Complete with its orange awnings, Al Gusto is a vibrant addition to Didcot's busy town centre. Inside, the restaurant area is always busy with staff buzzing around tending to diners. Food-wise, the menu is as impressive as it is lengthy. The stuzzicotini and antipasti sections of the menu feature a wide range of breads and starters, and are a great way to start the evening. So if it's a light start to proceedings you want, we suggest the bread basket with olive oil and balsamic vinegar dip. For those in need of a more substantial appetiser, there is plenty to choose from, including frittura di calamari, and the tasty mushroom delicacy funghi ripieni. Main courses are extremely varied, and diners can choose between traditional homemade pizzas, hearty salads and all the classic dishes we have come to associate with Italian cooking. Meat features highly on the menu, with popular options including pollo sopresa (chicken breast in white wine, garlic, mushrooms and cream sauce); anatra al miele (pan-fried duck breast in a honey and peppercorn sauce), and a succulent steak burger. There is also a lunch menu, which offers fulfilling snacks and a range of saltimbocca Toscana - folded pizza bread. Desserts are another speciality at Al Gusto, and you'd be mad not to sample the gelato.
Al Gusto offers something for everyone. Kids are catered for with a dedicated menu, and the wine list has a bottle to match all manner of dishes and occasions. It's lovely to see such Italian spirit in Oxfordshire.