Fresco Italian Cafe

(801) 486-1300 | View Website

1513 S 1500 E, Salt Lake City, UT | Directions   84105

40.736740 -111.847971

Open Hours

Monday To Thursday From 05:00 PM To 09:00 PM Friday To Saturday From 05:00 PM To 09:30 PM Sunday From 05:00 PM To 09:00 PM

 
Restaurants, $$$, Fine Dining  more

More Tags: Fireplace, Local Favorite, Outdoor Dining, People Watching, Quiet, Romantic Dining, Special Occasion Dining

Cuisine: Italian

Payment Methods: American Express, Check, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Neighborhoods: Wasatch Hollows

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Menu
Fresco Polenta, Grilled Calamari, Charred Cylindra Beets, Antipasto, Soup, Artisan Greens, Caesar, Baby Kale, Risotto, Bucatini with Smoked Eggplant... more

Reviews for Fresco Italian Cafe

5 months ago

Have not been here, but after reading the reviews I'm going to have to try it out. Sounds delish!

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Had it my way! – My business partner and I went on a spur of the moment, no reservations but we went on July 24, 09 so it was not busy.

When arriving we were greeted and seated, we asked to speak to the Chef, who promptly came out; we asked him to prepare a five course meal of his choice for us. He asked what type of meat we would like to have, I chose fish, and my partner chose pork, other than that everything we had was different, with each course being unique to the pork, and fish.

The Chef even picked the wine to go with each course, which complemented each dish perfectly, including desert.

Everything was perfect and fun, the few guest in the restaurant asked why our food was so different and so many different items being served, we told them what we had done, and suggested that they try it in the future.

This gave the Chef a chance to strut his stuff, and the staff to perform in a way they are not accustomed to; it was a big hit for everyone including the other guest in the restaurant. We did pay the price but it was worth every bit of the money we spent, I would suggest doing the Chefs choice for that very special occasion or just want you want to do something different.

So sit back and enjoy the presentation and the pampering, you deserve it.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Best Restaurant in SLC – The food and service were hands down the best I've had in SLC. The eggplant gnocchi was excellent, and the lamb entree was perfectly done. Look forward to many more visits there!

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

I love this restaurant! – I went to this restaurant for the first time with my boyfriend's family last spring and the food was fabulous.

I went with just my boyfriend and myself last Tuesday and the food was as good as I remember it. I had the potato soup with bacon and cheddar and was very impressed. It was delicate and subtle. I only wish I had a bigger bowl it was so good. We ordered the steak and pork dishes for the main course and they were both perfectly cooked medium rare. The vegetables on the side were both excellent. We had the apple crisp for dessert. The cake was a little dry, but the presentation was very creative and we had a great time eating it. I only ordered wine from a by the glass list and it all went very well with the food. I wish I could afford to go for more than just a special occasion!

The only problem I had was the staff not serving red wine in a red wine glass. When I went before, the staff did the same thing. My boyfriend's dad had to ask several times for one, and he'd ordered several bottles of the stuff. I thought that was strange considering how expensive of a restaurant it is.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

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Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Amazing Food!!! – I went to dinner here with my girlfriend and her parents. What a great time!! The food is out of this world! The ambiance is spectacular. We have lived in Utah for about 10 years and have never been here before. We went on the word of a co-worker who is a regular here. We were not disappointed, we felt like we stepped into another world. Chef Sotelo is a master!!! GO EAT HERE!!!

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Truly Exceptional – Fresco is a rare gem in salt lake city. Srumptious Italian food, superb service, and amazing ambience. I had eaten there in the past and was told of a new chef renewing Fresco's eating experience to what it used to be. I was rewarded with the BEST Italian food I have ever had in Salt Lake. I reccomend this establishment to EVERYONE. Even if Italian food is not your "thing" Fresco's new menu has something all can enjoy, not to mention the pure enjoyment of eating at this hidden gem.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Best Fine Dining Establishment around!! – My husband and I went to eat here on 9/22/07. The food was amazing. For starters we had the stuffed calamari which was delightful and for entrees I had the Mussels and my husband had the Gnocchi's. Both were superb. The dining room was very nice and cozy, we were able to talk to each other in a romantic setting. The wine list is fantastic. We have eaten at most of the fine dining establishments in salt lake city and the surrounding areas and this is by far the best place around!! The ambience is unbeatable, the food is amazing, the service is great, and our overall experience is unmatched. We will definatley be back to Fresco many times in the future. This is a must go - again and again!!

Recommends
3.0
over a year ago

Pleasantly Surprised – My husband and I went to this restaurant on 7/23/07 to celebrate a special occasion. We had reservations and were seated outside - upon request. I thought it was quite lovely outside but wished I would have seen more of the inside of Fresco's. Our waitress was great on suggesting some wonderful Italian wine for us. We started with the calamari it was unlike any other I have had. It wasn't breaded or fried - it was light and delicious! Then we got our salads and they were so fresh and tasted great. My husband had the Caesar salad and wasn't too impressed. Then our entrees finally arrived - don't go to this restaurant if you are in a hurry. Not only due to the preparation of the fresh food but also the service. My husband had the shrimp fettuccine that had excellent flavor!! I had the gnocchi and was pleasantly surprised. Our meals were the perfect portion. We then shared the tiramisu for dessert and it was quite tastey! Our waitress then succeeded again by recommending some great after dinner drinks - not that we need a lot of help in that area but I wanted to try something different. Overall it was a very enjoyable evening. The service was slow at times but luckily my husband and I had lots to talk about. My judgements were a little harsh on this quaint restaurant at first because there really is some strong competition in close proximity. It's worth trying once.

Recommends
3.0
over a year ago

Italiano No-Goodo – Had dinner last night with 2 chef friends. The food was a huge disappointment, to say the least. Service was personable, but not spot-on which is what I expect at a pricey restaurant. Good wine list, but preparation of food was that of a good beginning sous chef who needs to go back and study the 'Seasoning' section of his class notes. Out of 6 diners, 2 had decent entrees. My penne with a veal Bolognese featured slightly underdone penne with the driest Bolognese I've ever had. It had no flavor, and the meat was ground into a sawdust texture. Even the addition of olive oil did not improve it. Shrimp and fetuccine was excellent, but the ribeye arrived overcooked, and the halibut served was nothing like the description on the menu. Desserts were good but not swoon-worthy. In addition, they arrived with a completely different preparation than what was described on the menu. When the shortcomings were mentioned to our waiter who was a personal friend of one of the guests, he shrugged it off as if it were no big deal. When you drive to a restaurant with gas at $3 plus a gallon, and pay top buck for your dinner, it IS a big deal. Lovely setting that could use someone in the kitchen who gives a tinker's damn. The salads and starters were off the hook, especially the antipasto plate. If the same attention was paid to the entrees, this place would rock. Otherwise, I'd rather go to Tiburon or Epic. Or just come for appys and salads, and skip the entrees and desserts.

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