Best Toronto Patios: Gusto 101

Want an Italian meal while enjoying Toronto’s beautiful summer weather?

Then look no further because Gusto 101 has your back. Located at 101 Portland St., the rustic eatery of Gusto 101 implements style with a touch of industrial feel to its entire restaurant and patio scene.

The authentic Italian cooking brings the flavourful menu to life, while bringing more of a contemporary approach to what at first thought seems like a traditional Italian restaurant.

Once home to a mechanic shop (yes, actually), the hip eatery attracts more of a younger generation, although age doesn’t justify taste. The Toronto restaurant accommodates the best of city folk, young and old. The second floor is home to one of Toronto’s best all-season patios, which is enclosed during the winter, and opens up during the summer thanks to a retractable roof. Rest assured that this former mechanic garage is well kept (and you shouldn’t find any automotive parts in your meal).

The Italian-inspired menu reflects something you wouldn’t find in most Italian cuisines. Unique spins to traditional Italian dishes are what make this one of Toronto’s best hotspots. The arancini is stuffed with mushroom risotto and topped with tomato sauce, while the cured meats give you a taste of southern Italy. It might actually be some of the best food you’ve ever had.

Don’t be afraid to try something new with Gusto’s classic cocktails. Carefully crafted cocktails set this place apart from other Toronto bars.

If vino is what’s on your mind then come prepared to pick. The servers are knowledgeable to recommend the best wine to complement a meal, with an extensive wine list that shows no limitations. Who ever said customer service is a dying art?

This Toronto bar doesn’t hesitate when paying attention to detail. Every inch of this restaurant has a story of its own. The busy atmosphere speaks for itself, while impeccable, reliable service is a priority. The restaurant even has their own house wine “Vini Di Gusto,” on tap, and there’s always enough to go around.