Pizza has come a long way since the standard pepperoni pie.
Cheeseburger pizza has become one of the new standards. Chili dog pizza? Pretty darned tasty. Crab rangoon pizza? Yeah, Des Moines has that covered. Now take a local Italian restaurant favorite and put that on a pizza crust. No, I don’t mean spaghetti pizza. I’m talking that garlicky, meaty delight, steak de burgo. That works. Oh boy, does that work!
That was the specialty pizza of the evening when my husband and I drove down Ingersoll Avenue for supper at Gusto Pizza. At just after 6 p.m., the restaurant was filling up with a lively crowd that included young families, a group of middle-aged friends having fun at a large table and a high school couple decked out in their prom finery. It was a beautiful spring evening, and several couples elected to dine outside on the patio.
There was plenty of pizza being picked up to take home as well.
“Don’t you eat that in the car!” a mother admonished her brood as the family got ready to head home with their supper.
So, back to the pizza. Orders are placed at the front counter and you pick up your plates and flatwear near the pop dispensers. Gusto serves appetizers, salads, sandwiches, desserts, beer and wine in addition to pizza.
Pizzas have a thin crust that pleased my husband, who is usually not a thin crust kind of guy.
“They do a super thin crust without turning it into a cracker,” he remarked. He had ordered the Soprano pizza with basil pesto, roasted chicken, roasted red peppers, red onion, Asiago and mozzarella. The taste was fresh and lively.
The steak de burgo pizza had a creamy, garlic-tinged sauce with slices of sirloin, cremini mushrooms, fresh basil and cheese. It was rich, but no overly so, and satisfying. It’s going to be added to the regular menu, so you can visit and see what I mean.
Gusto Pizza Co.
1905 Ingersoll Ave., Suite 106
Hours: Sunday: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Mon. – Thur.: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Fri. – Sat.: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.