Italian Restaurants in Salt Lake City


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Este Pizzeria’s sign bears an unmistakable resemblance to those found at New York subway stations—a fitting image for a pizzeria that slices up East Coast–style pies. The oversize, thin-crust triangles bear toppings as varied as ham, fresh basil, and housemade vegan meatballs. Their selection of 13 specialty pizzas includes entirely vegan disks as well as the Clay, a heaping of meatballs, pepperoni, ham, and sausage. In typical New York fashion, diners can also opt for strombolis and calzones and are permitted to yell, “I’m walkin’ here!” at other patrons when exiting the restaurant.
2021 S Windsor St
Salt Lake City,
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249 E 400 S
Salt Lake City,
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In 1993, the basement of a Minneapolis apartment building was transformed into an Italian restaurant, becoming the first Buca di Beppo. The owners soon found themselves riding a wave of popularity and marinara sauce as they opened new restaurants across the nation. Today, the eatery occupies 97 locations nationwide, from San Francisco to Times Square. At each location, chefs maintain the northern and southern Italian flavors that made the original so popular, with a few American twists. Then they serve it up in massive, family-style portions, making Buca di Beppo a favorite place for hungry families and groups of friends. For starters, the chefs bake up batches of Cheesy Bread Florentine, a colorful combo of spinach, roma tomatoes, and garlic sprinkled over Italian bread and sealed in place with fresh, melted cheeses. Entr?es are prepared with an eye toward quality and quantity, both of size and selection, complete with Veal Parmigiana, Baked Ziti, and classic Italian-American staples like Ravioli and Lasagna. And in keeping with the convivial atmosphere, they also serve truly decadent desserts. The Colossal Brownie Sundae towers above other sweets with six scoops of ice cream and tiers of sundae trimmings.
202 W 300 S
Salt Lake City,
UT
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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.
1844 E Fort Union Blvd
Cottonwood Heights,
UT
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For a new spin on spaghetti and meatballs, try trendy hotspot Cannella's. Diners who avoid fat need to be careful, though, because Cannella's' menu does not offer low-fat options. Cannella's' fully stocked bar is a perk for patrons who enjoy a fine wine (or more) with their meal. You won't need to get a sitter before heading to Cannella's — kids are more than welcome at this family-friendly establishment. Bask in the sun (or moon!) light when you dine on Cannella's' outdoor patio. Your large group can all sit together at Cannella's. Keep it casual at Cannella's — the restaurant is laid-back and patrons dress accordingly. Getting your food to go is also an option. You can leave your car curbside with nearby street parking. Bicyclists will also find lots of space to safely lock up their bikes. Meals at Cannella's are moderately priced — most diners spend about $30 per person. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at the restaurant, but reviewers rate the dinner menu the highest.
204 E 500 S
Salt Lake City,
UT
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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.
307 W Pierpont Ave
Salt Lake City,
UT
US