NOW OPEN: More Room, More Pasta, More Gusto!


8022 West 3rd Street in Los Angeles
Dinner: 6 – 11 p.m., daily
Brunch: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Saturday & Sunday · @gusto_la

NOW OPEN: More Room, More Pasta, More Gusto!


Chef Vic Casanova’s quintessential Third Street Italian favorite, Gusto is stepping into the space previously occupied by sister restaurant Pistola. Casanova is growing Gusto from the original 35 seats to 130 seats, allowing him to enhance the menu, add a full beverage program and launch weekend brunch.NOW OPEN: More Room, More Pasta, More Gusto!


Featuring the ‘free range-Italian’ fare for which Casanova has become known, Gusto’s updated menu is representative of the restaurant’s evolution while remaining true to its original concept. In addition to classics such as Black Fusilli with garlic, anchovy, capers, black olive, tomato, chili, & oregano; and Bucatini Carbonara with pancetta, egg yolk, black pepper &scallions, new pasta additions include Pappardelle with wide ribbon pasta, oxtail ragu  & parmigiana; and Rigatoni All’Amatriciana with guanciale, tomato, onion, chili &pecorino. Chef Casanova offers Piccoli Piatti, dishes designed to share, such as Cavoletti with kale, cabbage, Brussels, hazelnuts, cherries, goat cheese, & mustard vinaigrette; Fiori Di Zucca with crispy squash blossoms, ricotta, and basil tocco; Polipo with Mediterranean octopus, cannellini beans, tomato & harissa; and Local Buratta Crostini with black mission figs, local burrata & aceto balsamico tradizionale. Large plate offerings include Tagliata, American wagyu flat iron steak, arugula, parmigiano & aceto balsamico tradizionale and Branzino, grilled mediterranean sea bass, summer squash caponata & charred lemon.

With the larger space, Gusto’s new menu will now include house made pizzas, with more than 10 options including Prosciutto di Parma with tomato, arugula, and mozzarella; Salsiccia with tomato, sausage, rapini and caciocavallo; as well as a daily market offering and a kid’s pizza.NOW OPEN: More Room, More Pasta, More Gusto!


The bar program, overseen by Devon Espinosa, features Gianna with Dimmi, St. Germain, Luxardo Fernet, & Lemon and the Amico with Chamomile Infused Arette Tequila Blanco, Clover Honey, Grapefruit, Lime, & Rose Water.  The all-Italian wine list, overseen by Casanova’s wife Jessa, features wines procured from small production, distinguished Italian houses while the beer lists features Birra Peroni’s Pale Lager from Italy and domestic options like North Coast Brewing’s Old No.38 Stout.NOW OPEN: More Room, More Pasta, More Gusto!


The exterior of the new Gusto has been transformed from its previously black façade to a warm Navajo white, adding an awning, trees lining the sidewalk and Gusto’s signature red, hand-painted logo. The interior now features warmer accents such as Spanish red and pewter grey walls, wooden banquettes with walnut chairs and comfortable pillows lining the main dining room, and is anchored by a 10-seat marble bar. Previously a traditional dining area, the second-story mezzanine has transformed into an inviting lounge ideal for relaxed drinks, casual meetings or a quick bite. The outdoor, rooftop patio seats 20 and is illuminated by Edison bulb string lights and features an olive tree as the main focal point of the space.