The menu boasts pizzas made with fresh dough and non-traditional sauces, with predetermined specialty combinations for those reaching for their blankies when faced with the daunting task of choosing from over 20 toppings. Specialty pies are grouped by sauce, including original red, such as the Yellowstone (cheese, Canadian bacon, and pineapple), white garlic, such as the Pikes Peak (cheese, pepperoni, ground Italian sausage, sliced mushrooms, ripe black olives, tomatoes, and green onions), and others, such as the Evergreen (pesto sauce, cheese, artichoke hearts, sliced zucchini, black olives, tomatoes, green onions, and chopped garlic). A large specialty pizza is $18.35.
Owners Zach and Miranda Barnard built Z Pizzeria and Café on a foundation of creating tongue-tantalizing dishes from scratch. Tasty sandwiches and salads, specialty pies with bulging crusts ($6.29–$18.39), and caffeinated drinks pepper the menu. The Buffalo-chicken pizza galvanizes gullets with sterling toppings of feta cheese, Louisiana hot sauce, and a side of bleu cheese or ranch. Since meats taste better in triumvirates, try the Valente for a sausage, salami, and pepperoni empire ruling a garlic-white-sauce senate, or save room for the hero sandwich ($6.99), which uses ham, turkey, and salami to remove the hunger dangling from your stomach's branches. Since eating pizza for breakfast may transform diners into Foghat-worshiping college freshmen, snag a veggie frittata ($7.99) from the brunch menu and pair it with a slow-riding Utah-style scone ($1.49).
It doesn't take an international flight to visit Southern Italy. All that's required is a piece of bread dipped into some of Cucina Vanina's olive oil. That extra virgin oil arrives directly from Italy's Lazio region, where restaurant owner Vanina Pirollo's family runs a plantation. Each October, the family collects the olives, presses the oil, and ships a good portion of it to Vanina's restaurant.
Drawing on her family oil and a cooking background that started in her grandparents' kitchen, Vanina fills her menu with authentic Italian recipes. Spaghetti with homemade pesto sauce, rigatoni with homemade meatballs, and caprese paninis stand out as the most popular entrees. Chef Vanina even made one of her favorite dishes, involtini di carne, on the local news, one of numerous press features the restaurant has received. To help guests get their own rave reviews in the family newspaper, Chef Vanina also sells her oil, homemade sauces, and pastas as groceries to take home.
The Old-World spirit reigns supreme at Toscana, formerly Cucina Toscana. Determined to capture the vibrant, homespun flavors of Mediterranean cooking, the chefs hand-make pastas from scratch, use freshly filleted seafood, and personally grow the saplings used to make their wooden spoons. This dedication leads to a menu that features rustic, deceptively simple potato gnocchi in pomodoro sauce made with San Marzano tomatoes, olive oil, and basil as well as more elaborate and nuanced entr?es. Squid ink pasta tossed with shrimp, calamari, mussels, and lobster basks in a wine reduction; and servings of veal can arrive topped with white truffle fondue or a combination of aged prosciutto and fresh mozzarella.
Colonial-style picture windows line the dining room's front wall, allowing ample amounts of natural light to fall upon the brickwork columns and light wooden accents. Ornate carpets cover the floor beneath many of the tables, which feature crisp white linens, jet-black napkins, and crystalline glassware.
Enjoy a treat of a restaurant in the highly-rated Fresco Italian Cafe. This is a quaint cafe—in the truest sense—where you can enjoy a gourmet approach to Italian cuisine. This is the kind of place where the dishes of food are so pretty that you almost don’t want to eat them (if it weren’t for how amazing they smell…). Fresco is just that—fresh. The ingredients, presentation, dining room and more are truly lovely to experience. The white washed walls and the patio outside are charming. This is a great place to come for dinner. Enjoy their list of cocktails, wine, and desserts. Make it a special evening out at Fresco Italian Cafe.
Take a trip to this well-loved pizza joint in Salt Lake City. Rusted Sun Pizza is a hole in the wall restaurant in the absolute best sense—you’ll be glad that you stumbled upon it. Rusted Sun is relaxed, friendly, helpful, and extremely fairly priced. Stop by for one of their signature pizzas, calzones, or garlic breadsticks. Rusted Sun also serves a variety of salads like their Bleu Chicken Salad, which features bleu cheese melted over chicken. They also have pastas and buffalo chicken wings. Stop by and have a meal at the restaurant, or have them deliver right to you. Either way, you’re sure to enjoy Rusted Sun Pizza!