Splurge for the best seafood and kind service in Vicenza at Massimo Gusto
The seafood at Massimo Gusto is exquisite. You should go immediately. I could end this story here.
But then I wouldn’t get to talk about my amazing oysters.
I couldn’t mention the shrimp, prawn and artichoke appetizer that was so delicious, sweet and partly crunchy that when it was gone I felt sad.
I couldn’t discuss the warmth of the fire in the grate or the kind, efficient service, or how Massimo, the owner, explained almost every dish on the Vicenza restaurant’s Italian-language, possibly dialect-inflected and definitely unfamiliar menu. When I was indecisive, he decided to give me half-portions of two dishes. All the dishes were beautifully presented.
The sleekly modern seafood restaurant known to many as the city’s best produces superb, refined versions of regional dishes as well as a selection of a dozen or so oysters from icier European waters.
I started with a half dozen, at about 6 euros ($7) a pop. Among them was an oyster from Utah Beach, Normandy, one of the D-Day beaches in World War II. Sexy, delicious and historically poignant.
The menu features appetizers; there are many, raw and cooked, and they cost from about 16 to 35 euros. There are a handful of pasta dishes for the first course at about 18 euros each. Second courses include mixed fried fish and seafood for 27 euros. Whole roasted fish is priced at 9 euros a pound.
The wine list is excellent and reasonable. Desserts, including homemade Brazilian truffles, are delectable.
I’m going again very soon.
Address: Viale Antonio Giuriolo 17, Vicenza 36100Phone: (+39) 348 7153044Reservations: RecommendedHours: Noon to 2:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Noon to 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Closed Monday.English menu: NoPrices: Expensive, and worth it.Website:www.massimogusto.it