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Craving Italian? Head To Gustoso, Mumbai's Old Favourite, That Has Reopened At Kemp's Corner

The now-transformed restaurant now sports a sophisticated, sleek new look; a vibrant bar; and five distinct dining areas, all of which promise guests an elevated, premium experience, in the heart of South Mumbai.

Gustoso, the award-winning Italian restaurant by Indianapoli Hospitality, has reopened at Kemp’s Corner. The transformed restaurant now sports a sophisticated, intimate and glamorous new look, a vibrant bar, and five distinct dining areas, all of which promise guests an elevated, premium experience, in the heart of South Mumbai.  

Designed by Jaimini Patel and James Moore, the space has been influenced by  the historical building in which it resides. Once a Rolls Royce showroom, the building still features many quirky design elements that have  been  carefully  restored,  through  the renovation.  One of these elements is  full  casement  windows  that  were  present  in  the original structure, which feature in the new space, admitting an abundance of natural light. The interiors are inspired by Italy, specifically southern Italy and the Amalfi Coast.  

The  restaurant  is  divided  into  five  unique  areas  –  The  Ristorante;  Vino;  The  Pizzeria; Giardino;  and  The  Villa.  Guests  arrive  via  a  double-entrance  lobby  into  The Ristorante and  Bar,  an  intimate  and  inviting,  bar  and  dining  lounge  area,  complete  with  custom- printed  wallpaper,  emerald  velvet  banquette,  and  bar  stools  upholstered  with  plush burnt orange velvet. Table tops of Italian marble, and a serpentine-shaped bar made of real  timber,  with  marble  and  brass  accents,  lend  a  rich  and  sophisticated  feel  to  the space. A statement chandelier with a predominant leaf motif in gold, brass and copper, is bound to catch the eye as guests walk in. 

Vino follows, a space with communal dining tables and wall-to-wall wine cabinets. Here, guests can enjoy the company of their fellow diners, or have a semi-private meal. The tables can be re-grouped to suit all parties. 

The Pizzeria serves as a more informal dining area, with a copper-tone, tile-clad pizza oven, and banquette overlooking the pizza preparation counter, which is sure to be a hit with younger diners. Copper-clad walls that are expected to mottle and age over time, add a more rustic touch to this area of the restaurant. 

Guests can then venture into the Giardino, which features informal garden seating and a water fountain. The walls are clad with limestone, which naturally greys over time and offers   an   authentic   garden   feel.   Flooring   sourced   from   the   Mediterranean   is complemented  by  plants  and  oversized  pots.  Guests  can  enjoy  romantic,  candle-lit evenings in this open-air space which features a moving, louvred roof, allowing for air- conditioning during the warmer months.   

The   fifth   section   of   the   restaurant   is   The   Villa,   reminiscent   of   classical   Italian architecture, with its arched windows and entrance. Inside, guests can occupy separate tables or take the entire space as a private dining room. The tiled flooring is in tasteful hues   of   orange,   green   and   grey,   while   statement   lighting   and   custom-designed wallpaper completes the look.  

The entire restaurant features an eclectic selection of art, inspired by Napoli street-art and graffiti. A contrast of old Italian references (churches, street scenes) are juxtaposed against  more  modern,  pop-culture  imagery,  in  a  series  of  artworks  that  are  found through the eatery.  

Guests will enjoy a menu featuring many of the signature dishes that made Gustoso such a success when it originally opened. Curated by four-time World Pizza Champion Chef Giulio Adriani along with the Michelin-star Chef Adriano Baldassarre, the menu offers a range  of  classic  and  more  modern  Italian  dishes.  All  dishes  are  beautifully  presented and plated on handcrafted crockery, made especially for Gustoso by Curators of Clay. 

For Antipasti, guests can try Burrata, a new signature dish featuring puffed crispy bread Cilled with fresh burrata, placed on San Marzano tomatoes, arugula with Marinara sauce; Suppli,  a  traditional  Roman  street  food  –  Italian  Carnaroli  rice  croquettes  filled  with mozzarella, served with arrabbiata sauce; and Tartare Di Tonno, tuna tartare with olives, capers and tomato tapenade, and house-made black pepper grissini. 

Pasta  lovers  will  enjoy  the  variety  of  options  available  like  Tonnarelli  Cacio  E  Pepe, traditional  Roman  pasta  with  pecorino  cheese  and  black  pepper;  and  Spaghetti  Alla Nerano, an Amalfi specialty of zucchini, mint, parmesan and pecorino. From the Risotti section of the menu, guests can try Pescatora, Italian Carnaroli rice with king prawns, clams and calamari in a white wine and cherry tomato sauce.  

The  Secondi  course  includes  options  like  the  classic  Parmigiana  Di  Melanzane;  Pesce Patate  E  Cipolla,  poached  Chilean  sea  bass  placed  on  caramelized  onions  and  raisins, topped with a creamy potato sauce; and Pancia di Maiale, braised pork belly served with gnocco alla Romana. 

A meal at Gustoso would be incomplete without Pizze, of which there is a wide variety, both with and without tomato sauce as the base. Guests can choose a Neapolitan or thin crust (Alla Romana) and order the Gustoso favourite, Diavola; the tomato-free Delizia Di Funghi, sautéed mushrooms, Italian truffle oil, mozzarella, arugula and parmesan; and new  gourmet  options  with  unusual  toppings  that  Chef  Giulio  has  added  to  the  menu, like  Ribollita  Toscana,  mozzarella,  borlotti  beans,  sautéed  escarole,  topped  with  leek puree; and Pizza Di Escarole, mozzarella, pecorino, escarole, garlic, raisins, capers and pine nuts.  

To end, guests can try Dolci like Millefoglie Sbriciolata, deconstructed puff pastry with custard and fresh berries; Tiramisu; and Gelati in flavours such as dark Belgian chocolate, vanilla bean, and intense coffee.  

Guests can sample Gustoso’s signature cocktails, either seated at the bar, or at the table with  their  meal.  These  skillfully-crafted  libations  pair  well  with  the  food,  and  include options  like  Something  Very  Special,  Hendricks,  passionfruit  puree,  lemongrass  syrup, lemon  and  egg  white;  Ciao  Bella,  Bombay  Sapphire,  Campari,  lemon  juice  and  fresh watermelon;  Bessos  Caliente,  El  Jimador,  grapefruit  syrup,  lemon  juice  and  habanero bitter; and Monkey Business, El Dorado 12, almond syrup, fresh pineapple, lemon juice, a pinch  of  mint,  and  Angostura  bitter.  Bratislav  Glisic,  a  mixologist  who  has  developed beverage programs at some of the world’s finest bars, including Employees Only in New York City, has conceptualized the cocktail menu. 

The  extensive  beverage  list  lays  emphasis  on  a  wide  variety  of  wines,  many  of  them from   Italy.   The   restaurant   has   also   invested   in   a   Eurocave,   a   cutting-edge   wine preservation system, which allows them to serve premium wines by the glass as well, instead of just by the bottle. Another new addition is the iFavine, a patented system for wine aeration, that can decant a complex wine in a matter of minutes, instead of having to wait for several hours.  

Gustoso Kemp's Corner
Plot 109, Kwality House
August Kranti Marg
Below Kemp's Corner Bridge
Mumbai

For reservations: +91 7045000020 / 022 2382254 / 022 23812584 

  

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