Bringing added glitz and glamour to Lloyd Street when it opened two years ago, Gusto has since established itself as a go-to place in the city for contemporary Italian food. But the restaurant – which also has outlets in Didsbury, Alderley Edge, Cheadle Hulme and Knutsford – isn’t resting on its laurels and has recently introduced a new à la carte menu for the current season. On our visit during a bustling Tuesday evening, we sampled several of the additional choices on the menu: creamed cauliflower soup (£4.75) with crispy shallots and rosemary focaccia; spicy pork gnocchi (the highlight of the visit – £6.50 as a starter, £10.95 as a main) with sun-dried tomatoes, rocket and pesto; slow-cooked lamb cacciatore (£14.95) in red wine sauce; and pork saltimbocca (£14.75) wrapped in sage and Tuscan ham. Accompanied by sides including creamed spinach and polenta chips, portions were on the generous side throughout, leaving us both stuffed and satisfied. With favourites including pizzas, deli boards and 28-day-aged steaks still featuring, Gusto’s expanding menu continues to shine.

Gusto Manchester, 4 Lloyd Street, M2 5AB, Tel: 0161 832 2866,

Chris Horkan
Published on:
Thu 8 Dec 2016