Party Earth Review Located in a busy area with few bars or eateries – and within a stone’s throw of Rome’s famed shopping street Via del Corso – ‘Gusto has cornered the market on hungry upscale shoppers and visitors in need of sustenance... ... read full review
Piazza Augusto Imperatore, 9
06 322 6273
Daily noon–3:30pm and 7pm–1am
Centro, Rome –
Located in a busy area with few bars or eateries – and within a stone’s throw of Rome’s famed shopping street Via del Corso – ‘Gusto has cornered the market on hungry upscale shoppers and visitors in need of sustenance and refreshment.
A combination wine bar, pizzeria, and restaurant, the venue occupies an elegant columned building constructed under Mussolini’s rule and caters to a sophisticated, well-dressed clientele.
While the downstairs pizzeria offers a casual and traditional dining environment, the spacious upstairs restaurant creates a more romantic ambiance with its high ceilings, oak and terracotta accents, and clean white-and-black décor complemented by the photography of legends like Andy Warhol.
Guests can also gather under the porticos or at marble tables in the sleek wine bar to sample the delights of ‘Gusto’s cellar, which consists of over nine hundred vintages.
Whether patrons are in the mood for a quick pizza, a candlelit dinner, or fine wine and conversation, ‘Gusto certainly delivers.
A mix of hip, chic locals and guests from the area’s five-star hotels, mid-20s and up.
Ambient bossa nova music. Live lounge music in the wine bar Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:30pm–midnight, September through June.
Full menu of entrées in the restaurant, great selection of salads, pizzas, and desserts in the pizzeria. Aperitivo buffet with drink purchase, daily 7–9pm. Brunch menu Saturdays and Sundays, noon–3:30pm.
Pizzeria: appetizers €2+, pizza €6+, salads €9–€16.
Restaurant: appetizers €11.50+, entrées €13–€23, desserts €7.
Aperitivo buffet €9, includes one drink. Brunch €14.50.
Beer €3.50–€6, wine €5–€9/glass or €16–€76/bottle, mixed drinks €3.50–€7.50.
Weekend nights are quite lively, so make a reservation if there’s a chance that aperitivo will turn into dinner. Sundays draw a big expat crowd for brunch.
‘Gusto also has a nearby wine bar (Via della Frezza, 23), wine store and enoteca (Piazza Augusto Imperatore, 7), osteria (Via della Frezza, 16), and another restaurant (Piazza Augusto Imperatore, 28).