Gusto 54 Launches First U.S. Restaurant

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TORONTO — Gusto 54 Restaurant Group’s latest restaurant is now open in Venice, Calif. The Toronto-based company partnered with acclaimed Los Angeles chef, Evan Funke, to open the 100-seat Italian concept.

The restaurant’s open kitchen features a wood-fired pizza oven and Tuscan grill, as well as a glass-enclosed, temperature controlled “pasta laboratorio” to allow diners to watch Funke — a master of handmade pasta — at work. Designed by Wendy Haworth Design, the space is adorned in rich and layered textures to create a rustic-chic atmosphere.

“We’re excited to bring the Gusto philosophy to the United States and create a presence in one of California’s most vibrant communities,” says Janet Zuccarini, CEO of Gusto 54 Restaurant Group. “Aligning our vision with chef Funke’s dedication to craftsmanship and seasonality will introduce the opportunity to share our honest approach to Italian food while providing an exceptional experience to our guests.”

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