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8022 W. Third St. (Crescent Heights Blvd.) Send to Phone
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Chef Vic Casanova's neighborhood Italian restaurant has moved down the street to a larger location.
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Gusto, Los Angeles, CA

Gusto Restaurant Review

: Chef Vic Casanova has moved his small neighborhood Italian eatery down the street to a larger location, the former home of Pistola. Upon entering the high-ceilinged space, there is a marble bar on the right and banquettes and tables to the left. Continue up the stairs to discover a mezzanine with more seating and a patio with a retractable roof. At Gusto, Casanova continues to offer a menu of approachable Italian fare. A harmonious dish is the charred and tender baby octopus with a kick of harissa, set atop a creamy foundation of borlotti beans. Pizzas are thin, with the requisite slightly burnt edges so popular with diners these days, while pastas are recognizably homemade. Secondi might range from branzino with spinach, caramelized lemon and capers to Mary’s free-range chicken with king trumpet mushrooms and olive oil mashed potatoes to roasted California lamb with fava beans, sweet onion passato and roasted lamb ristretto. For dessert, a chocolate budino has the desired consistency, but lacks a strong flavor; coconut gelato pie is buttery and encased in a crunchy graham cracker crust. An Italian-centric wine list lends easily to suitable pairings.

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