Perfect Italian Food Al Dente, Park City’s New Italian Restaurant
If you are fed up with the limited Italian restaurants in Park City and you are looking for somewhere to wine and dine your mate, (think Lady and the Tramp) look no further than Al Dente Trattoria e Bar. Al Dente, located in Park City’s Gateway Mall, features authentic Italian fare, impressive customer service, and a adorable atmosphere that is both romantic and family friendly. Casey and I were curious to try this new Park City Italian restaurant when we found out that Jean Louis had closed and Al Dente had took it’s place. So needless to say, when Al Dente contacted us to eat at the restaurant, we couldn’t wait!
In the short time since Jean Louis closed its doors, the Soo Chyung Restaurant Group (Yuki Arashi and aWok Away) made some decor changes by lightening up the walls, opening up the space, and adding some cozy booths around the edge of the room. The signature lit bar at the front of the restaurant remains, along with plenty of bar chairs, making it an excellent spot to grab a drink with friends.
Upon being seated along the back wall of the restaurant, we were promptly greeted by our server Lennox. Formally of the Stein Erickson Lodge, Lennox was the stand-out of our evening. His knowledgeable recommendations, spot on service, and impeccable timing really made our night. Al Dente boasts other servers from Stein’s, and their presence will help develop a local following at Al Dente. I would recommend requesting Lennox when you make your reservation; trust me, you’ll thank me later.
We began our evening with a glass of Pinot Blanc and a glass of Sauvignon Blanc. The night was on the warmer side for February, and lighter whites seemed appropriate. On Lennox’s recommendation, we began with their signature Wild Mushroom Soup ($12) and the soup du jour, which was Butternut Squash ($12). The mushroom soup had a perfectly thick texture, with a surprising vegetable base that really comes through. These generous portions of creamy, warm soups absolutely hit the spot after a day on the mountain.
For our Antipasti course, we again went with Lennox and chose the Fresh Burrata ($16). This very mild, chilled cheese was served very fresh with a creamy center and a thin skin on top. Lightly grilled focaccia, prosciutto and a drizzle of olive oil complete the platter. This is a great plate for sharing.
Where Al Dente really shines is with its variety of signature pastas and entrees. Casey chose the Linguine alla Diavola ($28) which features clams, mussels and prawns covered in a spicy, tomato based sauce. The amount of seafood in her entree was surprising, and it was definitely a good value.
I went with the Lamb Scottadito ($40) which is a bread crumb coated, roasted lamb rack over a garlic potato puree with a side of grilled vegetables. Unlike Casey’s entree, the meat portion of this dish was rather small. However, after the large soup and appetizer portions, this was most welcome. My medium rare lamb was perfectly cooked and it’s flavor really came through. It’s price tag on the lamb is a little steep, and next time I am going to try one of the more reasonable pasta dishes like the Homemade Lasagna ($22) or the Duck Confit Ravioli ($30).
Casey and I thought our meal was complete, but Lennox ambushed us with Al Dente’s signature Tiramisu dessert. This was prepared traditionally with coffee and liquor soaked lady fingers, plenty of sweet marscarpone cheese and dusted in cocoa. An excellent end to our evening.
If you are looking for something new to try in town, go check out Al Dente. Pull up at seat at the glowing bar, select from one of their over 100 wines, and sample appetizers like Tuna Carpaccio or Fresh Burrata. It is fairly priced along side other Park City restaurants of similar caliber (main courses range from $18 – $40). The service at Al Dente is a level above many other Main Street restaurants and we were definitely impressed.
Al Dente is located on the corner of Heber Ave and Swede Alley, in the Gateway building. Check out Al Dente on Ski Town Restaurants for the complete menu and to make reservations online. They are open nightly for dinner from 5-10pm.
Al Dente Trattoria e Bar
136 Heber Avenue