So stupid for not bringing my camera with me on my inaugural visit to Gran Gusto, but I take refuge in the fact that I’ll be back soon enough. The inside walls are painted to draw you into a quaint countryside setting, and it was the perfect spot for lunch with the girls on a balmy spring afternoon. I zoomed in on the pizza section of the menu, planning to order the margherita for a first taste test, but a conversation on arugula turned the tides, and I ended up with the Arugola pie: tomato sauce, bufala mozzarella, prosciutto, arugula, and parmesan. And I didn’t look back. The pizza there is just about the way I like it. The dough is pliant and chewy and seasoned just so; toward the center of the pie it’s a bit soft with some noticeable sag, but the crust has a lovely crackle. The tomato sauce I honestly didn’t give much thought to, lost amid the silky mozzarella, salty prosciutto, and plentiful arugula. I think that’s a good thing, though, because it also means it didn’t get in the way of the other ingredients. I got dreamy-eyed when an entire pie of this stuff materialized before me, and it was just as delicious as it looked. It’s a rare thing in this world when something/someone does not disappoint, which makes me appreciate this pizza on a level beyond it being just a good plate of food.
The remains of the day, subsequently devoured in the night.
This place deserves a better post, as if I need an excuse to return.
90 Sherman Street
Cambridge MA 02140