Vinto, located on 200 South in Salt Lake City and on Main Street in Park City, is one of those rare restaurants perfect for just about any occasion - a family dinner, date night, business lunch, evening with friends or entertaining out-of-town relatives. Vinto specializes in wood-fired pizza, salads, pastas and sandwich wraps served fast in a casual-chic atmosphere. Save room for dessert, because Vinto's gelato is some of the best in Utah.
When you walk into Vinto, you add your name to the chalkboard on the wall and wait to be seated. The sleek, spare decor echoes the efficiency of the kitchen - servers use hand-held computers to send orders directly to the cooks, who send the food to the table as quickly as possible. This is great if you're in a hurry or dining with energetic children, but if you would like a more leisurely dining experience, tell your server and he or she will pace your meal accordingly.
Vinto's pizzas are light and crisp, cooked Napoli-style in a wood-fired oven. Some of my family's favorites are the classic Margherita; the Tuttabella with sausage, caramelized onion, fresh tomato, garlic, roasted pepper and mozzarella; and the Salame with local Creminelli salami, mushrooms, fontina and oregano. Overall, Vinto's pizzas are lightly topped and lightly seasoned; add a little salty Parmesan and hot pepper flakes at your discretion. We were unimpressed by the grilled chicken Piadini sandwich wrap, which was light and healthy but lacked flavor.
Vinto's salads are fresh and flavorful, and large enough to share. Our favorites are the basic Insalata Mista, with organic mixed greens, cherry tomatoes, croutons and balsamic vinaigrette; and the V Salad, with wild arugula, olive oil, lemon, prosciutto and shaved Parmesan. I also recommend the grilled artichoke hearts appetizer, with arugula and shallot vinaigrette.
One of my favorite things about Vinto is the dessert. Vinto's Amber Billingsly was named Utah's best pastry chef for 2012
by Salt Lake Magazine,
and her creations are divine. Vinto's gelato equals or surpasses any I've tried in Utah, and Billingsly creates unusual flavors such as blood orange, anise or basil, as well as standard favorites such as chocolate, lemon and strawberry. My favorite is the vanilla, served with a sprinkling of grey sea salt and a drizzle of Viola extra virgin olive oil (optional), which might sound strange but is delicious. The vanilla gelato is served alongside Vinto's wonderful baked desserts, which include a light apple crostada and a decadent molten chocolate cake, as well as seasonal specialties such as cherry chocolate croissant bread pudding.
Vinto has a large selection of bottled beers at $5, wines at $6 per glass or $28 per bottle, and cocktails at $6. Overall, Vinto is a great value, especially in Park City, where the prices are the same as in Salt Lake City. On our last visit, the total bill was about $85 for a family of six.
Vinto Casual Italian Wood Fired Pizza
418 E. 200 S.
900 Main St. in Park City
Salads, Sandwiches and Pizzas $5-$11