A relatively quiet week of reviews, I assume everyone is too busy rejoicing the warming weather to sit and slave over their keyboards.
Stacey Kratz of The Deseret News is first up, as she braves the hordes of The Cheesecake Factory. The arrival of this national chain eatery doesn’t get me too excited, but apparently I am in the minority.
Stacey talks about 3 hour waits for a table at the recently opened Murray location. Her review of the crowds, décor and menu make me shiver, my personal idea of dining hell. I am totally flummoxed by these places. I don’t recall ever having a chain restaurant meal that was *that* good. I’ve certainly never had one worth waiting for. Stacey ends her piece asking how long would you wait for a table. Can any chain be worthy of a wait is my counter question. I’d much rather spend my hard earned with the local independent guy, rather than a corporation. I guess that makes me a food hippie.
The Cheesecake Factory: Fashion Place, 6223 S. State Street Unit 2001, Murray, UT 84107
Ted Scheffler over at the City Weekly heads over to Sandy to the new Fratelli Ristorante; this is the latest restaurant from the family who brought us Cannella’s. The review is a mixed bag but alludes to a restaurant with much potential. The fare seems basic family-style Italian fare, e.g. meatballs, pasta, salads.
Fratelli Ristorante: 9236 South Village Shop Drive (approximately 1000 East)
More entertaining is Ted’s rant about being made to wait for his pie at Marie Calendars. It’s worth a read to see just how upset Ted gets, especially when he was at fault himself by being 2 hours late in the first place. I get the feeling he wouldn’t make the same mistake with a restaurant reservation. Ted relax, life is too short!
Whilst not a review of their own, the Salt Lake Chow Hounds dispatch an Orem friend to Pizzeria 712. Despite the location not being known for great dining, Pizzeria 712 seems to be up to the challenge of the popular Settebello.
Pizzeria 712: 320 S. State Street, Orem
Hi, I’m Stuart, nice to meet you! I’m the founder, writer and wrangler at Gastronomic SLC and The Utah Review; I’m also a former restaurant critic of more than five years, working for the Salt Lake Tribune. I’ve worked extensively with other local publications from Utah Stories through to Salt Lake Magazine and Visit Salt Lake.
I’m a multiple-award winning journalist and have covered the Utah dining scene for more than a decade. I’m largely fueled by Uinta Cutthroat, alliteration and the use of too many big words I don’t understand. I ate all the pies.