At 10Best, we're always on the lookout for Salt Lake City's best restaurants, and while we appreciate places that have a broad culinary range, we can't help but adore restaurants that specialize in a given niche. When we're in the mood for Italian food in Salt Lake City, we head to Caffe Molise – a reader favorite – or we count on Fresco Italian Café's solid track record and consistently great dishes. You'll find these places – and any of the restaurants on our list – to be fantastic options for Italian cuisine, and if you're looking to concentrate your efforts, start with the vibrant Downtown area.
We also understand that not every meal should be a five-course, five-star affair, and that a clever bargain or a hidden gem can provide as much gastronomical satisfaction as a three-digit tab. For this reason, the list includes the area's less pricey favorites alongside its spendy options. If you want to be kind to your bank account, try the three-decade Salt Lake Classic, Al Forno's.
Finally, Italian food is synonymous with wine for many people. And in an area with rather scanty public transportation, it is wise to consider dining close to your hotel or restaurant. While downtown visitors will find plenty of restaurants within walking distance of most hotels, those in the southern – and more residential – portion of Salt Lake Valley will have to do a more deliberate, pre-dinner research job to pinpoint the eatery nearest them. And they would be wise to designate a sober driver for the evening.
Prepare to enjoy yourself! Salt Lake City's Italian restaurants await your visit.