Hidden amongst a row of well-visited shops on King Edwards Rd, you’ll find an unlikely gem in Birmingham’s food and drink scene: Ristotante Caffe Gustami. A family-run establishment with over 30 years of experience in kitchens and hospitality, Gustami offers a refreshing blast of authentic, home-cooked Italian cuisine.
Any meal at Gustami has to start with the aperitivo all’italiano - a huge sharing board featuring an array of meats, cheese, breads and oils, alongside a couple of drinks of your choice. It’s a seriously impressive sight and kicks things off in style.
When it comes to the mains, we’ll let you decide. If you’re going down the pasta route, there’s a lot of superb dishes to choose from, including homemade tagliatelle and penne all’arrabbiata. Our personal favourite is their gnocchi: served simply with tomato and mozzarella, it’s a rich and filling plate of joy.
The Gustami team sling some fantastic Neapolitan-style pizzas too. For cheese fanatics, you’re going to want to get your hands on the ‘4 Foraggi’ which includes a generous topping of four different cheeses, and finished a dash of olive oil and oregano.
It’s notable just how serious they are about wine too. Bottles cover every visible service from counter-tops and shelves, to the windowsills. To one side of the room, a huge wine rack brims over with the stuff, with bottles spilling out on top and around it. And in the fridges, you’ll find a stash of cool and crisp white wines, rosés and Prosecco. There’s a lot to choose from so it’s well worth chatting to the team to find out what wine they recommend with your meal.
If you’ve overlooked Gustami in the past, it’s time to pay a visit. Full of heart and a passion for excellent food, Gustami is a real contender for Brimingham’s best Italian restaurant.