We tried Guelph's newest Italian restaurant last night - Buon Gusto. After hearing several poor reviews about the service, and after a bit of an initial wait after being seated, I was pleased to find that our server was friendly and attentive. The atmosphere was relaxed and comfortable, and the room had a good vibe.
We had three items from the Antipasti menu - two of which were good, and the third not so much. We enjoyed the charred octopus and it's accompanying salad. The seafood cioppino had a great depth of flavour - the clams, mussels, shrimp, and calamari were cooked perfectly. The crab on top made for a tasty treat and a really nice presentation.
However, the crispy pork belly was a disappointment - lacking in flavour, quite dry, and tasting of grease, it just simply didn't measure up.
For mains we had the boscaiola pizza, the lamb ragu, and the penne pasta. The pizza was good - nice porcini mushrooms, spicy sausage and an almost crispy enough crust. The lamb ragu was also good, nicely enhanced by the minted ricotta. The penne pasta with hot peppers and homemade sausage was not as successful a dish. Bland tomato sauce and sloppy and frankly unappealing presentation, made the dish not so enjoyable.
The dessert menu seemed a bit limited and the espresso watery and without the needed crema to make it truly good Italian coffee. Oh, and one last note.... Limoncello - a classic Italian digestive should be served colder - kept in the freezer, not the fridge, as it is served on the Amalfi Coast.
All in all we had an enjoyable time at Buon Gusto, but there is still better Italian to be found in Guelph.
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