I always love it when food is half price. So when we heard about the Yelp! Eats event happening in Salt Lake we were pretty excited. And the list of participating restaurants was almost all new to me. We really only had time for one restaurant so we ended up choosing Faustina because I’d heard good things.
Despite the heat, we decided to sit on the patio. It was shaded, somewhat secluded (until we noticed the apartment building next to us who could look down over the entire dining area) plenty of greenery, and we caught a glimpse of a rainbow about halfway through our meal.
I was toying with the idea of not doing a write-up about this wonderful night that Kim and I had recently. We were invited to a “Vintage Mixer” by the gracious, Becky Rosenthal of The Vintage Mixer. Several other bloggers and food writers were present and we met some wonderful people. A couple of them have already written about their experience. However, in hopes of offering a new perspective, or perhaps simply for my own enjoyment, here I go:
If you think about it, if you sincerely enjoy a certain restaurant and think that they offer the best (insert dish here), you can probably expect a pretty good recommendation if you ask the chef where he/she would eat out for that particular dish when they didn’t feel like making it themselves.
This is exactly what I did (almost) with my favorite local pho joint here in Ogden: Van Loi. Nate is the son of the owner, and one day, when I was at his parent’s restaurant studying for a physics test and having just finished a bowl of extremely delicious pho (pronounced “fuh” not “foe,” just don’t start the next word with a ‘k’), I asked him, “So when you can’t get your mom’s pho, where is the best place to go?” He didn’t even flinch before naming Pho Tay Ho.
Our first stop was Squatters, right next door. We were ushered to the upper level and saw a bunch of people standing around tables with drinks. After inquiring where we could find the food, we headed over towards the kitchen portion of the floor. We announced that we were “tastemakers”
We were mad. Adam, the person who planned this entire event for us, had assumed that it was on Friday and Saturday, but right before we were about to leave, we checked the website and it was actually Thursday and Friday. We had hoped to spend a leisurely two nights walking around downtown Salt Lake, eating, laughing, and having a great time. That’s what Tastemakers is all about.
During our meal that we were served at Settebello Pizzeria, our server/manager Tyler mentioned that they had recently hired a Gelato Maker who had modified many of the recipes. Having previously fallen in love with the Gelato that was served there, we immediately noticed a difference.
Two weeks ago last Wednesday, I had the opportunity of doing my very first restaurant review, semi-professionally for The Daily Utah Chronicle. The location was Settebello Pizzeria Napoletana. I’ve already written a more restricted review that will hopefully make it into the April 6th edition of Chrony. However, like I said, it is more restricted. I have to avoid writing in the 1st person, the word count is limited, obviously, and there is a certain format that I needed to follow. Enough boring stuff, onto the review.