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Boston Magazine 12-07-2019 Gustazos Mariscada

Source: Josh Reynolds for the Boston Globe | Ceviche at Gustazo Cuban Kitchen & Bar, On Mass Ave. in Cambridge.

The 2019 Boston-area restaurant awards

Best sequel: Gustazo Cuban Kitchen & Bar

Patricia Estorino and Adolfo De La Vega opened the first Gustazo in 2011, moving it from Belmont to Waltham a few years later. This year they opened a second branch of the Cuban restaurant near Porter Square in Cambridge. The food and the mood are warm and festive. Enjoy tapas such as ceviche, empanadas, and oxtail tacos and classic main dishes (ropa vieja, the seafood stew mariscada) while sipping daiquiris and mango mojitos. The drinks are as good as the food, the staff is friendly, and the space is stylish. It’s the kind of place that just makes you feel good.

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Boston Magazine 12-07-2019 Gustazos Mariscada

Source: Boston Magazine | Mariscada at Gustazo. Photo by Jim Brueckner

Top 15 New Restaurants in Boston 2019

From contemporary Cuban cuisine to inventive iterations of Italian dining, our very subjective list of the year's best newcomers.

1. Gustazo

Before she became a chef, Patricia Estorino was a professional dancer in Cuba. Maybe that explains her gift for melody, one that pays as many rewards on the plate as it would on a stage. At the Cambridge location of Gustazo, Estorino offers a bigger, broader, more robust expression of the contemporary Cuban cuisine she’s been serving at the Waltham original, and every note sings—from the sweet citrus of pepper- and pineapple-trimmed swordfish ceviche, to the silky richness of mariscada stew that bathes mussels...

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Media – July 2019

Boston Magazine

Dining Out: Gustazo Cuban in Cambridge

A suburban Cuban restaurant exports a bigger, boozier location to Cambridge—but can it survive in the concrete jungle?. Once upon a time, the regional pecking order of dining was clear: The city excelled at restaurants offering high-quality food with a sense of authenticity. The suburbs, meanwhile, specialized in bland chain restaurants—but hey, at least there was ample parking...

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Source: The Boston Globe | Frituras de Calabaza, Cuban-style squash fritters Josh Reynolds for The Boston Globe

The Boston Globe

Gustazo Cuban Café in North Cambridge, for an array of dazzling tapas

Where to: Gustazo Cuban Café in North Cambridge.

Why: Because it’s the larger, livelier sibling of the cozy little Waltham location — in a prime spot in the old, two-level Elephant Walk space near Porter Square.

The Back Story: Patricia Estorino and Adolfo De La Vega lived in this neighborhood for seven years after relocating from Cuba, so it’s a personal triumph for them to open a restaurant here.

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Source: Boston Magazine | Photo by Jim Brueckner

Boston Magazine

Best Restaurants in Boston 2019

A local critic reviews Gustazo Cuban Kitchen & Bar

We were regularly braving westbound traffic to reach Gustazo’s Waltham restaurant when word came that a second, larger location was headed to Cambridge. Mercy! Now we have easy access to chef Patricia Estorino’s contemporary Cuban fare and fun, family-table vibe.

Best of all, these new digs let us wash down her tapas-style plates—such as grilled lamb chops brightened with mint salsa and nutty romesco—with rum-forward libations dreamed up by local bar genius Sam Treadway. Cambridge,

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Eater Boston – August 2019

Eater Boston

Eater Awards 2019: Here Are the Boston Finalists

Narrowing down the playing field for best restaurant, design, and empire builder of the year

Featuring an attractive remodel of the old Elephant Walk space, Gustazo hits it out of the park with Cuban small plates such as bacon-wrapped maduros (sweet plantains), grilled lamb chops, and an ever-changing selection of empanadas. Don’t miss the cocktail list, designed by Sam Treadway of the acclaimed Backbar in Somerville.

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Gustazo steak

Source: Boston Magazine | Bistec Encebollado. / Mark Mendoza Photography

Gustazo jibarito

Source: Boston Magazine | Jibarito. / Mark Mendoza Photography

Boston Magazine

First Look at Gustazo Cuban Restaurant & Café in Cambridge

After nearly a decade of serving up vibrant Cuban food in the Boston suburbs, Gustazo Restaurant owner Patricia Estorino is opening a second location in Cambridge—and they could use a drink.

Gustazo Cuban Restaurant & Café is now open in Porter Square with menu favorites from the Waltham location, plus an all-new cocktail program created by acclaimed local drinksmith Sam Treadway. Gustazo quietly debuted in Cambridge over the weekend, Eater Boston reports, and it officially kicks off dinner service tonight...

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Eater Boston - March 18 2019 - Coffee ChaChaCha

Source: Eater Boston | Coffee Cha-Cha-Cha at Gustazo in Cambridge

Source: Eater Boston | The Lost Island Cocktail

Eater Boston

A Cuban Favorite From Waltham Expands to Cambridge With Finely Tuned Cocktails

Backbar’s Sam Treadway advised on the beverage menu

Gustazo Cuban Kitchen & Bar (2067 Massachusetts Ave., Porter Square) is now open in Cambridge, and it features a more substantial focus on beverages than its big sibling in Waltham: The Cambridge cocktails were developed in collaboration with Sam Treadway, owner of award-winning cocktail gem Backbar in Somerville’s Union Square.

Gustazo first opened in Waltham in 2014, and word came a year ago that owners Patricia Estorino and Adolfo De La Vega would take over the former Elephant Walk space on Massachusetts Avenue in Cambridge. While working towards opening, the partners consulted with Treadway to develop the restaurant’s new beverage menu, which highlights rum — both in cocktails and on its own, for sipping — Treadway told Eater.

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