You might have driven by Nuch’s Pizzeria and Restaurant and not even known it’s there, let alone what culinary treasures are inside. Situated at the end of a line of shops in Millcreek, you really have to know what you’re looking for, and judging by the crowd on a Friday night, many people know what a hidden gem it is.
Chef and owner Heath Koltenuk moved to Utah 30 years ago from the East Coast. His beginnings in the food industry are similar to others like him: you move to a place and it’s impossible to find that special dish that reminds you of your old home. In his case, it was a classic thin-crust New York-style pizza, so he decided to open a place and serve it.
Koltenuk’s restaurant experience began with DeLoretto’s Pizzerias in the 1980s. After 13 years, he got the itch to tackle another career and worked in the real estate arena, but he eventually was drawn back into restaurant ownership and opened Nuch’s in 2009. Named after his Uncle Nuch, whom Koltenuk credits with exposing him to great food and thus creating a love of food in him, Nuch’s is a small restaurant with a friendly atmosphere that simply serves great food.
Housemade pastas, ricotta cheese, breads and desserts are all made fresh daily. Weekly specials are a fun way to explore Koltenuk’s talents. I recommend bringing a friend so you can share a few menu options. The polenta appetizer is a favorite on the current menu and with good reason. This hearty small plate is a few wedges of polenta topped with fresh mozzarella, wrapped in prosciutto and baked.
For a main dish, try the duck ravioli, finished with a blue cheese cream sauce. The richness of both the filling and the sauce are extraordinary. But by all means save room for a pizza. After all, Koltenuk is a master pie maker. The New Haven is unique. Mashed potatoes replace tomato sauce on this pie, which is topped with mozzarella, bacon and asparagus. Or go for the classic Buffalo Margarita pizza if you are fortunate enough to be there on a day that they haven’t sold out.
Nuch’s Pizzeria & Restaurant
2819 S. 2300 East, SLC