Sure we know what a ristorante is in these enlightened days. But many will be in the dark when it comes to the term enoteca. Well, allow Gustoso Ristorante & Enoteca in London’s Westminster to demonstrate the meaning of both. An enoteca is literally an Italian wine repository, a place where guests can sample and learn about a range of fine wines. With authentic Italian food served up in the welcoming atmosphere of a traditional Italian enoteca, Gustoso’s Willow Place premises are perfect for a drink with friends, a light bistro-style snack, or a full trattoria-style meal.
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Westminster’s Gustoso Ristorante & Enoteca is in good company, joining the London Restaurants family alongside trattoria Al Duca and Osteria dell’Angolo. Classic and Italian dishes come together here, presented to guests by staff selected for their knowledge and passion for Italian cuisine and wine. That’s for the best, because Gustoso’s wine list is long, as befits a place billing itself as an enoteca. A huge range of Italian and international wines are represented, with a good many available by the half bottle, which makes this Willow Place trattoria a great place for an after-work drink or aperitif.
As for Gustoso Ristorante & Enoteca’s food, the menu is classically structured according to Italian tradition, but also includes a great selection of stuzzichini, small dishes perfect with drinks. All of Gustoso’s dishes use only fresh and seasonal ingredients, and these variations are reflected in the daily-changing specials that are available both at lunch and dinner time. The warm and welcoming ambience at this Willow Place trattoria, with an open kitchen and stands of wine dotting the dining room, makes Westminster’s Gustoso perfect for private hire. There’s even a separate, intimate dining room that can accommodate up to 16 people. This is as good a spot to sample Italian food and drink enoteca style as you’ll find anywhere in London.
Not the first time that I've visited Gustoso but as always the food was excellent, service attentive but not 'over the top' and the ambience is 'just right'. It's buzzy in the evenings but quiet enough at lunch times for a good chat with friends and we never feel rushed. Three lovely pastas and I had salmon on bed of spinach which had an amazing flavour. Three creme brulee with berries and one tiramisu, all divine. Excellent wine list too.
I arrived early. No problem. Waited for the other person, who was late. No problem. Very good meal. Excellent service. Will definitely return. Good experience.
I hosted dinner last night at Gustoso for myself and a Kilburn friend. We both had a delicious time in the absolutely packed room. Service, as always, enchantingly friendly and the food fine and comforting...if my grandmother had been Sardinian this is the kind of lovingly prepared food she would have created in her kitchen. As a bonus--befitting the Enoteca portion of the name-there's a excellent wine list. A neighbourhood gem which is also worth travelling to for out of Pimlico foodies.