|Address:||1905 Ingersoll Ave, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA|
|Working:||11AM–10PM 11AM–10PM 11AM–10PM 11AM–10PM 11AM–11PM 11AM–11PM 11AM–9PM|
A Private User
This was the worst pizza in the world- flavorless to the utmost- and HIGHLY expensive! In a rough economy, who has $17 to dish out on a large pie? Not me- but I did so anyway when I walked in to Gusto. Our wait was excruciatingly long. Kids were screaming. Patrons would take up whole tables in such a limited space as they waited on their carry-out orders. When we were finally handed our pie, I was mortified. "$17 for this?", I proclaimed. The crust was as thin as a cracker and as flavorless as a rice cake. The toppings- including the cheese- were so skimpy that I thought perhaps this was a restaurant reserved for those overly health-conscious types whod order something like lentils on their pizza. Took one bite, immediately burned my mouth. The pie was WAY too hot! So here we were, burnt mouths, consuming a sub-standard pizza that looked and tasted as if a Martian or some other creature not familiar with human tastes had created it. Dont go to Gusto. Save your money. Were in harsh economic times right now- the least you can do if choosing to eat out is to treat yourself right.
Summary: If your primary goal is the best pizza in town, this is it. If you want a place with full service and an atmosphere to match, keep looking -- but that place wont have as good of pizza. Top notch pizza. Very high quality ingredients, some of which are very interesting, like figs. Gluten free and vegan options are available, as well as high quality meats and cheeses, including goat cheese. They have some good beers, too. Prices are great, especially for how good and high quality the food is. That money doesnt go into a special atmosphere, however. I dont mind, though, given that I usually order take out anyway. The ambiance matches the level of service. Service is limited by design -- you order at the counter, they give you a number and bring out your pizza when its done. The place is clean, the employees are polite, I always get what I ordered, in a timely fashion, etc etc.
I have only been to the West Des Moines location of this pizza company, but honestly my fiance and I were less than impressed. We got an order for carry out: a 14" pizza and two cannolis. It was a little pricey--about $28 after tax/tip--but the place looked great and it was VERY busy (we had a 45 minute wait), so, being new to the area, we decided to go for it. The pizza was incredibly bland, and the thin crust seemed more "chewy" than "crispy." It was okay, but definitely not worth the $28. The REAL disappointments were the cannolis. We tried both the original and the chocolate hazelnut, and both tasted like the filling was made of sour yogurt. Ive tried cannolis in Italy, in New York, and even at Hy-Vee here in Iowa (delicious, btw), and all were miles beyond these expensive desserts. I dont think well be going back.
So I went today for a pick. I waited in line for five minutes. One lady was working at register then second get on other register (whos name I think is Justin, guy with a beard and glasses). It was my turn and he open the register and look at guy who standing behind me and he called him while it was my turn. I still waited patiently, and when he finish the other guy ordered, I went over and told my name and get my pizza and I told him that it was my turn and you call the guy behind me. His reply was " I said whoever is next and he come to me) Which was a lie and extremely rude. I definately want manager to know what kind of service that person providing. I do not wanna order from that location just cuz of Justin HORRIBLE service.
I was visiting from out of town - this is a carry out place with a seating area. Not cheap, but not even remotely overpriced for what you get. The atmosphere was good. Friendly people, casual drinks, smiling faces. The food was incredible. Fresh veggies, a great crust and tasty sauce. A great selection of local beers to top it off. The staff was the best part - they were social and made conversation without being overbearing. They took care of us and answered questions. They even offered us a complementary pizza when ours came out damaged. The young man working as cashier deserves a promotion - beard, dark hair, very friendly. Keep up the good work!
Ive raved about Gusto Pizzas gluten-free pizza, but not tonight. The outer crust was burnt and the crust itself was dry. Even the toppings were lightly burnt. Not up to Gustos standards which I told the waitress when she asked me how my pizza was. To her credit, she received my comments with gratitude and told the staff. She came back saying they appreciated my comments and want to live up to their reputation. So, in turn she offered me my selection of gluten-free dessert and a $10 gift card to make up for my unpleasant dinner. Kudos to Gusto and I hope they do better next time. Thanks Gustos.
I had a fine experience at this restaurant, but it wasnt anything remarkable. It has a fast-food feel. It felt like a place youd take children to, but the menu didnt seem particularly child-friendly. The pizzas arent traditional. I tried a small Mona Lisa, which comes with olives, tomatoes, mushrooms, and ricotta cheese. That, with a sparkling water, cost $15 ($18 after tip). I took half of it home, so I guess I got two meals out of it, but it still seemed pricey for one person eating at such a casual place. It tasted fine, but it wasnt what Id seek out on a night I want a pizza.
Sadly, Im not even finished eating my pizza and writing this. I LOVE it. If you are looking for unique pizza this is your place. I didnt eat in, just picked it up, so I cant comment on wait service. The girl at the desk was polite though. I had the Buffalo and also the Philly pizzas. The Philly easily rivaled any sandwich - with a lot less mess! The Buffalo is very very good as well, make sure youre a fan of blue cheese and spice. The celery was a nice touch. By the way, the pizza looked like artwork, really cool.
Bobbie Jo Harrings
Not your Mamas Pizza! If youre looking for a great lunch deal (personal pizza and a salad for just over $10) and fast friendly service give it a try. Pizza not your thing they also have great sandwiches, daily soups and salads and the best part of any meal... desserts. To pair with your meal they have a wide assortment of Coke products, unique beer and wine.
Good thin crust pizza with a variety of unusual but very good combinations of toppings (or roll your own if you wish). Youre supposed to go to the counter to order, and its a measure of the extreme courtesy of the staff that the helped us even though we didnt realize that. Next time I promise well do it right.
I wasnt a big fan of the pizza. We bought a 14 inch spartacus pizza, bread sticks, 2 beers, and 2 salads. Total was around $40. Bread sticks were good and the salad was okay. I left full. I will say that the staff was awsome! Quick and helpful. I would still recommend this place.