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Retro Gusto, Ottawa, ON

Retro Gusto

4.8
4.8
391 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Italian
Retrogusto is a pizzeria and bar that brings some much needed excitement to the north end of Preston street. We serve a Roman style pizza "Tonda", traditional roman fried snacks, salumi, cheeses and other small plates. Our food will be complimented by a small wine list that will be in constant rotation, strictly Italian classic cocktails, and beautiful amaro's from around Italy. The warm, cozy, dimly lit dining room with an open kitchen will be the perfect place to do the only thing that matters; eat good food, drink good wine and have a good time with friends.

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2 people

10:00 p.m.


Booked 21 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    CAN$31 to CAN$50
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Hours of Operation
    Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (613) 234-5747
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress

What 391 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Ottawa

    Neighbourhood gem

  • Ottawa

    Italian

  • Ottawa

    Best Service

  • Ottawa

    Neighbourhood gem

  • Ottawa

    Italian

  • Ottawa

    Most Booked

391 Reviews
  1. ACruz

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The thing that stood out to me the most outside of the incredible food was the impeccable service from the staff. From the moment we walked in the door they were incredibly courteous and accommodating and our server was very patient with us and gave us excellent suggestions. It’s places like this that leave me wanting to tell every foodie I know. The ambiance was cute and quirky, I will definitely be back for more.

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  2. Nadz

    Montreal

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful pizza! Love the Crudo. Drinks were great and service was perfect.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    It was a great experience! Great food and great wine!

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  4. AnnetteM

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous! Awesome service. Knowledgeable. Great wine and food recommendations. Can’t recommend highly enough.

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  5. Evan

    Ottawa

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food and quality service. Will definitely be back!

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  6. Deexo

    Ottawa

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic service by the staff, great food and drinks - what more can one ask for?! Go here!

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  7. JohnT

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The pizzas are great. Excellent crust and fresh ingredients.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Naples

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Second time here. Great meal. Our server was amazing. Had the burrata, Caesar salad and carbonara pizza. Not a fan of the pizza but that was our own fault. Just didn’t transfer from spaghetti carbonara to pizza! But I have had the pizza before and it was delicious. It is loud but it’s a younger crowd. Highly recommended if you are in Little Italy in Ottawa.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We decided to try out Retro Gusto for the first time for date night and let me tell you, this place did not disappoint. Our server Joseph was wonderful and he made sure our first experience was memorable. Everything on the menu looked delicious so we ended up ordering a few drinks, some appetizers, two pizzas and finished with the best tiramisu I’ve ever had. We don’t have a single bad thing to say about this place and we will definitely be coming again.

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  10. EveyC

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and great service. Loved it an we will be back.

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  11. Leah

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and drinks. Highly recommend. Best pizza in the city.

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  12. AnnL

    Ottawa

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Upon arrival I was seated at a table in what I would call second row. When I asked the lady to move us to a table by the window she refused saying all the tables were accounted for and it was not possible due to the computer. I found this ridiculous. I took a picture of the empty restaurant. The saving grace was our actual server, Joseph. He was kind, engaging and professional. His wine recommendation was spot on. Our funghi pizza was tasty. One pizza and two glasses of wine plus tip came to $85. Steep but that’s the norm nowadays.

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  13. Wail

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    They provide an outstanding service and sell delicious authentic pizzas.

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  14. HELGA

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fun restaurant with a well considered tight menu. Friendly staff. Casual ambiance

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  15. AlexP

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Looked forward all day to having pizza at Retro Gusto and as usual it was well worth the wait. One of the best pizzas in Ottawa and wonderful staff!

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  16. KristenB

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food, drinks and service on POINT as always. Never, ever disappoints.

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  17. Nikki

    Ottawa

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The ambiance is vibrant, the food was amazing and the service was fantastic! Special thanks to our waiter who was pleasant, attentive and gave us great recommendations selecting our food. He was excellent. I highly recommend Retro Gusto🤩

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Stellar ambiance, food, and service as always! Truly phenomenal hospitality, the staff really make you feel at home. Try their Negroni, mortadella, and pizza.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Food and service was top notch. The restaurant is very loud though, so it was hard to have a conversation without yelling. Nonetheless, will definitely return!

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  20. LauraS

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service. Can’t wait to come back and try every thing else on the menu!

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  21. JennyM

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The most delicious pizza we’ve had in Ottawa and great service!

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  22. Krystal29

    Atlantic City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service and the food was delicious. My husband and I both raved about the pizza!

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  23. Charles

    Ottawa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent pizza with a nice selection of wines, including some interesting ones by the glass. The combinations of ingredients are well-considered, but what makes the pizza outstanding is the way it's cooked.

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  24. ZahraR

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Anyone who wants a good time with friends and loves to take aesthetic pictures this place is for you!!

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  25. AllisonB

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    LOVE. Pizza was amazing. Honestly I was sold when there was chilli oil AND hot honey on the table. Great vibe great food

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  26. Louise

    Calgary

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Atmosphere was great although we found the music a bit loud. Pizza took a long time to arrive and was cold. Food otherwise very good.

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  27. DonnaLee

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely fantastic! What a wonderful way to spend a Tuesday night. If you haven’t been here…you’re missing out!

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  28. Sara

    Montreal

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food! Great service! Loved the potato pizza.

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  29. Mykb

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our server was amazing and the pizza was delicious! Try the Carbonara Pizza or as simple as Margherita.

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  30. PatrickM

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Amazing place, amazing food and great service. Will definetely come back

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Ottawa

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The high ratings and good reviews got me high expectations. It’s an average dining experience. The pizza is good but that’s it. We ordered 4 appetizers and they were very average.

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  32. NancyB

    New York City

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always amazing food, drinks and service! Can't wait till the next time!

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  33. MartinB

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, amazing concept, fabulous staff. Easy reservation system and overall a winning combination.

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  34. RichardH

    Ottawa

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Really nice spot. Greater waiter. The food was really nice, pizza was nice, let down was the crust, dough. Way too thin.

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  35. IanM

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    fabulous pizzas and antipasti, great wine, and hot honey at your table 🙂

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food. Awesome interior. Great service. I believe almost if not everything is made in house. Unbelievable quality and authentic.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food & wine choices, friendly , professional staff, fun atmosphere!

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  38. PANO

    Ottawa

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food, drinks, and service. The menu is simple and authentic. Serving staff are super friendly. The vibes inside are also amazing. Make sure to book a reservation as they get busy!

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  39. DjoyC

    Ottawa

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious, Start to finish. Our server was great too! Definitely will be making it back soon.

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  40. JessicaP

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and wine! The servers were super nice and knowledgeable

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FAQs

Retro Gusto is rated 4.8 stars by 391 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

10:00 p.m.


Booked 21 times today
Google Map for Retro Gusto

122 Preston St, Ottawa, ON ON K1R 7P2

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighbourhood
    Little Italy
  • Hours of Operation
    Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    CAN$31 to CAN$50
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Private Lot
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking
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