3005 Highland Dr, Salt Lake City, UT | Directions 8410640.705787 -111.852874
Weeknight dinner for two – Went during the middle of the week and had a nice experience. Would I go back? Maybe.
The best things about this restaurant:
1. Food tasted great
2. Nice atmosphere
Worst thing about this restaurant:
1. Selection of entrées on the menu. Where’s the lasagna?
Service was mediocre
Best Italian Food! – Took my wife and 3 other couples there for dinner on 9/11/2009. The house bread is awesome. I followed that up with pizza, gniocci, and the filet. The others had the salmon and various pasta dishes. We topped it off with gelato. Everyone left completely stuffed and the evening was great. Our waiter was on top of everything and the owner even checked on us a few times. Couldn't be more pleased.
Great service even at thier busiest – My first time at their new location: 3005 Highland Dr. Very accommodating, knowledgeable and friendly staff (thanks Paul :o ) despite being there on a busy Friday night without reservations, delightful, authentic Italian food.
Dessert and Wine exceeded expectations, my only regret is not ordering something that included REAL truffles! they use them in risotto and pasta dishes and I hear they are to die for.
Never Again – I've dined a few times in the past at Michelangelo's, but haven't been in a few years. I remember dining in their quaint basement with the bad decor, but their food was always above average. The service was always so-so, but there was something charming about the dank atmosphere that would draw me back on occasion.
Unfortunately, I made the mistake of visiting their new location. I had heard they moved to a very nice building and that the food had dramatically improved, so I excitedly took some friends for dinner. The new location is absolutely beautiful in comparison, but not much else impressed me. They obviously changed the recipes because the items we were used to ordering and loved tasted more like they came out of a can. The Italian gentleman that waited on us was extremely professional and courteous to our table; however, there were only a couple of servers and it appeared as there was nobody else helping them in the dining room. Our water glasses were empty most of the time because they were busy clearing and cleaning tables by themselves and we waited forever for our simple yet disappointing orders. I understand that restaurants have bad nights, but it wasn't even busy. As we left extremely disappointed with the evening, a man in SHORTS and SNEAKERS sprung on us at the door to ask if everything was alright. Not wanting to waste any more time there, I said it was fine and hurried out the door. Way too little, way to late from some guy I would have never guessed was an employee (I later found out from a friend who had a similar experience that same week that the man was actually the owner!!!!!).
If you're planning on spending an evening at Michelangelo's, I have some better advice. Do yourself a favor, flush $100.00 down the toilet and stay at home. You'll find it much more rewarding.
Bad Service – It started off with the water, it was served at room temp. It took at least ten minutes for the waitress to take our order which was going to be panini sandwiches . While waiting for our meal we got to watch a cook rub our waitresses butt as she bent over a table. We waited another 25 minutes and did not even get a glance from any of the staff. We decided to leave . When we got to our car we could see our waitress and her friend out behind the restaurant smoking. The food might of been good but we will never know. We won't be back
Thought things had changed – My visit took place in 2007 and I assumed by now things would have changed or the restaurant would be closed. Having just heard from a friend who visited this place last night, it does not appear things have. I thought I'd share my experience which was very similar to hers.
When we arrived the restaurant was at about 40% capacity - yet despite the many empty tables, we were still forced to wait a half hour before being seated. Once we had a table we waited for a server to take our drinkers order. When this finally happened - about 20 minutes later - we went ahead and ordered our food. Another half hour later our bread and one of our two drinks arrived. We were informed "somebody is at the liquor store getting the liquor for your cocktail". Twenty minutes go by and we hear, "sorry, our guy forgot to get a bottle for your drink". As we neared the two hour limit without any water and only one drink/one piece of bread devoured we gave up and left. We never got a chance to find out if the food was worth the horrible service. I hope these guys heed their customer's complaints.
Great Food with a New Location – This place has the best Italian food I have tried in America. The Gnocchi is even better than most of what I tried in Italy. I love the homemade bread dipped in olive oil and vinegar, much tastier than Italy. The appetizers had such great flavor. All of us had different entrees and we all loved everything. The service takes longer than most restaurants, but they prepare everything once you order it. For those who complain about that, you obviously haven't traveled to Europe, because you always plan on 2-3 hours to eat in Europe. The great part of that is you don't feel rushed and you have plenty of time to visit. The new restaurant is beautiful and it matches how great their food is. The price of the food isn't an issue because it is so great! Each entree is anywhere from $15-30 and the appetizers are around $15, so they are not overpriced. There were 3 of us and we had 2 appetizers and 3 entrees, we spent $75, which wasn't bad. Everyone should try this place!
Fianlly, an authentic Italian restaurant – My wife is Italian. We have been looking for an authentic Italian restaurant in Salt Lake for years. We found Michelangelo on Highland Drive one day and decided to try it. We were blown away. There is nothing else like it in Salt Lake.
We started off with bread. The bread can be dipped in olive oil and vinegar. My wife is very picky about her bread - we both loved this bread and asked for 2nds and 3rds on the bread.
Then I had a Cannelloni appetizer that was delicious and my wife had squash soup that she loved.
For the main course I had the lasagna. It was amazing, maybe the best I've ever had. My wife had a spicy noodle dish which I can't remember the name of now, but it was very tasty.
The thing we loved about Michelangelo is they had a real chef. All of our food was made fresh to order.
Finally, if you go to Michelangelo, DO NOT SKIP DESSERT!!! I had a custard dessert with strawberries and cream on the top - one word: Amazing. My wife had the terramisou. Terramisou is not my favorite dessert but my wife loved hers.
If you want an authentic Italian dining experience, with amazing food and a chic, comfortable atmosphere. I highly recommend Michelangelo.
Best Italian in Utah. Great food. Decor outdated but who cares when the food is so good. Make sure you make a reservation any night even if the restauant is dead-who know why?
Worst Dining experience. Thanks for nothing. AVOID AVOID AVOID – This is truly one of the worst dining experiences that I have ever had in Salt Lake. I plan to dispute the amount charged to my card, that's how bad it was.
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