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Date night at Gusto Manchester: pasta, cocktails, chocolate fondue and strawberries

As always, Saturday, the boyfriend and I have date night. With both of us super busy with work commitments through the week, we don’t see each other as much as we would like. So Saturday is our day and it is usually filled with shopping, coffee food & pornstar martinis.

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Outfit: Shirt Dress – Missguided, Coat – George + Bag – H&M

This week we went to one of my favourite restaurants in Manchester – Gusto. I love everything about this restaurant, the ambiance, customer service, food and cocktails. Italian is my favourite food, anything pasta, pizza, garlic and I’m all over it. I don’t eat meat, so finding restaurants with variety is super hard – there is only so much Penne al’arrabiata one can eat + margherita pizza has become a drag.

Gusto do a lovely choice of vegetarian dishes, I opted for the hand-made artichoke tortellini with crispy artichokes, mushrooms and butter sauce, it was so, so nice! Such a change from the standard tomato and basil pasta I’m usually left with. I’d love to make it myself (although I’m unsure how tasty that would be).

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Hand-made artichoke tortellini with crispy artichokes, mushrooms and butter sauce

We also had a range of cocktails all priced around £8.50 + totally worth it.

Peach and Passion Fruit Julep
Peach purée, passionfruit and mint smashed through with Woodford Reserve and gomme.
Peach purée, passionfruit and mint smashed through
with Woodford Reserve and gomme.
Grape Crush
Muddled grapes with amaretto, Campari, Limoncello, rounded off by a hint of lemon and sugar

The desert had to be my favourite part of the night, I love chocolate, strawberries and cherries so the chocolate fondue for two was perfect.

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chocolate fondue for two, don’t mind if I do!

Not only did the food satisfy, the customer service was brilliant and we didn’t have to wait for our courses or for the plates to be cleared away. The staff were very assertive and made the effort to make sure we had enough drinks throughout the night.

Overall the night was a blast… If anyone finds themself in Manchester and likes Italian food then Gusto is a great choice. Although Gusto restaurants are located throughout the country, it doesn’t feel like your average chain restaurant. The place is full of character, has a lovely contemporary setting and the food and cocktails are very well presented and cooked/made.

Beautiful! I hope everyone has had a great weekend… now back to the grind.

xo
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