10 terrific spots to savor Italian cuisine
It might surprise visitors to landlocked Utah that there is an abundance of Italian regional cuisine to be found and enjoyed in the Beehive State. Whether you’re hankering for the sunny flavors of the Mediterranean or the hearty, mountain fare of the Veneto region, you’re likely to find it right here. Here is a brief tour of local Italian restaurants and dishes to discover.
Veneto takes great pride in serving a home-cooked meal you might find in Veneto, Italy. From the homey atmosphere to the no-tipping policy, the intimate feel translates to the food on your plate, and you know you’re somewhere special. Simple ingredients are crafted into amazing dishes and paired with Italian wine from their extensive collection to complement your cuisine. The housemade bigoli pasta with duck ragu is a hearty combination of simple flavors that enhance each other.
370 E. 900 South, SLC
Fireside on Regent
This new eatery located behind the Eccles Theater is fast becoming the place to enjoy Italian-inspired fare. The menu might seem a bit eccentric, but rest assured, you’ll enjoy the departure from the same old dish. Be sure to try the tarragon-lemon fettuccini, with tender langoustine morsels, heirloom tomato, snap peas, basil and garlic cream sauce. If that seems too adventurous, there’s always wood-fired pizza.
126 S. Regent St., SLC
Siragusa’s Taste of Italy
This old-school, Chicago-style Italian-American restaurant is a diamond in the rough in a Taylorsville strip mall. The interior reminds you of an Italian nonna’s kitchen; it’s not fancy or flashy, but you’ll savor the food. Classic southern Italian dishes fill the menu but the sweet potato gnocchi is a standout. Couple these light and fluffy, bite-sized morsels with creamy alfredo sauce and you’ll be in gnocchi heaven.
4115 S. Redwood Road, Taylorsville
When you’ve been serving Italian food for many years (since 1978, in fact), every once and a while you take some direction from your customers and change things up a bit. Such was the case with the introduction of the zucchini noodles at Cannella’s. Any of the eatery’s pasta dishes can be substituted with zucchini noodles that are just as satisfying as traditional pasta but without the heft. Try the zucchini noodles with fresh pomodora sauce and burrata; you just might discover a new favorite.
204 E. 500 South, SLC
Although known for rustic Italian dishes, pizzas and housemade pastas, Chef Justin Shifflett has expanded his menu even further. The pork tenderloin with fried polenta, topped with a cranberry reduction, portobello mushrooms and dried-fruit-and-pine-nut salsa is so tender you don’t even need a knife to cut it. It’s a must-have Stoneground dish.
249 E. 400 South, SLC
Tableside spaghetti alla carbonara is a showstopper at Sicilia Mia. No matter where you are sitting in this quaint restaurant, all eyes turn to the flaming wheel of parmesan cheese where the housemade spaghetti with eggs, pancetta and aged Parmigiano-Reggiano is assembled at your table. Giuseppe Merenda and the family go out of their way to treat guests like family and make their dining experiences memorable ones.
4536 S. Highland Drive, Millcreek
Per Noi Trattoria
Tucked away in a quiet Sugar House neighborhood is the small Italian restaurant Per Noi Trattoria. Chef Francesco Montino from Naples, Italy, brought his family recipes to Utah and his dishes are authentically Italian, using only the freshest ingredients. The rich chicken Marsala is excellent—sweet Marsala sauce loaded with mushrooms covers the tender chicken like a silky, savory shawl.
1588 E. Stratford Ave., SLC
With deep roots in Utah’s culinary history, the space that is now Tuscany has been serving Italian food for many years. Frequently updating the menu and adding a unique selection of wines has reassured Tuscany’s loyal clientele of their dedication to customers’ needs and to serving great food and drink. The seafood fra diavolo is an adventurous dish that features mussels, clams, prawns, salmon and sea bass tossed in a tangy Italian tomato sauce.
2832 E. 6200 South, SLC
Stanza Italian Bistro & Wine Bar
One of the newer Italian restaurants on the local food scene, Stanza is an eye-popping eatery with contemporary takes on Italian classics. The casarecce alla bolognese is a rustic dish of rolled and twisted short pasta topped with a pork and veal ragu, pancetta and parmesan. The star of the dish is fresh casarecce made in-house, enhanced perfectly by the chunky, rich ragu.
454 E. 300 South, SLC
With foods inspired from the Molise region of Italy, the flavors here are simple, fresh and classic. Pappardelle al sugo is a terrific dish: Fresh, housemade pappardelle is tossed with a savory, slow-cooked sauce of pork, beef and tomatoes, and then topped off with a generous sprinkling of Asiago cheese. The dish is hearty but not overly filling, leaving plenty of room for fresh Italian bread to mop up the extra sauce.
55 W. 100 South, SLC