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Fresco Italian Cafe

4.3
719 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Perfect For:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic

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About

Fresco Italian Cafe is committed to bringing the classic dishes and flavorings of the old country to Salt Lake City, Utah. You don't have to travel across the world to treat yourself to authentic Italian cuisine. Simply walk through the doors of Fresco Italian Cafe and allow yourself to be pampered with amazing food and stellar service from a capable, knowledgeable and caring staff.

Come to an establishment that offers quality pastas, sauces, pizzas, calzones and everything in between. Fresco Italian Cafe makes sure to be inclusive at all times. If you're a vegetarian or adhere to particular diet restrictions, such as a gluten-free diet, there are options for you.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday-Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:30 pm, Closed Sunday
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Phone number
(801) 486-1300
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Mikel Trapp
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Private party facilities
Please call for details.
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Private party contact
Cherie Bartleson: (801) 486-1300 ext. 11
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Neighborhood
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Public transit
UTA Bus Number 52
Additional
Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining
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4.3based on all time ratings
4.4
food
4.3
service
4.2
ambience
4.3
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on April 2, 2016

Always loved Fresco's. Was their last night after 30 years.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2016

The special occasion was the unfortunate closing of Fresco. We will miss it so much! Had to go for one last wonderful meal. For those of you who have never been, I'm sorry you never had the chance to experience this amazing little gem of a restaurant.

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2016

Delectable! Always a treat! So sorry to find that they're closing after 30 years.

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2016

Goodbye friend!

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2016

Thanks for the years of great food and memories! A truly wonderful experience that will be missed.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2016

Beautifully delicious vegetarian eggplant meatballs!

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5.0Dined on February 27, 2016

I love this place. It always has really good food, great service and perfect ambiance for a more romantic/special night. It is a hidden gem that not many people know about, yet I've been going there since I was a kid (I'm 38 now). I highly recommend. I've never had a bad meal there.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2016

I made a reservation for Valentines, and the food was incredible. Every course was delicious. It was our first time going to Fresco, and we will definitely be back.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2016

Very romantic quaint location with fabulous food. Tight quarters can be a bit noisy. Window seating can be a little cool in the winter. Though this restaraunt is amazing. I Highly recommend it.

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2.0Dined on February 13, 2016

Spent 150 dollars for a meal that would have cost 45 at macaroni grill. Had heard good things but very underwhelming. Waay too much money for what we got.

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3.0Dined on February 6, 2016

Went for an anniversary and splurge. Fresco has always been a favorite but just did not seem to have the same feel or the food as special as in the past. Still nice and intimate setting but there is a lot of competition in the valley now to rival Fresco.

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5.0Dined on January 30, 2016

Wish I hadn't stayed away so long. Have always had a superb experience here. Food is exceptional, good service and decent ambiance. Our (food critical) group of four eat out often and all enjoyed our various dishes. It's in the details and these guys get it. Will be going back very soon. Small, so make reservations.

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5.0Dined on January 30, 2016

We always love eating at Fresco's. The food is always outstanding and the service is great! We always recommend this restaurant to friends.

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5.0Dined on January 29, 2016

I had a lamb pasta that was out of this world AND I took some home. We had a late reservation for 7 during Sundance and a late arrival of folks from the airport. Friendly staff, good Italian red wine special and everyone, including our vegetarian, loved their meal. First time here. We will be back!

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5.0Dined on January 29, 2016

Quite, quaint bistro type place with a romantic vibe! Great for a quite dinner or to pop the big question.

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4.0Dined on January 22, 2016

Appetizers and main dishes are spot on. Cocktails and wine are also paired well. Desserts could have been better. Pork chops were one of the best I have ever tried. Risotto is also a specialty.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2015

Ambience, fabulous food. great preparation and presentation. Staff very caring.

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5.0Dined on December 26, 2015

Fresco's never disappoints. Dinner was superb, with new menu items. Will be back again

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4.0Dined on December 26, 2015

3 separate dishes were ordered and all 3 were very good. The veal bolognese was the favorite of the evening. The Wagyu beef was tender. The chefs risotto of the day was also very good. Simple wine selections for every dish. Wait staff was very responsive and unobtrusive.

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4.0Dined on December 26, 2015

We loved it and are dining there again with friends! It is small, quiet, reasonable and the menu is great. The only thing we did not care for were the smoked tomatoes in the seafood pasta dish. It seemed to overpower the seafood. The kale and warm squash salad was wonderful! The service was top notch too! Love the setting and the bookstore being open was a nice touch, as we completed our Christmas shopping.

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4.0Dined on December 26, 2015

Fresco is always a delight, and dinner this week was no exception. The Risotto of the day was with braised short ribs, and was amazing. I always wish I had just a bit more room there, but I think that's part of what makes it so charming.

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5.0Dined on December 16, 2015

Everything was wonderful. From the root vegetable soup and polenta appetizers, to the pasta and chicken involtini. My out of town guests couldn't stop raving about the meal!

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5.0Dined on December 12, 2015

A hidden, neighborhood gem with great Italian food is an apt description. Our party of six loved the ambiance and service. Food? Two of us are vegetarians, but not to worry, there are a few very good options and Chef will adapt and accommodate almost any menu item. We had a scrumptious vegetarian Bucatini with eggplant meatballs. Others had the Risotto, seafood pasta, and pork chop with mushrooms. Delicious and a hit all around. We will all go back.

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5.0Dined on December 9, 2015

We Love Fresco so much that we got Married in the restaurant!

It's wonderful chef preferred food with amazing flavors and beautiful Plates.
You will not be disappointed!

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5.0Dined on November 28, 2015

The food was superb and service exceptional. The noise level was the only distraction.

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4.0Dined on November 21, 2015

The service was excellent. The food was delicious. It's always a treat to dine at Fresco's.

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2.0Dined on November 20, 2015

We wanted to love our dinner out -- but didn't. Underwhelmed by all dishes -- from the over-salted mushroom torta (the restaurant did remove it from our bill, which was nice), to the bland risotto cakes to the average branzino to the mediocre dessert. And the tables seemed crammed in, crowded. We won't be back.

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5.0Dined on November 12, 2015

This is one of the best and most consistent restaurants in Salt Lake City.

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4.0Dined on October 23, 2015

The food was prepared with care and excellence. It was very tasty, which separates it from most restaurant food available today. Unfortunately the beef was quite chewy - not the fault of the chief but something an upscale restaurant should be able to avoid. Sending it back isn't really practical because of the time to cook another meal. The hostess was great. Open Table screwed up by not forwarding the specifics of my request but the hostess was good on her feet and got us an acceptable table despite a Friday night crunch.

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5.0Dined on October 23, 2015

We had 8 people and all thoroughly enjoyed the food ordered. The restaurant is small and quiet, so not for a party scene. The service, chef and venue were all outstanding.

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5.0Dined on October 19, 2015

The gem of Salt Lake City. Everything was outstanding. I have been many times and I am never disappointed.

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4.0Dined on October 17, 2015

I reserved ahead of the date and I love the intimacy of Fresco, but they seated us at a table right outside the kitchen...other tables were available and I was disappointed that we were seated at an inferior spot.

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5.0Dined on October 17, 2015

A lovely, quiet, intimate little restaurant with wonderful food and wonderful service; who could as for anything more??? Thank you, Fresco Italian Cafe, and Robert, for a memorable dining experience in Salt Lake City!

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5.0Dined on October 16, 2015

In searching for an Italian restaurant to take my husband to for his birthday, a friend told me
about the Fresco Italian Cafe. I found it to be highly rated online, and decided to try it. Making the reservation was easy through OpenTable. We were a little late getting out of a movie we saw before dinner, so I quickly called and let them know we were on our way. The October weather that evening was mild, and they let us choose where to sit-inside or out. We chose to sit outside around the back-it was charming and quiet-3 tables there. There were stepping stones and a brick patio-be careful, some bricks are wobbly. Our server was great, very attentive. The meal was excellent-freshly delicous in every way. The spiced pear salad was divine, as was my chicken entree and my husband's caesar salad and veal entree. For dessert we shared pistachio cake with pistachio gelato on a platter on which "Happy Birthday" was written in chocolate-so perfectly delicious. I can't wait to go back for dinner again soon!

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5.0Dined on October 13, 2015

Excellent food in a lovely setting.

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3.0Dined on October 10, 2015

The ambiance is fantastic. The service wasn't very attentive. Pasta dishes were good...I would not recommend any meat dish. Potato soup was excellent.

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5.0Dined on October 7, 2015

Everyday is a special menu. Very original Italian dishes and well-paired wines. Comfortable for couples and conversation.

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4.0Dined on October 3, 2015

We always like eating at Fresco Cafe. Ambiance is wonderful, waiters are friendly, and the food is very good. We would like to see more VEGAN and non-pasta offerings and more veggies, though, since we are vegan and also don't want to put on more pounds! What about a "veggie" pasta with no flour, just made of carrots or zucchini?

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3.0Dined on October 2, 2015

Small house like environment. Creaky floors, creaky door. Not the ideal romantic setting. Service was lacking. Food was good though.

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5.0Dined on September 11, 2015

We were only in SLC for a couple of days and picked Fresca ahead of time. Its location in the Sugar House neighborhood is perfect. The food was delicious, service attentive with no sense of being rushed. We chose to sit inside and it was very quiet but the patio dining area is lovely and very reminiscent of Italy. The noise level was a little louder but still pleasant. The soup that evening was amazing... crab (I think) with corn. My husband chose the seafood linguine and said it was delicious. I opted for two appetizers - the roasted peach and the cheese and charcuterie plate (saving room for dessert) - and enjoyed every mouthful. Fresco's bread is also delish, btw. Our son went with the gnocchi and was also very happy. All in all, a wonderful meal. If we return, we'll definitely go back. That peach appetizer was so good, I need seconds!!

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