2302 Parleys Way, Salt Lake City, UT | Directions 8410940.724458 -111.823816
Mon. - Sat. 6pm - 9pm;Sun. 5pm - 8:30pm
Neighborhoods: Sugar House
Very Impressed – My friend frequents this restaurant and guaranteed us that we would like it. He was wrong we LOVED it. The service was great, we were promptly seated and our waitress was very accommodating and very patient with us. The escargot was wonderful!!! We all sampled each other's meals and we were ooooohhhhiiinggg and aaaaaahhhhing. Dessert was superb!! The owner came over and spoke to us to make sure we were enjoying our meal because he could hear us critique everything - but all in a very good way. My gnocchi dish was full of color and flavor - beautiful! I will definitely be a repeat diner.
Overrated – I was not particularly impressed. I'd expected Rino's to be expensive, but at $180 for 4 people, I'd at least expect the place to have a wine list! The ambience also leaves much to be desired. Instead of finding it cozy, I found it to be dingy and depressing. Although the food was good, I wouldn't say it $30/plate good. The service, on the otherhand, was exemplary. However, I don't think I'll be returning anytime soon. I can't recommend this restaurant.
Fabulous escargot, fresh home-grown vegetables, and cozy atmosphere. – Everything is good at Rino's! From the moment you're seated and served warm bread with creamery butter the world just seems a little nicer. Excellent service is always found at Rino's, and Rino will check with every diner to make sure the experience is wonderful.
Escargot, french onion soup, caprese salad, and chicken with artichoke are just some of the special dishes that you must try. The bread pudding and Black Forest cake are also fabulous. I find the wine list very good, and outdoor dining is also fun.
Make sure you try some of Rino's fresh vegetable dishes. He grows them at home in a huge greenhouse. Everything tastes fresh, and I can't wait to go back.
Dark, cramped, but such good food – This is about the food, not the setting. Go in the late spring and on into early fall. Rino's is best when he's got access to the garden for zuchinni blossoms, fresh tomatoes, herbs and the other fresh local produce. Look at the specials as they'll highlight the fresh foods of the day.
The setting is offputting so go to focus on the food.
Not so great – I went with high expectations. The moment we walked in the door, we were assailed by a sickening smell of Old-Folks-Home mixed with Mothballs and some kind of sausage. The effect was nauseating. The food was okay, not great, and the tables were cramped and uncomfortable. Mozzarella antipasti was the highlight, with great tomatoes. Customer service was very good.
Bon Appetit! – This is hands down the best Italian restuarant! I love to cozy romantic atmosphere, the food is amazing, and the owners/staff are warm and welcoming. We recommend this restaurant to everyone we know and eat there ourselves as often as possible. Don't miss out on the caprese appetizer and the incredible bread pudding (although all of the food is wonderful).
An Old Standby – Rino's is the type of place that is often overlooked with all the new and glitzy restaurants popping up, in particular Italian. Don't neglect this place just because the papers don't review the older established restaurants. Longevity means that they must know something about doing things right. Rino has great waiter and waitresses and is always around to great and chat with his "guests". A very reliable and gracious place.
It is likely that press is not necessary, the place still fills up.
Italian Ambiance – I would say that thou this place is small you are promptly served and much attention is given to the look of the food and your comfort.
Traditional Italian fare in a homey atmosphere. – The Scene
The atmosphere is charming; sit on the patio and reach right up to pick grapes from the arbor above your head, or sit inside and enjoy music and the stained glass, art and antiques that decorate the interior. The food here is especially tasty during the late summer and fall, when the owner uses fruits and vegetables from his garden in Bountiful.
There's a great fresh veggie appetizer tray and a dish that consists of a sweet, ripe melon wrapped in prosciutto. Traditional Italian offerings include pastas, soups, veal, chicken, fillets and scampi; sauces are delicate and delicious. There's fun wine list features large pictures of each bottle of wine you consider. The owner takes great pride in his food and will chat with you as you dine, making recommendations and explaining the specials. Don't forget to save room for dessert. The bread pudding and tiramisu are rich and delicious.
Our favorite place to celebrate – Without question, Rino's is our favorite Italian restaurant. Just don't fear the exterior (it looks very dated). The interior is charming and the patio is covered with beautiful grape vines on a trellis. When it comes to impressing friends from out of town who think that Utah-food universally tastes like and has the presentation of "food" found at Chuck-A-Whatever, this is a great place to show them what Utah can offer.
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