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; 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.
File this under bonus points. BTG lives below Caffe Molise and is operated by the same team. Home to the largest selection of wine By The Glass (get it?) the 21+ bar is perfect for pre or post game drinks at Caffe Molise. It’s also an excellent spot in its very own right. As well as an exhaustive selection of wine, the bar also features a fun food menu of Italian lighter bites like garlic shrimp and Italian meatballs. If you’re looking for heartier dishes, there’s plenty to pour with a great bottle here, dishes such as pasta carbonara and chicken piccata.
Rustic Italian recipes, Neapolitan style pizzas & fresh pastas are the name of the game at this award winning downtown SLC Italian restaurant – that’s a local favorite. Located in the heart of Salt Lake City it’s perfectly placed for a fun evening in the city. Located out back, one of downtown’s best kept secrets, their private patio that makes for wonderful al fresco dining.
Neighborhood: Salt Lake City
Address: 439 E 900 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Matteo Sogne’s signature restaurant in SLC, has been one of the best openings in the local restaurant scene for 2023. Serving as both affable host and knowledgeable sommelier, Sogne leads guests through a traditional Italian menu. Our contributor Heather L. King stopped by the restaurant this year, writing teh following article on why you need to check out this fabulous new Italian eatery.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Hi, I’m Stuart, nice to meet you! I’m the founder, writer and wrangler at Gastronomic SLC. I’m a multiple-award winning journalist and have written in myopic detail about the Salt Lake City dining scene for the better part of seventeen years.
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