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The beauty of rustic cuisine lies in its rich simplicity. Inside the kitchen, the chefs of Gusto Ristorante e Bar Americano bring the food of Italy’s countryside to the city with an emphasis on spotlighting seasonal ingredients. According to New York magazine, "Gusto is the rare local spot worth a visit just for the food." Hand-made pastas and sauces are a staple at trattorias throughout the world—as they are here—but that might be where the similarities end. The senses each treat in the flavors of truffle oil, pomegranate, and wild boar, which combine with pastas and sauces to elevate each dish beyond its humble roots. The fusion of classical influences and contemporary sensibilities is also present around the dining room. "Gusto's simple elegance derives from the sleek retro black and white design that pays homage to Italian films of the fifties and sixties," according to Gayot. As meals stretch, vintage-inspired desk lamps and crystal chandeliers cast their soft glow across the dining room's clean brick walls, creating opportunities to make the most elegant of shadow puppets.