A couple of weekends ago, G and I were in Boston for a weekend. It gave us a chace to have a lovely dinner at one of our old favorites, Gran Gusto. It is a wonderful, family run Italian restaurant in North Cambridge. The restaurant itself is on a side road in an office building. We discovered it a few years ago as we often used to pass the place. Gran Gusto was the first restaurant that managed to last in this odd location for more than a few months. We were often concerned about whether it would last as we were often one of only a few full tables. This time we went in early a Saturday evening and the room was buzzing. We were asked if we had a reservation and since we didn’t were offered the option to sit at the bar. Looks like business is booming! The space is a little odd since it is in an office building but quite comfortable and cute. The walls are painted to make it feel as though you are outside in an Italian courtyard.
We shared a lovely stracciatella and prosciutto appetizer. Stracciatella is a lovely cheese which is the inner core of bufala mozzarella and according to the waiter was flown in from Italy. It was so delicate, rich and creamy! G had the rigatoni with sausage and mushrooms which he loved! I had a linguini dish with baby calamari and tomatoes. It was tasty although the baby calamari were a little fishy for my taste. We ended with a light and smooth tiramisu. It was wonderful! Gran Gusto’s popularity is well earned though it is out of the way it is well worth the trip.
90 Sherman Street
Cambridge, MA 02140