Meet Gusto101 – a tasty Italian restaurant in Toronto’s fashion district

Gusto101 Toronto bar

Italian Restaurant Gusto101 in Toronto

Toronto is well equipped with restaurants, and the Italian kitchen got its fair share in it. The bigger the incentive is to be distinctive: in food, drinks and interior. On 101 Portland Street, in the heart of Toronto’s fashion district, you will find Gusto101. The Italian word for ‘taste’ (gusto) is promising and yes, the classic Italian dishes with a twist are tasty.

Absolute favorites

It’s always worth the effort to ask your waiter’s favorite dish, and I was told several times the Polipo was the best. This char-grilled octopus is delicious and so is the Bruschetta ai Funghi (I have to admit I have a weakness for antipasti).

Although it’s crazy busy on Friday nights, it’s worth the wait and enjoy food and drinks at the bar. In this way you’ve already conquered the best seat for the perfect night out and ready for the extensive selection of drinks. Varying from the weekly House Barrel Aged Cocktail to Vini di Gusto (Gusto’s own wine on tap for 1 dollar per ounce, and a whole lot tastier than it sounds)! When you are in Canada you have to drink a Bloody Ceasar, a cocktail similar to a Bloody Mary but much much better. It contains vodka, Clamato (a blend of tomato juice and clam broth, again that’s tastier than it sounds), hot sauce and Worcestershire sauce. Served in a celery salt-rimmed glass and often garnished with celery and lime; the Gusto Ceasar comes with house made pickles.

Canadians love Ceasar’s and they love to go out for brunch during the weekend. With a sunlit patio and a tasty brunch menu, brunch at Gusto sounds like the perfect plan for the day after a night of Ceasar’s. As befits an Italian they serve good coffee. Tasteful coffee is certainly not a given in North America, but a cappuccino at Gusto101 makes one happy. Cheers!

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For more info or reservations

101 Portland St, Toronto, Canada

+1 416-504-9669

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Lara van Gemert

After two years of living in Toronto, just recently moved to Hong Kong. Looking forward to this new adventure, I love big cities and exploring them!

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