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Italian Culture in Utah

Looking for exciting and yummy places to eat in Salt Lake City? Downtown SLC has an interesting food-culture with many types of restaurants from up-scale, to casual, and caters to all taste buds. Unbeknownst to many, Salt Lake is rich and diverse in Italian culture. Anyone who knows anything about this culture knows that Italian food is a central element to the lively and exciting heritage. Luckily, a variety of Italians and Italian descendants have chosen to share their epicurean talents and recipes through local restaurants in the Downtown area.  Here is a list of some of the best Italian restaurants to visit in Salt Lake along the UsBus route:


Valter’s Osteria

valters_1Rated #1 on TripAdvisor for Best Restaurants in Salt Lake City, Valter’s offers a high-end Italian dining experience. Elegant tables and decor offer an upscale atmosphere to complement delicious Tuscan food. The restaurant is also complete with a full bar, in addition to dine-in tables. With occasional change and updates to the regular menu, Valter’s creates unique and surprising foods.

Location: 173 West Broadway

Closest US Bus Stop: Flag Stop 1 (Hilton Hotel)



Settebello Pizzeria Napoletana

settebello_1Settebello is known for its wood fire Italian pizza, made in a true Napoletana-style. Pair your fresh-made pizza with a glass of wine or a cold beer. Settebello emphasizes the truest Italian ingredients, even if they have to import them, to make the most authentic pizza possible. After dinner, stop by next door for a cool gelato dessert.

Location: 260 South 200 West

Closest US Bus Stop: Flag Stop 1 (Hilton Hotel)



Caffe Molise

caffemolise_1Boasting an outdoor garden patio perfect for summer evenings, Caffe Molise creates a beautiful and upscale-casual environment. Caffe Molise features Italian foods from the Northern regions of Italy. When wondering what to do in Salt Lake City on a Friday night, this upbeat restaurant has live jazz music from the John Flander’s Trio and serves wine, beer, and cocktails.

Location: 55 West 100 South

Closest US Bus Stop: Stop #1 (US Bus Utah Welcome Center)



Tony Caputo’s Market and Deli

caputos_1Stop by Tony Caputo’s Downtown for a quick lunch of sandwiches, pasta, and salads, in an exciting environment at the heart of the Italian neighborhood. Tony’s also has an indoor market where you can find a variety of Italian and Southern European grocery, premium chocolates, or household items, as well as a fresh deli with select fresh meats and a Cheese Cave full of delicious aged cheeses. Caputo’s has also won a variety of awards, making it a must-visit place when visiting Salt Lake.

Location: 314 West 300 South

Closest US Bus Stop: Flag Stop #3 (Hampton Inn/Pioneer Park)



Tucci’s Cucina Italiana

tuccis_1Located across the street from historic Trolley Square, Tucci’s Cucina Italiana serves a large menu for both lunch and dinner. Tucci’s also emphasizes a personal environment where customers are treated like family. With the addition of a new executive chef from Southern Italy, Tucci’s is sure to be an authentic Italian restaurant.

Location: 515 South 700 East #1D

Closest US Bus Stop: Stop #15 (Trolley Square)



Cucina Toscana

cucina toscana_1Around the corner from Tony Caputo’s, you will find Cucina Toscana, another good Italian restaurant. With wide windows and stylish table settings, Cucina Toscana’s fine Tuscan cuisine is a perfect place to visit in Downtown Salt Lake. Friendly staff and authentic food are perfect complements when looking for a high-class meal. Cucina Toscana is also the perfect place for hosting dinner parties and meetings.

Location: 282 South 300 West

Closest US Bus Stop: Flag Stop #3 (Hampton Inn/Pioneer Park)

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