Sneak peek: Gusto brings Italian cuisine to Hilton Head's Fresh Market Shoppes
Gusto Ristorante, an Italian restaurant, has opened at the former 843 Restaurant on Hilton Head Island.
Executive chef and co-owner Giancarlo Balestra has filled the menu with homemade pastas and the "vibrant flavors" of Rome — his hometown.
Balestra and his wife — Nancy — have owned restaurants in Aspen, Colo., Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and Winter Park, Fla. The couple decided to open the Hilton Head restaurant while visiting the island for a vacation..
A homemade lasagna or a lobster ravioli with pink sauce are a couple of the signature dishes diners might want to try, said Nancy.
Dinner entrees range from $16 to $32.
Also on the menu are a four-cheese rigatoni, pasta linguine with a fresh basil pine-nut pesto sauce, a veal piccata and filet mignon cooked with a cognac pepper-corn sauce.
The restaurant also will offer an Italian jazz brunch on Sundays in the near future, Nancy said.
Gusto is open from 4 to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursdays and on Sunday; 4 to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
It is in the Fresh Market Plaza on Hilton Head at 890 William Hilton Parkway.