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Best pasta dishes in Salt Lake City 2024

Crazy for cavatelli? Loopy for linguini? Bug eyed for bucatini? O.k. enough of the pasta puns, but if this most versatile of dishes sets your heart all a flutter, you’ll be glad to know there are plenty of pasta palaces across SLC. The following restaurants are our picks for the very best:

Franklin Ave

Franklin Ave - orecchiette pasta
Franklin Ave – orecchiette pasta
Franklin Ave Cocktails & Kitchen - gemelli with Dungeness crab
Franklin Ave Cocktails & Kitchen – gemelli with Dungeness crab

The latest installment from chef Matt Crandall (White Horse, Whiskey Street, Bournon House) features a number of fabulous pasta creations. I particularly loved the gemelli pasta, all frenzied squiggles of mad dough, topped with more of that Dungeness crab and a bold bash of Japanese togarashi. Miso butter helps smooth out the spice’s heat, while meyer lemon keeps the plate honed. Read the full review of the restaurant here.

231 S Edison St, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
(385) 831-7560


In our minds, there’s no doubt about the number one best destination restaurant for pasta – just head to Stanza now and stop reading. O.k. o.k. more detail, you got it. Stanza is located on the former site of the fun restaurant Faustina and is now headed up by the endlessly talented Jonathan LeBlanc. LeBlanc oversees a menu that both pays homage to classic Italian cooking, but also has plenty of new tricks up its sleeves. Virtually all the pasta at Stanza is made freshly in house, and it shows.

The picture perfect paste is also able supported by ingredient sourcing of the finest quality too – everything from gulf shrimp through Snake River farms wagyu beef. There’s a thoughtfully considered wine list, dapper service and elegant digs too. The restaurant works just as well for a business lunch as it does a romantic dinner for two!

Apres Pendry

Pendry Park City - Apres Pendry elk and bison bolognese
Pendry Park City – Apres Pendry elk and bison bolognese

Located at the ultra-luxe Pendry Park City, Apres Pendry is their on site restaurant serving breakfast lunch and dinner. Stop by for dinner and you can enjoy this handsome Bolognese bowl which features Mountain West inspired elk and bison.

2417 W High Mountain Rd, Park City, UT 84098
(435) 800-1990


Celeste is the worlk of Paolo Celeste, who also opened the much loved Michelangelo’s Ristorante way back when. Paolo moved on from Utah several years ago, but on his recent return, he got back into the restaurant business with this new namesake business. Locals and critics alike laud the restaurant for its inspired rustic cuisine; and yes, there’s plenty of impeccable pasta amongst the menu here.

5468 900 E, Salt Lake City, UT 84117
(801) 290-2913

Caffe Molise

Caffe Molise – pappardelle al sugo

If we had to make a list of not to miss dishes in SLC, the pappardelle al sugo at Caffe Molise would be close to the top of the list. This happens to be THE fresh pasta on the menu at Molise, draped in a rich beef and lamb gravy that is rib sticking delicious.

404 S W Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
(801) 364-8833


pago pasta dish
Pago: Morgan Vally Lamb Shoulder and “mint pasta” by Phelix Gardner from 2014 wine dinner

While the menu is always in flux at this 9th and 9th farm to table eatery, one things for certain – if chef Phelix Gardner has pasta on the menu, order it state. Gardner’s pasta creations are always knock outs, and often incorporate seasonal and local ingredients too.

878 S 900 E, Salt Lake City, UT 84102
(801) 532-0777

SLC Eatery

SLC Eatery - Maine lobster tail with ricotta gnocchi
SLC Eatery – Maine lobster tail with ricotta gnocchi
SLC Eatery
SLC Eatery

SLC Eatery is the work of chefs Paul Chamberlain (also owner) and Logen Crew. Both chefs have a rich award winning career on the SLC dining scene; most notably scooping many a plaudit for the much missed Fresco.

SLC Eatery is the duo’s first solo project and it’s an eye popping endeavor at that. The menu riffs on various International flavors, but most fun is the restaurants dim sum style cart that wanders the floor during service. While you’re waiting for your app or entree just grab a small plate or two and sample the creative cooking that changes daily. You’ll also find creative pasta dishes on the menu here that change with the seasons.

1017 Main St, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
(801) 355-7952

Brunch menu


Ghidotti's - five dollar shrimp farfalle alfredo - Credit Chew And Chat
Ghidotti’s – five dollar shrimp farfalle alfredo – Credit Chew And Chat

Up in Park City, there’s only one choice for pasta – Ghidotti’s. Part of the larger Bill White restaurant empire, Ghidotti’s shares many of the traits of its siblings: flawless service, consistently executed cuisine and a stellar wine list. In the off months (when the slopes are closed) the restaurant also offers a number of killer deals, check out their website directly for upto the minute deals like 2 for 1s and five dollar specials.

6030 Market St , Park City, UT 84098
(435) 658-0669

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Who did we miss?

If you think we’re missing a really great addition to this list, please email us at – we’d love to hear from you. Let us know who you think should be on this list and why. If you have a really great picture of one of more dishes, please send that too! We’re always excited to check our more businesses!

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