The wait staff at Gusto Pizza Co. wear T-shirts that read “Divine Pie” on the back. I call that truth in advertising.
My husband and I ate at the original Gusto Pizza location on Ingersoll Avenue in Des Moines not long ago and were quite impressed. Then a location opened at the eastern edge of Dallas County, which was closer to home. And now a new location, barely a month old, has opened on Chambery Boulevard within walking distance from my office. Life is good.
My dining companion and I made the short trek to Gusto Pizza for lunch on a spring day recently. He decided on Lou Ann’s Lasagna ($9) immediately, but I was taking longer to make my choice. There are so many creative combinations with equally clever names: the Fromage-A-Trois, the Aphrodite, the Vincent Van Goat, the Buffalo Springfield. The ingredients are top shelf: rosemary olive oil, capers, Roma tomatoes, marsala cream sauce, cremini mushrooms and so many more in the “create your own” menu that you could probably have pizza for lunch for years and never have the same thing twice.
With a “hurry up” nudge from my companion, I decided on the Francesco pizza. The young woman at the cash register introduced me to the Divine 7 lunch special: for $8.95 you get a seven-inch pizza, a drink and a side. Perfect! I got salad with creamy cilantro dressing.
It was a perfect day to dine al fresco on Gusto’s patio. We only had a short wait before our lunches appeared.
My companion was thoroughly pleased with his lasagna. His guide to lasagna excellence — the noodles to ricotta cheese ratio — was just right.
My pizza was perfect for a spring lunch with its light, fresh flavors. The crisp crust was covered with a creamy Alfredo sauce, then adorned with Roma tomatoes, artichokes, cremini mushrooms, spinach, garlic, mozzarella and Romano and flavored with Gusto’s pizza seasonings. The creamy cilantro dressing on my green salad was something I will be ordering again. I think I’ll make this lunch time trek part of my regular rotation.
Gusto Pizza Co.
8705 Chambery Blvd.
Hours: Open daily at 11 a.m. for lunch and dinner