29/06/2020 / 2:41 pm

    Ugh this place looks amazing! I really miss going out for food and can’t wait until I can go out for a yummy meal like this again. Those pizzas look outstandingggg x

    • Niamh Darby
      Author
      29/06/2020 / 2:51 pm

      They are the best! I recommend the pasta too, ooh and the chicken! Xx

    • Niamh Darby
      Author
      30/06/2020 / 1:43 pm

      Josh and I usually just don’t even think about where to go for date nights – it’s ALWAYS Gusto! X

  5. 29/06/2020 / 3:20 pm

    This looks gorgeous and I love York. We had hoped to go again this summer but Covid has us staying put for a while yet.

    I can’t wait to go out and eat again, something so normal that I won’t take for granted again x

    • Niamh Darby
      Author
      30/06/2020 / 1:43 pm

      Yes definitely, my boyfriend and I are planning lots of dates for when lockdown is over! X

  6. 30/06/2020 / 1:36 pm

    I’ve never been here despite going to York many times! Sticky toffee and ice cream is my absolutely favourite so I need to go just for this! 😍

    • Niamh Darby
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      30/06/2020 / 1:42 pm

      That was my dessert! It was lush – I don’t usually go for puds there but as it was s special occasion we went all out! Hope you enjoy when you visit – sign up to their dining club and you get 40% off your final bill!

  7. 30/06/2020 / 3:09 pm

    This food looks so delicious. I’d love to visit here for a meal next time I go to York – I can’t wait to be able to go!

    • Niamh Darby
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      30/06/2020 / 3:10 pm

      It’s one of the best in York! X

  8. 30/06/2020 / 4:05 pm

    This looks amazing! I can’t wait to go out for food and Italian is my favourite too 🙂 xx

    • Niamh Darby
      Author
      30/06/2020 / 4:06 pm

      It is the BEST. Gusto Italian and Rustique are the places to go in York! Xx

  9. 30/06/2020 / 5:07 pm

    Ooooh these look so good! I love a proper pizza!!! I’ll keep this in mind if I’m ever in York

    • Niamh Darby
      Author
      30/06/2020 / 5:17 pm

      It’s the best! X

  10. 30/06/2020 / 5:36 pm

    Wow, this looks amazing. I’m a sucker for Italian food! Sourdough pizzas are the best… and gelato. I can’t wait to be able to go for an Italian meal again! x

    • Niamh Darby
      Author
      30/06/2020 / 5:38 pm

      I do recommend Gusto – fine dining with a casual vibe! X

  11. simondgary
    30/06/2020 / 5:38 pm

    I am now officially hungry – and nothing wrong with ice cream for dessert – especially if crayons are providing for colouring while I wait!

    • Niamh Darby
      Author
      30/06/2020 / 5:39 pm

      Ha, I love it! Hmm, I’ll ask for them next time! Thanks for reading!

  12. aimsysantics
    30/06/2020 / 5:41 pm

    Gustos is such a nice restaurant, isn’t it? I haven’t been to the York one but the one in Leeds. Next time I am in York, may just have to pop in here. The aranchini balls are just so yummmy, and those pizzas look delicious!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Aimsy xoxo
    Aimsy’s Antics

    • Niamh Darby
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      30/06/2020 / 5:44 pm

      Ah, Josh and I saw the one at Cookridge is opening on the 6th July but not York just yet! If you do visit, you might see us there! The arancini balls are my favourite starter of ALL TIME! Thank you for reading! Xxx

  13. 30/06/2020 / 6:51 pm

    Nice tip! And York, a really charming city, would love to see more articles from there – perhaps something at the chocolate museum?

    • Niamh Darby
      Author
      30/06/2020 / 7:03 pm

      I have plans to visit there once everything returns to a somewhat ‘normal’!

  14. Lauren
    30/06/2020 / 7:14 pm

    I’ve never been to Gusto but this food looks delicious!

    • Niamh Darby
      Author
      30/06/2020 / 7:17 pm

      It’s lush – worth a visit! X

  15. Chloe Chats
    30/06/2020 / 8:46 pm

    The food looks amazing. I love that they change their menu depending on the season too, I feel like sometimes when I go to restaurants who do the same food I end up just getting the same thing over and over! The pizza’s look delicious though!

    Chloe xx

    • Niamh Darby
      Author
      30/06/2020 / 8:48 pm

      The pizzas are the best! The pasta is really good too – it’s a hard choice! X

    • Niamh Darby
      Author
      01/07/2020 / 11:50 am

      These are the best pizzas as they are sourdough as well – which I don’t usually like but these are lush! X

  16. 01/07/2020 / 1:05 pm

    oooo this place sound sounds great! I love the dessert portions as well – I’ve got SUCH a sweet tooth but if the portions are too big i just feel guilty bc i can never finish it x

    • Niamh Darby
      Author
      01/07/2020 / 1:08 pm

      These portions are brill – even the starters and mains too. You feel full but don’t feel like you’ve eaten a whale! X

  17. 01/07/2020 / 2:02 pm

    Thanks for recommendation, I would love to visit
    more of England. York sounds amazing..

    • Niamh Darby
      Author
      01/07/2020 / 4:11 pm

      We’ll go! X

    • Niamh Darby
      Author
      01/07/2020 / 4:35 pm

      Our Gusto isn’t opening just yet but hopefully soon! X

  18. 01/07/2020 / 7:32 pm

    This looks amazing!! I can’t wait to visit here for a much needed date night!

    • Niamh Darby
      Author
      01/07/2020 / 7:37 pm

      It’s amazing and surprisingly cheap for a fine dining date night! X

  19. 02/07/2020 / 7:20 am

    I looove Italian food and this post makes me wish I lived in the UK just so I could visit this place in York. 🙂

    • Niamh Darby
      Author
      02/07/2020 / 10:19 am

      Honestly, it’s worth the travel! X

  20. 02/07/2020 / 12:53 pm

    Great post! I will have to keep it in mind if I am ever in that area.

    • Niamh Darby
      Author
      06/07/2020 / 9:44 am

      They change their menu every so often so there’s always lots to choose from! X

  21. mydreamality
    02/07/2020 / 7:57 pm

    Looks and sounds so good! Never been can’t believe it! Thanks for sharing 😘

    • Niamh Darby
      Author
      06/07/2020 / 9:45 am

      Ah! Sounds like a trip to York is needed once Covid packs up! X

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