“Digiorno!”

-Arnold Baumheiser, Master of None [2015]

If there’s one thing every city needs, it’s a great Italian restaurant (and probably some up-to-date infrastructure and a manufacturing core). That must make SLC one of the great cities in the world because we have enough amazing Italian restaurants to necessitate a Best Italian Restaurants in Salt Lake City list. Whether it’s a fancy, elegant dining experience or down-home, family-style Italian restaurant with plastic red-checkered tablecloths, Italian food makes a night special.

In this list, we list out the Best Italian Restaurants in Salt Lake City we’ve had the joy of experiencing.

Didn’t see your favorite SLC Italian restaurant? Our list is living and always growing, so tell us your favorite Italian restaurant in Salt Lake City in the comments section.

Sicilia Mia

 

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Neighborhood: Millcreek

Address: 4536 Highland Dr, Millcreek, UT 84117

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The Silicia Family of Italian Restaurants have expanded throughout Salt Lake City based on great authentic Italian food, great service, casual atmosphere, and a heavenly carbonara. Whether you are visiting the Original Sicilia Mia in Holladay, Sicilia Mia in Farmington, Sicilia Mia in Downtown SLC, Sicilia Mia in Cottonwood Heights, or Antica Sicilia in Millcreek, get ready for an incredible culinary experience.

I can’t get enough of their cheesy Homemade Lasagna, or Gnocchi Quattro Formaggi which, after a quick Google Translate visit, means it has a blend of FOUR kinds of cheese. That’s value. But I’d be remiss if I didn’t tell you about the most important dish at any Sicilia Italian Restaurant: the Spaghetti Alla Carbonara is served tableside after LIGHTING A CHEESE WHEEL ON FIRE. It’s delicious and might actually be required for a first-time guest.

Stanza

 

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Neighborhood: Central City

Address: 454 E 300 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84111

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On the more elegant end of Italian Food sits Stanza Italian Bistro & Wine Bar in the Central City area of Salt Lake City. Stanza is the perfect date night Italian restaurant as it’s formal enough to make the night feel special with top-notch service and wonderfully presented courses but not so much you need to extend your credit card limit and steam your tuxedo (and also buy a tuxedo). Featuring an impressive wine list and seriously (seriously) attentive wait staff, Stanza’s pasta brings variety at every corner.

On our latest visit, we started with the Fritto Misto and a generous carafe of wine, then moved into vigorous, actually-spicy Rigatoni Fra Diavolo with a hot Pomodoro sauce and house-made Italian sausage. I’m so tired of ‘spicy’ and ‘5 chili peppers’ descriptors for food that doesn’t make you sweat. I had to take a break twice to cool off eating this. We also ordered the Bucatini Alla Carbonara because, even when it isn’t made in a FLAMING CHEESE WHEEL (see above), you still have to order it.

We finished the night with the Dark Chocolate Panna Cotta and already made up our minds that we would be back ASAP.

Valter’s Osteria

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Neighborhood: Downtown Salt Lake City

Address: 173 Broadway, Salt Lake City, UT 84101

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There is nothing I can write here about Valter’s Osteria that hasn’t been echoed by more important food reviewers across the country. Trust them. Trust me. The praise is entirely earned. Valter’s is THE fine-dining Italian restaurant in Salt Lake City.

Caffé Molise

 

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Neighborhood: Downtown Salt Lake City

Address: 404 S W Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84101

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Caffé Molise recently moved , but two things have remained consistent between locations:

  1. The food remains remarkable
  2. The patio remains one of the best in SLC

Fratelli Ristorante

 

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Neighborhood: Sandy

Address: 9236 Village Shop Dr, Sandy, UT 84094

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Fratelli Ristorante sits a little South of Salt Lake City in the suburbs of Sandy, but it’s worth the trip. Treat yourself to the Daily Bruschetta and/or the Burrata Caprese with fresh mozzarella, roasted yellow tomatoes, and fresh basil as appetizers. Find yourself exploring each layer of the Lasagna with house-made spicy Italian sausage, or the five-cheese Fettuccine Alfredo.

Café Trio

 

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Neighborhood: East Central

Address: 680 900 E, Salt Lake City, UT 84102

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The biggest decision you have to make with Café Trio is whether you want to go for dinner or brunch. The good news is you can’t go wrong at this modern Italian bistro.

Cannella’s

 

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Neighborhood: Downtown Salt Lake City

Address: 204 500 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84111

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One of my favorite food memories was sitting on the patio/street in NYC’s Little Italy on a Summer afternoon and eating the best lasagna of my life. And sitting on Cannella’s patio in front of the Downtown SLC Library in August always brings me back to that moment. This is Italian comfort food for everyone who loved Grandma’s lasagna growing up. And they have a dish called Grandma’s Lasagna on the menu. For those who keep it creamy, the Blackened Chicken Fettuccini Alfredo will satisfy those rich desires.

Siragusa’s Taste of Italy

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Neighborhood: Taylorsville

Address: 4115 S Redwood Rd, Taylorsville, UT 84123

Website | Yelp 

I mentioned red-checkered plastic tablecloths in the intro to this list. Siragusa’s has green-checkered plastic tablecloths. So I guess Green > Red. Just like Power Rangers. Siragusa’s is that Italian restaurant that feels like family. Big portions. Big flavor. No fuss. Get yourself a Combination Plate with two half orders of any pasta with garlic bread. Or I guess you could just order two full orders at full price.