It was only last week that the owners of Gusto on Hutt re-branded the restaurant to Amaro. Previously, Gusto on Hutt and the original Gusto in Norwood not only shared the same name, but they also had identical menus. After querying what the changes were, I was told Gusto in Norwood is a cafe while Amaro is a restaurant. The menu offerings have been changed up a bit with the most popular items being retained. The last time I was here, I had the Crab Meat Linguine, but now it’s a Crab Meat Risotto.
The only thing that appears to have changed are the signs and menus. The decor looks identical to what it was from my last visit.
Prior to our entrees arriving we were given Baked Parmesan with Pear in Red Wine. The parmesan was dry and almost crunchy, while the pear resembled beetroot. The sharp taste of the parmesan was still there and it was well balanced by the subtle sweetness of the pear. It was interesting but not my cup of tea.
For an entree, we had the Schiacciata Caprese, which is a freshly baked Italian flat bread with fresh tomato, basil and buffalo mozzarella. The flat bread was warm, light and airy, and the ingredients on top were fresh, but for some reason, we both didn’t like the cold ingredients sitting on top of the piping hot flat bread.
For my main, I had the Gnocchi Ragu. While I normally emphasise the importance of presentation, I felt this came at the cost of the serving size. The gnocchi was really good. It was light on the tongue and teeth, and held together well on the plate. In my mouth, they simply melted which is what I expected. The veal ragu was made up of lean, tender morsels of meat that simply fell apart. The rich tomato flavour was well infused into the meat and was balanced by the sharp taste of the shaved parmesan cheese.
My friend has the Involtini Di Pollo which is chicken rolled up with gorgonzola cheese, pear, walnuts and honey that is wrapped in pancetta. It came with a side serving of sauteed spinach and carrot. I was told the dish was delicious, in particular, the tender succulent chicken. The only criticism of this dish was that there wasn’t enough sauce.
We both shared a side of Patate which is fried Kifler potatoes with rosemary, seat salt and garlic aioli.
The staff were friendly and the service was very good. Drinks and meals arrived promptly, and the plates and cutlery were cleared with every course. The waiter that served us had full knowledge of the menu, and was pleasant until the point he brought us the bill without us asking. Perhaps he had mistaken us with another table, but we felt that was a sign for us to leave.
10 months ago, the mains were between $18-$30. Now they’re between $25-$36, which is a big jump in less than a year. We both shared an entree and side, and ordered a main each. This set us back around $37 each which worked out to be alright.
Overall, the experience was a lot better than when it was Gusto on Hutt.
WHERE: 173 Hutt St, Adelaide