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

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Lovely setting, fabulous food & service. – My husband and I have become huge fans of Fresco's. We've been several times over the years, and have never had a poor experience. The current chef is new - I think they got him from Metropolitan? So is much of the wait staff. Everything is great - from the ambience: think cozy, romantic with an unpretentious wait staff and excellent food. The appetizers are some of my favorite dishes, and the portions are large. I've often ordered a salad with an appetizer for the entree. I like to go there anytime, but definitely for a special occassion. Try it out - you'll love it.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Poor food, poor service, overpriced. – It looked cute from the adjacent bookstore window, however, in this case looks are deceiving. The food was either over-salted or bland. My wife ordered the Winter Squash Gnocchi which was a huge misnomer. Dry Gnocchi with Walnuts would be a more apt description. The squash was practically invisible and tasted like carrots, the glaze had only a hint of flavor. I ordered the risotto which wasn't bad, but very salty. Having lived in Sicily, I can say the food was authentic in style but lacked flavor. The service was terrible. We were immediately shunned for not ordering wine and were snobbishly treated by our waitress. Not once did she ask how the food was. Her interactions with us were sharp and quick. Given the low quality of food and service, the price was exorbitant.

Recommends
3.0
over a year ago

Wonderful Atmosphere, mediocre food. – The atmosphere was very nice, if you had patio seating. Inside, it seemed a little cramped and stuffy. The food was okay, but not for the price we paid. I could have had the same meal at home with some rice and soybeans and a trip to seafood counter. The dessert was also disappointing.

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

User review by mgfetz – Interesting to find Fresco among the best brunches category. It's a lovely restaurant that opens at 5 p.m. Fresco doesn't serve brunch.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Amazing food, beautiful charming restaurant – From the moment we walked into the lovely little restaurant, everything was top-notch. The Butternut squash ravioli was INCREDIBLE, as was the Caesar salad and Chicken dish (amazing flavor!!). The Chocolate Trio for dessert featured frozen hot chocolate that was to DIE for. I will be return again and again. Bravo!

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

Good atmosphere – The food was merely average compared to dining in other major cities. However, the atmosphere is very unique and romantic. I found it to be similiar to my experiences in european outdoor cafe. The food is pricey, but really you are paying for the atmosphere. I would still recommend this restuarant as you cannot find these types of restuarants in Utah

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Fresco Italian Cafe - Best Northern Italian – Having eaten in many restaurants around the country and throughout the world, Fresco ranks as the restaurant with the finest food. Their northern Italian fare is simply the best. The sauces associated with their many recipes may be the secret to their remarkable dishes. Highly recommended

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Wonderful from start to finish – We tried the polenta appetizer and it was delicious. Delicate textures and harmonizing flavors were present in all the dishes. I tried the daily risotto (a sweet corn and crab mixture) and it was fabulous. My guest tried the linguini and was truly impressed. The real treat was the dessert - I definitely recommend the warm chocolate tart (with vanilla bean gazpacho and raspberry sauce). The entire dinner was absolutely wonderful and worth the price!

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Little taste and slow service – Really, the food was mediocre at best. I had the crispy chicken. The sauce was plain--not much flavor. Kind of a watered-down tomato paste served on some noodles. Appetizers were ok--nothing that special--a little disappointing. But, hey, if you like to pay high-prices, this is your place. Desserts were good, though. Our waiter was average, but getting our food took way too long. I don't know who's fault that is. We finally got out of there two-half hours later. I dreaded our party ordering desserts because it took just as long to get the desserts as it did our dinner. I've made far better dinner at home combining Ragu with some minced garlic and basil--and paid less for it. Oh well. I not going back, anyway.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

A taste of italy! – Great setting and great service! Reserve your seats for indoors, and in the summer find a nice spot on the patio.

The italian foods, breads, etc. will really pleasure your palate.

Bring your special date here to impress and romance. Remember to order the great tasting desserts. I reccommend the chocolate bread pudding! Mmmmm...tasty!

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