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Retro Gusto, Ottawa, ON

Retro Gusto

4.8
4.8
173 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

7:00 p.m.


Booked 34 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of Operation

    Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (613) 234-5747

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

What 173 people are saying

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

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    Neighbourhood gem

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    Italian

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    Best Overall

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    Best Food

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    Best Service

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  1. Olip

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely impeccable! Service, food, ambiance was all 👌👌👌
  2. Lauren

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, helped to visualize the menu! Really fun energetic atmosphere, and great food! Thank you!
  3. RubenS

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing and tasty Italian food in a hip environment!
  4. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this spot. Servers always so friendly and fun and the suppli and the pizza are the best. Such a cute place.
  5. StephanieM

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    They served authentic Italian pizza and great wine!
  6. EvanM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and great service. Great vibes inside. Can't ask for more.
  7. AlexS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service, great cocktails, 5 stars!
  8. foodforthought

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Lovely local pizza spot. Delish burrata and good cocktails (nice virgin ones too). Friendly staff.
  9. Edgar

    Ottawa

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pizza and fried foods are specialties and focus of the menu. Funghi pizza magnificent. Food comes quickly. Super casual and authentic.
  10. JordanS

    Ottawa

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and great service! We had the Mortazza to start. The mortadella was delicious, and the app itself was well put together. We split a burrata e crudo pizza, which was delicious. Topped the night off with a great bottle of Barolo wine for a great night out. We went on a Sunday, and it was reasonably busy but not overwhelming. We’ve previously been on a Friday, and it was a little tight. Great vibe and atmosphere regardless, though.
  11. scottc

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Retro Gusto was fantastic. My partner ordered the burrata, and the potato croquettes to start. The croquettes amazing, as was the burrata. We then ordered 2 pizzas, the funghi and the zucchini. The zucchini pizza stole the show. For the dessert we had the tiramisu, which was the star of the night, and the best dish I've had all year. Highly recommend retro gusto.
  12. PatrikG

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Sat at the bar and had an amazing time. The tiramisu and pizza were great. The antipasti are mostly bigger portions so I opted for the smaller charcuterie plate and it was fine but nothing I hadn’t seen before.
  13. MackenzieS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, atmosphere and staff. Will definitely be back.
  14. CaroleF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was our first time at this restaurant and it was perfect…the service the food everything was amazing…Will definitely return and recommend to others
  15. SJW1

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 10, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    A little too noisy for my taste, but the pizzas are absolutely delicious. Our server, Fabiana, I believe, was very efficient and attentive.
  16. Ulyaj

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I always love it here. So hip, fun , delicious and enjoyable. Thanks again!!
  17. nappypeluso

    Ottawa

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Our group of five had a great time at Retro Gusto. The whole vibe was cosy and inviting. We agreed that it felt like being in your grandparent’s basement (I mean that in the best way possible). Staff was amiable, decor was cool (I loved the kitchen window). We ordered two suppli, spuntino, four pizzas and the calzone of the week — the food felt like a warm hug. I do wish we had more natural wine options and that our server shared more about the wine with us. L I’ll be back!
  18. OpenTable Diner

    Montreal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Apps and pizza were amazing! I very much appreciated that our server let me try several wines before deciding! And the tiramisu was the best I’ve ever had!
  19. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2023

    overall3food3service1ambience4
    Super slow service and the food is good but you’d expect better for the high price! The calzone had almost no filling & the hot salami pizza wasn’t spicy at all… Would be worth the value if prices were at least 20% lower. Also super super squishy entrance so not good if you have a group or you’re going at a busy time.
  20. Desean

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Great atmosphere. Great service. Will be back soon!
  21. Harry

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2023

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Pizza dough was terrific but had abusive amount of cheese! Got indigestion
  22. LisaF

    Ottawa

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is the newest happening place in Ottawa. Love it on all levels.
  23. OpenTable Diner

    Montreal

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very cute pizza joint . Nice selection of apps and delicious pizza .
  24. OpenTable Diner

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server slayed, food slayed, business meal & meeting was a success. Will probably definitely come back & recommend it to anyone who loves to spend their money on good vibes. There’s no place like home, there’s no place like home, there’s no place like home. Xoxo Gossip girls
  25. Nick

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great food and knowledgeable server. Had a fantastic night.
  26. John

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was fantastic, the manager May, even hung our jackets. Food was amazing, we had the potato croquette and mortazza to start. Funghi and marg pizza as mains were light but super tasty. Bottle of red wine was very well priced.
  27. Firenze

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Warm welcome, attentive & professional service, generous & very tasty appetizer of Prosciutto & Buffala, 3 scrumptious pizzas and a short but high quality & good value wine list. Classy relaxing ambience & fun time!
  28. mark

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was excellent! Great spot, will definitely return
  29. MaraT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One word would do: outstanding! The place is great, the food is fantastic and creative, service perfect and fun!!! Perfect evening🥰
  30. Berly

    Toronto

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Loved the vibe, Great service and good food. Would like to see a few more items on the menu that aren’t deep fried. But overall great spot and will be back.
  31. OwenB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An amazing experience with extremely tasty food and beautiful interior. I can’t recommend it enough!
  32. AlanP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Highly recommend, simple menu and simple ingredients done to high standards, a very enjoyable experience, service was wonderful, food was delicious, retro decor was refreshing and ambiance was great!
  33. Katie

    Ottawa

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Incredible food and service! Can’t wait to come back.
  34. Ottawop

    Ottawa

    93 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    93 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Very popular pizzeria/cocktail lounge in Little Italy. Hostess/owner Nina provides excellent service. Nice variety of apperitivi and pizze. Suppli al telefono are superb. 100% authentic Roman. Pizze are tasty. Very thin crust. Quite different from most Farinella crust, the siste, or one could say brother eatery lol. Cute decor. Cozy. All tables full right till 10pm on a Friday night.
  35. AdamM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great little gem. It reminds us of the time we spent in Italy. Great food Great drinks.
  36. MikeS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Definitely one of my favourite spots in the city! Fantastic vibe and the food is incredible.
  37. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Retro Gusto never disappoints! Such a great atmosphere and the staff are amazing.
  38. CathyC

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was great, food was amazing and we had a fantastic evening
  39. Champagnelover

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious neighbourhood pizza joint that actually has delicious food other than pizza. Small, well thought wine list with great independent producers. Attentive, kind and knowledgeable service. I’ll be back for sure
  40. Gabs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The vibe in there reminds me exactly of Rome. Super fun atmosphere, amazing food and drinks. 10/10 recommend A little small so they definitely want you in and out to accommodate everyone.

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Retro Gusto is rated 4.8 stars by 173 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 34 times today
Google Map for Retro Gusto

122 Preston St, Ottawa, ON ON K1R 7P2

Additional information

  • Neighbourhood

    Little Italy

  • Hours of Operation

    Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • 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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