• Eve Watson

Happy 2nd birthday to Gusto!

Cake, copious amounts of alcohol and some beautiful live music were all on the menu at Gusto's last night to celebrate their 2nd birthday in West Bridgford. We went along to join in the excitement and have one too many cocktails!

This is a first time for me at Gusto, and I did wonder how this Italian restaurant could be different from all the others in Nottingham. But it is! As soon as I walked in I knew this place was special: there are glittering fairy lights climbing the walls, people eating their delicious meals by candlelight and extremely friendly staff to invite you in to their cosy, intimate but classy restaurant.

We were offered generous amounts of Aperol Spritz to kick off the evening, which with the recent sunny weather went down extremely well. Throughout the evening, Italian canapes were offered around and I'm not embarrassed to say I cornered the waiter every time he appeared with a new tray of amazing nibbles. They were all so tasty, but the one that I chased the waiter down for more was the bruschetta - garlicky tomatoes and herbs on crusty bread. The taste of this canape was so authentically Italian I felt for a second as though I were on holiday in Italy.

The Award for the most incredible moment of the evening, however, didn't quite go to the bruchetta (although it was a close one). The brilliant Events and Sales Manager, Emily Stutchbury took to the microphone to perform some beautiful music. Her voice was so powerful and enchanting and really added to the evening as a whole. Sadly this isn’t a regular gig at Gusto as Emily has a day job too.

After some amazing vocals from Emily, we were finally treated to the cake! The salted caramel chocolate slice of heaven was made by Studio Chocolate, and is always the perfect ending to a birthday party.

So this was my first visit, but won’t be my last. Gusto is definitely a place I've been missing out on, and I'm very excited to return to have what I'm guessing will be an incredible restaurant experience.