I?m a pretty picky person when it comes to my dining experience -- especially when Italian food is involved. I?ve lived and traveled all over the United States and sampled the best Italian this country has to offer, so I know a good place when I find one. I?m not your typical Olive Garden-loving culinary layman. So believe me when I say that Lugano Restaurant offers the best Italian food in the Salt Lake area, hands down. As I don?t live in close proximity to the restaurant?s Holladay location, I don?t get to go that often ? but when I?m in Salt Lake, Lugano is the only option for me.
The restaurant?s atmosphere is intimate and welcoming. The d?cor is charming and the lighting just dim enough to make you feel like you?re enjoying a romantic night out, but not eating in the dark. The staff is always polite, prompt and friendly, and their service is impeccable. I often ask my servers for recommendations when I dine out, and the Lugano staff have always provided excellent suggestions that I whole-heartedly enjoyed.
The food is the real deal, offering an eclectic variety of authentic Italian dishes ? from delicious pastas to mouthwatering risottos to succulent meats. This isn?t just your average spaghetti-and-meatballs joint; the menu provides many Italian staples with a welcome twist to keep things fresh. The specials are consistently great and unique, especially the ?Risotto of the Day,? which is always a treat.
From the appetizers (including some truly excellent bruschetta) right down to the desserts (an absolutely divine tiramisu, among others) and their extensive wine list, Lugano Restaurant provides first-rate Italian food and great service at a very reasonable price. Certainly not what I expected to find in an allegedly cultureless town like Salt Lake, but I?ll take it! Consider me enthusiastically surprised.
Pros: Best Italian in the state, great service, reasonably priced