About Trattoria Al Gusto
Mooresville, NC 28115
Enjoy the full experience of eating out by having a seat at one of our comfortable tables and enjoying the full experience. We offer dine in services for lunch and dinner, so you can stop in while on your lunch break or come see us after work. Visit us when special occasions demand a celebration:
weddings, birthdays, meet ups, or networking. Stop in for a meal when you crave the flavor of Italy.
Our staff is always happy to wait on you, and we are committed to providing you with an enjoyable dining experience.
Whether you are craving seafood linguine or want our famous Gnocchi, our Italian restaurant is delighted to serve you the best homemade Italian fare.
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday-Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
Dinner: Monday-Friday: 5:00pm -10:00pm, Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
$30 and under
Entertainment, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Wine
Trattoria Al Gusto Ratings and Reviews
We got up and walked out when after 15 minutes no one had even spoken to us so there was no reason to spend that much money at a place with such terrible service. Tons of stuff running around looking like they were cleaning and doing end of shift work but nobody wanted to take care of our table. So we left and went to Epic Chophouse and it was worth every penny.
We went on Valentine's Day, and the food was as good as it always is. Unfortunately, they had some waitstaff "walk out", and some issues in the kitchen that created lengthy delays. We waited 1 hour for our food. Some couples left before being served. The waitstaff was doing all they could, and were very accommodating, but it is hard to handle a full house with 50+ tables and only 3 waiters that we could see. We will go back, but probably not on a busy night. They do a great job with their food though!
My husband and I came here for the first time on Valentine's Day. We arrive promptly at 5 PM and we were the first ones here. It took 40 minutes for our dinners to come out. I had ordered the surf and turf, which was supposed to be beef tenderloin (filet) and lobster which was pretty pricey at almost $40. But instead I got a cheap steak with lobster for the same price. I complain to the waiter but he went back and ask the chef and he try to convince me that it was beef tenderloin. So they basically called me a liar. It was clearly not filet. Check out the picture yourself. Not impressed with food or service. I even called back to complain to the manager (we had to rush to get home for soccer) but he was rude and didn't seem to care.
Surprisingly good food, considering the shabby décor and slow service. First the positive -- our salads were perfectly dressed, fresh and delicious. The osso buco and lamb shanks were rich and flavorful, and the other entrées we saw being taken to tables looked appetizing as well. The space (in an old church) has great potential.
On the negative side, the décor really brings this place down. Flimsy, ornate curtains obscure the charming old church windows. The main walls are a dingy shade of dark red, with a scattering of seemingly random wall art, most of which is too small to see from a distance beyond 5 feet. The lighting makes it seem like a permanent state of closing time at a run down bar -- when they flick on the lights and you instantly see just how dismal the place really is. They could do wonders by ripping down those curtains, painting the walls white, hanging some large, simply framed photos, lowering the lights and lighting candles on the tables. So much potential here -- and food and location make it worth what is probably a pretty minor investment!
Another quibble is that the wine mark up was ridiculous. We enjoyed our bottle, but were stunned to discover that you can buy a case online for about $16 a bottle whereas they charged us $60, We expect to pay up to 100% markup, but over 300% seems a bit extreme.
All things considered, the food was good enough to consider going back, though next time we'll see if we can bring our own wine and pay a corkage fee.
We tried this restaurant during restaurant week for something different. We had an 8pm reservation but it didn't matter as we didn't get seated until 8:30..not a big deal. They were quite busy so the service was slow at first but our waitress turned out to be very attentive. Our food was good, not great. Salmon was a bit dry and the veal slightly tough. Desserts were very good. We probably won't go back as we like a more intimate setting while dining. This restaurant is a big room with tables added. Understand this set up as it was a church.
DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME WITH OPENTABLE.
After arriving and standing around awkwardly for 4-5 minutes waiting on some to acknowledge we had arrived, we told them we had a reservation. We were told it'd be at least a 20 minute wait. Didn't bother to write our name on any list, didn't bother to explain if there were any earlier reservations who were also waiting...just decided they were done talking to us and asked us to step aside so they could talk to the people standing behind us. Then walked off.
The whole exchange was so rude, we decided to cut our losses and leave then rather than subject ourselves to it for an entire evening. Don't waste your time with online reservations--they don't care.
We made a reservation for 7:45 pm. When we arrived, on time, the restaurant was very busy and the manager told us it would be 15 to 20 minutes before we could be seated. When my husband inquired (politely) about our reservation, the manager shrugged, and said without one trace of apology "What do you want me to do? No one is getting up to leave." Had this person not replied in such a rhetorical, dismissive manner, we would have been sympathetic to the situation (the staff was probably working very hard that night) and waited it out. While leaving, we observed the manager responding similarly to another couple with a reservation.
Host took 15 min before greeting us and the 10 other people with reservations standing at the entrance. Then we had to request a waiter as he never stopped by; it appeared the wait staff was under staffed. Food was decent but we anticipated it being better.
We have been to this restaurant a couple of times. For Sunday brunch and to celebrate a birthday. This time, we went to celebrate my birthday. I made the reservation a week ahead, knowing it was Restaurant Week. The place was full, however, we were seated right away! There were a few people without reservations that waited a bit longer. The food was fabulous and the service was great. Had a wonderful time.
We went as a couple during restaurant week. Initially the place seemed nice. It was busy, and due to the Queens Feast specials. We were seated promptly, yet others we saw waited an hour or so. The menu selection was fine, the taste was not very good. My salad I sent back was their signature salad, yet the dressing was way too much vinegar. It was exchanged for the Caprese which was nice. The chicken piccata was either microwaved or simply tough meat cooked otherwise. The owner was pacing about angry and causing turmoil. Apparently staff members did not come to work that day due to a party the owners brother had at his house the night before (or so we were told). Kind of a lost opportunity for the the restaurant as its their chance to win new business. We were the fish that got away! No real reason to return as Charlotte has a lot!
This was our first time hear even thou we live down the street. Food portions were perfect. Was able to finish all 3 courses without feeling stuffed. I order the Buffalo mozzarella and the lobster ravioli. Both were excellent. Only problem was the waiter took too long to get our drink orders. But the host realized that and have me a second glass of wine on the house.
The food was OK--but not great. The service was quite slow and they got our dessert orders mixed up. There were very few people in the restaurant that night, so it wasn't like they were so busy.
We chose this restaurant as part of the Queen City Restaurant week because they had a bigger selection from the fixed price menus than many of the other restaurants--but I will not go back because the service and organization was only fair at best.
Went here for restaurant week. The place was busier than I had ever seen it! The wait staff was attentive, but a bit overwhelmed. They squeezed some extra table in to anticipate the large crowd. This made for a little uncomfortable closeness to the nearest tables. The food was as good as expected, we'll definitely return!
My husband & I were excited to try this place as we had driven by it over the summer while in Mooresville. The restaurant itself is cute & quaint however we were not overly impressed with the meal.
We started out with the antipasto and the dish did not arrive as described. There were items missing that were supposed to be included, according to the menu description (olives, asparagus etc). I had the special of crab & shrimp stuffed ravioli in a vodka sauce. The pasta was about the size of a post it note which was great. However the actual stuffing was the size of a nickel. The dish came out luke warm at best & there was no vodka sauce. It was just a traditional red, tomato sauce.
My husband ordered the gnocchi which was good but the portion was very small.
Service was fine. Nothing to brag about and/or nothing to complain about.
I probably will not return and will just stick with my favorite local Italian spot in Charlotte.
We enjoyed ourselves and the server recommended I try Sea Bass since I love seafood and had never had it. I LOVED it! It was delicious!! The only downfall was a large party was sat by us and they were extremely loud but other than that we highly enjoyed ourselves, the service and the food.
I would not recommend this restaurant. We have been here twice. One on a regular Saturday night (not very good) and just this past Christmas Eve. Christmas Eve we were given a wine list when we were seated. I asked if the bar was open and also if they had beer. First person did not know. Second person said yes, but offered no information about what beer etc. Then, we experience the Christmas Eve Menu choices. Very very limited and were told we cannot order off the main menu at all. We all ordered the closest thing to what we might like if we had the full menu. The food was very very average and very very costly! I feel like they were open on Christmas Eve just to gouge people. Dinner for 4 with a drink for each person over $200! Not worth it.
3 tables in the restaurant the entire time we were there. The waiter was busy playing on his phone behind the bar (probably bored), but still messed up on my husband's entree. Brought 2 entrees out, must have realized one was incorrect, put mine down and said he would be right back with my husbands. I watched him return with the other plate and then we waited for 10+ minutes for my husbands entree. Food was fine, but will not return.
Excellent food with fresh ingredients and well appointed seasonings. Curated but broad offerings for appetizers and entrees. There were three of us with different choices and everyone was well satisfied with the quality of the food and the complimentary sides. Service could have been better as the waiter barely stopped when he asked how things were. If you don't really care, don't ask.
Outstanding food, a pleasant experience. Not so noisy that you can't talk to your table mates. We have gone to this restaurant for lunch, brunch and a number of times for dinner , as a couple and with friends. we have NEVER been disappointed. The food is well prepared. The selections are varied and reasonable in price. It is our favorite place to dine!
What a wonderful restaurant! We had a party of 12, plus 2 babies and we were easily accommodated and the staff took excellent care of us. The food was amazing and everyone loved what they had - not easy to do when trying to get 12 different orders out at the same time. I can't wait to come back here!
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