Great ambiance, subpar pasta. First time eatint at Cannella's and mine and the gf's experience was a disappointment. The decor and ambiance were amicable. We started our meal with a risotto cake appetizer that was pretty good and the service was friendly. Next came our salad and it was downhill from there. Iceberg lettuce? come on and the balsamic vinaigrette was all oil and a drop of balsamic vinegar, sadly. Next came our pasta, I had the spaghetti with meatballs and the noodles were over cooked and the marinara sauce was way to sweet and the meatballs were flavorless. The gf had the pasta pomodoro and it was completely flavorless and the noodles undercooked. The cooks need a lesson in Al Dente. I had high hopes for this place being that the ambiance was close to perfect for an intimate dinner for two. Were in no rush to try this place again but we will give it another try and hope this bad experience will fade.
Avoid eating here!!!!!!!.
You call this Italian!
This place is terrible. The sauce taste like it came froma can, the manicotti tasted frozen and the service while friendly is disinterested at best. If this is what you call italian, I will eat a frozen lasagna, which is probably what they serve. Never again.
While this food may have been adequate around the dinner table at home, it is not worth any price in a restaurant, no matter how large the servings. Eat at Michaelanglo's instead, the best italian in the city.
Best Italian in Salt Lake. We discovered Cannella's last March on my boyfriend's birthday. Since then we have returned at least five times with family and friends or just us. This place is wonderful; I feel like it's Salt Lake's best kept secret! The food is fabulous and the staff is incredibly friendly and outgoing. In fact, they remember us each time we come in, even if it's been a couple months. Our favorite dishes include the bruschetta, veal piccata, lasagna, manicotti, anything with meatballs, and the tira misu! They often have specials which are also delicious. Additionally, they have a great list of unique martinis that are an excellent start to your evening. In the warmer months they have some outdoor seating which is perfect after going to the Arts Festival, or any other downtown event. Try this place, you will not be disappointed! It is always our first choice of restaurants on a rare night out!
Are these 5-star reviewers crazy?.
This is some of the *worst* Italian food in town. The one reviewer who called out the iceberg lettuce in the salads (who uses iceberg anymore?!?!) was spot-on. I've been there 3 times...the garlic bread is made with straight-up margarine (trans-fat, anyone?) and the manicotti is probably the worst I've ever had. I not only eat Italian food often but I'm a very good cook and I wouldn't take my worst enemy to Cannella's, as I'm afraid it would probably hurt my reputation! I hate to admit it, but OLIVE GARDEN is better than this!
For better Italian fare, try Cucina Toscana (a little pricey but EXCELLENT), Michelangelo's (great homemade pastas) in Sugarhouse (if it's still open), Saltimbocca (same price range as Cannella's and ten times better) or Trio.
Pleasant staff even when very busy. I've eaten at Cannella's several times and never been disappointed. Our last visit was during the Jazz festival when the place was packed. Our waitress couldn't have been more accommodating, keeping a sense of humor and seating us as fast as possible. We always look forward to returning to Cannella's. It's an authentic family restaurant with a welcoming staff.
Processed and tasteless food. I've eaten here three times and it's been about the same every time. The salads are made with straight-up iceberg lettuce and since they've done their remodel, the prices have gone up considerably.
Local Italian with a deceiving menu.. We had our doubts when we arrived, the menu seemed small and, well. typical. After being told about some off menu specials we ordered Chicken Marsala and the Seafood Marinera. After some mix ups with the wrong salads we received our meals which were deceivingly large portions. The food has a real home cooked flavor, and definitely not typical. The seafood marinera had a ample amount of seafood. It seemed to be understaffed for the amount of people in the restaurant on a friday and this definitely showed in the timely delivery of drinks and the bill, which we received the wrong change. Other than the waitress problems the food was great and the atmosphere is perfect for dates, friends, or full families. This is a inexpensive place and is well worth the money.
Home-style Italian cuisine that is a favorite of college students and working people on the run..
On the fringe of Salt Lake City's downtown center, Cannella's has been a classy mainstay for more than 20 years--featuring seasonal outdoor dining and terrific service. While parking can sometimes be a problem (lunch gets crowded), fine food and casual atmosphere make it all worthwhile.
Favorites include Cannella's long list of pastas and specialties like veal parmesan and pesto chicken. Or try the large Italian salad--a fresh concoction featuring ground sausage (insist on the house dressing) served with a big slice of garlic bread. Daily lunch specials are popular among the regulars--generous servings of rigatoni and a meatball, turkey Tetrazzini or a meatball sandwich, among others.
a very pleasant surprise....
Cannella's has been around for the past 25 years of my life and yet this is the first time I have ever eaten there. Where have I been?
I found the atmosphere cosy, the service was friendly and attentive, the food was delightful. I hesitate to post a review and share my new discovery with others, because I want to keep this place to myself. Based on the number of regulars that seemed to be eating there, that is probably a pipe dream.
I had the chicken pesto and my husband had the rigatoni. Both were delicious. We will definitely be back to introduce ourselves to the regulars.
Authentic Italain Food in Salt Lake. This was a great find while recently visiting Salt Lake. I would highly recommend their salmon with pasta special for dinner. It was excellent and it unbelievably inexpensive for the quality and large portions of food. I did manage to save room for dessert and coffee and it was well worth it. The tiramasu was excellent as was the espresso, very authentic. If anyone visting Salt Lake is looking for a cosy Italian restaurant, reminiscent of those in New York, Rhode Island or San Francisco this is the place you want to go. I will definately be coming back on my next visit.
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