Gusto Italiano Ristorante: Hidden Homestyle Italian

Written By Caroline in Reviews

One Clean Plate - Gusto Italiano Ristorante front by Caroline Wik

Gusto Italiano Restaurant

1470 Waukegan Rd.
Glenview, IL 60025

Rating: 3 out of 5 Plates
Hours: Mon – Thurs: 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Fri: 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Sat: 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Sun: 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Price Range: Lunch:
Appetizers: $6 – 12
Pizzas: $9 – $20
Soups & Salads: $4 – $9
Entrees: $9 – $15

Appetizers: $5 – 12
Soups & Salads: $4 – $9
Entrees: $12 – $23

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We found ourselves visiting relatives out in the northern suburbs of Chicago where there there are apparently next to no restaurants. If it weren’t for our phones, we might not have even eaten! Thanks to the Yelp app though we stumbled upon a little Italian place tucked in the corner of a shopping center – completely hidden from the main street.

Inside there was an empty host stand, a bar and plenty of open tables. For lunch it was pretty quiet. It took a few minutes but once we were finally seated the service was quick and friendly. The interior was dated and around the bar it was very dark, but the area we were seated in was much brighter.

We started out with salads, which were colorful and fresh but overall unremarkable. I suppose they were just “starter salads” but I would have liked a bit more flavor other than the vinaigrette dressing.

The meal itself was much better – I ordered the Chicken Posillipo, which is chicken with sauteed artichoke hearts and gorgonzola cheese in a white wine sauce. Although the food practically swam in the sauce, it was actually really delicious. The sauce was creamy and cheesy, yet light. The chicken and artichokes were savory and delicious. It could have used something to help balance out all the savoriness, although it was so filling I couldn’t have fit another bite in of anything else. It did come with garlic fried potato slices, but that too was really savory.

Adam’s Chicken Tetrazini was sauteed chicken and mushrooms with peas in an alfredo sauce. Much like my Posillipo it was heavy on the cream and savoriness and, while delicious, needed something to help balance it out. As with mine, there was an excess of sauce but it was tasty and worth every bite (sip?)

We left with stomachs packed and taste buds pleased. Gusto is definitely worth a visit if you are in the area. Otherwise, I’m not sure it’s worth the trip up to Glenview. For lunch our portions were sizable and very reasonably priced.

One Clean Plate - Gusto Italiano Ristorante - Chicken Tetrazini by Caroline Wik

Gusto’s Chicken Tetrazini, a plate of sauteed chicken and mushrooms with peas in an alfredo sauce.

One Clean Plate - Gusto Italiano Ristorante - Chicken Posillipo by Caroline Wik

The Chicken Posillipo (chicken with sauteed artichoke hearts and gorgonzola cheese in a white wine sauce) and fried potato wedges.

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Verdict: Try For Lunch

Gusto Italiano Ristorante has great deals for lunch so if you’re unsure try the lunch first. The menu is large and has a variety of different kinds of items, so there is much to try here.

The restaurant’s decor may be a bit dated but the staff is friendly and the food is delicious and filling – even if our particular dishes were missing that little something to help balance the flavors.

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