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Spedelli’s: Where the $1 High Life and Tasty Pizza Rule!

We have this new favorite place.  It isn’t some fancy 4 star restaurant nor will you find any white linens or $10 cocktails.  What you WILL find is everything you want if you are looking for low-cost but delicious food, fun entertainment, or a chill hang out session after a day on the mountain.  Welcome to Spedelli’s!

Spedelli’s is on Foothill Blvd., right as you are coming out of the mouth of the canyon–which makes is super convenient for anyone who is starving after boarding or skiing all day. My boyfriend, the obsessed snowboarder that he is, loves Spedelli’s because it caters to his mountain-riding, snow-loving instincts.  I would venture to say that if he can’t be on the mountain shredding or in our garage practicing his skillz–he would be at Spedelli’s eating pizza and watching The Art of Flight for the 11 billionth time.  However, being the non-snowboarder that I am (currently), I still love the place for very different reasons!  YES!

Spedelli’s is just plain cool.  The atmosphere is similar to a lot of pizza joints, but with some very awesome additives.  Spedelli’s big highlight for me is their bar and bar prices.  The actual bar makes you feel like you aren’t just at any other pie-slinging corner diner.  AND, the prices for their beer and wine are pretty fantastic.  $1 High Life and $1 PBR in the can is a great way to go, or take it up a notch for the draft pint of PBR at $1.75.  They also have imports and other drafts for the beer snobs, but still at much better prices than most bars or restaurants.  Wine?  $6 a glass all around.  NICE!

However, the food at Spedelli’s is also pretty awesome–and getting better.  We have been eating there since they opened and find that the pizza only gets better each time. And…there is something about Spedelli’s sauce that keeps us coming back. Also, all of the side or appetizer items we have tried so far have been great, fresh, and reasonably priced.

While you are eating, you can choose to watch snowboarding videos, or if you are so inclined, read some of the local print such as SLUG and City Weekly or even Arkade.  If that doesn’t suit you, you can play a game of pool, or hit up some of their new video games like Asteroid or try to get yourself a killer prize from the game claw.  Spedelli’s even has live music! There is seriously something for everyone regardless of your  shredding abilities or involvement (thank GOODNESS!). Personally, I just like to check out the collection of vintage beer cans. 🙂

So, go support a great local spot that makes a habit of supporting other local artists, boarders, musicians, etc.  They deserve it and you won’t be disappointed!



2352 Foothill Drive, Salt Lake City, UT 84109

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Carb-Free Zucchini Pizza: Flavor Punch Central

My boyfriend and I are on week two of a carb-free, sugar-free diet. I have gone no carb/sugar several times before and I find that it is one of the best ways to detox your body and get your sugar intake back on track. The first few days really suck–headaches, hunger, etc. But, if you can pull through, by day 4, you start feeling REALLY good. The pounds shed pretty quickly too–which isn’t a bad side effect, right?

Even though the low-carb diet has been the craze now for the past few years (I am a big fan of The South Beach Diet), the most difficult part of going low-carb is mixing it up. I mean really, you don’t want to eat eggs and veggies every SINGLE day. Well….maybe the eggs. 😉 Regardless, satisfying cravings for things like pasta or bread can be tricky.

Then I found Zucchini Pizza and something changed! Craving pizza but don’t want the carbs? This is your answer.

If you stop and really think about what you crave when it comes to food, you are usually craving flavor that isn’t coming from bread/pasta (starch) the most. With pizza, usually the sauce, toppings, and cheese are what you want in your gullet! So, serve all that up in a zucchini boat and you are set.

Each person will probably eat a whole zucchini. Split the zucchini in half and then hollow out.  I cut some sections into the middle and then hollowed out with a spoon.

Then, in a bowl, mix your favorite pizza toppings with pizza sauce and some cheese (any kind you want!!).  This is a good time to be creative and fill that delicious veggie up with anything you would like.  For this meal, I used mini pepperoni (yum), olives, veggie pizza sauce, and mozzarella.  Next time around I might do alfredo, spinach, mushrooms, and feta.  Who knows!

Then, fill those fresh zucchini up with the pizza filling.  The more the better!

Now add the best part: CHEESE!  As always, use cheese excessively!

Now, just throw those babies in to the oven and pretty soon an amazing dinner will be waiting for you.  I cooked these for the first time on 400–and that was a little too hot.  I would try 350 for about 12-15 minutes–or until cheese is golden brown.  We got some crispy cheese on these, but they were still divine.

Pair this with a nice Caesar salad on the side, and you are all set.  Total prep and cook time about 20 – 30 minutes.  Easy as pie (well, easier actually).

Low carb–low calorie–full of vitimins!  Enjoy!


Vinto–Pears & Honey Make a Perfect Fall Lunch

Let me start this post with a question: why does anyone EVER eat at Chilis? Or Applebees? Or Olive Garden? Why OH why, when you can get amazing food at local eating establishments with fresh local fare that is priced sometimes far lower than these chain restaurants where everything served comes out of a frozen bag? I am baffled.

That brings me to quite a lovely local downtown restaurant called Vinto. Vinto is a charming little restaurant that has a modern feel. The decor and atmosphere are great for nearly every eating occasion you could think of–from a client lunch to a nice night out. Everything from the style and straight lines to the modern tables and chairs, all really create an atmosphere where you feel as though you are dining at a restaurant that pays attention to detail.

I was only at Vinto for a quick lunch, but since I had never been before, I really wanted to do a review of what we were able to try. I had heard that I could NOT pass up the artichoke appetizer, so that was first on my list to order. This is a wonderful dish that is very full of flavor and perfectly light for such an occasion. I have to say as well, never having been an arugula fan, I am starting to really like this bitter lettuce with other things such as tomatoes and artichokes, especial when a rich olive oil is involved. The Grilled Artichoke ($7.00) was delicious. It is served with shallot vinaigrette and arugula and you simply must have your server finish it off with some fresh ground black pepper. This stunning appetizer was close to perfection.

When I do a review, I try to order off the regular menu, as the specialty menus at restaurants (especially ones that are local) change quite often. However, on this occasion, there was a pizza on the specialty menu that I couldn’t pass up. For $12.00 they were offering a pizza dressed in brie and Utah pears, spicy honey glaze, and mozzarella. How do you say no to that? And I wasn’t disappointed. I was worried the pears may be overcooked and mushy. They were not. I was worried that the honey would be overwhelming. It was not. It was sort of a perfect concoction of sweet and savory. This pizza should be on the menu all time so that I can have it whenever I want (I am selfish like that). 🙂 It was delicious.

I also loved the fresh way the condiments came out with the pizza!

My friend Kristen ordered the Italian Chopped Salad ($8.50). It was light, but had a good mix of flavors. The pancetta that was diced up into small bits made for a great salty flavor against the Italian dressing, and the bread stick was pretty awesome too–crunchy and salty; a perfect match. The salad was certainly a nice light choice to go with the pizza.

As a “critic” (I hate that word), I have been tying to find something about my Vinto experience that I didn’t like. But really, I walked away full–but not over indulged. I really felt as though the ingredients were seasonal and as local as possible, which is really important to me as a consumer. The flavors were fresh, the service was good, and the prices were spot on. I am really looking forward to trying everything else on their menu. Everything from the coffee to the gelato to the pasta looks great. And as I always say, support our local business here in Salt Lake!! Let those chain restaurants go by the way side–there is just no reason to eat that frozen food in this wonderful city!

Find Vinto at:

418 East 200 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
phone: 801.539.9999
Email: service@vinto.com

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