New Owners and Management. I noticed that most of the these reviews, bad and good were quite a long time ago and before it was sold to the current owners. Tucci's was purchase by three former employees/managers. They are the heart of this lovely place and always make you feel like you are in their home. The food, which I always thought was good, is now great. They have very interesting daily specials as well as their standard menu. My kids never like marinara on their pasta, always on the side, and when we go to Tucci's they don't even ask for it that way. They love it ! I love the variety of hearty salads they have as well as soups. There really is something for everyone and service is always with a smile. If you have never been, or haven't been in awhile I recommend you go. Parking maybe a little bit of a hassle but it is free and offers covered parking :)
sucks-chef Ramsey should go in visit,to shot down place. Italian food is not italian food,because they are giving you Salsa and cheaps as appetiezeirs and its tasteless.I went once and I know what is supposely be italian food.I was embarassed in front my family,because place is terrible and dawn expensive.NEVER AGAIN.I m pro in this and they have no clue,plus EXPENSIVE and tasteless food.
Best Unpretentious, Authentic Italian Food in Utah! Hands down.. I come to Salt Lake from Los Angeles about twice a year to visit family. I eat out all the time both in L.A. and in S.L.C. and Tucci?s is by far the ?Best Italian Restaurant? that I have been to. Sure you can go to the ?Valentino? in Santa Monica, or ?Il Cielo? in Beverly Hills, or to ?Cucina Toscana? in Salt Lake and in all of those places you will get a great meal but you will also pay a lot more. The service and customers are all a little too pretentious for my taste. I want a great authentic Italian meal with personable and attentive service. That is why Tucci?s Cucina Italiana is the best Italian restaurant I know of. If you go out once a year and you want to dine like V.P. Cheney and his Haliburton buddies than I do suggest going to those other restaurants. Throw on your best duds, grab your best girl, and stop at the ATM before you arrive. But if you want a great Italian restaurant that you can afford go to once a week and try real authentic Italian food with a nice glass of wine than go to Tucci?s.
I have traveled extensively throughout the US and Italy and I have to say that Tucci's far exceeded my expectations. The service is great, the food is delicious and authentic, the wait staff are friendly and efficient, the ambience is gorgeous, the prices are inexpensive and it leaves me feeling like I am in Tuscany. With so many chain places such as Fazoli's and Olive Garden that cater the Americanized Italian foods it's great to be able to go to Tucci's and actually have an authentic meal. :)
The commentors on this board that complain about Tucci's must not be well traveled and therefore assume that Olive Garden is a better choice. Talk about naive.
The only con is that there aren't more Tucci locations in the Salt Lake Valley so the commute can be irritating.
Best Service, Excellent Food, Perfect Experience.
We went to Tucci's on Saturday night (09/08/07) initially just to get some Take Out food. We were greeted at the door by one of the owners who had a genuine welcome for us. He was from Europe and was very enthusiastic about helping us in any way possible. We told him that we would like to get Take Out and he got us some menus and proceeded to show us specialty items that were on display. They looked incredible and it was pretty cool to see exactly what they look like.
They had about 8 sets of French doors that open out on to the patio that looked incredibly inviting so we decided to stay. We had a server named Tom who saw by our attire that we had ridden our bikes there. He mentioned that right there on their patio they had a bike-rack and even said they provide locks for their guests so you don't have to carry your own.
We shared a bottle of Brunello, and a Bruschetta variety appetizer. I had Carne Misto that had Lamb, Pork chop, NY Steak and Italian Sausage all cooked to perfection. My wife had Grilled Salmon with a Basil pesto sauce. She loved it. Tom had impeccable timing, a good personality, and a smile every time he came to the table. We finished with Tiramisu with Cappuccinos for dessert. We ended up staying for about 2 hours and never felt rushed and we never had to wait for anything.
The only negative thing I have to say about the evening was a table next to us who were obviously taking their personal problems on the staff. They were rude to their server, the bus boy, the person who delivered their food and quite frankly rude to us by behaving like children.
It was long over due for my wife and I to treat ourselves to a nice evening out. To allow ourselves to relax, be waited on and enjoy quality service. Thank You Tucci's & staff.
P.S. At the end of the meal Tom said that we got 15% off our food. He said it is an incentive for their guests to commute to Tucci's on bikes and take advantage of their bike-rack and locks. Grazie - Tucci's!
Worst customer service you can imagine, Food is ok, but not worth the bad service and long waits!. We got to Tucci's on a Friday night for dinner and waited the expected 15 minutes to be sat; but that was all that was normal. We then had a server named Pero, from Croatia, that performed so poorly that I did not know what to do. I've never had a server take so long to greet my table (about 10 minutes), get a water (about 10 minutes after placing our drink/food order), get a bar drink (another 5 minutes on top of the water time). The food then came out before my friend's salad (though Pero had assured him that he would be right out with the salad on multiple occasions) We all ordered calazones, and that too was too much for this restaraunt crew to handle. The server dropping the food looked confused each time he grabbed a plate; then he read some random list of ingredients (though none of them were in that calazone) and then just placed it seemingly randomly around the table (we later disected them to figure out whos was whos... kinda destroys the presentation of a calazone when you have to tear it open because your restaraunt staff does not care who gets what. The end was best though; after waiting for Pero for another 15-20 minutes to bring out checks, one of my friends finally made a host get a manager. All of us at the table were either current or past servers/bartenders, so I felt kinda bad that my friend did this; until I heard what the manager had to say! When my friend said it was the worst service he had ever had, but that he would still come back to try again, the manger shrugged, informing us 'it's up to you if you come back'. Another service staff member who was obviously hurt that we complained about his buddy came by our table to make wise remarks as we left and hold a thumbs up (not sure for what...) I've been to Tucci's multiple times, but I will never go back.
I heard that this place was pretty good, yea right!!! first of all if you order Juice of any kind make sure you tell them no ice or they will bring you a huge cup of ice with just a shot of Juice. After five people ordered things were going well we were brought our appitizer, then some stale bread and an ok salad. After all that was finished our meals were brought out.... my meal was the wrong thing and the waiter argued with me that this was what I ordered, but he finally brought out the right meal, wich was cold, the fish had absolutly no flavor the vegetables still had dirt on them plus were not cooked at all, my friends husband had the same problem with his veggies. The pasta had no flavor it was like they had just poured a can of tomatoes on some noodles.
My friends calzone was burnt and both the other plates wre brought out cold. The waiter would only bring out Dr. Pepper when he should have brought out coke and Diet coke, we had to ask a different waiter to bring us out the right drink.
In my oppinion they should close the place down or get some new people that know how to cook and wash there vegetables, cause nobody likes to chew on dirt. They need to retrain there waiters to listen to what is bing said. I can not belive we stilll tiped the guy $15 for his crappy service and had such a big bill for the undercooked cold food. Nobody should have to suffer what we did.
Overpriced, and just average.. Chain Italian food. Not much more to say. Usually crowded and a bit of a wait for seating. Soups are Ok. That's what I stick with if I'm eating here with a group. Just the basics for kids. Chicken fingers, spaghetti, or mac & cheese.
Quiet restaurant...empty for a reason..
2 bad experiences in 3 weeks. The first experience was with extended family. 8 people ordered. One person ordered a pasta dish, but was dissatisfied because the dish was very heavily loaded with onions. The onion flavor was overpowering. Two people ordered lasagnia, and both were delivered ice cold. The others complained about a lack of taste.
Today, 5/25/05, a group of 8 business associates and I decided to give your establishment another chance. Unfortunately, we were again disappointed in both the food and the service. The pasta dishes were all served cold. There was a very long wait between ordering and serving. Requests for drink refils were taking 15-20 minutes.
If I were to write a summary, I would say "nice, quiet atmosphere, with lackluster service, and poor tasting food." You need new chefs!
Boisterous downtown link in a chain that serves affordable and above-average Italian fare..
The flagship of the local Italian restaurant chain, Tucci's Trolley Corners location is bustling, loud and often crowded--especially on weekend evenings, when patrons linger on hallway benches as they wait to dine before catching a flick in the same building. Though it's a popular choice for teenagers on a date or young couples on a budget, it's hardly intimate, at least at peak dining times. Service can be a bit drowsy.
Generous portions at reasonable prices are the mark of Tucci's, but the restaurant does break its mold with flair when it comes to preparation and taste. Italian standards like the lasagna originale (baked in individual crocks) are as flavorful as they are filling. Even better (and definitely lighter) is the pomodoro, a mix of fresh tomato, basil, marinara and angel-hair pasta that satisfies at lunch and dinner.
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