About

Located in the Rosedale neighborhood of north-central Austin, Gusto Italian Kitchen + Wine Bar captures the warm, comforting, every-day flavors of Italian cuisine in its casual and diverse menu. Dishes range from house-made antipasti to hand-formed pizzas, salads, pressed panini, fresh pasta, entrees featuring Texas farm raised meats, and scratch desserts. The funky, inviting design by architect Robert Smith incorporates rich colors with Italian stencil “graffiti” art by local artist Federico Archuleta. At the center - a long, mirrored bar featuring boutique family owned and estate-grown wines from Italy and around the world, craft cocktails, beers on tap and by the bottle, and fair-trade Italian roast espresso drinks. A local, neighborhood restaurant at its core, Gusto invites all to drink, to taste, and to enjoy!


our TEAM

Cameron lockley

MANAGING PARTNER

After graduating from the University of Texas with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in professional accounting, Cameron first worked as a senior accountant in Deloitte and Touche’s Dallas office on the financial statement audits of, among companies in other business sectors, restaurant corporations.  Cameron then moved to Houston where he honed his front-of-house skills working for his cousin Grant Cooper (Ibiza, Brasserie 19, Coppa, Punk’s, The Dunlavy) at the critically acclaimed Catalan Food & Wine Bar where Chris Shepard (of James Beard Award winning Underbelly) headed the kitchen.

A self-proclaimed "citizen of the world", Cameron traversed much of Europe as well as the great dining cities of the United States during his formative years.  “My travels have shaped the way I view food, wine, and the overall dining experience” says Cameron.  “At the end of the day, my goal is always to strike a balance between professionalism and the human touch that results in genuine hospitality.”

Whether it is enthusiastically encouraging guests to experience a new wine, planning the details for a celebratory happy hour, or answering the phone on a bustling evening in the restaurant, one can be assured to always find Cameron with a welcoming Texas-sized smile. A graduate of the Leadership Austin Emerge & Essential programs, Cameron has served on the Leadership Council for the Austin Independent Business Alliance as well as the Advisory Board for The Wine & Food Foundation of Texas. He is an avid foodie and Austin enthusiast who spends what spare time he has at various farmer’s markets planning his next meal, laying out with friends at Barton Springs Pool or Lake Travis, and hiking with his fun-loving puppy Rafa at Red Bud Isle or the Greenbelt.

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ARTURO JAMES

EXECUTIVE CHEF

A native of New Mexico, Chef Arturo got his start in the hospitality industry at Les Rendezvous Café in Las Cruces where he worked his way up from dishwasher to sous chef.  After getting an associates degree in hospitality management at New Mexico State University, he moved to Austin to attend Le Cordon Bleu and study culinary arts.  He brings experience working as a sous chef at restaurants in Austin including Green Pastures, Texas French Bread, and Clark’s Oyster Bar.  When not at Gusto, Chef Arturo can be found long-boarding and hiking around town with his two loyal dogs Diesel and Cleo.

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federico archuleta

THE ARTIST

Federico Archuleta was born and raised in the bordertown of El Paso, Texas, with Ciudad Juarez, Mexico on the other side of the Rio Grande. Like siamese twins, these cities are joined by bridges that hustle humanity, commerce, and contraband to and fro between the North and South.

Ever since Federico was thigh-high, he wanted to be an artist, and in his youth he crossed these bridges for cross pollination, letting that mad Mexican culture get under his skin and that big daddy American pop get into his hair.

Forsaking a formal art school education, Federico went for the "school of the streets" approach instead, recieving his education by directly working at jobs that honed his skills. This took him from creating mascots for platoons at Ft. Bliss,Texas to being a portrait artist on the market squares of Guadalajara, Mexico, all the way to Las Vegas and other cities as a display artist for Tower Records.

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OUR Community Partners

Our restaurant is nestled in the Rosedale Neighborhood of north-central Austin and we value being a part of such a vibrant community.  It is a privilege to earn the trust of our neighbors and guests and we want to provide an atmosphere that is inviting and inclusive for everyone.

We are proud to currently be working closely with the following organizations as sponsor & partner.

Austin Classical Guitar Society

Austin Chamber Music Center

Conspirare

KMFA Classical 89.5

Zach Theatre

The Wine & Food Foundation of Texas

 

Additionally, we are proud to participate in events throughout the year that benefit the following organizations.

Leadership Austin

Central Texas Food Bank

Austin Child Guidance Center

 

If your organization has a specific need that you feel we may be able to provide for, please answer the questions at this link.  Note that we do not make any monetary donations.


OUR FARMERS, RANCHERS, ARTISANS, + MAKERS

We strive to support and partner with local and regional farmers, ranchers, makers and artisans whenever possible. Here are just a few of the folks that we like to source from.

 

LOCAL AUSTIN VENDORS

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LOCAL + REGIONAL FARMS + RANCHES

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LOCALLY CRAFTED BEER, WINE, & SPIRITS

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