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About Fresco Italian Cafe
Fresco Italian Cafe is committed to bringing the classic dishes and flavorings of the old country to Salt Lake City, Utah. You don't have to travel across the world to treat yourself to authentic Italian cuisine. Simply walk through the doors of Fresco Italian Cafe and allow yourself to be pampered with amazing food and stellar service from a capable, knowledgeable and caring staff.
Come to an establishment that offers quality pastas, sauces, pizzas, calzones and everything in between. Fresco Italian Cafe makes sure to be inclusive at all times. If you're a vegetarian or adhere to particular diet restrictions, such as a gluten-free diet, there are options for you.
Salt Lake City, UT 84105
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday-Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:30 pm, Closed Sunday
$31 to $50
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
UTA Bus Number 52
Private Party Facilities:
Please call for details.
Private Party Contact:
Cherie Bartleson: (801) 486-1300 ext. 11
Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining
I love this place. It always has really good food, great service and perfect ambiance for a more romantic/special night. It is a hidden gem that not many people know about, yet I've been going there since I was a kid (I'm 38 now). I highly recommend. I've never had a bad meal there.
Wish I hadn't stayed away so long. Have always had a superb experience here. Food is exceptional, good service and decent ambiance. Our (food critical) group of four eat out often and all enjoyed our various dishes. It's in the details and these guys get it. Will be going back very soon. Small, so make reservations.
I had a lamb pasta that was out of this world AND I took some home. We had a late reservation for 7 during Sundance and a late arrival of folks from the airport. Friendly staff, good Italian red wine special and everyone, including our vegetarian, loved their meal. First time here. We will be back!
3 separate dishes were ordered and all 3 were very good. The veal bolognese was the favorite of the evening. The Wagyu beef was tender. The chefs risotto of the day was also very good. Simple wine selections for every dish. Wait staff was very responsive and unobtrusive.
We loved it and are dining there again with friends! It is small, quiet, reasonable and the menu is great. The only thing we did not care for were the smoked tomatoes in the seafood pasta dish. It seemed to overpower the seafood. The kale and warm squash salad was wonderful! The service was top notch too! Love the setting and the bookstore being open was a nice touch, as we completed our Christmas shopping.
A hidden, neighborhood gem with great Italian food is an apt description. Our party of six loved the ambiance and service. Food? Two of us are vegetarians, but not to worry, there are a few very good options and Chef will adapt and accommodate almost any menu item. We had a scrumptious vegetarian Bucatini with eggplant meatballs. Others had the Risotto, seafood pasta, and pork chop with mushrooms. Delicious and a hit all around. We will all go back.
We wanted to love our dinner out -- but didn't. Underwhelmed by all dishes -- from the over-salted mushroom torta (the restaurant did remove it from our bill, which was nice), to the bland risotto cakes to the average branzino to the mediocre dessert. And the tables seemed crammed in, crowded. We won't be back.
The food was prepared with care and excellence. It was very tasty, which separates it from most restaurant food available today. Unfortunately the beef was quite chewy - not the fault of the chief but something an upscale restaurant should be able to avoid. Sending it back isn't really practical because of the time to cook another meal. The hostess was great. Open Table screwed up by not forwarding the specifics of my request but the hostess was good on her feet and got us an acceptable table despite a Friday night crunch.
In searching for an Italian restaurant to take my husband to for his birthday, a friend told me
about the Fresco Italian Cafe. I found it to be highly rated online, and decided to try it. Making the reservation was easy through OpenTable. We were a little late getting out of a movie we saw before dinner, so I quickly called and let them know we were on our way. The October weather that evening was mild, and they let us choose where to sit-inside or out. We chose to sit outside around the back-it was charming and quiet-3 tables there. There were stepping stones and a brick patio-be careful, some bricks are wobbly. Our server was great, very attentive. The meal was excellent-freshly delicous in every way. The spiced pear salad was divine, as was my chicken entree and my husband's caesar salad and veal entree. For dessert we shared pistachio cake with pistachio gelato on a platter on which "Happy Birthday" was written in chocolate-so perfectly delicious. I can't wait to go back for dinner again soon!
We always like eating at Fresco Cafe. Ambiance is wonderful, waiters are friendly, and the food is very good. We would like to see more VEGAN and non-pasta offerings and more veggies, though, since we are vegan and also don't want to put on more pounds! What about a "veggie" pasta with no flour, just made of carrots or zucchini?
We were only in SLC for a couple of days and picked Fresca ahead of time. Its location in the Sugar House neighborhood is perfect. The food was delicious, service attentive with no sense of being rushed. We chose to sit inside and it was very quiet but the patio dining area is lovely and very reminiscent of Italy. The noise level was a little louder but still pleasant. The soup that evening was amazing... crab (I think) with corn. My husband chose the seafood linguine and said it was delicious. I opted for two appetizers - the roasted peach and the cheese and charcuterie plate (saving room for dessert) - and enjoyed every mouthful. Fresco's bread is also delish, btw. Our son went with the gnocchi and was also very happy. All in all, a wonderful meal. If we return, we'll definitely go back. That peach appetizer was so good, I need seconds!!
I took my fiance here three years ago for senior prom. It was an amazing experience then. Now after years of dating I took her back here again because it is such a special place. The food was absolutely exquisite, the ambiance was romantic and intimate, and the staff were accommodating and kind. Thank you so much for the wonderful evening! It made the night I proposed so much the better. I will bring her back anniversary after anniversary.
We have dined here many times over the years and always found it very good though they have been through many different chefs. However our latest visit was disappointing. They have yet another new chef and the dishes we have enjoyed before were not good at all The polenta appetizer and the Mary's chicken entree failed miserably. However, the service was outstanding.
I hadn't been to Fresco in years but had great memories of the small restaurant with fabulous food. This visit I was disappointed. It seems like they are trying too hard to be fancy just for the sake of being fancy. The heirloom tomato tart was excellent as an appetizer, but the pasta dishes were less than exciting. They were overly rich with cheese and the pasta was way over cooked. The flavors were far from traditional Italian and just didn't seem to work.
It was supposed to be a romantic dinner for us but the patio was so crowded and loud. Inside was quieter but the tables for 2 were stuck in the corners or right by the service entrance. Not exactly the atmosphere I was looking for. The waiter was fine but overall the experience was disappointing.
This restaurant is perfect for our anniversary or birthday dinner for my wife or myself. We love the ambiance of a residential house transformed into a unique, private, and exclusive eatery. The menu is always innovative and fresh. The desserts are decadent and the perfect amount of sweet. The bookstore next door is awesome before or after your experience.
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