It would be an understatement to say that Pago Restaurant has a lot going for it. Serving dishes crafted from local ingredients, it offers some of Salt Lake City’s freshest meals. Located in the hip 9th & 9th neighborhood, it occupies a premium piece of real estate. Consistently producing top cuisine, Pago has earned a constant stream of local and national awards. Most recently, Wine Enthusiast Magazine selected it as one of the nation’s “100 Best Wine Restaurants in 2012.”
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Does Pago have a good wine selection? Indeed - 20 wines by the glass. Yet, like the other winners of this prestigious award, Pago didn’t just win this award by serving a lot of varietals. Rather, this accolade was given only to those superlative hotspots that cater to wine lovers, “boasting visionary beverage programs and innovative menus, with eye-catching ambiance and exceptional service.”
Doesn’t sound all that bad, right? A meal at Pago entails more than just a main course and a glass of wine. Here, each meal is crafted with in-season ingredients sourced from local artisans and farmers. Each of the wines has been hand-selected by Scott Evans, Pago’s owner. Chosen because of their sustainable, small-scale production, these wines are specifically chosen to pair with the menu’s current offerings.