TESTIMONIALS

Here's what our clients have to say about us:

"Thank you SO MUCH for all your hard work in making our reception so special and DELICIOUS! Everything went so smoothly and everyone on your staff was so kind. We loved our dessert pizza so much!"

-Jenessa and Brian Norvaisis, Longview, WA

 

and"We recently hired Russ and his crew for a corporate event and we’re so glad we did.  All the food was delicious and the appetizers were very unique.  The guests loved the variety of grilled appetizers and then really loved all the different pizza options.  They did a great job of advance prep so the pizzas just came rolling out as we ate them.  At the end of the night when we had our fill, his crew boxed them up for us so we had none to waste.  Russ was very accommodating and flexible to work with.  The staff was friendly and eager to please.  We’re happy they catered our event and we would use them again in a heartbeat!  Thanks Russ!"

-Traci Stark, TRANSPAC MARINAS, INC., Anacortes, WA

"Our decision to hire Gusto Wood Fired Pizza for our wedding reception was an excellent choice! Since we were getting married on a weeknight, one of my main goals was to have our guests fed as quickly as possible after the end of our ceremony.  The pizza was fresh and delicious, as well as the caesar salad. For several weeks after, whenever we saw some of our guests they raved about the pizza. Russ was friendly and professional to work with inviting us to sample his pizza at the Bellingham Farmer's market. The staff was also very nice and friendly. I would highly recommend Gusto Wood Fired to anyone wanting a fun eating experience for a great price."

-Heidi and Jeff Baker, Bellingham, WA

"I am so happy with this choice we made working with Russ and Gusto Wood Fired Pizza. We've never had to feed 100 people before and some of the catering companies basically scoffed at me when I told them our budget. I wanted to be able to do something that was interesting and tasted great, but that didn't cost half of our entire wedding budget. Even looking into family style italian/pasta, I was being quoted $70pp for food and service after fees and taxes. Enter Gusto Wood Fired Pizza. Russ and I bonded over our love of a pizzeria in Arizona called Pizzeria Bianco. We did caprese skewers and fruit/cheese/nut/smoked salmon plates for appetizers during cocktail hour and then a 5 pizza buffet with caesar salad. Russ let us do custom pizzas and we worked together on the menu: 1. Cheese 2. Pepperoni 3. Goat cheese, pistachio, prosciutto and balsamic 4. Sweet italian sausage and mama's lil peppers 5. Wild mushroom, garlic, white sauce. Most of the ingredients were sourced from local farmers that he knows from the Bellingham Farmer's market. All of this came under my max catering budget, and he only required a $250 deposit. Russ & his team showed up at the Lairmont Manor venue with a beautiful wood fired pizza over and slung pizzas during dinner very quickly. Everyone loved the pizza and I was complimented on how smoothly the pizza line went. My husband and I were delivered a heart shaped pizza at our table, which was surprising and wonderful. Russ boxed up about 7 whole pizzas and left them for us when they left too, which was such a treat! We all snacked on it during dancing. I highly recommend for any event!"

-Evan Paras and Tyler Pederson, Seattle

 

"We first tried Russ's pizza at the Bellingham Farmers Market. The pizza is absolutely amazing and Russ was so easy to work with! Our guests could not stop talking about how delicious it was and the fact that they left ten pizzas for a late night snack! Such amazing customer service that is only rivaled by the taste of their pizza!"

-Annemarie Davis and Zack Grier, Bothell, WA

 

"Gusto Wood Fired Pizza was the perfect choice for our wedding reception.  We LOVED the idea of having a food truck versus a traditional caterer. After shopping around a bit, we discovered Gusto. We hadn’t considered pizza originally but after seeing their advertisement and visiting the owner, Russ, at the Bellingham Farmers' Market, we became convinced that he was the right choice.  What really stood out initially about Gusto was that their wood fired pizza could be made so quickly (somewhere between 1 and 2 minutes per pizza!) which was perfect for serving a large amount of people at once. When we met Russ, he graciously prepared several different dishes to give us a chance to try out his food prior to making the decision to work with him.  His pizza was delicious, with a huge variety of well-matched, locally sourced, unique toppings that really impressed us. Even our kids loved the prosciutto wrapped asparagus!  So, we entered into a contract with him, and he did not disappoint.  He worked with us to refine our reception menu, even agreeing to make items that weren’t on his standard menu. He made special considerations for our guests that had food allergies and other dietary concerns.  The day of the event, everything came together beautifully. The presentation and timeliness of both appetizers and main courses was wonderful, and our guests loved the food! He even left extra pizzas for us to eat after the food service had ended and we continued dancing the night away.  All in all, Gusto was a phenomenal vendor for our wedding reception.  We will definitely be down to see him at Bellingham Farmers’ Market soon!!  PS... make sure you get the Caprese skewers they are AMAZING!!"

-Katrina Hilpert and AJ Schuehle, Seattle

"I am SO glad that I hired Russ and his crew for my wedding! He was nice enough to let us visit him a few times at the Farmers Market so that we could try a few different kinds of pizza. Our favorite was the Cuban! We also had him make us a chicken garlic with white sauce. Still to this day people talk about how amazing the food was at our wedding. Our friends and family thought it was so neat to be able to watch him cook the pizza right before their eyes. I would highly recommend Russ for your event!

-Melissa and Tyler Hatcher, Bellingham, WA

"Having Gusto Wood Fired Pizza cater our wedding was one of the best decisions we made. Russ and his team were so professional and took such good care of us, making sure that we got something to eat amid the craziness of the day. Not only was the pizza amazing, but everyone loved having fresh cooked pizza right there. I cannot recommend them highly enough to anyone needing catering for any event. I am so glad that we were able to book you for our day. Thank you again for everything"

-Danielle Pecha and Matthew Dunford, Ferndale, WA

"Gusto Pizza was absolutely wonderful to work with and they were the perfect addition to our outdoor barn style wedding. They were friendly, accommodating and understanding when there was a money deposit debacle in the mail (my fault, not theirs). After a quick set up at our venue, they began putting out pizzas for our 125 guests. We chose the three pizza option (margarita, cheese and Hawaiian) and had multiple guests commented that it was the perfect meal for a warm summer evening. I would 100% recommend Gustos Pizza for couples who are looking for excellent quality affordable food, friendly personalities and amazing service!"

-Kari and Drew Kelly, Anacortes, WA

"I can't thank Russ and Gusto enough for the wonderful time we had at our wedding. We actually found Gusto by accident… My soon to be wife wife was on her way to work and noticed an outdoor wedding nearby that had “this pizza guy” making pizzas for their wedding. She was intrigued, got his contact info and later we went to the Bellingham Farmers Market to sample pizzas (where Gusto’s is every Saturday). We tried many different pizzas and settled on 4 for the wedding (not easy!) Our interactions with Russ were all professional, easy and pleasant. He guided us through the entire process and offered options that worked for some of our “finicky-eaters” in our group of 330-plus. We chose to work with Gusto’s for a few different reasons: Russ is extremely easy to work with – he knows his stuff. It made it very easy to deal with him in a hectic few weeks prior to the wedding. Also, this is a family-run business with local ties, something that has become rare now-a-days. The professionalism of the entire crew was great. Oh, and the pizzas, fantastic. Everyone at the wedding was impressed that there was something for everyone. Pizza, salad (with Russ’ homemade croutons) and a few other particulars which made the entire experience great for all. We did not get a chance to eat much during the wedding, but Russ made sure that we had 2 Cuban pizzas to go home with us after the wedding. Plus, many boxed pizzas for others. I highly recommend Gusto’s for any event you may be looking to have catered. We were very pleased with the entire process. – I have the feeling that we will be making special trips to Bellingham to visit our “new friends with a pizza oven” from time to time."

-Sandy Bendixen and Micke Mancini, Tacoma, WA

 

"Thank you so much for all your hard work and delicious part of my reception. Gusto's was incredible for my reception. People raved about the yummy pizza and even more than the delicious food, flexibility and organization were people who spread warmth and kindness...exactly what you want with your most special day. I would highly recommend Gusto's for any event."

-Jenessa Cozad and Brian Norvaisis, Longview, WA

"We were so lucky to work with Russ and his staff from Gusto pizza for our rehearsal dinner. Communication prior to our wedding was so simple, Russ provided any and all information we needed and was very easy to work with. We met him a couple times at the Bellingham Farmer’s market, where he has chairs set up behind the stand to visit with potential customers, and always walked away smiling. Russ was readily available to answer any questions, helped estimate the cost of travel and work time for his crew, and provided a variety of menu options that allowed us the ability to build the perfect dinner. We were married at Guemes Island Resort, and Russ brought his pizza oven and set up shop right on the beach. It was picturesque and delicious – it’s been a year since we got married, and our guests still talk about the pizzas! (We especially recommend the Rosa – your taste buds will thank you). Before the event, we even got to choose a different “flavor” of pizza to sample, and Russ’s team made us a special heart shaped pizza of our own. When people were finished eating, Russ made several extra pizzas and left them in boxes for later – the pizza was so popular, people were fighting over them! Gusto and staff blew us away – we would highly recommend them to anyone looking for a flexible experience"

-Nicole and Eric Clemons, Auburn, WA

"Gusto Pizza is amazing! We used them for our daughter's wedding March 24, 2018 at Maplehurst Farm. Russ is so easy to work with and we were able to take care of all the details online as I was in South Carolina. The pizza was incredible - we had four different kinds and the Caesar salad. And, he did some poppers and a special pizza for the head table. His staff is very friendly and professional. I promised I'd bring some Carolina sunshine and did, so people were able to go outside and watch them make and cook the pizzas. Great fun, fabulous food and good people!!! Thanks Russ for being part of this joyous occasion!!"

-Debee Early, South Carolina

 

"We chose Gusto Wood Fired pizza for our December wedding at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal in Fairhaven, WA. We were absolutely delighted at what a seamless, easy, delicious choice it was. Our guests raved to us about how good the pizza and salad were, and how they loved the idea of serving pizza at a wedding. It was light, fresh and filling - not the normal heavy wedding fare. Gusto even left boxes of pizza for a late night snack after all the dancing! Russ was available to talk about details from start to finish. We had a small wedding budget, and using Gusto instead of the much more expensive catering options was also a great financial choice. Overall, couldn't recommend using Gusto more! Can't wait to eat their pizza at the Farmer's Market next summer."

-Katharine Bond and Matt Chapman, Bellingham, WA

 

"We got married in the beginning of September and Gusto wood fired pizza provided pizza and appetizers for our wedding at the Lairmont Manor. We both love pizza and Gusto's pizza is DELICIOUS. Initially we were hesitant about having a pizza truck at our wedding, thinking "is that too casual? what will friends and family think?". Well, friends and family loved the food, and I don't think it made our wedding casual. My best friend's dad stopped me at the wedding to tell me how delicious the food was. We are so happy we worked with Russ, he even made a lovely spread for the wedding party table at the wedding. I'm SO happy we had pizza at our wedding and Russ is a quality person and he helped make our day special. Thanks Russ!"

-Elizabeth Mattila, Seattle, WA

 

"We would love to give Russ and his crew 10 stars if possible! Gusto Wood Fired Pizza catered our wedding last week, and they did a wonderful job! He was very easy to work with and incredibly accommodating for any requests we had. The pizza was Phenomenal. We had the cheese, pepperoni, Margherita, and Thai chicken. They were all delish. The best part was that they left several pizzas boxed up after dinner for our guests to snack on as the night went on. They were a huge hit! We will definitely use them for future catering! Thank you Russ and team!!"

-Kelsey and Ryan Snyder, San Diego, CA

 

"From the moment we met Russ, we knew we had picked the right caterer for our wedding. Our first meeting was for our scheduled tasting at the Bellingham Farmer’s Market. When we arrived, Russ invited us to sit down and try 2 different types of pizza. He also let us sample a new appetizer he was working on. The food was incredible! He encouraged us to stay as long as we liked and checked in with us periodically to see if we had questions. Russ was a pleasure to work with throughout the wedding planning process. He happily accommodated all our dietary requests. He provided gluten-free and vegan pizza at very reasonable prices. He was also willing to serve the dressing and croutons for the salad on the side. It was easy to communicate with Russ via email. He responded quickly and cheerfully answered all our questions. All our guests raved about the food. They loved the caprese salad skewers and the stuffed peppers that we had for appetizers. We chose a 4-flavor pizza package with caesar salad for dinner. Our guests were very pleased with the selection, quality and amount of food. A few weeks before the wedding Russ asked my husband and I to choose our favorite flavor of pizza. We were pleasantly surprised to find to a personal, heart shaped pizza waiting for us at our sweetheart table when we sat down for dinner. It was delicious! After the dinner service was done, Russ and his crew put out extra pizzas so our guests could continue to eat throughout the night. He even provided pizza boxes. Many guests were thrilled to take some pizza home with them. My husband and I snagged a couple boxes on our way out; even served cold the pizza was delicious. I couldn’t imagine having a better caterer for our wedding. Russ and his team are an incredible group of people. They are very kind, helpful and passionate about what they do. That passion really shows in their food. I highly recommend using Gusto Wood Fire Pizza to cater your next event. It will make it one to remember!"

-Talisa Cook, Bellingham, WA

"Completely and absolutely incredible! Gusto's catered our wedding and was an immediate hit with the crowd! They also catered to my many dietary restrictions and did it with grace. The pizza was incredible and the service was amazing! HIGHLY, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!"

-Erin Lane, Loveland, CO

 

"Nothing but amazing things to say about Gusto's!! We were so grateful that they were available to cater our last minute wedding. Russ and his wife are so gracious and were such a pleasure to work with. There is great integrity that goes into his ingredients, recipes, and service, not to mention a beautiful wood fired pizza ready in moments. The presentation was perfect and the menu we chose was raved about by all our guests!  Looking forward to visiting the Bellingham farmer market to enjoy another pie, and will definitely have Gusto's in mind for our next event. We are so thankful for this fantastic experience! Highly recommend!!!"

-Aja Tyler & Kent Perillo, Woodinvile, WA

 

"Finding Gusto Wood Fired Pizza to cater our wedding was truly a treasure. When we found Gusto, we were two weeks away from our wedding day. Not only did Russ and his team agree to take on the job with such short notice, but they did so while remaining kind and accommodating throughout the process. Russ was easy and quick to communicate with as we were planning our menu. He created three pizza options based on our fall-themed wedding using local and seasonal toppings,  and happily filled our requests for a variety of gluten free and vegan pizzas. We were thrilled with the dinner and our guests loved it too! It was such a relief to find a caterer that could meet the various dietary needs of our guests without compromising the quality and flavor. We are so thankful for the team at Gusto!"

-Ben & Kalie Blood, Seattle, WA

"Gusto Wood Fired Pizza catered our fall wedding on September 24th this year, and they did an incredible job! The pizzas were ready very quickly, and they tasted delicious. Many of our guests came up to us and raved about how delicious the pizzas were. It was super fun to have them there because they used the cheese our family makes to make the pizzas. I would definitely recommend this company to anyone looking for a tasty food option for any event."

-Madeline and Shane Reed, Ferndale, WA

"Dear Russ: Thank you so much for catering our wedding at Evergreen Gardens. The food and the presentation were high quality and the guests kept telling us how delicious it was! The heart-shaped pizza was yummy and a thoughtful touch. Thank you for doing such a beautiful job!"

-Jessica and John DiNicola, Bellingham, WA

 

"Russ and his crew catered my daughters wedding much to the delight of our guests and the family.  His crew was efficient, respectful, and very professional in providing 4 delicious pizza varieties to the hungry crowd.  Many guests had not experienced wood fired pizza delights before and remarked how amazing their dinner adding to the success of the event in general.  Russ' personal passion for making people happy with food is authentic and wonderful to experience -  I recommend Russ and Gusto Pizza highly, and am still dreaming of the 'white' pizza." 

-Jill Boudreau, Mt. Vernon, WA

 

"We could not be happier with our choice in Gusto Wood Fired Pizza to cater our wedding. From day one, it was fun and convenient to work with Russ and Terese. They welcomed us to taste from their catering menu down at the Farmers' Market, where we spent an hour laughing and eating amazing food! Within the first 10 minutes, we knew we were going to hire Russ and Therese. The hardest part about working with Gusto was finalizing a menu for our wedding, only because it was so tough to decide between all the delicious pizzas Gusto has to offer! The day of our wedding, Russ and team showed up early, set-up quickly, and were ready to start slingin' pizza as soon as we gave the word! All of our guests were fed quickly, including those with dietary restrictions. 3 months after our wedding, people are still raving about the amazing food we had! Thank you Gusto!"

-Serena Schulke and Tyson Meyer, Bellingham, WA

 

"Thanks again for coming out for my husband's 50th birthday party. Everyone loved the pizza! You had a house full of Italians to please, several of them from Napoli and everyone truly enjoyed the quality of your pizza, your staff & you! Especially my mother-in-law who is from Napoli, she told me I should keep the oven right where it was so I could make her pizza whenever she came over. The smoked salmon stuffed jalapeño peppers where incredible, thank you for adding those in as a treat. Having you there gave the party the perfect ambiance, thanks again for all you did. We will see you at the market soon!"

-Elisa Barbone, Bellingham, WA

"My husband and I live in Tucson, Az. When our daughter (who lives in Bellingham) finalized her wedding date we began to look for someone to cater her event. We learned early on that we were going to face many dietary restrictions. We had several vegans vegetarians, gluten free, and meat lovers to feed. We pondered over several menus when the idea to do wood fired pizza came up. One weekend while visiting we began to ask a lot of the locals about pizza, one name came up over and over again, GUSTO. We were told we could find Russ (the owner) at the Farmer's Market on Saturdays. We made sure to get over there early to meet him and after talking with him and sampling his pizza we were hooked. We found our caterer! To shorten our story the wedding was last month and everything went perfectly. Russ did everything he said he would and more. He also does an unbelievable Caesar salad and various appetizers in his wood fired oven. We had great food,great staff and many happy guests. We can highly recommend everything about Gusto, you will not be disappointed!"

-Nan Jett and Ted Curtis, Tucson, AZ

 

"Russ’ customer service truly won us over when we began looking for a wedding caterer.  Over E-mail and in person, he was attentive to our needs and responsive to questions.  Our guests included several people with serious allergies and Russ ensured that each and every person had something to eat.  His willingness to work with allergies meant a lot and took away a lot of our stress.  He was a true pleasure to work with! As for the food itself, we were thrilled with our decision to serve Gusto Wood Fired Pizza!  Russ’ menu is unique and diverse so that each pizza features a different set of flavors.  We are big fans of his emphasis on local and high-quality ingredients too.  Our guests raved about the food and we loved that Russ made us a special heart-shaped pizza to start our dinner off.  In addition, it was wonderful that he boxed up a few extra pizzas for us to have as a late night snack! We are so happy that we chose Gusto Wood Fired Pizza and recommend Russ to anyone looking for a cost-effective, locally sourced, allergy-friendly, and delicious caterer!"

-Vanessa Hunsberger and Brian Ferrasci-O'Malley, Washington, DC

 

"Russ and his crew at Gusto are personable, hard-working, accommodating, and their love of their craft shines through in the food and experiences they create! My husband and I are slightly non-traditional in our tastes. We make pizza at home with our kids, and we wanted to reflect that in our wedding. Gusto was the best decision we could have made! Not only did Russ, his wife Therese, and their son Gus go out of their way to try out different spots in our outdoor setting months before the big event (at no extra charge), they were also very willing to give us samples of pizzas and appetizers when visiting them at the Bellingham Farmers' Market. Simply extraordinary dishes with attention to detail in flavor and ingredient combinations. The best thing about the Gusto family is that they contributed all the necessary supplies for my husband and girls to make a pizza for our unity ceremony! Russ even made a heart-shaped crust for us! The actual wedding day was the hottest day of the year in July 2015 (99 degrees!). The Gusto crew wound up working right on a cement and gravel pad in front of a carriage house with their 900 degree oven, and they kept bringing more delectable pizzas and gourmet appetizers up to the table for the guests without missing a beat. It was incredible. Gluten free crusts were also made available for guests who needed it---a big plus! Another amazing thing: Russ let it slip the day before the wedding that our wedding was actually his birthday and his and Therese's wedding anniversary!! We were so surprised and so touched that he would work for us on such a special day...Let it be known that whoever asks Gusto Pizza to cater for their events will receive the best service and experience they could ever imagine. Not only did they make our wedding memorable, they made a friend for life out of us!"

-Mary-Claire Douglas, Bellingham, WA

 

"Gusto is awesome! Russ was super easy to work, extremely professional and timely from the early planning stages to the day of the event. Our guests raved about how good the pizza and salad was! Our gluten free guests were taken care of so well with Russ' and his team's conscientious attention to detail insuring all GF pizza were cooked separate from standard pizzas. Many of Gusto's ingredients are from local sources allowing clients the bonus of knowing we are supporting local farmers and better yet supporting a business that makes it a priority to invest in our community. The pizza is literally fresh out of the oven allowing for optimum taste but also flexibility to adjust start time of serving as needed if the event is running behind schedule. The wood fired pizza oven also fosters a fun opportunity for your guests to witness the making of the pizza. Top secret bonus having Gusto as your caterer - it is very economical and you will have a positive, fun experience working with Russ and his team that exceeds your expectations!"

-Shelley Johnson and Ian Metzgen-Ohlswager, Bellingham, WA 

 

"Gusto Wood Fired Pizza was great! They were timely, professional, and a wonderful addition to our big day. The whole process was very smooth. Russ worked with our budget and helped us create the menu we wanted. He added special touches to our wedding based on our story, including my favorite pizza, and even had his staff make extra pizzas so my husband and I didn’t leave the wedding hungry. It was amazing to see how much he cared for us! The pizza was absolutely delicious! We had a variety of choices for our guests and it was all set up and ready to go when we needed it. Everyone raved about the pizza and loved seeing the wood fire grill! The process was speedy, the staff was attentive, and that was great to take the stress off of us on our big day. I can’t say enough about how much it meant to have Russ work with us for our wedding. He was so thoughtful and caring from the first interaction to the wedding day, which was exactly what we were looking for. You could tell that it wasn’t just another day in the business for him, he worked hard to help make the day the best it could be for us and our guests, which was amazing! I would definitely recommend Russ and Gusto Wood Fired Pizza to anyone, including brides and grooms to be! Our experience with them was perfect, we were able to stay within budget and get the menu we wanted, and the pizza was wonderful!"

-Trissan and Jason White, Pacific, WA

 

"We had Gusto Wood Fired Pizza cater our wedding in February and it was one of the best decisions we made! Russ was easy to work with and paid attention to every little detail to help make sure that our day was perfect in terms of food. Not only were the people amazing to work with but the pizza was DELICIOUS. Our guests are still raving it! It was a highlight of our day and we can’t thank Russ enough!"

-Katie and Landon Macy, Pullman, WA

 

"We had Gusto Pizza serve at our son’s outdoor wedding  (about 170 people).  We had four different kinds of pizza and the Caesar Salad. They came early and set up beautifully. They were able to accommodate our site issues (outside farm venue). The pizza was excellent—guests complimented it over and over. I had been concerned about guests having to wait in line, but they were able to keep up with demand and keep the flow smooth. The service was incredible. They were attentive to everyone—wedding party, guests, people with special food needs.  We were in awe of Russ and his staff.  Each person that was serving really cared about the success of the event. Russ is easy to work with. Kind and caring—especially of the bride and groom. We would recommend them without hesitation for any catering event."

-Terri and Michael Watters, Bellingham, WA

 

"I can not say enough good things about the experience we had with Gusto Wood Fired Pizza. From the first meeting at the farmers’ local market I knew it was going to be their pizza at our wedding. Russ made us feel like he was welcoming us into his home. He took care of us as only a friend or family would. While making wedding arrangements a few details slipped my mind, like paying! Russ kindly called me and acted like it was no big deal and discussed with me more menu options for our wedding reception, some of which I never thought of! Since it was so close to our reception date it was nice to see someone looking after our best interests. During the reception the pizza was a hit! Who doesn’t love pizza or as we call it, Russ’s art on a crust. Having the pizza oven there was entertaining for our friends and family. The pizza display, the ornate oven, the arrangement, the presentation, and the fresh tasting local ingredients of the pizza was amazing, but it was the beautiful, fun-loving people behind the tasteful artwork that made me enjoy having Gusto Wood Fired Pizza at our wedding. If you are someone who is looking for something different than the typical humdrum wedding meal, something that is sure to be a hit with all your guests I would strongly suggest using Gusto. To Russ and Gusto Crew: thank you so much for being a part of our special day." 

-Grace and Steven Johnson, White Salmon, WA

 

"I got married four months ago and people are still mentioning how delicious the pizza was. Gusto pizza is out of this world and really is an amazing deal. Being pizza lovers, it was not hard for my husband and me to decide what kind of food we wanted at our wedding. But we tried a couple “traditional” caterers for the sake of due diligence. We found that we could either pay $40 per person for limited amount of mediocre wedding food (not including the added fees for staffing, travel, plates, etc) or we could use Gusto and pay half that for unlimited, amazing pizza. Plus, there were no hidden costs, Russ was very upfront about everything from the get-go. He was so easy to work with, answered all of our questions immediately and made sure everything was in place well before the wedding. He even made a gluten-free crust special for my mother-in-law. The day of the wedding, his staff arrived and set up quickly and very quietly. The pizza was ready at exactly the time we had requested and our guests were able to eat all the pizza they wanted as quickly as they wanted. I could not believe how fast the buffet line moved, Russ and his crew were popping out pizzas every minute! The whole time we worked with Russ, I really felt like my wedding mattered to him. He took the time to understand what we wanted and delivered on it perfectly. We highly recommended Gusto for any catering event!!Thank you so much for everything Russ. You helped make our wedding amazing!!"

-Jessica Meacham, Seattle, WA

 

"We were excited to book Gusto Wood Fired Pizza for our wedding but then we met with Russ in person and knew we made the right decision! Russ is passionate about providing quality food and outstanding service for an affordable price. The whole process was so easy for us which my husband and I greatly appreciated! The night of our wedding our guests could not stop talking about how delicious the pizza was and the compliments continued for months. Russ and his team of experts went above and beyond to create a clean set-up and cook delicious food for our guests. They even made my husband and I one last pizza at the end of the night for us to take as we left our venue! We are so glad we booked them and could not have had a better experience! We highly recommend them for any catered event, but especially weddings!!"

-Janna and Liam O'Brien, Lynden, WA

 

"Gusto Wood-Fired Pizza catered our wedding on July 10, 2015. Russ was awesome to work with because he was able to offer different menu options to fit our budget/wedding size (60 guests) and was really flexible and patient with what we wanted along the way. He truly did cater to our needs. On the wedding day, Russ and his team showed up on time and ready to go with great service the whole evening always making sure the different pizzas were served hot and readily available so it never felt like we ran out of anything. He also happily made last minute vegetarian pizzas for a couple guests which made them very happy. Everyone raved about the food and there was more than enough at the end of the evening. Any extra pizza was boxed up for us as well (nice bonus!) The menu we chose was such a great value considering what you had to pay for other catering services. We wanted simple, fresh and delicious and we absolutely got everything we wanted in quality and service from Gusto Wood-Fired Pizza. They were such a great choice for us! We 100% recommend them for your next event."

-Krista Dewey and Wendi Lanigan, Abbotsford, BC

 

"Even six months after our wedding, guests are still raving about the fun and relaxed atmosphere of our wedding, and Gusto was a huge part of that! The pizza was ready right when people were hungry, the variety and buffet style made it easy for guests to get seconds and even thirds! As a bride, I loved seeing all the guest enjoying a filling and delicious meal! Russ, and his staff, was professional, and kind from the beginning. We felt like we were working with real people who understood what this day meant to us. I can't recommend Gusto enough!"

-Ruth and Dakota White, Bellingham, WA

 

"From the beginning, Russ and his crew were great to work with. He completely answered all of our questions and even had suggestions and solutions that we had not even thought of. We were delighted by the willingness to go above and beyond all of our expectations -- the whole production was seamless. When you first tell someone that you are serving pizza at your wedding, you get an odd look but that quickly gone after seeing and tasting the yummy pizza masterpieces! Our guests raved about the crust, the variety that was available, and also the service that the entire crew provided. We highly recommend Russ and the whole Gusto Wood Fired Pizza staff!"

-Katherine and Richard Bradley, Tacoma, WA

 

"Russ and his team were perfect for our wedding! Russ was very easy to contact, extremely accommodating and remained professional throughout the process. They showed up and delivered a product and service that was exactly how they said they would. All of our guests loved the food and the service! They also worked and coordinated great with the venue and all other vendors to help in making our wedding go as smooth as possible. We would recommend Gusto Wood Fired Pizza to to anyone who wants a professional catering service that takes care of it's clients!"

-Rebecca Roeter and Jeff Schwab, Bellingham, WA

 

"I appreciate that there was no fanfare-- Russ and his workers got down to business in a professional manner. The food was served in good time and there was plenty for seconds and then some. The pizzas were delicious, done right, not under or overdone. Once the process started there was no delay, the pizzas kept coming until our guests were satisfied. People came for seconds and thirds and absolutely loved the prosciutto wrapped asparagus rolls. We would do this again. The price is appropriately set for the food we picked. The pizzas were just right for a warm summer movie themed outdoor wedding. We really enjoyed the whole meal process because we did not have to be concerned about the quality of the food nor the progression of making it happen for our guests. Our guest’s feedback informed us that the pizzas were obviously made from quality ingredients. Thanks Russ and team for being part of our daughter and son-in-law’s wedding day at the beautiful Evergreen Gardens in Ferndale, USA!"

-Rudy and Jocelyn Ratzlaff, Abbotsford, BC

 

"We first had Gusto's pizza at our local farmers market and fell in love with the breakfast pizza, having them at our wedding was a fun and personal touch. Russ was so easy to work with and answered all of our questions quickly and clearly. The pizza was amazing, which we expected, but the set up and take down was seamless and the staff at Gusto's were so kind to us and our guests as well. They barely needed anything to set up in our backyard setting and were ready to serve pizza's quickly and kept them coming until our guests were full. Gusto's made pizza the perfect wedding food for us, I would recommend them to any other pizza lover looking for a unique wedding caterer."

-Meghan Lever, Ferndale, WA

 

"We had Russ and his crew cater a pizza get together last August at our home. From the first time I contacted him about catering, he was very responsive and the info I received about menu choices, pricing etc., were very clear and comprehensive. He arrived when he said he would and set up his traveling wood fired oven right in our driveway! It's very fun to behold and guests enjoyed seeing the oven in action. The pizzas are delicious! So many variations to choose from but all come out of the oven crispy hot and tasty. Russ also made for us some tomato & mozzarella skewers which were the perfect complement to the pizzas. The staff he brought with him were very professional and discrete. We hardly knew they were there except that they took care of everything, making sure the pizzas where replenished and in the end all was cleaned up beautifully. I highly recommend Gusto Wood Fired Pizza catering. It's a very fun way to have a party!"

-Cynthia Johnson, Bellingham, WA

 

"I recently attended an event catered by Gusto Wood Fired Pizza. They served an amazing array of Neapolitan style pies. They made that party. It’s fun to watch Gusto Wood Fired Pizza create their masterpizzas. And more fun to eat them. I’ve been to Naples, Rome, and New York. Gusto Wood Fired Pizza could roll into any of these towns and compete. It’s fantastic they roll in Bellingham! Gusto tops every pizza with pride and passion."

-Dan Goldstein, PizzaHomeChef.com

 

"Our experience with Russ and his family at Gusto Wood Fired Pizza was absolutely tremendous. Not only did they provide us with an array of delicious choices for pizza and sides but their presentation was beyond compare. Our wedding guests are still talking about how great the food was months later! Professional, convenient and flawless is how I would sum up our experience with Gusto Wood Fired Pizza!"

-Lorinda Boyer, Bellingham, WA

 

“We hired Gusto Wood Fired Pizza for our wedding last July.  We were told by many guests that this was the best wedding food they have ever had!  The service was wonderful and we had more than enough food for our guests.  It was such an easy process from beginning to end working with Russ and his crew and it took a lot of stress out of the whole process for us. My wife and I only have wonderful things to say about the food and the level of service.  We feel very fortunate to have had them be apart of our special day and would highly recommend Gusto Wood Fired Pizza to anyone looking for catering.”

-Tyson Clarke, Issaquah, WA

 

"We were looking for a party catering option that would be interesting, appealing and a good value. Gusto turned out to be the answer. The pizza is great, the guests were interested (as the oven/setup is cool), and the service was warm and delivered with a touch of class. Also, Russ had a great "I'll take care of it" attitude for questions that came up (as we had the party in an unusual facility)."

-Jeff Borsecnik, Bellingham, WA

 

"We booked a caterer in advance who everyone recommended, (we didn't know about Gusto at the time) who canceled on us only a month before our wedding. We were so worried about finding someone on such short notice who would provide us fun, great food. Gusto Wood Fired Pizza Catering was able to provide us with so many fun options for our guests to enjoy. There was a pizza type for every guest. We got a lot of compliments on the pizza and it was just FUN! Who doesn't LOVE pizza? I know I wasn't the only one that went back for second, maybe even thirds.... "

-Erin Thalhofer, Bellingham, WA

 

"We were so blessed to have Russ and his crew at Gusto Wood Fired Pizza cater our outdoor summer wedding. Russ was warm, friendly and easy to work with throughout the whole process. All of our guests were delighted by the wood fire oven and absolutely loved their pizzas. We are still getting raves about the wedding and our food nearly a year later! And nothing feels better than knowing that all of your guests were satisfied. We would highly recommend Gusto Wood Fired Pizza if you're looking for incredible food, warm people and a great value."

-Angie and Mykle Kaye, Lynden, WA

 

"The day was so great, thanks so much for catering for us! You guys were on time and impeccable with your word on when food would be ready! It was delicious. It was a whirlwind of a day. You were readily available to answer any and all questions we had. Thanks for helping us make a memorable day!"

-Meagan Isaksen, MT. Vernon, WA

 

"We engaged Gusto Wood Fired Pizza as the food vendor for our Open House. They were exceptionally easy to work with and were very co-operative every step of the way. They prepared 250 pizzas in three hours! Our set-up location wasn't the most desireable, but they were prepared to overcome the obstacles encountered. We received numerous "5-star" comments from the guests at the open house relative to the pizza served by Gusto and highly recommend them for any event where food service is desired!"

-George Mills, Ferndale, WA

 

"Great selection of hand-made pizzas served oven-hot to your table or plate. Savory flavors from a wide variety of toppings and cheeses. Excellent service and a professional staff to serve you." 

-Bill Stevens, Washington Vintage Motorcycle club.