“Respect the Wine,” a motto Italian Restuarant Veneto takes to heart. This fine dining northern Italian style eatery offers a unique experience you won’t find anywhere else in Salt Lake City- no tipping. Instead of kissing ass to make some decent dough, the staff is friendly and inviting, and they are on board for any tips left being donated to The Cancierge Foundation. But more than no tipping, their stand out is the fact they actual season your glass with the wine from your bottle selection to make you feel like you are dining with a family in Veneto, Italy.
Staff is cool, so let’s talk food, after all that is what we are here for. So here is the deal, if you are in Salt Lake City, whether you reside or are visiting- DINE HERE NOW. Starting with items from the June seasonal menu, (Veneto offers both a year-round menu as well as a monthly seasonal menu)- the Buratta Fresca al Tartufo Estivo con Insalata di Sedano e Rape Rosse is refreshing and the perfect welcome to summer dish, comprised of paper-thin slices of celery and fresh beet paired with truffle burrata. But if you want your mind blown with an appetizer, the beef tartar deserves some hallelujah praises.
Now on to 1st course (please arrive hungry). If you enjoy the taste of sea urchin without the texture, you will enjoy their Spaghettoni al Ricci di Mare e Bottarga, and spaghetti with sea urchin. The duck ragú tells a nice story on the palate, and the straw-like, thick homemade noodles of both dishes is equally impressive.
The wine list is 100% Italian and extremely thought out, only adding to the experience. Trying a 2009 Sfursat, it had the color of amber rose and a nice first bottle. Now to 3rd course, a 90+ day dry-aged T-bone steak. To be exact, it was a 6 month to the day dry-aged indulgence of epic proportions. Prepared perfectly with a fine presentation as well as flavor. Hello food gods, could this be heaven? If you are not a “meat-eater” there are plenty of other options on the menu, as well as multiple selections for gluten-free.
Veneto is the most famous restaurant in Salt Lake City you have never heard of. The famous ones don’t stack up to the experience of dining here.
Dessert was the one thing I was not overly ecstatic about. It was good, not foodgasm great. Letting that slide a bit, because it was still presented beautifully and a true representation of this Italy region.
Kudos Veneto. Next time in town, you know where to find me.
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370 E. 900 S.
Salt Lake City, UT 84111