Il Gusto Lisburn Road Restaurant Review: 3 Amazing Features

Il Gusto

Updated On: March 31, 2024 by   Ciaran ConnollyCiaran Connolly

Looking for Italian food with a local twist? Il Gusto is a lovely little restaurant located on the Lisburn Road.

We were pretty lucky that day when we stumbled upon this lovely little ristorante on Lisburn Road, so we decided to try it. Upon entry, one cannot but feel relaxed by the cosy and intimate atmosphere. The surroundings in Il Gusto were modern and romantic, and the golden lightning made it feel even more luxurious. There was an outside seating area, too, providing extra earned pleasure if the weather was good. The restaurant is tiny, so it’s not great for big groups.

The staff are amiable and pretty welcoming. However, it would have been much better if there were another member of staff or two as it was pretty busy when we visited. Since kids are generally not into eating as much as they are into anything else, the restaurant provided crayons and colouring pages to help them enjoy their time as much as adults did. 

For my favourite part, I’m talking about food, yum!! Il Gusto offers quite a fantastic menu with a good mix of popular Italian dishes, including pizzas, chicken, pasta, fish, and meat. There were traditional Italian items and items with a more international twist. The children’s menu was typical of any restaurant but had a few Italian options- it was reasonably priced.

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A Glimpse of Italian Tradition

Il Gusto is more than just a restaurant; it celebrates Italian heritage and culture. From the moment you step inside, you’re transported to the cobbled streets of Rome or the sun-kissed shores of Sicily. The decor is tastefully appointed, blending modern elegance with rustic charm, reminiscent of a traditional Italian trattoria.

Warm hues, ambient lighting, and the aroma of freshly baked bread welcome diners, setting the stage for an unforgettable culinary experience. The walls adorned with vintage photographs and paintings evoke nostalgia, inviting guests to immerse themselves in the essence of Italy.

The Art of Hospitality

At Il Gusto, dining is not just about the food; it is a holistic experience that encompasses exemplary service and attention to detail. From the moment guests step through the door, they are greeted with warmth and hospitality, making them feel right at home. The attentive staff are well-versed in the intricacies of the menu. They are always on hand to offer recommendations and ensure that every aspect of the dining experience exceeds expectations.

Gastronomic Delights: A Feast for the Senses

At the heart of Il Gusto lies its menu, curated with passion and reverence for Italy’s diverse regional cuisines. Each dish is a masterpiece, crafted from the finest ingredients and executed precisely. Every bite tells a story of tradition, innovation, and love for food, from classic pasta dishes to indulgent desserts.

Start your journey with an antipasto platter featuring a selection of cured meats, artisan cheeses, and marinated vegetables. The delicate balance of flavours and textures sets the stage for what’s to come, tantalizing the palate and awakening the senses.

For mains, dive into a symphony of pasta prepared al dente and adorned with sauces that pay homage to Italy’s culinary legacy. Whether it’s the simplicity of Spaghetti Carbonara, the robustness of Ragu alla Bolognese, or the freshness of Linguine alle Vongole, each dish is a testament to Il Gusto’s commitment to authenticity and excellence.

If seafood beckons, indulge in the catch of the day, expertly grilled or roasted to perfection. From succulent sea bass to tender calamari, the ocean’s bounty shines through in every dish, transporting diners to the shores of the Mediterranean.

Vegetarians and vegans are equally spoiled for choice, with an array of plant-based options celebrating Italy’s bounty of seasonal produce. From creamy risottos to hearty vegetable lasagnas, there’s something to satisfy every palate and dietary preference.

Culinary Excellence

At the heart of Il Gusto Lisburn Road Restaurant lies its exceptional cuisine, crafted with passion and precision by skilled chefs. The menu showcases an array of Italian classics, from flavourful antipasti to sumptuous pasta dishes and decadent desserts.

Start your meal with a selection of antipasti featuring delicacies such as bruschetta al pomodoro, calamari fritti, and creamy burrata drizzled with aged balsamic vinegar. Each dish is prepared with the freshest ingredients, highlighting the vibrant flavours of Italy’s rich culinary heritage.

For mains, indulge in a traditional pasta dish or explore the restaurant’s meat and seafood entrees. From the classic simplicity of spaghetti carbonara to the indulgent richness of osso buco, there is something to delight every palate. Vegetarian and vegan options are also available, ensuring that all guests can enjoy a memorable dining experience.

Pair your meal with a glass of fine Italian wine or indulge in a handcrafted cocktail from the restaurant’s extensive drinks menu. Whether you prefer a crisp Pinot Grigio or a robust Chianti, the knowledgeable staff are on hand to offer expert recommendations and ensure the perfect pairing for your meal.

A Symphony of Flavors: Pairing with Fine Wines

No Italian meal is complete without the perfect wine pairing, and Il Gusto’s extensive wine list offers a treasure trove of options to complement every dish. From crisp Pinot Grigios to full-bodied Chiantis, each bottle is carefully selected to enhance the dining experience and elevate the flavours of the cuisine.

Knowledgeable sommeliers stand ready to guide guests through the wine list, offering recommendations tailored to individual preferences and menu selections. Whether you’re a seasoned oenophile or a casual wine enthusiast, there’s something to delight and intrigue every palate.

Beyond the Plate: Service and Hospitality

Il Gusto Lisburn Road Restaurant
Il Gusto Lisburn Road Restaurant

Its unwavering commitment to service and hospitality sets Il Gusto apart. From the moment you’re greeted at the door to the final farewell, every interaction is infused with warmth, professionalism, and genuine care for the guest experience.

The staff, hailing from Italy and beyond, exude passion for their craft, ensuring that every aspect of your dining experience exceeds expectations. Whether accommodating dietary restrictions, providing menu recommendations, or simply sharing stories and laughter, they go above and beyond to create moments of magic and connection.

Embracing the Community: Events and Gatherings

Beyond its role as a culinary destination, Il Gusto serves as a hub for community engagement and celebration. The restaurant hosts various events throughout the year, from wine tastings and cooking classes to themed dinners and holiday celebrations.

These gatherings bring together food lovers, wine enthusiasts, and local community members, fostering a sense of camaraderie and shared passion for Italian culture. Whether attending a lively pasta-making workshop or raising a toast at a festive wine dinner, you will leave with cherished memories and new friendships forged over shared experiences.

A Legacy of Excellence: Honoring Tradition, Inspiring Innovation

As Il Gusto Lisburn Road Restaurant continues to evolve and grow, one thing remains constant: its unwavering dedication to excellence and innovation. While rooted in tradition, the restaurant embraces change and adaptation, continually refining its menu, service, and offerings to meet its guests’ evolving tastes and preferences.

Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a seasoned regular, dining at Il Gusto is more than just a meal; it’s a journey of discovery, a celebration of Italian culture, and a testament to the timeless allure of good food shared with good company. So, come, raise a glass, and savour the flavours of Italy at Il Gusto Lisburn Road Restaurant—a culinary experience like no other.

What we tasted

Quattro Stagioni Pizza – Ham, Mushroom, Pepperoni, Pepper, Mozzarella and Tomato. Nice rustic pizza base and plenty of toppings. It was good but not the best pizza I have sampled! It could have done with a little more flavour.

Pollo Milano – Chicken and Parma Ham served with Mashed Potatoes and Peppercorn Sauce – wonderful flavours and well-presented too. However, it was not very ‘Italian’ but enjoyable.

Kids Pepperoni Pizza – Good portion size and reasonably priced.


Chocolate Fudge Cake – Looked delicious but a bit on the bland side, with plenty of chocolate sauce, though!

Selection of ice cream – I would have liked to have Italian ice cream, but it is good that they support local producers. The portion was so massive that it was served in a red wine glass, and I loved it!

Overall, it was a decent meal, with a good selection and reasonable prices. Il Gusto was a worthy choice.


Il Gusto Lisburn Road Restaurant is a culinary gem that shines brightly in Belfast’s vibrant dining scene. With its authentic cuisine, inviting ambience, and exceptional service, it offers a dining experience that is nothing short of extraordinary.

Whether you’re craving classic Italian favourites or eager to explore new culinary delights, Il Gusto delivers a feast for the senses that will leave you returning for more. So, gather your friends and loved ones and embark on a culinary adventure that will tantalise your taste buds and nourish your soul at Il Gusto Lisburn Road Restaurant.

Have you ever visited II Gusto on the Lisburn Road, Belfast? Let us know your experience and thoughts in the comments below.

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