Lugano Restaurant

★★★★☆
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801-412-9994

3364 So. 2300 East

Salt Lake City, UT

84109

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I have been here once and it was really really good. Very upscale and the staff is very professional and friendly. The food is more authentic than I have ever had and I loved it.

4
★★★★☆

I have been here once and it was really really good. Very upscale and the staff is very professional and friendly. The food is more authentic than I have ever had and I loved it.

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Although I wouldn't call Lugano the "best" Italian restaurant in the valley, it is definitely worthy of being dubbed honorable mention. My only qualm is in the service. Not much of a needy guy myself but the people here are almost too overzealous to clear plates and/or silverware that don't need clearing. One dish was even whisked off without our table having finished it yet! But the dishes are superb. Lamb shank: 10. Pork loin: 9.5. Mussels in claypot: 9.5. Rosemary chicken: 8 (bit too dry). Ravioli specials: 9. Wine list: 8.5. One dish I'd stay away from is the leg of lamb--it was a mess and didn't seem to hold up to the quality I'd expect from Lugano. Overall though, Lugano is not as substantial as Fresco but better than Caffe Molisse. I'd actually give them 4 and half stars if I could.

PROS: Friendly hostess, relatively good parking, nice locale
CONS: too overzealous, funny tasting water

4
★★★★☆

Although I wouldn't call Lugano the "best" Italian restaurant in the valley, it is definitely worthy of being dubbed honorable mention. My only qualm is in the service. Not much of a needy guy myself but the people here are almost too overzealous to clear plates and/or silverware that don't need clearing. One dish was even whisked off without our table having finished it yet! But the dishes are superb. Lamb shank: 10. Pork loin: 9.5. Mussels in claypot: 9.5. Rosemary chicken: 8 (bit too dry). Ravioli specials: 9. Wine list: 8.5. One dish I'd stay away from is the leg of lamb--it was a mess and didn't seem to hold up to the quality I'd expect from Lugano. Overall though, Lugano is not as substantial as Fresco but better than Caffe Molisse. I'd actually give them 4 and half stars if I could.

PROS: Friendly hostess, relatively good parking, nice locale
CONS: too overzealous, funny tasting water

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Horrible service. We waited over an hour for our food once we had ordered and once it did finally arrive it was poor to say the least. Also, there was no Front of House manager working either which for a Friday night is bizarre. DO NOT eat

6
★★★★★

Horrible service. We waited over an hour for our food once we had ordered and once it did finally arrive it was poor to say the least. Also, there was no Front of House manager working either which for a Friday night is bizarre. DO NOT eat

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Great food!! Great service!!
This was the best meal I have had in a long time! Very authentic and creative! We were very impressed!!

6
★★★★★

Great food!! Great service!!
This was the best meal I have had in a long time! Very authentic and creative! We were very impressed!!

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My Wife and I dined out at Lugano last weekend and, as always, loved it. We had a GREAT bottle of Italian red (a variety I will not try to spell : ) ! ) Our server was good, knew the wine really well, attentive but not hovering and annoying (not to mention any place in paticular......the New Yorker, the week before)

We ordered the blow tourched pears with arugula and mascarpone - very simple and knock-your-socks-off. We moved quickly to the Foccacia with blue cheese, pine nuts and carmelized onions - I think my wife cried a bit. She had the Napa Cabbage and Cauliflower with Spag (Perfect!) and I had the Corn/Pea and Goat cheese Rissotto with some kind of rolled Pork chop stuffed with Panchetta and Fennel, i think, topped with Red Wine Sauce....at this point i am crying. The pork was sooooo moist and flavorfull. A must try!!!
We got out of there for a reasonable price for the two of us and had a great time, loved the food and nice staff. The place was pretty packed which tells me we were not alone in having a good time - it was a great end to a busy week.

5
★★★★★

My Wife and I dined out at Lugano last weekend and, as always, loved it. We had a GREAT bottle of Italian red (a variety I will not try to spell : ) ! ) Our server was good, knew the wine really well, attentive but not hovering and annoying (not to mention any place in paticular......the New Yorker, the week before)

We ordered the blow tourched pears with arugula and mascarpone - very simple and knock-your-socks-off. We moved quickly to the Foccacia with blue cheese, pine nuts and carmelized onions - I think my wife cried a bit. She had the Napa Cabbage and Cauliflower with Spag (Perfect!) and I had the Corn/Pea and Goat cheese Rissotto with some kind of rolled Pork chop stuffed with Panchetta and Fennel, i think, topped with Red Wine Sauce....at this point i am crying. The pork was sooooo moist and flavorfull. A must try!!!
We got out of there for a reasonable price for the two of us and had a great time, loved the food and nice staff. The place was pretty packed which tells me we were not alone in having a good time - it was a great end to a busy week.

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My husband and I went there for the first time last night. I love good Italian food (and Olive Garden is NOT good Italian food) so I was excited to try Luganos after hearing rave reviews. When the waiter asked what we wanted to drink and we said "water" he gave an exasperated look. (I'm sorry if I don't drink alcohol or soda because I'm invested in my health!) The bruschetta was so strange. It had way too much on it. I was disgusted with the oversized cauliflower, uncooked red onion, burned pancetta and gobs of goat cheese covering the bread. It left me feeling sick to my stomach. However, the spring garlic risotto was very good (although HORRIBLY overpriced at $27 for a mound of risotto, half a piece of chicken and three slices of zuccini) and my husband's chicken ravioli had a great smoky flavor. What made our experience bad was our waiter. He was unfriendly, slow and never cracked a smile. We even heard him complaining to another table how cheap all of his tables had been that night. I was annoyed because I had ordered the 2nd most expensive item on the menu and we had ordered appetizers and desserts. I won't come back because I can get good Italian food elsewhere with better service.

3
★★★☆☆

My husband and I went there for the first time last night. I love good Italian food (and Olive Garden is NOT good Italian food) so I was excited to try Luganos after hearing rave reviews. When the waiter asked what we wanted to drink and we said "water" he gave an exasperated look. (I'm sorry if I don't drink alcohol or soda because I'm invested in my health!) The bruschetta was so strange. It had way too much on it. I was disgusted with the oversized cauliflower, uncooked red onion, burned pancetta and gobs of goat cheese covering the bread. It left me feeling sick to my stomach. However, the spring garlic risotto was very good (although HORRIBLY overpriced at $27 for a mound of risotto, half a piece of chicken and three slices of zuccini) and my husband's chicken ravioli had a great smoky flavor. What made our experience bad was our waiter. He was unfriendly, slow and never cracked a smile. We even heard him complaining to another table how cheap all of his tables had been that night. I was annoyed because I had ordered the 2nd most expensive item on the menu and we had ordered appetizers and desserts. I won't come back because I can get good Italian food elsewhere with better service.

Pros: Food is fresh

Cons: Service is terrible

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Our first time and having grown up in N.Y, I know what good Italian food is and this was it. From the appetizer to the capucino, everything exceeded expectation. I tried that night's "Big Red" wine selection, which was great, I don't remember the name now. My girlfriend had gnochi and loved it, I had the spaghetti with seafood and it was outstanding.

The staff was friendly and the owner/chef worked the room, greeting every table and apologizing to those who he saw waiting at the door.

All in all a great find for us in SLC. We're transplants from S.F. and N.Y. and really appreciate this restaurant.

4
★★★★☆

Our first time and having grown up in N.Y, I know what good Italian food is and this was it. From the appetizer to the capucino, everything exceeded expectation. I tried that night's "Big Red" wine selection, which was great, I don't remember the name now. My girlfriend had gnochi and loved it, I had the spaghetti with seafood and it was outstanding.

The staff was friendly and the owner/chef worked the room, greeting every table and apologizing to those who he saw waiting at the door.

All in all a great find for us in SLC. We're transplants from S.F. and N.Y. and really appreciate this restaurant.

Pros: Great food, prompt service, friendly staff.

Cons: Waited 35 minutes with a reservation

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I??m a pretty picky person when it comes to my dining experience -- especially when Italian food is involved. I??ve lived and traveled all over the United States and sampled the best Italian this country has to offer, so I know a good place when I find one. I??m not your typical Olive Garden-loving culinary layman. So believe me when I say that Lugano Restaurant offers the best Italian food in the Salt Lake area, hands down. As I don??t live in close proximity to the restaurant??s Holladay location, I don??t get to go that often ?? but when I??m in Salt Lake, Lugano is the only option for me.

The restaurant??s atmosphere is intimate and welcoming. The dcor is charming and the lighting just dim enough to make you feel like you??re enjoying a romantic night out, but not eating in the dark. The staff is always polite, prompt and friendly, and their service is impeccable. I often ask my servers for recommendations when I dine out, and the Lugano staff have always provided excellent suggestions that I whole-heartedly enjoyed.

The food is the real deal, offering an eclectic variety of authentic Italian dishes ?? from delicious pastas to mouthwatering risottos to succulent meats. This isn??t just your average spaghetti-and-meatballs joint; the menu provides many Italian staples with a welcome twist to keep things fresh. The specials are consistently great and unique, especially the ??Risotto of the Day,? which is always a treat.

From the appetizers (including some truly excellent bruschetta) right down to the desserts (an absolutely divine tiramisu, among others) and their extensive wine list, Lugano Restaurant provides first-rate Italian food and great service at a very reasonable price. Certainly not what I expected to find in an allegedly cultureless town like Salt Lake, but I??ll take it! Consider me enthusiastically surprised.

5
★★★★★

I??m a pretty picky person when it comes to my dining experience -- especially when Italian food is involved. I??ve lived and traveled all over the United States and sampled the best Italian this country has to offer, so I know a good place when I find one. I??m not your typical Olive Garden-loving culinary layman. So believe me when I say that Lugano Restaurant offers the best Italian food in the Salt Lake area, hands down. As I don??t live in close proximity to the restaurant??s Holladay location, I don??t get to go that often ?? but when I??m in Salt Lake, Lugano is the only option for me.

The restaurant??s atmosphere is intimate and welcoming. The dcor is charming and the lighting just dim enough to make you feel like you??re enjoying a romantic night out, but not eating in the dark. The staff is always polite, prompt and friendly, and their service is impeccable. I often ask my servers for recommendations when I dine out, and the Lugano staff have always provided excellent suggestions that I whole-heartedly enjoyed.

The food is the real deal, offering an eclectic variety of authentic Italian dishes ?? from delicious pastas to mouthwatering risottos to succulent meats. This isn??t just your average spaghetti-and-meatballs joint; the menu provides many Italian staples with a welcome twist to keep things fresh. The specials are consistently great and unique, especially the ??Risotto of the Day,? which is always a treat.

From the appetizers (including some truly excellent bruschetta) right down to the desserts (an absolutely divine tiramisu, among others) and their extensive wine list, Lugano Restaurant provides first-rate Italian food and great service at a very reasonable price. Certainly not what I expected to find in an allegedly cultureless town like Salt Lake, but I??ll take it! Consider me enthusiastically surprised.

Pros: Best Italian in the state, great service, reasonably priced

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We tried this place out with a group of friends and we were so disgusted. One of the couples was about 20 min. late and the owner threw an absolute tantrum IN FRONT OF US to the hostess. We were completely ignored by our waitress who told us we had to order right then because they needed our table for the next reservation...AN HOUR FROM THEN. You DO NOT say that. We literally glanced at the menu, then our drinks were never refilled and I asked 3 times for bread. The food was just ok and we know Italian. We just wanted to leave so we rushed through dinner and gave them 15 min. to spare. On top of that gratuity was added at 20%. What a joke. By law you can refuse the added gratuity for larger parties and that we did. We will not spend our money here again.

1
★☆☆☆☆

We tried this place out with a group of friends and we were so disgusted. One of the couples was about 20 min. late and the owner threw an absolute tantrum IN FRONT OF US to the hostess. We were completely ignored by our waitress who told us we had to order right then because they needed our table for the next reservation...AN HOUR FROM THEN. You DO NOT say that. We literally glanced at the menu, then our drinks were never refilled and I asked 3 times for bread. The food was just ok and we know Italian. We just wanted to leave so we rushed through dinner and gave them 15 min. to spare. On top of that gratuity was added at 20%. What a joke. By law you can refuse the added gratuity for larger parties and that we did. We will not spend our money here again.

Pros: ???

Cons: Incredibely poor service and ok food.

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We haven't been here in years, and went the other night with friends. Our waitress was very good, and the specials were wonderful. I had sea bass with polenta, and it was excellent. However, I tasted my husband's pork loin, and it seemed dry to me. The risotto was incredible. It's a bit crowded in there which makes it a little less cozy for a romantic dinner. Overall, a great place.

4
★★★★☆

We haven't been here in years, and went the other night with friends. Our waitress was very good, and the specials were wonderful. I had sea bass with polenta, and it was excellent. However, I tasted my husband's pork loin, and it seemed dry to me. The risotto was incredible. It's a bit crowded in there which makes it a little less cozy for a romantic dinner. Overall, a great place.

Pros: great food

Cons: a bit crowded

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I took my wife here for valentines day. We showed up shortly after opening time, there were a couple of other groups already seated. We stood up front for what seemed like an eternity. The wait felt very akward because there must have been 5 or 6 different employees look at us and pretend not to see us, some of them on two or three occasions. My wife asked me if this was some kind of private club, "I feel like they would rather we leave." Eventually we were seated by our waitress, it felt like we were saved from drowning and the lifeguard was not very happy she had to do so. After the waitress explained the specials to us she looked at us with raised eyebrows like she was hoping we didn't understand the fancy gourmet language. We ordered, the food showed up and holy cow it was awesome! This is the best Italian I have found in the state! The whole experience is almost tragic, tons of great food and employees leaving a bad taste in my mouth. This place needs some serious employee training and managing. I can't believe the employees were so horrible that I don't recommend you eat at the restruant that has the best food in Utah. (They do have take out!!)

2
★★☆☆☆

I took my wife here for valentines day. We showed up shortly after opening time, there were a couple of other groups already seated. We stood up front for what seemed like an eternity. The wait felt very akward because there must have been 5 or 6 different employees look at us and pretend not to see us, some of them on two or three occasions. My wife asked me if this was some kind of private club, "I feel like they would rather we leave." Eventually we were seated by our waitress, it felt like we were saved from drowning and the lifeguard was not very happy she had to do so. After the waitress explained the specials to us she looked at us with raised eyebrows like she was hoping we didn't understand the fancy gourmet language. We ordered, the food showed up and holy cow it was awesome! This is the best Italian I have found in the state! The whole experience is almost tragic, tons of great food and employees leaving a bad taste in my mouth. This place needs some serious employee training and managing. I can't believe the employees were so horrible that I don't recommend you eat at the restruant that has the best food in Utah. (They do have take out!!)

Pros: Best Italian I've had in the city

Cons: The employees would rather you not show up

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Some friends and I gathered here for a dinner last weekend and had a great time. Our appetizers and entrees were tasty (we recommend the bruschetta), our server was very courteous and one of the chefs visited us twice for good measure.

4
★★★★☆

Some friends and I gathered here for a dinner last weekend and had a great time. Our appetizers and entrees were tasty (we recommend the bruschetta), our server was very courteous and one of the chefs visited us twice for good measure.

Pros: Food was awesome

Cons: Parking is a joke, we waited for 20 mins despite reservations made 2 weeks in advance

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My favorite foods are mexican, greasy-spoon burgers, and all sorts of asian. I hate[d] italian. My wife and I did not try Lugano for years after moving to Salt Lake.

Big Mistake.

This is best establishment in the state. I love Takashi, and the Red Iguana is unreal, but everything I have ever tried at Lugano is sublime. I especially recommend whatever lamb dish they are serving. Shanks, chops, whatever... It is outstanding. For an italian resturaunt, Lugano is also outstanding at properly cooking salmon (a skill that escapes most high-end eateries in the valley).

All of this, plus the best service in town (you will leave a 40% tip and not think twice about it), plus online reservations. This is also an excellent spot for a mid-week night out.

5
★★★★★

My favorite foods are mexican, greasy-spoon burgers, and all sorts of asian. I hate[d] italian. My wife and I did not try Lugano for years after moving to Salt Lake.

Big Mistake.

This is best establishment in the state. I love Takashi, and the Red Iguana is unreal, but everything I have ever tried at Lugano is sublime. I especially recommend whatever lamb dish they are serving. Shanks, chops, whatever... It is outstanding. For an italian resturaunt, Lugano is also outstanding at properly cooking salmon (a skill that escapes most high-end eateries in the valley).

All of this, plus the best service in town (you will leave a 40% tip and not think twice about it), plus online reservations. This is also an excellent spot for a mid-week night out.

Pros: Food, Service, Wine, People, Menu, Atmosphere

Cons: I will not nitpick Lugano, even though I am naturally critical

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In defense of chocochoco's review they are mistaken. It's not the restaurant that adds the tip it's the bank. Wells Fargo is the worst for this. Somehow the bank knows when you make a purchase at an establishment that might have a tip added. So it adds one on just to make sure there is enough cash in the account for the restaurant, cab, cruise line, to add a gratuity later. Some add up to 30% just to be safe. Checking the online account doesn't do any good. Wait a few days and when the establishment has had time to post the actual amount and it will clear for what you've actually signed for. IF it is different then call the restaurant. They will resolve. I run a restaurant in Park City and we get these kinds of calls often.

As far as Lugano: It has been one of my top 4 faves in the Salt Lake area for years! Keep up the good work!

5
★★★★★

In defense of chocochoco's review they are mistaken. It's not the restaurant that adds the tip it's the bank. Wells Fargo is the worst for this. Somehow the bank knows when you make a purchase at an establishment that might have a tip added. So it adds one on just to make sure there is enough cash in the account for the restaurant, cab, cruise line, to add a gratuity later. Some add up to 30% just to be safe. Checking the online account doesn't do any good. Wait a few days and when the establishment has had time to post the actual amount and it will clear for what you've actually signed for. IF it is different then call the restaurant. They will resolve. I run a restaurant in Park City and we get these kinds of calls often.

As far as Lugano: It has been one of my top 4 faves in the Salt Lake area for years! Keep up the good work!

Pros: Total Thumbs up

Cons: Becoming more popular, harder to get in!

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Well, food was good. Went back home and checking some card expense in online banking...found that this restaurant pre-charged the amount INCLUDING 20% gratuity. I've seen restaurants doing that, but I couldn't believe this place with this reputation does that. Usually, I see pre-charge that doesn't include tip, and the amount is revised later that includes tip. What if I don't want to pay 20% tip? They assume all of customers pay at least 20% tip anyway? I thought it was sort of arrogant way of business. Tip is something we agree to pay for good service, not forced to pay by the service provider....I think.

4
★★★★☆

Well, food was good. Went back home and checking some card expense in online banking...found that this restaurant pre-charged the amount INCLUDING 20% gratuity. I've seen restaurants doing that, but I couldn't believe this place with this reputation does that. Usually, I see pre-charge that doesn't include tip, and the amount is revised later that includes tip. What if I don't want to pay 20% tip? They assume all of customers pay at least 20% tip anyway? I thought it was sort of arrogant way of business. Tip is something we agree to pay for good service, not forced to pay by the service provider....I think.

Pros: food

Cons: pre-charge card including tip

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Their is no dress code, however I felt a little under dressed. Other then that my wife and the company we were with LOVED IT. It was a little expensive I knew that going thier but the food and service was well worth it. I highly recommend it to anyone who loves great food.

5
★★★★★

Their is no dress code, however I felt a little under dressed. Other then that my wife and the company we were with LOVED IT. It was a little expensive I knew that going thier but the food and service was well worth it. I highly recommend it to anyone who loves great food.

Pros: Everything

Cons: Nothing

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We headed to Lugano for Valentine's Day (we are both vegetarian). We arrived a bit late for our reservation, though we were assured it was no problem at all & were seated in 15 mins. The standard bread and olive plate arrived in good order. We ordered the wine pairing for $39 each which started with a full glass of Prosecco Veneto which was a fun start.
The Amuse Buche was hand-pulled mozarella with a basil leaf and infused tomato. In this cold winter, it was a very welcome reminder of a sun soaked day in summer. We had the Parmesan/parsley gnocchi with wild mushrooms & porcini cream sauce. This was my favorite course by far. It came with a Trentino Pinot Grigio which was very drinkable but unremarkable. Then Potato leek soup for my husband & Arugula salad for me. The salad was a bit boring, though crisp & fresh. The soup was luke-warm & would have been better served in a hot plate. It came with a Motepulciano Tufaliccio which was not the best pairing for either of our dishes.
The entree options were a bit challenging for vegetarians. Our server suggested a chick pea cake with broccolini for me & offered my husband a pasta dish with eggplant & smoked cheese which was delightful. We have always found Greg's pasta light and perfectly cooked and this was no exception. Our entree was accompanied by the best wine of the night - Cesanese del Pigilo, Hyperius. (Alas, the wine store no longer offers it.) It was deep red with strong fruit flavors of black cherry and grape. It was not too tanniny.
I ended my feast with Tiramisu. I could taste the hint of coffee in the recipe though I wish someone in Utah would put real rum in Tiramisu! It seems slightly unfinished without it. Nevertheless, it was still excellent. My husband had the vanilla bean & brown sugar creme brulee with fresh berries. Fantastic flavor and light and creamy. This came with a Moscato d'Asti which was not too sweet for the desserts.

Delightful meal & service all around!

5
★★★★★

We headed to Lugano for Valentine's Day (we are both vegetarian). We arrived a bit late for our reservation, though we were assured it was no problem at all & were seated in 15 mins. The standard bread and olive plate arrived in good order. We ordered the wine pairing for $39 each which started with a full glass of Prosecco Veneto which was a fun start.
The Amuse Buche was hand-pulled mozarella with a basil leaf and infused tomato. In this cold winter, it was a very welcome reminder of a sun soaked day in summer. We had the Parmesan/parsley gnocchi with wild mushrooms & porcini cream sauce. This was my favorite course by far. It came with a Trentino Pinot Grigio which was very drinkable but unremarkable. Then Potato leek soup for my husband & Arugula salad for me. The salad was a bit boring, though crisp & fresh. The soup was luke-warm & would have been better served in a hot plate. It came with a Motepulciano Tufaliccio which was not the best pairing for either of our dishes.
The entree options were a bit challenging for vegetarians. Our server suggested a chick pea cake with broccolini for me & offered my husband a pasta dish with eggplant & smoked cheese which was delightful. We have always found Greg's pasta light and perfectly cooked and this was no exception. Our entree was accompanied by the best wine of the night - Cesanese del Pigilo, Hyperius. (Alas, the wine store no longer offers it.) It was deep red with strong fruit flavors of black cherry and grape. It was not too tanniny.
I ended my feast with Tiramisu. I could taste the hint of coffee in the recipe though I wish someone in Utah would put real rum in Tiramisu! It seems slightly unfinished without it. Nevertheless, it was still excellent. My husband had the vanilla bean & brown sugar creme brulee with fresh berries. Fantastic flavor and light and creamy. This came with a Moscato d'Asti which was not too sweet for the desserts.

Delightful meal & service all around!

Pros: Excellent food and wine pairing

Cons: Location is unremarkable

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I tried to make reservations at Al Forno's and they couldn't understand that when the phone was ringing, they should answer it.

So I called Lugano. The phone rang maybe 2 or 3 times. The woman who answered the phone was very courteous. I made the reservation, forgot what time it was for and called back. She answered the phone again and was very gracious.

We showed up a little bit early, and were seated. Our waitress was very prompt. Our food was amazing. I had the Pounded Chicken with parmesan mashed potatoes. Being a renegade wine drinker, I paired it the Tempranillo Rioja. It was perfect.

We got a tiramisu for his birthday and it was quite nice too.

All in all, it was a perfect experience. I enjoyed every minute of it and I would go back again any time.

5
★★★★★

I tried to make reservations at Al Forno's and they couldn't understand that when the phone was ringing, they should answer it.

So I called Lugano. The phone rang maybe 2 or 3 times. The woman who answered the phone was very courteous. I made the reservation, forgot what time it was for and called back. She answered the phone again and was very gracious.

We showed up a little bit early, and were seated. Our waitress was very prompt. Our food was amazing. I had the Pounded Chicken with parmesan mashed potatoes. Being a renegade wine drinker, I paired it the Tempranillo Rioja. It was perfect.

We got a tiramisu for his birthday and it was quite nice too.

All in all, it was a perfect experience. I enjoyed every minute of it and I would go back again any time.

Pros: Delightful food, great service, what else could anyone ask for? :)

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I received a gift card to this place, looked at the other reviews and was very hesitant to check this place out, but boy am I glad I did. We went on a Sunday night so there is a plus right there - open on Sundays. The hostess was nice. The service was great. The wine was really good. The apps were SO fresh and full of flavor. We have the hand stretched mozzerella and a flat bread with goodies on top, then the entrees arrived and they were just as amazing in flavor. My husband had the steak - it was HUGE!!!!! He ended up taking some of it home - a rare occasion when he orders steak. I had a pasta with mushrooms that was amazing!!! We had to save room for desert so we got our entrees boxed up to go and ordered dessert. The dessert was wonderful!!!!! I had a chocolate torte with mocha gelato on top - it was divine. My husband had the bread pudding that was fabulous!!! It was served warm with big plump fresh berries. Our experience was wonderful. I feel bad for those reviewers that did not enjoy themselves as much as we did. We will definitely return. The owner was there and I will note he wasn't too friendly with us - just with the regulars, so that was a little disappointing that he was so blatant in avoiding us. But I don't want to end on a negative note so go check it out the food really is good!

4
★★★★☆

I received a gift card to this place, looked at the other reviews and was very hesitant to check this place out, but boy am I glad I did. We went on a Sunday night so there is a plus right there - open on Sundays. The hostess was nice. The service was great. The wine was really good. The apps were SO fresh and full of flavor. We have the hand stretched mozzerella and a flat bread with goodies on top, then the entrees arrived and they were just as amazing in flavor. My husband had the steak - it was HUGE!!!!! He ended up taking some of it home - a rare occasion when he orders steak. I had a pasta with mushrooms that was amazing!!! We had to save room for desert so we got our entrees boxed up to go and ordered dessert. The dessert was wonderful!!!!! I had a chocolate torte with mocha gelato on top - it was divine. My husband had the bread pudding that was fabulous!!! It was served warm with big plump fresh berries. Our experience was wonderful. I feel bad for those reviewers that did not enjoy themselves as much as we did. We will definitely return. The owner was there and I will note he wasn't too friendly with us - just with the regulars, so that was a little disappointing that he was so blatant in avoiding us. But I don't want to end on a negative note so go check it out the food really is good!

Pros: Fresh ingredients, great service and location.

Cons: Not much parking if a busy night. Flimsy paper menus that had spilled food on them.

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I was disappointed to read negative reviews, so I had to write my own. (So this is my first review). Lugano is a very good establishment. Greg, the owner, always says hello to customers and even apolgized to us for the wait on a busy Saturday evening. We just sat and drank wine and waited which was fine. The linguini with clams (I get it with extra garlic) is the best I've ever had. Try it. Unlike some local italian restaurants, you don't get kicked out after your "hour reservation" has expired. It would be nice if it had a bar or bigger waiting area, but that's ok.

4
★★★★☆

I was disappointed to read negative reviews, so I had to write my own. (So this is my first review). Lugano is a very good establishment. Greg, the owner, always says hello to customers and even apolgized to us for the wait on a busy Saturday evening. We just sat and drank wine and waited which was fine. The linguini with clams (I get it with extra garlic) is the best I've ever had. Try it. Unlike some local italian restaurants, you don't get kicked out after your "hour reservation" has expired. It would be nice if it had a bar or bigger waiting area, but that's ok.

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Food preparation was poor and delivered cold. Then they re-heated the food making it as tastey as leftovers from the fridge. The Owner/Chef Greg is uncaring and unwilling to fix a meal to high standards, or comp a poor meal. He actually doesn't even respond to negative situations. He repeatedly wouldn't take my calls to discuss the overall food and service for my party. The cost and hype for the restaurant is extremely high and undeserved, don't go, you won't miss it!!

1
★☆☆☆☆

Food preparation was poor and delivered cold. Then they re-heated the food making it as tastey as leftovers from the fridge. The Owner/Chef Greg is uncaring and unwilling to fix a meal to high standards, or comp a poor meal. He actually doesn't even respond to negative situations. He repeatedly wouldn't take my calls to discuss the overall food and service for my party. The cost and hype for the restaurant is extremely high and undeserved, don't go, you won't miss it!!

Pros: reservations

Cons: management, food, service, ambience

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Lugano's is in our neighborhood, so we've been going for years--especially for big parties and special events. Recently, we had a birthday dinner with reservations. We were seated promptly, but then realized the whole restaurant was smoky and sweltering hot. Finally, a waiter came by and took our suggestion to "open a door or window" to let out the smoke. Duh! The indifferent and unapologetic waiter then took our drink orders, and disappeared for 35-40 minutes. After trying repeatedly to get his attention, he finally showed up and told us we wouldn't be served--no explanation, no apologies, and no offer to comp our drinks. After we paid, and he THREW THE CREDIT CARD AT US. A few days later, after we'd calmed down enough to be rational, we sent an email to the owner. His reply was cool and indifferent--at least we know where the waiter learned his attitude.

Trust me folks, the food is okay, but not worth the service and the attitude. Spend your money somewhere that deserves it and will appreciate your business!

1
★☆☆☆☆

Lugano's is in our neighborhood, so we've been going for years--especially for big parties and special events. Recently, we had a birthday dinner with reservations. We were seated promptly, but then realized the whole restaurant was smoky and sweltering hot. Finally, a waiter came by and took our suggestion to "open a door or window" to let out the smoke. Duh! The indifferent and unapologetic waiter then took our drink orders, and disappeared for 35-40 minutes. After trying repeatedly to get his attention, he finally showed up and told us we wouldn't be served--no explanation, no apologies, and no offer to comp our drinks. After we paid, and he THREW THE CREDIT CARD AT US. A few days later, after we'd calmed down enough to be rational, we sent an email to the owner. His reply was cool and indifferent--at least we know where the waiter learned his attitude.

Trust me folks, the food is okay, but not worth the service and the attitude. Spend your money somewhere that deserves it and will appreciate your business!

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Ate here in late august 2007. We were very dissapointed. Food was bland and forgetable to say the least.

2
★★☆☆☆

Ate here in late august 2007. We were very dissapointed. Food was bland and forgetable to say the least.

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Went to Lugano's over Labor Day weekend 2007. Had eaten there once 1 1/2 ago and it was wonderful so I brought out of town guests. I was embarrassed by the quality of food for the price. Bread they put on the table was so so and the olive oil not good. Appetizers of bruschetta and foccacia were good but entrees were bland or inedible. Roasted lemon chicken was okay. Risotto special with pork loin was misleading - was supposed to be wild mushroom but no mushrooms! Okay but I could have made it at home. Tagliatelle pasta was so salty we sent it back. Barely better when they brought it back out and didn't eat it. Didn't offer to comp it. Dessert of bread pudding was okay. Overall, if I had been paying half the price it would have been alright. Not great food but at least more fitting the price. However, definitely not worth the price they charged for what we got. I won't chance going there again.

2
★★☆☆☆

Went to Lugano's over Labor Day weekend 2007. Had eaten there once 1 1/2 ago and it was wonderful so I brought out of town guests. I was embarrassed by the quality of food for the price. Bread they put on the table was so so and the olive oil not good. Appetizers of bruschetta and foccacia were good but entrees were bland or inedible. Roasted lemon chicken was okay. Risotto special with pork loin was misleading - was supposed to be wild mushroom but no mushrooms! Okay but I could have made it at home. Tagliatelle pasta was so salty we sent it back. Barely better when they brought it back out and didn't eat it. Didn't offer to comp it. Dessert of bread pudding was okay. Overall, if I had been paying half the price it would have been alright. Not great food but at least more fitting the price. However, definitely not worth the price they charged for what we got. I won't chance going there again.

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Lugano?s is a simple, good restaurant with a rustic Italian menu. Service can be a little slow at times; it never bothers me, since they usually serve great wine and cocktails. It does deliver consistency, you can expect a great meal most times. I love their lamb shank and mussels appetizer. When in doubt where to go, Lugano?s is usually my choice.

4
★★★★☆

Lugano?s is a simple, good restaurant with a rustic Italian menu. Service can be a little slow at times; it never bothers me, since they usually serve great wine and cocktails. It does deliver consistency, you can expect a great meal most times. I love their lamb shank and mussels appetizer. When in doubt where to go, Lugano?s is usually my choice.

Pros: Great food, patio seating

Cons: Small, so not many tables avai.,

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Be prepared to pay near-fine dining prices for average food. The tables are non-linened which means you get to see all the dust particles that your utensils sit on. Nice...The wine glasses have spots on them and you get your water in a high ball glass. Upscale according to Zagats..yeah right. You think you are in an italian restaurant but you see french posters. The servers wear dirty, worn out aprons and it's only 6:00pm. The scallop salad is ok and not worth $10. You get two subpar, nondiver, unraveled scallops with supposed bloody oranges but you get only basic oranges that come sliced. Which means you need to section the oranges yourself unless you like the the bitter white part. The "special of the day" $25 risotto is bland with plenty of fresh peas and not a hint of parm regg. The pork arrived medium to medium well due to the fact that the server never asked my how I wanted the pork prepared. Still think you are in an upscale restaurant? Maybe in SLC but nowhere else. The pork came with a reduction that didn't help the basic pork sirloin that can prepared at home. Sidenote: The server didn't immediately remove my empty glass of wine when she arrived with a new one. I had to ask for a knife to cut my bland pork. These may be minor to you but when Lugano is described as upscale and is rated best italian restaurant in SLC for several years, it makes you wonder what the standards of culinary excellence is in SLC. It's obvious why James Beard didn't think SLC is a spot to dine at. Park City is nothing more than overpriced food due to location. $9 for basic creme brulee? Come to SLC for renewing your faith if you are LDS, don't expect fine dining.

3
★★★☆☆

Be prepared to pay near-fine dining prices for average food. The tables are non-linened which means you get to see all the dust particles that your utensils sit on. Nice...The wine glasses have spots on them and you get your water in a high ball glass. Upscale according to Zagats..yeah right. You think you are in an italian restaurant but you see french posters. The servers wear dirty, worn out aprons and it's only 6:00pm. The scallop salad is ok and not worth $10. You get two subpar, nondiver, unraveled scallops with supposed bloody oranges but you get only basic oranges that come sliced. Which means you need to section the oranges yourself unless you like the the bitter white part. The "special of the day" $25 risotto is bland with plenty of fresh peas and not a hint of parm regg. The pork arrived medium to medium well due to the fact that the server never asked my how I wanted the pork prepared. Still think you are in an upscale restaurant? Maybe in SLC but nowhere else. The pork came with a reduction that didn't help the basic pork sirloin that can prepared at home. Sidenote: The server didn't immediately remove my empty glass of wine when she arrived with a new one. I had to ask for a knife to cut my bland pork. These may be minor to you but when Lugano is described as upscale and is rated best italian restaurant in SLC for several years, it makes you wonder what the standards of culinary excellence is in SLC. It's obvious why James Beard didn't think SLC is a spot to dine at. Park City is nothing more than overpriced food due to location. $9 for basic creme brulee? Come to SLC for renewing your faith if you are LDS, don't expect fine dining.

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The restaurant was highly rated, and I thought I had heard good things. My sister and I were expecting a gourmet experience and willng to pay for one. The restaurant was nearly empty. We received perfunctory service from our waitress (the bus person was more attentive). The food was very uneven. A good steak, but potatoes so undercooked, they were hard to cut with a fork. My halibut was not cooked all the way through and bites of the lemon sauce alternated too tangy with too oily. Dinner and dessert for two (no alcohol or appetizers) was nearly $100. I've not been to many nice restaurants in SLC, but have been to my share in other cities. Lugano's did not measure up. Certainly not worth the price.

2
★★☆☆☆

The restaurant was highly rated, and I thought I had heard good things. My sister and I were expecting a gourmet experience and willng to pay for one. The restaurant was nearly empty. We received perfunctory service from our waitress (the bus person was more attentive). The food was very uneven. A good steak, but potatoes so undercooked, they were hard to cut with a fork. My halibut was not cooked all the way through and bites of the lemon sauce alternated too tangy with too oily. Dinner and dessert for two (no alcohol or appetizers) was nearly $100. I've not been to many nice restaurants in SLC, but have been to my share in other cities. Lugano's did not measure up. Certainly not worth the price.

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Back in Salt Lake City recently. Hungry for Italian cuisine, my son and I visited Lugano's on Thursday, 2/22/07. My son wanted pasta with pesto (which wasn't on the menu). They were most willing to accomodate. He also loves salmon, and they added that to the dish. I was torn between two different specials that evening, and opted for a wild mushroom risotto with pork medallions topped with caramelized onions. While we waited for our entrees, we noshed on the complementary bread served with olives and a slab of butter. I let my son devour most of the bread, while I started with the beet salad. When our plates arrived, his was smartly done with a beautifully done salmon fillet placed atop his mound of basil pesto spaghetti. I am a big fan of risotto, but the pork medallions were so juicy and tender, they stole the show! The desserts looked tempting, but we were too full to do them justice! Maybe next time!

5
★★★★★

Back in Salt Lake City recently. Hungry for Italian cuisine, my son and I visited Lugano's on Thursday, 2/22/07. My son wanted pasta with pesto (which wasn't on the menu). They were most willing to accomodate. He also loves salmon, and they added that to the dish. I was torn between two different specials that evening, and opted for a wild mushroom risotto with pork medallions topped with caramelized onions. While we waited for our entrees, we noshed on the complementary bread served with olives and a slab of butter. I let my son devour most of the bread, while I started with the beet salad. When our plates arrived, his was smartly done with a beautifully done salmon fillet placed atop his mound of basil pesto spaghetti. I am a big fan of risotto, but the pork medallions were so juicy and tender, they stole the show! The desserts looked tempting, but we were too full to do them justice! Maybe next time!

Pros: super food

Cons: a little pricey

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I expected a lot from my visit to Lugano. From the praise here on Citysearch, local press and their website I thought I would find a new gem of a restaurant for special nights out. In reality what we found was nothing more than a bog standard trattoria with prices suggesting a much higher quality.

The dining room is large, lacking character and on our visit very noisy. It had the air of an olive garden more than the upscale Italian eaterie they were desperately trying for. Maybe they need to dim the lights and play some light music in the background.

Service was prompt if not a little cold and distant. Hey I don't want to be your best friend, but maybe a smile and some eye contact?

Appetizers were surprisingly large and tasty, although I had to return mine to the kitchen as it was incorrectly prepared. In fairness the mistake was rectified without fuss and quickly. The smoked salmon in particular stood out as excellent value for money and definitely one to share.

And that was the only real highlight of the evening. Entrees were bland, overcooked and incorrectly seasoned. My rosemary roasted potatoes so overly covered in black pepper as to induce coma.

The owner and head chef seemed to spend the vast amount of the evening in the dining room smiling, shaking hands and most noticeably...not cooking. I might sugest he spend more time in his kitchen, cooking and excercising some quality control over the food that leaves his kicthen.

We did enjoy some excellent Italian wines, from a small but acceptable wine list. An average dessert was followed by a bill for $150 or so. At this level I would expect all elements of our experience from service, ambience and food to be of a much higher standard. Sadly we won't be visiting Lugano again anytime soon.

3
★★★☆☆

I expected a lot from my visit to Lugano. From the praise here on Citysearch, local press and their website I thought I would find a new gem of a restaurant for special nights out. In reality what we found was nothing more than a bog standard trattoria with prices suggesting a much higher quality.

The dining room is large, lacking character and on our visit very noisy. It had the air of an olive garden more than the upscale Italian eaterie they were desperately trying for. Maybe they need to dim the lights and play some light music in the background.

Service was prompt if not a little cold and distant. Hey I don't want to be your best friend, but maybe a smile and some eye contact?

Appetizers were surprisingly large and tasty, although I had to return mine to the kitchen as it was incorrectly prepared. In fairness the mistake was rectified without fuss and quickly. The smoked salmon in particular stood out as excellent value for money and definitely one to share.

And that was the only real highlight of the evening. Entrees were bland, overcooked and incorrectly seasoned. My rosemary roasted potatoes so overly covered in black pepper as to induce coma.

The owner and head chef seemed to spend the vast amount of the evening in the dining room smiling, shaking hands and most noticeably...not cooking. I might sugest he spend more time in his kitchen, cooking and excercising some quality control over the food that leaves his kicthen.

We did enjoy some excellent Italian wines, from a small but acceptable wine list. An average dessert was followed by a bill for $150 or so. At this level I would expect all elements of our experience from service, ambience and food to be of a much higher standard. Sadly we won't be visiting Lugano again anytime soon.

Pros: Decent wine, fair sized appetizers

Cons: Food, noisy, too expensive

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The best way I can describe my visit to Lugano is average. I called at about 4:30 on a Saturday afternoon, looking for a 6:30 reservation. They were able to get us in at 6:45, which was great for such short notice. The atmosphere was pretty lively, they have really crowded a lot of tables into some rather close spaces. We were shown to our table, and observed the restaurant decor to be very, you guessed it, average. The wine list was average, with a few good selections by the glass. After perusing the menu, which was pretty predictable and held little excitement, we decided on two appetizers. My husband advised the waiter that he did not like cheese, and asked if the carpaccio would be suitable. The waiter actually spoke the words, "That has no cheese, so you should be fine." I ordered the smoked salmon with pizzetta. The appetizers arrived, and the carpaccio was covered by what could only be described as a small mountain of shaved parmesan. The waiter noticed and said, "Oh, that has cheese. Can you pick it off?" It was not a pickable amount of cheese! It was promptly returned and quickly replaced. It was average. The smoked salmon was absolutely delicious, complemented by red onions, capers, lemon and creme fraiche, by far the best thing we tasted that night. The appetizers are huge, definitely meant for sharing. My husband's entree was steak and potatoes. The steak was, here it comes, average. The potatoes were extremely dry and had so much black pepper on them that they were almost inedible. I had a pasta dish, which I could have made just as well at home. Incredibly average. For desert , we opted to share a slice of an average chocolate cake. Then the bill came, and it was the one thing that evening which was above average. Not a great value for money here. Average.

3
★★★☆☆

The best way I can describe my visit to Lugano is average. I called at about 4:30 on a Saturday afternoon, looking for a 6:30 reservation. They were able to get us in at 6:45, which was great for such short notice. The atmosphere was pretty lively, they have really crowded a lot of tables into some rather close spaces. We were shown to our table, and observed the restaurant decor to be very, you guessed it, average. The wine list was average, with a few good selections by the glass. After perusing the menu, which was pretty predictable and held little excitement, we decided on two appetizers. My husband advised the waiter that he did not like cheese, and asked if the carpaccio would be suitable. The waiter actually spoke the words, "That has no cheese, so you should be fine." I ordered the smoked salmon with pizzetta. The appetizers arrived, and the carpaccio was covered by what could only be described as a small mountain of shaved parmesan. The waiter noticed and said, "Oh, that has cheese. Can you pick it off?" It was not a pickable amount of cheese! It was promptly returned and quickly replaced. It was average. The smoked salmon was absolutely delicious, complemented by red onions, capers, lemon and creme fraiche, by far the best thing we tasted that night. The appetizers are huge, definitely meant for sharing. My husband's entree was steak and potatoes. The steak was, here it comes, average. The potatoes were extremely dry and had so much black pepper on them that they were almost inedible. I had a pasta dish, which I could have made just as well at home. Incredibly average. For desert , we opted to share a slice of an average chocolate cake. Then the bill came, and it was the one thing that evening which was above average. Not a great value for money here. Average.

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I had the lamb shank and... who cares what my wife had... I was so involved in my own meal that I was oblivious to everything else around me. (almost beyond description). I took the waiters recomendation for a particular glass of wine that was heavenly - I only wish I could remember it for addition to my own cellar. The staff was attentive, and the owner came by to check on us a couple of different times. Probably in my top 5 meals of all time!

5
★★★★★

I had the lamb shank and... who cares what my wife had... I was so involved in my own meal that I was oblivious to everything else around me. (almost beyond description). I took the waiters recomendation for a particular glass of wine that was heavenly - I only wish I could remember it for addition to my own cellar. The staff was attentive, and the owner came by to check on us a couple of different times. Probably in my top 5 meals of all time!

Pros: The food, the wine, the service

Cons: NOTHING AT ALL

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The food at Lugano's is amazing. The avocado and beet salad was a surprising treat. The Risotto was delicious, and the pasta was good. Dessert was good, but not spectacular. The bruschetta was great, but very filling (larger than expected, which is rare in a fine-dining situation). There were a great deal of middle-aged people getting very very loudly drunk and raucous. Yuppies beware: young people that don't drink get far less attention from waiting staff and management, and the atmosphere is far from romantic. Go for food, not for ambience.

4
★★★★☆

The food at Lugano's is amazing. The avocado and beet salad was a surprising treat. The Risotto was delicious, and the pasta was good. Dessert was good, but not spectacular. The bruschetta was great, but very filling (larger than expected, which is rare in a fine-dining situation). There were a great deal of middle-aged people getting very very loudly drunk and raucous. Yuppies beware: young people that don't drink get far less attention from waiting staff and management, and the atmosphere is far from romantic. Go for food, not for ambience.

Pros: Food

Cons: Wait staff, Management

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I took my Boyfriend to Lugano for his birthday. We were seated promptly even though we did not have researvation, and were dressed for the occasion. There was a party of 4 middle aged patrons (We are in our mid 20's) seated across from us that shared the same server. Our server attended to the other party more and seemed annoyed that we were at the restaurant. He made it obvious that we were not welcome there. The chef made his rounds to all the tables, took one look at us, and passed us by as if we were not there. The food was good, except for the dry chicken. We would go again, as long as we did not have the same server.

4
★★★★☆

I took my Boyfriend to Lugano for his birthday. We were seated promptly even though we did not have researvation, and were dressed for the occasion. There was a party of 4 middle aged patrons (We are in our mid 20's) seated across from us that shared the same server. Our server attended to the other party more and seemed annoyed that we were at the restaurant. He made it obvious that we were not welcome there. The chef made his rounds to all the tables, took one look at us, and passed us by as if we were not there. The food was good, except for the dry chicken. We would go again, as long as we did not have the same server.

Pros: Prompt Seating, Atmosphere, Open Kitchen

Cons: Server, Chef

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Luganos belongs among the Salt Lake Best Restaurants. The food is what matters and it's just great! I love this restaurant.

5
★★★★★

Luganos belongs among the Salt Lake Best Restaurants. The food is what matters and it's just great! I love this restaurant.

Pros: Great food quality, Good value

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Very good filet mignon & ravioli. Tasty house wine. Was on waiting list for 2 hours, so make a reservation. Well worth the wait.

5
★★★★★

Very good filet mignon & ravioli. Tasty house wine. Was on waiting list for 2 hours, so make a reservation. Well worth the wait.

Pros: Food, Ambiance

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Lugano is now my favorite restaurant in SLC. The quality of the menu is remarkable. There are no weak dishes. Everything from Italian regional appetizers to a humble chicken entree is infused with a creative Italian twist. The wine list is well thought out, with value bottles in the twenties on up to reserve selections I can't hope to splurge on! Greg Neville, the owner and head chef, came by to see if we were enjoying our meal. This guy is a perfectionist. And he delivers great value. In the past I have eaten at restaurants twice the price and left dissapointed--but never at Lugano.

5
★★★★★

Lugano is now my favorite restaurant in SLC. The quality of the menu is remarkable. There are no weak dishes. Everything from Italian regional appetizers to a humble chicken entree is infused with a creative Italian twist. The wine list is well thought out, with value bottles in the twenties on up to reserve selections I can't hope to splurge on! Greg Neville, the owner and head chef, came by to see if we were enjoying our meal. This guy is a perfectionist. And he delivers great value. In the past I have eaten at restaurants twice the price and left dissapointed--but never at Lugano.

Pros: Great Value, Changing Menu, Amazing Wine List

Cons: A bit noisy

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I've had better service at a Del Taco at two in the morning.(Fortunately, Michael was excellent and kept us from leaving) I can only hope that the hostess is new and the chef can survive on patronizing local connections.

I don't appreciate an overpriced wannabe upscale restaurant advertising their lamb as slow roasted, when it is clearly braised or pressure cooked. If I wanted tender, flavorless meat I would buy Dinty Moore and put it in a crock pot.

The potatoes were worse than those served in Junior Highs. The only thing keeping us from choking on the dry potatoes was the excellent wine we selected. As far as the rib-eye, maybe only Japanese restaurants know what rare means. I was not asking for sushi, but I did want medium rare.

Finally, if you serve carpaccio, please use flavorful meat. Anybody can hide poor quality behind olive oil and cheese.

1
★☆☆☆☆

I've had better service at a Del Taco at two in the morning.(Fortunately, Michael was excellent and kept us from leaving) I can only hope that the hostess is new and the chef can survive on patronizing local connections.

I don't appreciate an overpriced wannabe upscale restaurant advertising their lamb as slow roasted, when it is clearly braised or pressure cooked. If I wanted tender, flavorless meat I would buy Dinty Moore and put it in a crock pot.

The potatoes were worse than those served in Junior Highs. The only thing keeping us from choking on the dry potatoes was the excellent wine we selected. As far as the rib-eye, maybe only Japanese restaurants know what rare means. I was not asking for sushi, but I did want medium rare.

Finally, if you serve carpaccio, please use flavorful meat. Anybody can hide poor quality behind olive oil and cheese.

Pros: location

Cons: , Service, Parking

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I arranged for dinner for 10 on Oct. 24 to celebrate a huge team accomplishment at work. Since we were an eclectic group with tastes ranging from basic steak and potatoes at one end to champagne and steamed mussles at the other, I was a little concerned about whether Lugano's could rise to the challenge. In fact, it surpassed all expectations! From superb sundried tomato pasta with smoked mozzarella all the way to 22-oz. tender steaks, finished off by luscious desserts, we enjoyed every morsel provided by our knowledgeable server. This one's a keeper!

5
★★★★★

I arranged for dinner for 10 on Oct. 24 to celebrate a huge team accomplishment at work. Since we were an eclectic group with tastes ranging from basic steak and potatoes at one end to champagne and steamed mussles at the other, I was a little concerned about whether Lugano's could rise to the challenge. In fact, it surpassed all expectations! From superb sundried tomato pasta with smoked mozzarella all the way to 22-oz. tender steaks, finished off by luscious desserts, we enjoyed every morsel provided by our knowledgeable server. This one's a keeper!

Pros: great food, super value

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We had a veiw of 2300 East. The food was poor. The Service was rude, and the romance was none. I would suggest something like olive garden over this place.

1
★☆☆☆☆

We had a veiw of 2300 East. The food was poor. The Service was rude, and the romance was none. I would suggest something like olive garden over this place.

Pros: no kids

Cons: Bad parking, service poor, food bad

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I've been to Lugano several times, and the food and hospitality are excellent. Parking is a little scarcy and the noise level on the south side can be high, especially if there are large parties, but it's not something to keep me away.

4
★★★★☆

I've been to Lugano several times, and the food and hospitality are excellent. Parking is a little scarcy and the noise level on the south side can be high, especially if there are large parties, but it's not something to keep me away.

Pros: food, hospiotality, service

Cons: noisey, parking

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Tough to have a conversation here. Food was good. I ordered mussels and many of them were empty, just shells with the mussels in the broth. Not indicative of freshness. My date had salmon which was overcooked. The tiramisu is excellent, apple crisp was overcooked. I will go back but I suggest they hang some wallhanging or other sound deadening device to make dining more intimate.

4
★★★★☆

Tough to have a conversation here. Food was good. I ordered mussels and many of them were empty, just shells with the mussels in the broth. Not indicative of freshness. My date had salmon which was overcooked. The tiramisu is excellent, apple crisp was overcooked. I will go back but I suggest they hang some wallhanging or other sound deadening device to make dining more intimate.

Pros: tiramisu, service, friendliness

Cons: loud

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I eat out all the time. This is one of my top fives in slc. the service has always been outstanding! the atmosphere is great and the food is to die for. The portions are bigger than I would expect but I would reccomend this to everyone!! Take out of towners here!!

5
★★★★★

I eat out all the time. This is one of my top fives in slc. the service has always been outstanding! the atmosphere is great and the food is to die for. The portions are bigger than I would expect but I would reccomend this to everyone!! Take out of towners here!!

Pros: great food, great service

Cons: small, make reservs

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Surprizingly well rounded menu. The chef comes out and visits with you. Second closest to the "real" Italian cusine in Utah. Very nice.

5
★★★★★

Surprizingly well rounded menu. The chef comes out and visits with you. Second closest to the "real" Italian cusine in Utah. Very nice.

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Very pleased. My wife and I have been looking for great Italian since we moved from California 6 mo. ago. I'd say this is the best we've had here in UT. The service was friendly and inviting - the chef paid a visit to our table during the meal to check on everything. The food was wonderful. The salmon was great and the Fusili w/ basil and italian sausage was fantastic!

5
★★★★★

Very pleased. My wife and I have been looking for great Italian since we moved from California 6 mo. ago. I'd say this is the best we've had here in UT. The service was friendly and inviting - the chef paid a visit to our table during the meal to check on everything. The food was wonderful. The salmon was great and the Fusili w/ basil and italian sausage was fantastic!

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The food here was good, but a little expensive. I wish the menu had a few more choices also. The service was good and so was the dessert I had.

4
★★★★☆

The food here was good, but a little expensive. I wish the menu had a few more choices also. The service was good and so was the dessert I had.

Pros: wine list, desserts, outdoor dining

Cons: expensive, small menu

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Very good food, however, slightly noisy. Our waitress seemed quite busy, and spent a long time waiting for check, but the restaurant was otherwise a perfect date

4
★★★★☆

Very good food, however, slightly noisy. Our waitress seemed quite busy, and spent a long time waiting for check, but the restaurant was otherwise a perfect date

Pros: great food, reservations

Cons: parking, noisy, busy waitress

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I really enjoy dining at Lugano. The mussels are wonderful. The service is fabulous. I have only had good experiences here.

5
★★★★★

I really enjoy dining at Lugano. The mussels are wonderful. The service is fabulous. I have only had good experiences here.

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This place is great- great food, service and atmosphere! A must try!

5
★★★★★

This place is great- great food, service and atmosphere! A must try!

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My husband went to Italy for two years on a LDS mission. Since he has been home, he has become very picky about Italian resturants. Lugano's is the only Italian resturant he has taken me too. After eating here, I realize how Americanized the other Italian resturants are. This place is wonderful. It is such a cozy and romantic place. I give it two thumbs up!

5
★★★★★

My husband went to Italy for two years on a LDS mission. Since he has been home, he has become very picky about Italian resturants. Lugano's is the only Italian resturant he has taken me too. After eating here, I realize how Americanized the other Italian resturants are. This place is wonderful. It is such a cozy and romantic place. I give it two thumbs up!

Pros: romantic

Cons: hard to find

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Luganos is consistently outstanding with outstanding service and a good wine selection.

5
★★★★★

Luganos is consistently outstanding with outstanding service and a good wine selection.

Pros: Food quality, Presentation, Service

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The Scene
A happy buzz, even a clamor, mixes with the bustle from the kitchen in this L-shaped room. A renovated ice cream parlor with warm Tuscan colors and rustic tables, Lugano is a cozy and welcoming spot for faithful…