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Gusto Pizza Co.

After grazing our way through the Downtown Farmer's Market on Saturday, we were looking for a spot to hit for a late lunch. After a couple of beers at Flanagan's on Ingersoll, we hopped in the car and happened to see this sign. 

Gusto Pizza Co., located at 1905 Ingersoll Avenue in Suite 106, opened to much fanfare earlier this year. Being former restaurant owners, we understand all of the things that can go wrong upon opening a new place, so we usually like to let them work out the kinks before we visit. I'm here to tell you, there ain't no kinks at Gusto Pizza.

Gusto Pizza offers some inspiring appetizers, an excellent array of signature pizzas, salads with house made dressings, an innovative sandwich menu and even some desserts. For lunch, they offer the Gusto Pronto, a prepared mini pizza special. They also offer wine by the glass or bottle and a great selection of beer including many from local area breweries.

It's a casual order at the counter kind of place, and service is fast, friendly and efficient.

The restaurant seats about 65, but they do have additional space available for private events.

And don't forget about this fabulous patio. What a great spot for a nice leisurely evening of pizza and fun.

OK, on to the important stuff - the food! We decided to start with the Meatball Skewer appetizer. An excellent choice. Served with red sauce and grated Romano, the meatballs covered a wide range of deliciousness. 

Here's the proof.

It was definitely a tough choice to pick just one pizza to try from the bevy of gourmet pizza combinations available. The fresh ingredients include a variety of different sauces, cheeses and toppings. You can choose one of their signature pies or create your own Gusto.

We went with The Stallion - red sauce, mozzarella, Italian meatballs, yellow onions, garlic and green peppers - it was a thing of beauty.

We were so impressed with the crisp crust, the crunch of the fresh peppers and onion, just the right amount of cheese (too much cheese kills the best pizza for us) and those meatballs! I know we had just had the meatballs for an appetizer, but overkill this pizza was most definitely not.

Maybe you should have another look.

We were also impressed by the selection of locally brewed beer - Madhouse, Hub City, Millstream, Peace Tree, all were available at Gusto Pizza Co.

Grant enjoyed a Peace Tree Brewing Co. Red Rambler. Their labels are awesome.

Yes, for shame that we waited so long to finally eat at Gusto Pizza Co. We will rectify that bad decision with many more pizzas in the future. We heartily recommend this reasonably priced, not the same old thing pizza restaurant. Making our way through that signature pizza menu is way up there on our list.

Gusto Pizza Co.

1905 Ingersoll Ave., Suite 106
Des Moines, IA  50314



M - Thu  11:00am - 10:00pm
Fri - Sat  11:00am - 11:00pm
Sun  4:00pm - 9:00pm

Menus and more information at www.gustopizzaco.com

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Reader Comments (7)

Many thanks for this fantastic post. Hope to see you again soon!

Jul 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGusto Pizza Co.

Thanks for stopping by! We will definitely be back soon to try more of your fabulous menu.

Jul 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

Their current deal for 1/2 price pizza between 2 and 4 PM is perfect for us 'seniors' w/ flexible schedules. We've missed Frank's Pizza and are happy that it's been reincarnated as Gusto Pizza.

Jul 12, 2011 | Unregistered Commentereastpolk

eastpolk, that IS a great deal. There are so many menu items that we still need to try!

Jul 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

I agree with you that they have great pizza- and a great patio!

Jul 13, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercoryeats

Here's the Road Tips post on Gusto Pizza -


While I don't care much for ground sausage on pizza, there was no doubt that Gusto Pizza was pretty darn good!

Jul 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRoad Tips

Hi Road Tips! Thanks for the link to your post. We found out from Josh that the meatballs on our pizza were also courtesy of Graziano's - they sure know how to make 'em. Thanks for stopping by Iowa Foodie.

Jul 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

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