Taste buds can easily turn into viciously passive-aggressive taste frenemies without proper attention. Keep your tongue from gossiping behind your back with today's Groupon: for $9, you get $20 worth of Italian fare and drinks at Buon Gusto Ristorante & Bar, located in Mission Hills.
A quick perusal of Buon Gusto's classic Italian menu induces immediate mouth watering without so much as a Pavlovian peal. Start off with flavorful appetizers such as crab cakes with lobster sauce ($6.95), bruschetta ($5.50), and a belly-warming pastina in brodo (chicken broth with pasta; $7.50). With your appetite aptly antipastoed, try out pasta dishes such as the fusilli all fantasia, a flying dragon ride through toasted pine nuts, cream, brandy, shallots, and gorgonzola ($12.50), and the penne all' amalfi with roasted peppers and pink sauce ($11.50). Sink seafaring pearlies into the linguine with clam or mussels ($17.50) or opt for the alla paillard, tender veal kissed with extra-virgin olive oil and lemon ($17.95). Buon Gusto also offers pizzas ($8.50-$16.95), calzones ($10.50), and family-style dinners ($10.95 per person), just right for patrons who prefer to control the migratory patterns of their dinner plates.
Modestly tucked into an unassuming strip mall, Buon Gusto's interior is cozy and welcoming with a profusion of natural light streaming in from the front windows. Peruse the extensive wine list while planted at the bar, or end your evening with a shared or hoarded homemade dessert.
- Excellent lasagna (not the "boat kind", my husband says), the chicken dishes are great, love their tomato sauce, nice and thick, tastes like its been simmering awhile. – Kelly F., Yelp
- Don’t forget to ask to hear the specials, I always ask and most times than not I will order the special, and I’m never disappointed. – Joecool, Citysearch
Buon Gusto Ristorante
Benito Prezia founded Buon Gusto Ristorante because he wanted a place where families of any size could gather and enjoy great Italian food. The dining room can seat parties of up to 100 and the menu of Italian classics continues to keep up with the times. But it's what happens behind the scenes that really counts. Chefs select their herbs and vegetables from the restaurant's own garden, filling dishes with fresh-picked flavors. And to keep diners of every age happy, the menu offers a variety a dishes such as spaghetti and meatballs, brandy-soaked beef tenderloin, seafood paella, and vegetarian manicotti. The chefs even make a few gluten-free pastas, helping everyone in a family enjoy a meal at the same table, even when someone is going through a parachute-pants phase.