Gepetto's chef tosses a doughy mass high in to the air. With each flight, its circumference expands until it's ready to hold any of the pizzeria's 40 unique toppings. A brick oven bakes the specialty pies, which flaunt music-themed names such as Highway to Hell—an original or honey wheat crust covered in hot creamy sauce, fire-roasted peppers, chicken, cream cheese, fresh Serrano peppers, fiery hot Fritos, and a house-made jalapeno spice blend. Various salads and pasta entrees round out the menu of distinctive comfort foods.
Out in the dining room, groovy peace signs, old black-and-white photographs, and whimsical tchotchkes plaster the brick walls. Stringed lights twinkle above plates loaded with slices of the Buffalo Soldier pizza, baked orecchiette mac and cheese, and Mama Cass strombolis stuffed with Swiss cheese and black forest ham. Every day after the sun and moon switch out for the night shift, local musicians bust out their guitars and vocals for some rousing entertainment.
With 10 flavors and more than 30 toppings that include fresh fruit cut and prepared anew daily, Top It ensures tongues will never be understimulated. At just $0.38 per ounce, you choose how much or how little topped non-fat frozen yogurt you want to buy. Choose from flavors such as cake batter, cappuccino, New York cheesecake, and Georgia peach, then puff up the excitement factor with toppings of strawberries, bananas, and pomegranates, or gummy bears, Oreos, and rainbow sprinkles, to name just a few potentialities. Seasonal flavors rotate with the passage of time and include occasional surprises like blue raspberry tart and mango tango sorbet. The bright interior is an ideal place to nosh, with walls of citrus yellow and green stoking already burgeoning stomach grumbles.
Chef Bryan Rubey has been featured on ABC-4's Good Things Utah for his Shetland salmon with mango-pineapple salsa—just one recipe that demonstrates his deft culinary touch. Before opening Flora Restaurant, Rubey helped to steer the kitchens of Via Emilia in Mobile, Alabama, and the Snowbird Resort's Arie Restaurant, where he mastered French and Italian cooking techniques such as poaching, braising, and putting miniature berets on steaks. He melds those styles with Southern and Southwestern flavors in dishes such as South Carolina-style mustard baby-back ribs with roasted-pepper polenta or housemade spinach linguine in lemon cream sauce with chicken, olives, and roasted peppers. Flora Restaurant's dessert menu is just as well thought out, with options such as lavender-scented honey cheesecake to sweeten palates.
After 30 years in business, Dasks Greek Grill may have changed its location, but its pledge remains intact: handcraft traditional Greek dishes with an American flair and the freshest ingredients possible. The Salt Lake Tribune honored the family-owned-and-operated eatery with an award for serving the area's best gyro, whose warm pita bread cradles morsels of lamb and beef or falafel like a mother cradling her voucher for "alone time." To pair with a charbroiled burgers or a traditional souvlaki platter, patrons can also take a peek into a Spartan's war helmet for zesty sides of hummus and cool yogurt sauce.