Friday, June 10

Cafe Trio: Contemporary Italian Eats & Half-y Hour

House made Ricotta Gnocchi ($18)
With the influx of new restaurants in Salt Lake, it's easy to forget old standbys.  Café Trio, a casual Italian eatery, has always been a reliable restaurant - the kind of place you go to celebrate a family birthday or to meet friends for brunch.

An invitation to check out the updated menu was the reminder we needed. We haven't visited the Cottonwood location of Café Trio in many years, and it's a quick drive from our house - a perfect weeknight date! 

House made pretzels with house made Polygamy Porter mustard ($5)
We planned for an early dinner and I'm happy we did! We arrived just in time for a fun new promotion. Half-y Hour offers three inexpensive cocktails and a modest menu featuring half orders of their famous flatbreads, as well as daily specials. Guests can enjoy Half-y Hour Monday - Friday, from 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm at the Cottonwood location.
Half-y Hour Cocktails for only $6
We were impressed by the Half-y Hour cocktails that were only $6. I opted for the Trio Margarita, a cheerful combination of Silver tequila, triple sec, blackberry, rosemary and sweet and sour. My husband enjoyed the Patio Fizz, made with mango and mint, club soda and choice of whiskey or vodka, garnished with pineapple.
Charred Snap Peas ($6)
The small plates menu proved delightful. There were excellent vegetarian options. I was thrilled with the Charred Snap Peas ($6). Each bite was crisp and satisfying. Served with pink watermelon radish and topped with the lightest, fluffiest horseradish cream, this dish was stunning as well as delectable. The flavor of the horseradish cream was mellow with a slight heat - an excellent option for summer.

Between the both of us, we devoured the antipasto platter ($18). A selection of artisanal cheeses and meats were accompanied by house made crostini and mustard, pickled veggies, berries and local honey. They offer a cheese platter for $10 if you don't have an omnivorous dining partner. With distinct flavors and textures, the antipasto platter (or the cheese platter) is a welcome addition to your table. Order a cocktail or glass of wine, take a seat on the gorgeous patio  and enjoy!

As I scanned the pasta selection, the vegetarian options looked promising. I trusted our server, Collin implicitly. His suggestions proved spot on. When I asked his opinion of the House made Ricotta Gnocchi ($18) he was confident that I would love it. He said it was especially light and fluffy - I was sold.

The dish was lovely. Vibrant green pea puree surrounded the gnocchi dressed in browned butter and topped with pecorino. The first bite was pure bliss - eye rolling, melt in your mouth luscious. It's exactly what you expect when you spend $18 on pasta. 

Café Trio is a cozy restaurant with good food - the sort of restaurant where you feel perfectly at home. With the addition of Half-y Hour, Cafe Trio - Cottonwood is the ideal weeknight destination.

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