Locanda de Gusti
Dedication to the best ingredients and the joy of eating give this unassuming Italian restaurant a life-affirming flavour.
Head chef Rosario Sartore established Locanda de Gusti with his wife, Maria, to recreate the culinary traditions of his Neapolitan upbringing. And this beautiful, traditional trattoria really does feel like it's been transplanted direct from Italy. Diced octopus salad is perfectly paired with delicious sweet yellow pepper drops, lemon citronette and garlic, while hot-smoked Scottish salmon comes with capers, extra virgin olive oil and fresh buffalo mozzarella from Campania. Indeed, fish and seafood are abundant here; for something a little adventurous, try the charcoal-grilled fish and Scottish crustaceans, an eye-catching plate with gorgeous smoky sea bass, prawn, scallops, sword fish, tuna steak and rainbow trout. Alternatively, slow-cooked Scottish beef shin is sublime in cacciatora sauce, with olive oil, garlic and fresh herbs. This cosy space has a wonderful atmosphere and the friendly staff seem genuinely delighted to help. And if you close your eyes, you can practically smell the Mediterranean.
- Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Italian tunes
- Capacity: 40
- Largest group: 40
- Open since: May 2014 in current location
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 14
- House wine: £22.50 per bottle
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