A fast casual Italian eatery is coming to the vacant restaurant space at 4733 Elm Street near Bethesda Row.

Property owner Lenny Greenberg confirmed the new tenant, which recently launched a website announcing the concept. Blogger Robert Dyer first reported the news.

The New Jersey-based Gusto boasts “simple, fresh Italian foods crafted with locally-grown, sustainable ingredients.”

Customers choose from three entrees: The Gusto Italian Roll-Up (basically an Italian burrito) a pasta bowl or a salad bowl. The Roll-Ups are made Chipotle style, in an assembly line with either pasta or beans, grilled chicken steak, meatballs or pulled pork, vegetables and cheese toppings plus a sauce all wrapped up in a flatbread.

There will also be “a fun selection of organic Italian sodas,” bread sticks and gelato pops for desert, according to the website.

Gusto will fill the space left vacant by Korean burger chain Kraze Burgers in January. The Virginia-based operation filed for bankruptcy.


A representative for Gusto could not be reached Monday morning.