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#197 of 1,356 Restaurants in Tucson


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Reviewed March 3, 2022 via mobile

Wonderful, authentic Italian. Great menu & value. Service was tops. Try Chicken Giovani. My Bolognese great. Will return

Date of visit: March 2022
Reviewed November 28, 2021

I do not like to write a negative review of a restaurant, especially of a locally owned one. But, in looking at the three most recent reviews of Gusto, it appears to be heading in the wrong direction both service and food wise. Our party...of four experienced one person not getting what he wanted thanks to a kitchen error. Two veal dinners were very disappointing. The veal was so tough that a steak knife was needed in order to cut it. We were comped two desserts, but that is not why we came to Gusto. We have dined here many times in the past, but unless they reverse this recent trend, we will not be returning.More

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed November 25, 2021 via mobile

The cocktails were mediocre, the entrees were cold and mediocre, the service was bad. The waiter never came back after slamming down our dinner and dashing away. We finally got a different waiter to hail ours and got a glass of wine after I had...finished my dinner. The restaurant was not crowded. It was early on a Tuesday. Not going back, ever!More

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed August 9, 2021

Local small Italian restaurant near where we live. Arrived after the lunch rush so was disappointed they did not have any more beet salad. But did have eggplant parm which is usually served as a sandwich but I ordered it without the bread and a...side of pasta instead. Service was very goodMore

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed May 15, 2021

When we arrived 15 minutes before the kitchen closed the waiter who seated us looked at his watch; he was far from enthusiastic. That's how the evening began. Our table waiter was quite good. Our salad was uninspired and the bread tasteless. The veal was...good but I thought the pasta could have been cooked a bit longer. The chicken piccata was tasty. The cake we had for desert was a highlight. Wish I could go beyond 3 stars overall but it was not worth the trip. If you are looking for a place with atmosphere, this will not be your cup of tea.More

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed March 22, 2021

The food was excellent, the service was perfunctory at best and the atmosphere, non existent. I don't know if it was due to Covid or if it's always so stark. No background music, no muted lighting, just an overhead lamp shining directly down on you...as if you're under interrogation. I also think an almost 300% markup on a bottle of wine is excessive, but then again, I'm pretty cheap. Bottom line, I would go again strictly for the food.More

Date of visit: March 2021
Reviewed November 28, 2020

Located in The Safeway Plaza on Tanque Verde Rd. Gusto provides one with an extremely good dining experience. Delicious food, prompt, friendly and professional service and reasonable pricing all combined to insure that our evening was an enjoyable one. We ate inside, however, the large...outdoor patio is also an option. Gusto's is somewhat hidden, however, once you find it, you should not be disappointed.More

Date of visit: November 2020
Reviewed August 28, 2020

Our Friday dinner group tried Gusto Osteria at Tanque Verde/ Sabino Canyon this past week. They have a smallish location in the back of the Safeway plaza with a good size outdoor patio. We had a reservation for 8 people and were seated right away....The staff and guests were required to wear masks and seating was at every other table. Service was very slow and not friendly during the meal - drink refills and plate clearing was excellent by the servers assistant. The menu is on the small side and the dishes were averaged priced. I had the Fettuccine Alfredo - average flavor (I’ve had better here in Tucson). I like to try new locations, which this was for us, but I would only give this 3 out of 5 for service, food, and pricing.More

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed March 1, 2020

Four of went Saturday night and I was pleasantly surprised at the end of the meal by a fabulous piece of homemade cake with a candle on it. Dinner was delicious. Three of us had their house special, braciola and one had halibut. All were...amazing. The napa salad appetizer was a generous portion of fresh greens and pecans, blue cheese and asparagus. Reasonable price with a nice wine bottle selection. Can't wait to go back.More

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed February 25, 2020 via mobile

Gusto!Osteria is a fabulous Italian restaurant, a little hard to find but definitely worth the effort. Besides the menu items such as Eggplant Parm, they made two selections for us that were NOT on the menu, and everything was fabulous! They also made us a...very nice red Sangria. The bread upfront was also really good, with a seasoned olive oil at the table. We didn't try dessert - too stuffed! - but we'll certainly be back!More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed February 1, 2020

We have now gone twice. Both times the food is excellent. Service is very good. A lot of staff and you sometimes feel like they are watching you to finish just to clean up the table. They do not rush you. We have enjoyed our...service and food. Will go back again and again. Great Job!!More

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed October 26, 2019 via mobile

At first glance you might decide to pass on Gusto Osteria, hidden in a strip mall on Tanque Verde Road, but if you crave awesome Italian food and good service, step inside. My wife and I felt welcome the moment a waiter opened the door...for us and seated us. We would have extraordinary service during our entire time at the restaurant. Elaine was extremely satisfied with her roasted beet salad and my farfalie Bolognese was outstanding. Great service and great food! Don't miss this hidden treasure.More

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed May 1, 2019

Our visit in Tucson was marred by illness, so, having little energy for parks, we tried to compensate with food. Gusto Osteria was some consolation. I ordered farfalle primavera while mom had the chicken parmesan. We also had ice cream and coffee. The food was...good, though not great. There was hardly anyone else there for lunch, sadly. I'd be willing to try this restaurant again.More

Date of visit: October 2018
Reviewed January 1, 2019

Penne with sausage was well prepared with a nice sauce and the accompanying Caesar salad was fresh and tasty. The pizza was loaded with cheese but the sauce was a little sharp and too tomatoey. Service was efficient

Date of visit: December 2018
Reviewed December 31, 2018

Coming from the East Coast, we have visited numerous Italian restaurants many times, so we know good Italian food. Maybe the West does not have the same selection, because Gusto Osteria has only fair Italian food. Meats were thin and tough. Pasta was ok, but...the marinara sauce was out of a jar. Coffee was disappointing, did not taste like Italian coffee. Pizza my granddaughter was disappointing. And the bill was overpriced for the quality of food. The wait staff was friendly but made mistakes in the order. No wonder the restaurant was empty that evening. This place would not survive back East.More

Date of visit: December 2018
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Healthy salad with some protein would be my choice, but I do not recall what they had on their menu. I liked the salad I got there.
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Gusto Osteria is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 3.5