Ever since I first read about Vinto Pizzeria early last year, I have been wanting to try it. We live about an hour away from Downtown Salt Lake City, so it hadn’t happened until last week Becky, also know as The Vintage Mixer or @slcfoodie on Twitter, put together a dinner for some of us local bloggers. (You can read her post here.)
It was really fun to see familiar faces and say hello to new and old bloggie friends–Annalise from Completely Delicious, Heather from the Salt Lake Examiner, Barbara from Barbara Bakes, Ryan from SLC Eats, Maria from Two Peas and Their Pod, Jenny and Matthew from SLC Cheap Eats, Mike from Foodie from Scratch, Marsha from About.com Salt Lake, and Kelley from Mountain Mama Cooks.
Vinto has won some local awards and most recently was featured in Sunset Magazine–pretty good for a restaurant that’s only been around for two years, I say.
Did it live up to the hype? Why, yes, it certainly did.
The decor is really hip, fresh, and fun. Not too fancy, and not too casual. Perfect, in other words.
Mmm…I want some more artichokes right now.
Next came the Housemade Meatballs, which I did not try because they weren’t gluten-free. My husband assured me they were incredible.
The chopped salads came out next. I was very excited to try the Verdura salad. My husband said it was the kind of salad I would make at home–an eclectic mix of ingredients that tasted really good together. (Thankyouverymuch.) Completely vegan and delicious. The lemon-basil vinaigrette was fresh and delightful.
The Italiana Chopped salad seemed to be the favorite of my husband–greens, chicken, pancetta (from Caputo’s Market), pepper, tomatoes, cucumber, fontina with a red wine vinaigrette. It was very satisfying.
Then it was time for the pizza–the moment I had been waiting for. I’m relatively new to eating gluten-free. I’ve been doing it on and off for about a year, but recently I’ve been more dedicated to it. It has been awhile since I’ve had pizza and I miss it. I almost told Becky I wouldn’t be able to go to the dinner because I wouldn’t be able to eat anything anyway. But I did a smart thing–I checked Vinto’s menu online and saw that they had gluten-free pizza. So, I requested a little special treatment for the night. I had never tried GF pizza before, and there aren’t a lot of places around here that do that. When I got to Vinto, Becky said they were excited to hear what I thought about the GF pizza because it’s something they’ve been trying to get perfect for their GF customers.
I really like those kinds of details–it means a lot to know you are valued as a customer. Now, if the pizza had not been delicious, that might not have mattered quite so much, but it was delicious.
Now, when you go to Vinto, you won’t be able to get a 3-in-one pizza. This was a special thing they did so I could taste the same varieties as everyone else. But, my advice is to go there and just order three pizzas. You’ll want to try them all.
There were the three kinds–Margherita (fior di latte mozzarella, tomato sauce, and basil), Tuttabella (housemade sausage, caramelized onion, fresh tomato, garlic, roasted peppers, fontina, and fior di latte mozzarella), and Patate (sliced yukon gold potatoes, fontina, goat cheese, rosemary, wild arugula, and white truffle oil).
I was blown away with the deliciousness of these pizzas. The housemade sausage is worth the trip alone. Best sausage ever. The patate pizza is right up my alley and I loved every bite. What a great combination of flavors and textures.
|Left to right, back row: Orange Honey, Dark Chocolate Sorbet, Lemon Sorbet. L to R, front row: Basil, Fresh Strawberry, Chocolate Chip. Some of the best gelato and sorbet I’ve ever tasted.|
While I recommend all of the flavors I tried, the orange honey and basil are my very favorites. I was in love with this machine and begged my husband to buy one for me. I even offered to trade in my car for one. :)
|My hubby with Chef Clay.|
I will have to try out this place out the next time I am in Utah!
Lindsey, a bunch of places across the country make that butterscotch budino, including Nostrana here in Portland. It apparently started at Pizzeria Mozza in New York. The recipe has been published in the NY Times and the LA Times; I link to it (and have some notes on how it went when I made it) here: http://fuguesalad.blogspot.com/2010/07/summer-goodies.html
I can’t believe we’ve now been to two events together and haven’t officially met. We had to run Tuesday night, but I wish I would have taken a moment to say hello. Lovely recap of a fabulous evening! I’ve already been back to Vinto since, it’s one of my faves.
Great recap! Everything was so delicious. It was great to see you, as always:)
My husband swears by this place. I need to try it! (And your photos are gorgeous as usual!)
Your photos are stunning! I can’t believe you got such great shots in low lighting. I need a lesson from you! I was especially honored to sit at your table. Great company, great food!
Stop it already!!! You are making me wish I was a food blogger!! All that food sounds so delicious. We will have to try it out next time we are in SLC!
Your pictures are beautiful……..especially considering how dark it was! A pleasure to chat even if it was for only a minute. Looking forward to meeting again!
Is that ice cream maker the same brand they use on Chopped and Iron Chef? Will watch more closely.
My wife and I want to go here thanks to this post, great pics. I love chopped salad so cannot wait to try them!