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“Food is always amazing, even if service is not”
Review of Zucca Trattoria - MOVED

Zucca Trattoria
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Families with children, Romantic, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Harrison Boulevard
Reviewed July 18, 2011

Recently, I moved about 2 blocks from Zucca. It's quickly become my favorite place for a carry-out lunch or a great dinner. The market/deli has awesome sandwiches, as well as specialty items. There are 2 for 1 sandwich coupons all over the local publications. Pizzas can also be carried-out.

The restaurant proper serves a fantastic dinner with many options. You can order a traditional salad/entree or you can have a Italian- style experience of small plates (cheese, salad, pasta, meat course). You can mix and match however you want, almost every dish has a small or regular option. I have literally never had a bad dish here. From risotto to fish to ravioli everything is spot on. The specials are always great. There are many options for vegetarians too.

The only negative is that some of the servers are not competent. My experience has been about 50/50. Half the time, the servers are excellent, knowledgable, and attentive. However, there have been situations with very bad/neglectful service. One waiter in particular (who does not look like a waiter because he wears a sport coat) was a huge disappointment. At a great Italian restaurant, I expect a server to be attentive. That means greeting the table, monitoring drinks (so no one sits with an empty wine glass for a long time) and pacing the meal properly (not rushed, but moving at a reasonable pace).

Despite these service issues, nothing can really ruin a meal at Zucca because the food is so awesome.

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Thank 50daysboarding
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Reviewed April 16, 2011

My wife and I are physicians who travel internationally 4-5 time a year. We love Italian food in Italy but rarely try restaurants in the USA due to the plethora of mediocre/ bad choices at high prices. Anyone can cook good pasta but Italian cuisine is so much more. We went to Zucca on the recommendation of this web site and were astonished. The chef was not Italian but Venezuelan with Italian ancestry. The menu and wine choices were typical of an excellent tratorria IN ITALY!! There were just too many to give details on this review. (And we tried multiple a la carte) Utah rarely has good choices for restaurants; Ogden even less. The people are frugal inlanders and usually drink water with their meals. Good chefs can make a better living elsewhere. I am always so overjoyed when I find a restaurant that is this excellent even on a hard international scale. And is doing well with the locals. So if you are ever in the area give this island of good Italian, in sea of blah restaurants, a try.
Enjoy.

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Thank sneezenwheez
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Reviewed January 30, 2011

This restaurant is great, fun, exciting and well priced. I love the regional cusine that is presented every month. The food is incredible. and they match it with great wine. This restaurant is really good and it is worth a 30 minute drive from Salt Lake City. This is a must try if you live in Utah or if you are visiting and you want to try Italian food. Ask for Elio raccomandation and special and he will blow you away with his food and wine paring.

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Thank Petsteven
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Reviewed January 16, 2011

Ogden is well off the beaten path for most visitors to Utah. The best restaurants are in Salt Lake City and Park City. But of you find yourself in Ogden and are looking for a great dinner, then go to Zucca.

Don't let the location fool you. The generic strip mall location and appearance from the outside are nothing special. But once inside you will find consistently excellent service, fabulous authentic Italian food, and a not-large but well selected wine list of Italian wines.

The owner/chef is straight out of central casting for the role of Italian chef. The open kitchen allows you to watch him command his assistants like a field marshal. Of course the results are what is key and every time we have been there we have been impressed.

It is pricier than other spots in Ogden, but a little less than equivalent restaurants in Salt Lake and Park City. So, if you want an excellent dining experience in Ogden, try Zucca.

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Thank Ogdenguy21
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Reviewed January 5, 2011

I recently dined at Zucca Tratorria in hopes of finally finding a decent Italian restaurant in the Salt Lake City area. In some aspects, Zucca was a nice surprise. The restaurant is spacious and has a big-city feel, more like Chicago or New York. Sleek décor with painted concrete floor and an open ceiling that did not help warm you up during the meal (it was 22 degrees outside). The wait staff was cordial, dressed in the requisite black and white and attentive. My waiter (Jonathan) was knowledgeable of the menu and quite professional.
The wine list is not overly extensive and includes the usual collection found on most such lists in restaurants in the area.
The very fresh bread arrived quickly along with an olive oil and balsamic vinegar mix for dipping. I asked for just olive oil, parmesan cheese and cracked pepper instead which was promptly provided.
The appetizer course was Tuna Crudo (“Wild Mushrooms in Conserva + Arugula + Basil + Balsamic”). Generous portion of rare tuna that was very good – worth recommending.
The main course was Linguine “Nero” ( “Shrimp + Lobster + Calamari + Octopus + Garlic + Chili + Tomato”). I know, ordering a dish that depends on the freshness of its seafood is a big risk in a state so far from the ocean and I choose poorly. It was not up to my somewhat lowered expectations. While the linguine was locally made and tasty, the seafood was bland and a bit too chewy with too much salt. Fortunately I asked for just a “half order”.
The salad course was a nice recovery however - Grilled Romaine (“Romaine + Anchovies + Lemon + Olive Oil + Asiago + Parmigiano + Croutons”). The three croutons are gigantic and unnecessary. The romaine was crisp, charred on the edges (best part) and the dressing was suburb.
Overall, it was a pretty good experience. There are quite a few other menu items that bear consideration on my next visit. There is a deli attached to the restaurant that reminded me of similar shops in Rome and Sorrento - an extensive collection of olives, grilled artichokes, prosciutto and cheeses. A definite destination for a lunchtime Panini.

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Thank TrippleTime
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