1 – Caffe Molise
A stalwart of the downtown dining scene and one of the best independent restaurants in Salt Lake City. Chef and owner Fred Moessinger focuses on fresh ingredients to power the seasonal and regional Italian cuisine Caffe Molise is known for. Dishes to keep an eye out for include the spectacular Pappardelle Al Sugo with house-made fresh pappardelle tossed with a slow-cooked sauce of pork and beef with tomatoes and topped with Asiago, or for something sweeter, the classic and elegant Tiramisu – one of the best in town.
Located conveniently next to the Salt Palace and all of SLC’s arts and entertainment venues, Caffe Molise makes for a great option for business dinners, convention dining or just a night out on the tiles. Which reminds us, be sure to check out the the adjoining wine bar, BTG, also owned by the same folks. BTG is perfect for pre or post dinner drinks and is the finest wine bar in Salt Lake city bar none.
55 W 100 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
2 – Stanza
Built on the spot of the former Faustina, this Italian restaurant is not only one of the most elegant in town, but its one of the best as well. Under the helm of chef Jonathan LeBlanc Stanza takes a contemporary look at classic Italian dishes – beautiful cuisine that looks as good as the space its served within. The restaurant is one of the very few in town that makes all its pasta fresh in house, having a specific pasta chef on the payroll.
54 E 300 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
3 – Celeste Ristorante
Paolo Celeste, namesake of this popular Murray Italian restaurant first made his name in Salt Lake City with the much loved Michelangelo’s restaurant in Sugar House. Skip forward a few decades and Celeste is back with a menu that showcases rustic dishes from his Tuscan home.
5468 900 E, Salt Lake City, UT 84117
4 – Stoneground Kitchen
Rustic Italian recipes, thin crust pizzas and fresh pasta are the name of the game at this award winning downtown SLC Italian restaurant – that’s a local favorite. Stoneground is best explained in their own words:
We love the upstairs outdoor patio, the wine list and pretty much everything about this comfortable but very cool trattoria. Chef Justin Shifflet makes pasta and pretty much everything else in house, including the balloon of foccacino hot from the oven. Your server bursts it tableside with his knife and with the braciole crudo, you’re off to a terrific start to an Italian dinner.
249 E 400 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
5 – Osteria Amore
This East side Italian eatery moved into the space formerly home to Aristo’s. With their arrival the Greek menu is replaced with a fine dining Italian one.
224 S 1300 E, Salt Lake City, UT 84102
6 – Ghidotti’s
Park City’s serial restaurateur and entrepreneur Bill White, is the man behind this fabulous Italian goto in the mountains. Ghidotti’s is White’s homage to his mother’s cooking traditions. As such many of the the dishes on the menu are based on cherished memories from White’s childhood. Don’t be fooled though, the menu offers much more than nostalgia; as with any of White’s exceptional restaurants you can rely on solid cooking, first class service, an impeccable and luxurious space plus a fine wine list.
6030 Market St, Park City, UT 84098
7 – Bartolo’s
Bartolo’s has locations in both Park City and Salt Lake City each offering fabulously creative modern menus seven days a week. The options run the gamut, everything rom rustic pasta dishes through seasonal entrees and unique appetizers.
1270 1100 E, Salt Lake City, UT 84105 | (801) 410-4606
1241 Center Dr, Park City, UT 84098 | (435) 604-0608
8 – Veneto
Former Italian wine broker Marco Stevanoni opened Veneto to represent the dishes of his Northern Italian homeland. Born and raised in Verona, Stevanoni has a passionate commitment to classic Northern Italian cuisine; a region that often includes ingredients like rice, vegetables, and polenta prepared with meat, fish, or cheese. Other specialties include risotto, fish, game, and pandoro. And with Stevanoni’s background in wine you can count on a killer wine list.
370 East 900 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
9 – Carmine’s
Located in Cottonwood Heights, Carmine’s focuses on authentic Neapolitan pizzas, pastas, sauces and side dishes; the man behind all of this is chef Carmine, originally from the Naples area of Italy.
2477 Fort Union Blvd, Salt Lake City, UT 84121
10 – Settebello
Pizza Napoletana is the singular focus of this endlessly celebrated downtown pizza restaurant. This style of pizza means a soft dough is cooked quickly in a wood burning oven; the result is a thin pizza, with a pliable finish and unmistakable char marks form the blistering hot oven. Authentic ingredients and toppings are also the name of the game at Settebello – flour comes direct from Napoli, Parmesan comes from Modena – heck, even the ovens are handmade and imported from Napoli based artisans.
260 S 200 W, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
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Hi, I’m Stuart, nice to meet you! I’m the founder, writer and wrangler at Gastronomic SLC; I’m also a former restaurant critic of more than five years, working for the Salt Lake Tribune. I’ve worked extensively with multiple local publications from Visit Salt Lake to Salt Lake Magazine, not least helped to consult on national TV shows.
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