For locals (particularly young expats), it’s practically a sacristy that I had never been to Gusta Pizza until last Friday night. I have no excuse… but the last time I lived here, I didn’t get across the river that much. Gusta is a Neopolitan-style pizzeria and is well known for their pizza within Florence. Gusta Pizza is part of a collection of Gustas, so if you are in the mood for pizza, be sure you find the right one. Here’s a hint: the Osteria is directly on the corner of Santo Spirito. The paninoteca is in the piazza of Santo Spirito. Walk the opposite way to find the pizza. Then, if it’s nice outside, or if you’re crazy, like us, and take a chance on the weather, grab your pizza to-go and go sit by the church with it. Outdoors and all that. So my friend and I did so… which worked wonderfully until it started to rain again.
On to the pizza though… Gusta only has seven options, typically. Both my friend and I opted for a spicy salami and mozzarella pizza which was pretty dang delicious. Don’t miss the specials board though!! We saw it afterward and I totally would have gotten the eggplant daily special pizza had I seen it beforehand. Overall the pizza was super yummy, with a great chewy crust and just the right amount of toppings. And…. of course it appears adorable. If you’re a cute girl the pizza makers will sometimes make your pizza into a heart. I had heard about this… my friend had not. She got a great surprise when she opened the box!
Gusta is a great place in an awesome location– Santo Spirito is a great neighborhood to go out in afterwards, though we grabbed gelato and then headed back home to watch a movie. Compared to Il Pizzaiuolo, where I went a few weeks ago, Gusta was definitely similar quality… just less variety. So if you are looking for a lot of choices, it probably won’t be your cup of tea. The two places are also in very different areas of the city, so depending on your itinerary could impact where you might want to go. Either way, you won’t regret the awesome pie you end up with.