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Cucina Vanina

1844 Fort Union Blvd., Salt Lake City
91/100 – $$

Cucina Vanina adds old-world Italian charm to Cottonwood in an unassuming location. The authentic Italian restaurant is owned and operated by Chef Vanina Meystre Pirollo, a Napoli native. The no-frills eatery is a must-visit for its casual approach to upscale dining.

Shallow Shaft
10199 East Highway 210, Alta
93/100 – $$$

From smoked Utah trout cakes to a perfectly cooked and glazed lamb – there’s nothing shallow about Shallow Shaft. In addition to a charming atmosphere in Little Cottonwood Canyon, the exciting and original menu is sure to bring back memories of classic home-cooked meals that are beautifully presented and artfully made.

Dojo
423 W. 300 South, Salt Lake City
91/100 – $$

Sushi rolls are as pretty as a painting at this restaurant on the skirts of the Gateway. From California rolls to sashimi and chilled oranges and plum wine for dipping, the truly unique sushi restaurant is a hidden delight.

Nuch’s Pizzeria
2819 S. 2300 East, Salt Lake City
96/100 – $$

Serving up much more than just pizza – the sounds, scents and tastes of Nuch’s Pizzeria will take diners straight to Little Italy. Don’t miss the butternut squash ravioli with a brown butter sauce or the house specialty calzone.

ZY Food Wine and Cheese
268 S. State St., Salt Lake City
89/100 – $$$

Food, wine and cheese in a contemporary environment make this outstanding Salt Lake City eatery stand out from the competition. Fish, pork, an impressive selection of cheeses and other modern twists to old classics are reason enough to stop by valley.

Vuz
12234 Draper Parkway, Draper
94/100 – $$$

Designed to be a metropolitan wine bar that would fit comfortably into New York, San Francisco or Los Angeles, Vuz is as stunning as its delectable food. Small and large plates cover some of the most innovative cuisine in the city.

Sun & Moon Café
6281 Emigration Canyon Rd., Salt Lake City
89/100 – $$

The Sun & Moon is housed in three old cabins all conjoined into one large, rustic and comfortable space. Don’t miss the sea bass served in an orange-crème and Grand Marnier reduction topped with crisp shoestring yam fries.

Meditrina
1394 S. West Temple, Salt Lake City
90/100 – $$$

Owned and operated by business and life partners – Meditrina is a Salt Lake institution. Nestled quietly into a nondescript neighborhood, it serves very creative small plates and wine. The wine pairing events are legendary.

Trio
6405 S. 3000 East, Salt Lake City
680 S. 900 East, Salt Lake City
89/100 – $$

Beautifully plated dishes and authentic, Italian flavors abound at both Trio locations. Flatbread pizza to pan-seared tuna and short ribs are just some of the highlights.

Sea Salt
1709 E. 1300 South, Salt Lake City
91/100 – $$

Try the risotto balls and pork shoulder at the old-world style Italian restaurant. Sea Salt also has an impressive wine selection and diverse menu.

Takashi
18 Market St., Salt Lake City
93/100 – $$$

The Fabby Award-winning sushi restaurant has selections for the adventurous and the traditional. This restaurant is defined by its creativity, spectacular ingredients and warm company. The artistic and detail-oriented plating may be the best in Utah.

Christopher’s Steakhouse
134 W. Pierpont Ave., Salt Lake City
90/100 – $$$

One of the staples of steak in Salt Lake offers so much more, like the lobster corn dog — lobster fillets, skewered, dipped in a light and delicious batter and then deep fried. Ribs, rib-eyes, filets and chops are all artfully prepared.

Fratelli Ristorante
9236 S. Village Shop Drive, Sandy
89/100 – $$

The menu is extensive with pizzas, pastas salads and classical Italian entrées. It’s the kind of place you’ll keep going back for more.

Tiburon
8256 S. 700 East, Sandy
91/100 – $$$

The quality of cuisine, service and the attention to detail are about as good as it gets in Utah. The contemporary take on steaks, chicken and pasta is refreshing.

St. Regis
2300 Deer Valley Drive, Park City
93/100 – $$$

Melt-in-your-mouth ribs, the best pizza in the state and an array of seafood selections that can’t be found anywhere else in Utah makes this Deer Valley resort restaurant a classic. The chefs don’t over-complicate things and utilize simple, classic culinary methods.

Tin Angel
365 W 400 South, Salt Lake City
91/100 – $$

Small plates and wine are married in a proper ceremony at Tin Angel. Local ingredients, exotic wine and a rustic urban atmosphere define this local eatery. Each dish is made with great care and plated beautifully.

Mazza
912 E. 900 South, Salt Lake City
1515 S. 1500 East, Salt Lake City
88/100 – $$

Traditional Lebanese cuisine served in the 9th & 9th and 15th & 15th neighborhoods. The chic ambiance and delicious food makes for a great night out.

Frida Bistro
545 W. 700 South, Salt Lake City
95/100 – $$

Frida Bistro is known for its tasty and original drinks, authentic Mexican wine and an ambiance fit for any Guadalajara restaurant. Diners aren’t treated to Americanized dishes, but authentic and delicious meals.

Wahso
577 Main St., Park City
93/100 – $$$

Architecturally designed sushi, small plates and a diverse wine selection abound at Wahso in Park City. Try the grilled lamb with a wine reduction and infused with pomegranates.

Canella’s
204 E. 500 South, Salt Lake City
91/100 – $$

The neighborhood, family-owned and operated restaurant is a welcome place for any Utah queer. The homemade lasagna, polenta and Cesar salads are a sure-fire hit. Neighborhood restaurants are making a come-back in 2012 and Canella’s is leading in a big way.

Sapa
722 S. State St., Salt Lake City
95/100 – $$

Sushi, sashimi, lamb and beef dishes delight in this beautiful ambiance. Americanized dishes for the more timid diner are mixed with full plates of fresh fish fill the menu.

Franck’s
6263 S. Holladay Blvd., Holladay
89/100 – $$$

Try the famous meat loaf — a molded and mounded mixture of pork, chicken and veal, with mashed potatoes and banana squash puree drizzled with a berry and lavender sauce. Dining in Franck’s is a culinary experience in a museum-like atmosphere.

Bambara
202 S. Main St., Salt Lake City
91/100 – $$$

Bambara is an oasis surrounded by a downtown culinary scene that is sometimes lacking. The wine selection is one of the best in the state.

Pago
878 S. 900 East, Salt Lake City

93/100 – $$$

Diners are sure to love the rustic and comfort food concepts in a metropolitan style restaurant. The pan-seared scallops are simply divine.

Pagoda
26 E St., Salt Lake City
89/100 – $$

Tempura shrimp, chunks of sea bass and salmon teriyaki are just some of the highlights from the restaurant at the base of the Avenues. The plating may not be as artistic as some other restaurants, but the flavor profiles are spot on.

Pig & A Jelly Jar
401 E. 900 South, Salt Lake City

Peanut butter, jelly and bacon sandwiches, maple-brined pork chops and perfectly cooked and seasoned eggs and fries are some of the highlights of this local diner. The prices are affordable, the atmosphere is homey, but a few kinks are still being ironed out.

Finn’s
1624 S. 1100 East, Salt Lake City
90/100 – $

Open for breakfast and lunch, this Sugar House eatery will bring back quality nostalgia. Finn and his wife run the diner as a team and this hands-on management is evident in every detail.

Omar’s Rawtopia
2148 Highland Dr., Salt Lake City
88/100 – $$

At this all-raw restaurant, instead of such regular lunch fare as soups, pizza, sandwiches and soda,  diners can enjoy such inspired dishes as crème de broccoli “soup,” hummus pizza, sweet basil seaweed rolls and thick, hearty hemp milk chai — which, although served cold like all of the food at the restaurant, is the perfect spicy drink for the winter holidays.

Off Trax
259 W. 900 South, Salt Lake City
Not yet reviewed — $

Soups, salads, sandwiches and breakfast items are the highlight at this gay-owned and operated restaurant. After Club Try-Angles closes on weekend nights, the party continues at Off Trax.

Green Pig
31 E. 400 South, Salt Lake City
Not yet reviewed — $

The rooftop patio offers some of the best city views all summer long. The menu features traditional but well-made pub fare. Don’t miss the sliders and the tuna melt.

Del Mar al Lago
310 Bugatti Ave., Salt Lake City
Not yet reviewed — $$

This Peruvian restaurant focuses on authenticity and is a true Cebicheria. Most of the dishes revolve around the best spicy, fresh and mouth-watering ceviche north of the equator.

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