In late 2013, investors in Pizzeria Gusto began tearing away at an old building located in Oklahoma City’s Uptown district, unsure of what awaited them. To their surprise a beautiful Deco façade was waiting under the layers of material that had covered the front of the building many years before. It’s a perfect metaphor for a restaurant that strips excess from a classic Italian dish, pizza, and creates a simple, straightforward and delicious pie. With a wood-fired oven hand-crafted in Italy, Pizzeria Gusto creates Neopolitan-style pizzas that lean on the freshness of ingredients, rather than the quantity, for flavor. Butternut squash, Italian sausage, salmon and meatballs all make appearances on Gusto’s pies. Of course, the Margherita, the original pizza, is a star. Fresh mozzarella and parmesan are layered with basil and glugs of extra virgin olive oil on a crust sauced simply with San Marzano tomatoes. It’s a fine bite when paired with a wine or beer from Gusto’s extensive list. 2415 N. Walker Ave., Oklahoma City.

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