Cucina Toscana has been Salt Lake's favorite Italian restaurant for more than 10 years. Known for our impeccable service, table side service, and our ... More
Cucina Toscana has been Salt Lake's favorite Italian restaurant for more than 10 years. Known for our impeccable service, table side service, and our homemade pastas. Now with a refreshed menu that includes locally sourced products and new homemade pastas, decadent sauces, and a wide selection of entrees.
I have a gourmet cook for a wife whose perceptive palate is matched only by her appreciation of authenticity and beauty. Having already lived more than half our lives (a reliable prediction), an enjoyable birthday now has more to do with an enjoyable experience that acquiring enjoyable things. So, I read the online reviews of Cucina Toscana (Great food...high prices; attentive wait staff...snootiness; gracious host...disregard of reservation times; elegant dining...too noisy). After five years of living downtown we rolled the dice and decided to try this highly-touted restaurant. Our experience, or rather my wife's experience? Meraviglioso! Wonderful! We did make an early reservation in deference to those who said we'd be waiting an hour past our reservation time if we ate later. We were seated immediately. Yes, it was noisy, but you felt part of a lively environment and not an assaulted bystander. We of somewhat frugal habits and domestic lifestyle felt no snootiness from any of the wait staff. They were attentive and helpful. The owner, Valter Nassi, stopped by our table four times to see how we were doing. He went from table to table, greeting everyone. From my fine-honed skeptical point of view, I would have to admit that he was really inviting all of us to join him for dinner. I felt that he really believed that he was responsible for each one of us to have a wonderful time eating in his home. He is a character, a maestro, and appeared to me to have a great heart. Beginning with the complimentary bruschetta, fresh bread, and the house dipping oil (with white wine vinegar and a bit of anchovy), slowly savoring the pork tenderloin and the veal scallopine, and ending with the perfect creme brulee, the meal was a grand experience. My wife said the food was great, a rarely-heard assessment from her. The Madeira wine sauce fortified with veal stock (I assume) was light and rich, pungent and soft, etcetera. It was a meal and an evening worth every penny, even though it will be a long time before I can afford it again (like her next birthday?) Until we return, we will frequently recall the time we ate Valter's food as guests in his house. Grazie!
My husband & I have only eaten here once, and we went expecting a WONDERFUL meal because of the word of mouth. We've had amazing Italian meals so were expecting Cucina to be SPECTACULAR. The server decided that since we'd never been there, that he would chose the best items on the menu to serve us in about 5 courses. The food was not much different than you can eat at Macaroni Grill or The Olive Garden. Our bill was nearly $200 and it wouldn't have been a big deal if the food was worth that much, but we really didn't feel that it was worth paying that much.
Prefer Fresco Italian Cafe and Lugano to Cucina anyday!!!
The only serious Italian restaurant in Salt Lake. When I moved from San Francisco I thought I'd never eat real Italian again. Cucina Toscana is like walking into the country side in Tuscany. Simply amazing. REAL italian.
I moved to SLC from NY 2 1/2 years ago, for work. One of the things I miss most about Ny (besides a good stiff drink) is the choice of restaurants. Enter Cuccina Toscana. The food is amazing, the wine list to die for, the service, while slightly over solicitous was great. I have been there several times, but on the last visit, we had the gnocci in spicy fresh tomato sauce and veal parmesan. Simply excellent. Had I neen there with another companion, I may have opted for a more daring fare. This place reminds me of the restaurants I miss in NYC. The owner runs around, greating and seating people and is charming. I HIGHLY reccomend!
Dining here always reminds my wife and of dining in Milan and the Lake Cuomo region of Italy. The food is fabulous, authentic and plentiful. THe service cannot be beat and Valtor makes this restaurant feel like being at home in Pianello with my Cousins, Aunts and Uncles.
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