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|Address:||35 Willow Place, London SW1P 1JH|
|Tel:||020 3641 0754|
|Price: £34.00||Wine: £16.00||Champagne: £50.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sat 12N-3pm 6-10.30pm (Sat -11pm) Sun 12.30-4pm 6-9.30pm|
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Well,this was a pleasant surprise! Tucked away down a small side street off Vauxhall Bridge Road, Gustoso was a true lunchtime delight. From the same stable as Al Duca in St James and The Beehive in Paddington, the owners are now bringing their trattoria style quality to the Victoria/Pimlico area. The restaurant itself is simple but attractively furnished with unfussy wooden tables and chairs and the large frontal picture windows give good daylight to the room leading to the bar area at the rear. The place was busy but the staff were attentive and helpful and did all they could to make us feel welcome. The food was very good and excellent value: choosing from a wide selection on the daily changing specials board, my starter of chilli prawn linguine was very good and the monkfish to follow a wonderful blend of textures and flavours. My companion's beef carpaccio was very well presented and his special crab pasta dish was “an absolute delight”. The wine list, whilst not extensive contained a reasonable selection of trustworthy, competitively priced Italian varieties and the Puglian Copertino we had (a subtle blend of Negromara and Malvasia nera grapes) was a great accompaniment to a delicious meal. One to visit – you won't be disappointed.