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Tuscany restaurant review

Evening dinner review

(Stuart’s note: Please welcome David, a new guest reviewer to Gastronomic Salt Lake City, and his first review, Tuscany. Take it away David…)

Have you ever walked out of a restaurant feeling perfectly content after a decadent meal, surrounded by the comforts of an Italian manor only to be surprised by the fact that you’re still in Salt Lake City, next to a business park, traffic roaring. That’s what Tuscany’s like, an hour or two of blissful transcendental escape from the world.

Tuscany has long been a favorite of mine. The service is always exceptional, the staff friendly, and the food is always local, fresh, and indulgent. In order to give a fair review however, I have disregarded my previous experiences and outlined my most recent visit.

The experience started out with valet parking, which is not necessary given the small, easy to navigate parking lot, but can be nice on cold days, or for novelty’s sake. Upon entering Tuscany, the ambiance is warm, inviting, and a bit of a hodgepodge of Classic, Modern, and Americanized Italian Decor. Pieces of note include the old fashioned bar, the blown glass chandelier (glass grapes and vines included), and the open kitchen, showcasing the Chef’s handiwork.

The hostess greeted me by name, promptly seated me, and I was almost immediately greeted by the server, who provided us with the Seasonal Menu, and made suggestions to me based on what I’d enjoyed at Tuscany in the past.

I decided to start out with a salad and ended up choosing the Seasonal Insalata : Seasonal Pears, Arugula, Radicchio, Endive, Pine Nuts, and Gorgonzola Cheese in a Champagne Vinaigrette ($9). It was light and refreshing, but also had some strong earthy tones between the Gorgonzola and pine nuts. The combination of flavors was very complimentary, and definitely worth the $9 cost.

For my entrée, I ordered the Ravioli special: House made local goat cheese and beet ravioli with organic arugula, olive oil, and a balsamic reduction ($20). I’ve had (and made) many a salads based on these ingredients/flavor combinations, but this is the first time I’ve seen them in a ravioli dish. The pasta is made fresh each day in the restaurant and is thin and delicate, the goat cheese is local, and the arugula is organic. Overall a very healthy and eco friendly dish that leaves your taste buds delighted and your conscious clear. I will say that this is a very light dish and should be considered an appetizer by most.

My guest had the Wood-Oven Roasted Half Chicken with Garlic-Dijon Butter, Olive Oil Mashed Potatoes, and Natural Chicken Jus ($20). This is my go to dish for comfort food, and has long been my favorite chicken dish. Like the salad, this chicken is organic and local and gives you the type of flavor you never knew you were missing (trust me, there’s a difference). The oven roasted chicken is a prime example of how good a simple but expertly executed entrée can taste.

For Dessert we shared the Amaretto panna Cotta with Caramel and Sauteed Apples ($6). As you can see from the picture there’s essentially three layers, the caramel at the bottom, the panna cotta in the middle, and the fruit on top. Personally I think they could have benefited by layering it a bit more, almost as a trifle, but there’s no denying it was delicious, regardless.

The panna cotta was smooth and creamy, the caramel was sticky but not too thick, and the fruit was fresh. They garnished with a dried apple chip, which was fun, and appealing, but just a dried apple chip and not really to my taste.

In case you’ve already forgotten while reading my review, We’re still in Salt lake 🙂 But whenever you feel like escaping to Italy for an hour or two, choose Tuscany.

2832 E 6200 S, Holladay, UT 84121
(801) 277-9919


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2 thoughts on “Tuscany restaurant review”

  1. I am a big fan of Tuscany. The food is consistently delicious and the ambience is fabulous. The bar is also a great place to grab a drink and app or to have a small dinner party with friends. (The lasagna and meatloaf are two of my absolute favorite dishes there!)

  2. I’ve been to Tuscany’s before and was greeted with great service, mediocre but creative food, and friendly staff. HOWEVER, I decided to go there again to celebrate a friend’s birthday and was sadly disappointed with poor service, mediocre food, and the evening ruined by the attitude of our waiter. Middle aged, receding hairline, dark brown hair, moderate length, 190-200lbs. Working on Saturdays.

    We waited forever for our food but it was tolerable since the group had bread to snack on. Our waiter was rude and clearly forgot any sort of etiquette. I thought this was suppose to be a refined establishment?! Our waiter had the attitude that belonged in a corner diner with neon signs and coffee stains next to the plastic silverware.

    On another note, the food was mediocre. I had the Lemon Basil Farfalle and some of the pasta pieces were undercooked and broken. Along with that, there was a mix of real shrimp and frozen shrimp DROWNED in the lemon basil sauce. DEFINITELY NOT WORTH $30+.

    In sum, this place has definitely gone downhill. Please, I urge you to find another place to eat. If you want to spend a lot of money on a nice dinner, do not come here. It will steal your money and leave you disappointed. I promise you’ll be finding yourself on this site writing a terrible review.

    The only nice thing about the night was that there was complimentary valet (which doesn’t always happen) and it came in handy when I wanted to LEAVE. –There’s a reason they didn’t win a 2011 recognition award and will not be receiving another in 2012.

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