Friday, February 26, 2021

Arella’s  Chic pizza in Bountiful. Arella’s pies appeal to pizza purists, traditionalists and adventurers, with wood-fired crusts and toppings that range from pear to jalapeño. 535 W. 400 North, Bountiful, 801-294-8800. $

Café Trio  Pizzas from the wood-fired brick oven are wonderful. One of the city’s premier and perennial lunch spots; in Cottonwood, the brunch is especially popular. Be sure to check out the new big flavor small plates menu. 680 S. 900 East, SLC, 801-533-TRIO; 6405 S. 3000 East, Cottonwood, 801-944-8476. $$

Caffé Molise  The menu is limited, but excellent. Our penne al caprino tasted as if it had been tossed on the way to our table. The spacious patio is a warm weather delight and the wine list rocks. Order the custom house wine. 55 W. 100 South, SLC, 801-364-8833. $$

Caffé Molise BTG  A sibling of Caffe Molise, BTG is really a wine bar. Because the food comes from Caffe Molise’s kitchen, we’re listing it here. The draw, though, is the selection of more than 50 wines by the glass (hence the name). Beer, cocktails and specialty spirits also available. 67 W. 100 South, SLC, 801-359-2814. $$

Cannella’s  Downtown’s essential Italian-American comfort food spot, with takeout pizza shop Amore, next door. 204 E. 500 South, SLC, 801-355-8518. $ – $$

Caputo’s Market and Deli  A great selection of olive oils, imported pastas, salamis and house-aged cheeses, including one of the largest selections of fine chocolate in the country. The deli menu doesn’t reflect the market, but is a reliable source for meatball sandwiches and such. 314 W. 300 South, SLC, 801-531-8669; 1516 S. 1500 East, SLC, 801-486-6615. $

Cucina Toscana   This longtime favorite turns out sophisticated Italian classics like veal scaloppine, carbonara and a risotto of the day in a chic setting. A tiny cup of complimentary hot chocolate ends the meal. 282 S. 300 West., SLC, 801-328-3463

Este Pizza  Try the “pink” pizza, topped with ricotta and marinara. Vegan cheese is available, and there’s microbrew on tap. 2148 S. 900 East, SLC, 801-485-3699; 156 E. 200 South, SLC, 801-363-2366. $

Granato’s  Professionals pack the store at lunch for sandwiches, bread, pasta and sauces. 1391 S. 300 West, SLC, 801-486-5643; 4040 S. 2700 East, SLC, 801-277-7700; 1632 S. Redwood Rd., SLC, 801-433-0940; 4044 S. 2700 East, Holladay, 801-277-7700. $

Mia Sicilia  A family-run restaurant with a huge number of fans who love the food’s hearty and approachable style, friendly service and touches of show biz – famous for its pasta carbonara, prepared in a wheel of Parmesan. 4536 Highland Dr., Millcreek, 801-274-0223. $ – $$

Nuch’s Pizzeria  A New York–sized eatery (meaning tiny) offers big flavor via specialty pastas and wonderful bubbly crusted pizzas. Ricotta is made in house. 2819 S. 2300 East, SLC, 801-484-0448. $

Per Noi  A little chef-owned, red sauce Italian spot catering to its neighborhood. Expect casual, your-hands-on service, hope they have enough glasses to accommodate the wine you bring, and order the spinach ravioli. 1588 E. Stratford Ave., SLC, 801-486-3333. $

The Pie Pizzeria College students can live, think and even thrive on a diet of pizza, beer and soft drinks, and The Pie is the quintessential college pizzeria. (There are other locations.) 1320 E. 200 South, SLC, 801-582-0193. $

Pizzeria Limone  The signature pie at this new local chain features thinly sliced lemons, which are a terrific addition. Service is cafeteria-style, meaning fast, and the pizza, salads and gelato are remarkably good. 613 E. 400 South; 1380 E. Fort Union Blvd., SLC, 801-733-9305. $

Roma Ristorante  Don’t be deterred by the strip mall exterior. Inside, you’ll find dishes like prosciutto-wrapped pork tenderloin and chocolate cake with pomegranate syrup.5468 S. 900 East, SLC, 801-268-1017. $$

Salt Lake Pizza & Pasta  And sandwiches and burgers and steak and fish… The menu here has expanded far beyond its name. 1061 E. 2100 South, SLC, 801-484-1804. $ – $$

Sea Salt  The food ranges from ethereally (baby cucumbers with chili flakes and lemon) to earthily (the special ricotta dumplings) scrumptious. Pappardelle with duck ragu and spaghetti with bottarga (Sardinian mullet roe) show pure Italian soul, and while we have lots of good pizza in Utah, Sea Salt’s ranks with the best. 1700 E. 1300 South, 801-340-1480. $$$

Settebello Pizzeria  Every Neapolitan-style pie here is hand-shaped by a pizza artisan and baked in a wood-fired oven. And they make great gelato right next door. 260 S. 200 West, SLC, 801-322-3556. $ – $$

Siragusa  Another strip mall mom-and-pop find, the two dishes to look out for are sweet potato gnocchi and osso buco made with pork. 4115 Redwood Rd., SLC, 801-268-1520. $ – $$

Stanza  Main Course Management, the group that brought us Current and Undercurrent, has transformed the former Faustina into an equally cavernous Italianesque restaurant. Chef Logen is having his way with traditional Italian dishes, making all the pasta in-house. Beverage manager Jim Santangelo has laid in lots of Italian wines and amari. Va tutto bene!464 E. 300 South, SLC, 801-746-4441. $$$ – $$$$

Stoneground Italian Kitchen  The longtime pizza joint has blossomed into a full-scale Italian restaurant with chef Justin Shifflet in the kitchen making authentic sauces and fresh pasta. An appealing upstairs deck and a full craft bar complete the successful transformation. Oh yeah, they still serve pizza. 249 E. 400 South, SLC, 801-364-1368. $ – $$

Tuscany  This restaurant’s faux-Tuscan kitsch is mellowing into retro charm, though the glass chandelier is a bit nerve-wracking. The double-cut pork chop is classic, and so is the chocolate cake. 2832 E. 6200 South, 801-274-0448. $$$

Valter’s Osteria  Valter Nassi’s restaurant overflows with his effervescent personality. The dining room is set up so Valter can be everywhere at once. New delights and old favorites include a number of tableside dishes. 173 W. Broadway, SLC, 801-521-4563. $$$

Veneto Ristorante  This small place, owned by Marco and Amy Stevanoni, strives to focus on one of the many regional cuisines we lump under the word “Italian.” Hence the name and forget what you think you know about Italian food except the word “delizioso.” 370 E. 900 South, SLC, 801-359-0708. $$$

A brand new issue of Salt Lake magazine is coming your way! ⁠

We can't wait to share these stories with you. This issue includes our annual Blue Plate Awards celebrating those surviving and thriving in the restaurant biz. Plus, we take a road trip to Wyoming and ask why the only Utah passenger on the Titanic didn’t survive her journey.⁠

A note from our editor Jeremy Pugh, including beautiful tributes to Mary Brown Malouf from our friends in the community, is online now. Read more at the link in our bio ❤️⁠

Subscribers: Look for this issue in your mailbox soon. The magazine will be on newsstands March 1! 📬
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Today, we are thrilled to announce the winners of the 2021 Blue Plate Awards! ⁠🎉⁠

These prizes honor the growers, food evangelists, grocers, servers, bakers, chefs, bartenders and restaurateurs who do more than put good food on the table—they make our community a better place to live. This year, just surviving as a local business deserves an award, but each of our Blue Plate winners did more than that. They made us grateful for every person involved in the essential act of feeding us.⁠ 🍽⁠

At the link in our bio, we have the full list of winners, a celebration of feats of COVID creativity and a tribute to restaurants we lost this year. If you’re hungry for more, pick up a copy on newsstands March 1! Plus, check out our Instagram for spotlights on some of the Blue Plate winners. ⁠

This year’s Blue Plate Awards are the first without our beloved Executive Editor Mary Brown Malouf. We dedicate them to her, our town’s biggest food fan, critic and champion. xoxomm⁠ 💙
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2021 Blue Plate Award winner: @ricobrandut for Staying in Beansness⁠

Last summer, it seemed that Rico would be another victim of rapid gentrification in Salt Lake. Luckily, Rico was able to find a new home in Poplar Grove and now plans to add even more employees. It’s a last-minute happy ending for a community leader who literally wears his mission on his sleeve, courtesy a tattoo in bright red block letters: “pay it forward.” 💙⁠
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2021 Blue Plate Award Winner: @spicekitchenincubator for Keeping the Spice Flowing⁠

This year Spice Kitchen Incubator, already an essential resource for refugees, became, well, even more essential. 💙⁠
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2021 Blue Plate Award winner: @thestore_utah for Special Deliveries ⁠

As grocery delivery becomes the new norm, The Store offers a personal touch that only an independent grocer can provide. Last March, high-risk and elderly customers began calling in their grocery lists over the phone, and The Store’s general managers personally delivered food to their homes. 💙⁠
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2021 Blue Plate Award winner: @cucinaslc for Preserving Neighborhood Connection⁠

Cucina’s outdoor spaces became a place where the neighborhood could gather safely. Owner Dean Pierose offered free coffee in the mornings and encouraged his regulars to linger and commiserate together, preserving a semblance of society during a socially distanced time. 💙⁠
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2021 Blue Plate Award winner: @fisherbrewing for Creative Canning⁠

This year, Fisher found ways to utilize their beer, taproom space and canning capabilities for good. They created special lines of limited edition beers in custom cans to help raise funds for local businesses struggling to stay afloat during the pandemic. 💙⁠
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2021 Blue Plate Award winner: @hearth_and_hill for Opening Doors⁠

As the pandemic ravages independent restaurants, Hearth and Hill has reaffirmed its commitment to small businesses in Park City and used its large dining room as an informal gathering space for the city. 💙⁠
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2021 Blue Plate Award winner: @oquirrhslc for Betting the Bottom Dollar⁠

When COVID-19 hit Salt Lake City, Oquirrh co-owners Andrew and Angelena Fullers' dream was seriously damaged. But the Fullers keep trying to follow the rules. 💙⁠
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A wind storm #tbt for your feed today. 🌬️🛹⁠

2020 was a long, long, loooong year, so we asked local photographers to share what the new normal looked like through their eyes. The link is in our bio!
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Just hours after being sworn in, President Joe Biden signed an executive order calling for a review of the boundaries for Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments. The monuments—designated by Barack Obama in 2016 and Bill Clinton in 1996—were reduced by roughly 2 million acres by former president Donald Trump, and the executive order is seen as move towards restoring the original boundaries.⁠

Read the full story through the link in bio.⁠


📸Bears Ears National Monument: Courtesy of Utah Office of Tourism
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