Gusto, Alderley Edge


Janet Reeder dines at Gusto

Gusto is an Alderley Edge favourite and when we were invited along to sample the menu I jumped at the chance.    First impressions: This could quite easily be a neighbourhood restaurant in London, expensively fitted out with a trendy see-through kitchen and a selection of dishes that reflects a modern relaxed-dining vibe.   Lunch has to start with a glass of champagne.  No reason, except it feels like so much more of an occasion and Gusto is all about giving diners a sense of being special, whether they’re having a quick business lunch or lavish dinner.   The menus have always changed seasonally but now Gusto is heading for a re-vamp with new branding and the opening of a beautiful restaurant at the site of the old Heathcote’s on Manchester’s Jackson’s Row.  This also includes a new look for Gusto Alderley Edge and more use being made of the bar area to compete with the Bubble Room down the road which has increased its size (double Bubble?).    What will remain constant I am told by management, is a menu that is inspired by the elegant charm of the classic Italian ristorante, the buzz and the freshness of dishes. The menu looks enormous at first glance but is in reality variations on the themes of  pasta, pizza steaks and burgers, all the traditional favourites the modern diner adores.   I had fried Pecorino cheese with spicy tomato chutney (£4.75) as a starter which was a delicious mixture of salty and spicy while my bloke opted for a well-balanced saffron risotto with a white crab salad.   We drank a sunny Sicilian Castelmonte Grillo (£29) which was light and  perfect  for lunchtime drinking as it didn’t lay waste to your head like some wines can do mid-day.   My rigatoni primavera with asparagus spears, peas fagioli beans, cherry tomatoes, pine nuts and crème fraiche ( £9.50) was a generously proportioned pasta dish that tasted home cooked (in a good way). My other half’s 10oz rib eye steak with truffle butter and sautéed wild mushrooms  (£16.25) with fries (£3.25) couldn’t be faulted. We ramped up the calories indulging in an unctuous chocolate mousse with salted caramel  and cappuccino cream  (£5.25) and  a softly melting warm chocolate and hazelnut brownie  (£5.95) and felt much better for doing so.   Enjoyed with Gusto? You bet!   *Janet Reeder was a guest of Gusto, Alderley Edge.   Gusto 75, London Road, Alderley Edge, SK9 7DY.