Owner Eduardo Daja has been working in restaurants since he was a teenager growing up in Italy, and his time in culinary school only strengthened his passion for food. After culinary school, Ed stayed in Bologna to work at a family-owned restaurant. He moved to Utah eight years ago, and found himself missing his first love, food. For the past three years, Ed has been managing an Italian restaurant while also maintaining a career in tech and finally made the life-changing decision to open his own restaurant.
That big decision was made possible for Ed when he met Marco Cuttaia, Osteria Amore’s executive chef and partner. Ed’s training in Bologna, considered the food capital of Italy, and Marco’s upbringing in Palermo, known for its incredible street food, bridge northern and southern Italian culinary tradition in a way that’s never been done in Salt Lake City.
Food, service , and ambience were very good. Nice Italian wine selection. I loved the fresh ricotta served with toasted bread to start the meal. The fried artichokes were crisp and fresh tasting with an interesting lemon cream cheese. The pizza we ordered was way too big for 2 and the bottom crust was soggy but the vegetables were very good and cooked just right. The gelato was very good. More vegetarian options would be nice for repeat diners who do not eat meat.
Very nice design and well-lit space. Excellent food and attentive staff.
But it was VERY difficult to converse because of the noise.
I would hesitate to book on a table on a weekend because of the noise and the likelihood that more tables would be full and the noise--if possible--would be even worse.
Excellent atmosphere and service. The Spinach Lasagna , Pizza and Pistachio Gelato were Excellent. The Chicken and Mac'nChees (can't remember the authentic name) were too bland for my taste.
Overall a great experience. I will definitely recommend and return to try more.
This was our second time to Osteria Amore. We had a great experience and we wanted to try something different in the menu. Their pizza is outstanding, crispy with generous toppings and great selection of ingredients.
Absolutely the best Italian place in Utah and possibly the best I have ever had. Everything we ate was incredible, especially the “Osteria Amore” plate. Soooooo good! Everything is made in house, including the pasta. The owner’s mother even makes fresh ricotta every day!!
Speaking of the owner, You Can tell he has so much passion and desire to make fantastic food.
Fantastic Job Ed! We will be coming back more and more.
This was a return trip explicitly to try their pizza which exceeded our expectations. Previous dining experiences focused on pasta dishes which were very good, but viewing the pizzas being delivered brought us back. And, they were as delicious as they looked. They were the best experienced in SLC and on par with High Mountain Pie in Leadville and Out Back Pizza in Taos. Only issue experienced was less than satisfactory table services, which needs to be improved to match the popularity that this new establishment is experiencing. As a new restaurant, the addition of an experienced manager in the front is needed. But, the food easily allows one to overlook the attention still needed to be placed on table service.
Great Italian food in a lively setting. Good variety of food and beverage choices. Service was good and owner came around to check on how we were enjoying our meal.
Food is very good: octopus, eggplant parmigiana, seafood pasta were among the standouts. Service was uneven with entrees coming to the table not at once but in shifts.
Need to Focus on quality of food and experience over a big pepper grinder and aprons.. UPDATE!!..... The owner called to ask how they could improve our experience and was really responsive and kind....He has a lot of passion for his establishment... because of his effort and kindness we will be visiting again. Thank you for caring!
Impressive new neighborhood restaurant. Family owed. Great menu, wonderful foods, and excellent services. They are bringing modern Italian vibe to SLC. Interior is homey and sophisticated. Good for special occasions, business dining, or just casual lunch or dinner.
Great food, atmosphere, and service. It was our first visit, and we’ll be back!
Very pleasant dining experience. Server was very personable and knowledgeable. Ingredients were all fresh and professionally prepared. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to all of my friends.
The pizza was best I’ve had in SLC!
Have already recommended to others to give it a try. The Bulággna salad was excellent and ample enough in size to split for two. We both had pasta dishes and while the overall taste and portions were excellent, the carbonara would benefit from the addition of some fresh peas and their signature dish Osteria Amore was a bit light on the meat component. The service was wonderful and recommend their deserts. This was a first visit and will definitely be returning to sample more of the menu. The pizza looked fabulous and anxious to give it a try.
Sophisticated and modern Italian cuisine.
We tried different dishes and to be honest everything was delicious. I definitely recommend Nero di Seppia and Cannoli for dessert.
Edoardo, one of the owners is very friendly and passionate about Italian food, and it was a real pleasure to meet someone that share the same dedication for this culture and cuisine.
Definitely the best Italian restaurant in SLC area! (we are Italians)
We had a wonderful evening. The menu is great with plenty of options - a nice variety of pasta and meat dishes. We started with the cheese board and it was huge for 2 people to share. We had the pasta named after the restaurant and the salmon. Both were excellent. The serving team was outstanding - all very nice and hustling to take care of us.
always a treat to go and spend a fun evening with Eduardo and the team---we have been there multiple times
We had heard great things, and expected much more based upon the website and word of mouth, but we felt that it was too noisy, even when only half full, that it was overpriced, and that several of our ordered items, from the Saltimbocca (misspelled on the menu- a bad sign) to the Eggplant Parmesan to the overpriced Cestini ravioli ($21 for five small ravioli with almost no filling, making it impossible to taste the alleged pear and gorgonzola filling), were all so salty that other tastes were lost. We're at a bit of a loss to contrast our experience with the reviews and word of mouth, but, for now, given the other options for good Italian food close by, we put Osteria Amore into our "one and done" category.
Absolutely authentic and amazing Northern Italian cuisine. The owners are from Italy. Homemade pasta and sauces.
The best grilled octopus I've ever eaten.
Only concern was lack of Scotch and soda! 🙄. We will be back soon.
Osteria Amore is a fine addition to the Salt Lake City dining scene. The food, the service, the atmosphere…all quality! This Italian restaurant has authentic down pat! Two appetizers - grilled eggplant and Coppo di Mare - were mouthwateringly good. Entrees of Pollo ai Capperi di Pantelleria and a Mediterranean salad were delicious. Atmosphere was never too “lively” to have dinner conversation.
Owner/Manager Roberto Daja clearly had his hands full on a busy weeknight. Yet he made himself available to actually wait on our table and chat unhurried.
We can’t wait to make the 4-hour trip to Salt Lake City and have an engaging dining experience again!
I wanted to love this restaurant, but alas I could not. I like the design and the pizza oven/gelato bar are nice touches. The cocktail bar area is very hip, but the entrance to the restaurant is awkward as there is no good place to wait for a table (which we had to do even though we had reserved). My first comment is that there was no real ambiance - especially surprising for an Italian restaurant. The lights were not dimmed in the slightest (despite candles on table) so there were glaring ceiling lights and it was extremely loud. Most importantly, the food was disappointing. The carbonara pasta I ordered was extremely salty (like there was a broth in the sauce) and the noodles were somewhat hard. I was expecting hand made, delicious pasta, so I went in with great expectations. My companion's dishes were better than mine, but not stellar. Having said that, the pizza we ordered as an appetizer was simply divine. I would go back just for the pizza. Lastly, the wait staff was hectic and it appears the owner is very set on entertaining important friends vs. running the ops of the place. I hope these are just growing pains as we need an excellent Italian in this town. I will give it a few months and go back for pizza and try it again.
Food was amazing, the waiter was a bit sketchy, we did not see him much. The noise was incredible.
Antipasto (eggplant parmigiana) was excellent. Secondi (salmon and tuna) were average but quite expensive, and very much like what one would get at any restaurant.
Very loud, difficult to have a conversation.
Food was really good and we had a variety. Kids loved it and so did we. Gelato was a big hit. Love having this in the hood. Will be back!
We just tried Osteria Amore and were very pleased. We'll go again and try some different dishes. Hope they put tortellini on the menu.
As always Eduardo and the team did a first rate job— food and service spectacular. Always a pleasure to return
This is a new restaurant that hasn’t been there very long. Maybe a month? They have remodeled it and it is really cool inside! Parking is a pain, so if you go into it knowing that and don’t get frustrated, it’s probably a good thing. The food was excellent, but I will say that it took over an hour to even get our appetizer. Customers around us that ordered salad or pizza had their food right away, so I’m not quite sure what the problem was. Our server was great and it wasn’t his fault at all. I think maybe it’s just because it’s a new restaurant and they’re still trying to figure everything out. For that reason, we will definitely give it another try. We both ordered pasta dishes and they were amazing. It was crowded which was great to see!
Best Seafood soup and squid ink pasta in Salt Lake City. Very impressive all around! New favorite Italian spot in Salt Lake City!
Food and service were top notch. You can really tell the difference on fresh, homemade pasta. Only issue was noise level when sitting in upper dining room area. We'll certainly be back for more.
Restaurant is not only about good food, it is about the service as well. Eduardo (owner/ our waiter) he was amzing, friendly, and very genuine. At Osteria the food is very delicious, all 3 dishes were exquisite, specially the lasagna is out of this world. Eduardo made our experience very memorable.
We have season tickets for the Pioneer theater, and we struggle every time before the show where to eat, but now, there is Osteria. Finally a good restaurant.
Osteria is a Jewel and very needed.
Thank you Eduardo, I wish you the all the success in the world. Keep up the wonderful work.
Osteria Amore is amazing! This was our 3rd visit and each time is just as wonderful as the first! They do a fantastic job with food selections, specials and wine from Italy.
We try to get to all of the new restaurants in town, so we tried Osteria Amore this weekend. First of all I have to say that our server Seth was fantastic. He literally made our night, and I hope they take good care of him. As for the food we liked it but it didn't knock us off our feet. The charcuterie board was really good, the entrees were fine. Nothing to write home about. There are a lot of good Italian restaurants in town, so you need to be great to stand out in this crowded field. Hopefully Osteria Amore will get there eventually.
Overall, we loved the atmosphere and the service, and the wine list was pretty good, so we'll be back to try it again.
Delicious food - my husband said it was the best pizza he's ever had. The fried artichoke heart appetizer was great. Everyone on the staff was super nice and friendly, and we always felt that we were being taken care of. They obviously care about creating a top-quality dinner experience, from the ambiance to the service to the amazing food. A great addition to the neighborhood - this will be our new go-to for date night!
The service needs some more honing. Hopefully that will progress. But everything was delicious and generous portions.
The food was excellent. Quantities were good, prices were in line with other high-end restaurants, not a cheap dinner, but worth the price for a special occasion.
Food and service both stellar. One suggestion: warm plates so that food doesn’t get cold. We enjoyed the food although we were anticipating a dish from the online menu that had been replaced. this could become our go to pre -theatre place for the Pioneer. For a 7:30 show, we recommend 5:45 seating. Good wine reasonably priced. Special shout out to attentive service that was not intrusive.
Great new Italian which the city desperately needs. Eduardo is the master host and makes an evening a fun event with his attention and desire to ensure all patrons have a good time. Array of food is such that one has a variety of options, all prepared well. Different unique offerings versus what one gets in chains.
They are two individuals who spent most of their lives in Bologna---food capital of Italy-- and now make SLC their home. They deserve local support.
Food and Service were excellent. We really enjoyed this new SLC Gem.
The food and wine was great. Our waiter Seth made it all even more amazing. He had great recommendations and he was such a delight. Coming back soon because of him!