Monday, October 24, 2005

Biaggi Restaurant in Salt Lake City

(Edit 2014:  Biaggis in Salt Lake is now closed, but they are still open in other locations around the U.S.)  Thursday and Friday of last week was the annual Utah Teacher's Convention, which allowed me to do something I normally don't get to do, go out to lunch on a work day! One of the few things I don't like about teaching is that you have to eat at school; there's simply no time to go anywhere else.

Friday I went with my friend Lynette to a restaurant called Biaggis in the Gateway section of Salt Lake. This was my second time visiting this restaurant, and I knew exactly what I wanted to order. However, when I surveyed the lunch menu, I didn't see anything like it. I asked my waiter, and he found it for me on the dinner menu, then was nice enough to offer to ask the chef if he would be willing to make it for me. For me, when a server is extra helpful like that, it is the start of a good dining experience.

I ordered Chicken Alla Emilia which the menu described as: Grilled tender breast of chicken stuffed with Fontina cheese, Italian cured ham, and spinach. Served with crispy potato croquettes and tender asparagus.

Sounds delicious doesn't it? However, if you're a South Beach or low carb person like me, you know that those potato croquettes are not what I wanted to eat with my chicken. I asked my waiter if I could possibly substitute the cauliflower mashed potatoes and learned it was not a problem. Another plus for the restaurant! (Notice that I am not too shy to ask for what exactly what I want to eat. This is one way to get a good low-carb dinner in a restaurant.)

The waiter also told me it would not be a problem if I took photos, so I couldn't wait to see my food. It was beautifully presented, perfectly cooked, and completely delicious. This a dish I would order over and over. I haven't made the cauliflower mashed potatoes at home, but these were incredibly creamy and rich tasting. (Probably due to butter and cream, but who cares? This was a special occasion.) The asparagus was perfectly tender-crisp, and the chicken also perfectly cooked. I also noticed that what Lynette ordered, Grilled Sea Bass with Red Pepper Coulis, would have been a perfect low carb meal if she had substituted the cauliflower for potatoes. Biaggi's is a chain restaurant, but it has a decidedly non-chain feel. If I had a rating system (hah!) I would give it my highest rating.

My lunch came to only $18.23 with the food and a soft drink, and Lynette's was even less than that. For a meal of this quality I think that's a very reasonable price. The only bad note in the entire experience was that I asked for a "doggie bag" for my second chicken breast, and then forgot to take it home with me. Next time I will be more careful.

Biaggi's Ristorante Italiano
194 South 400 West
Salt Lake City, Utah 84101
www.biaggis.com
801-596-7222

Blogger Disclosure:
Although I did tell the server I was a food blogger and asked if I could take photos, we paid for the lunch at Biaggi, and they had no idea I would be writing this post about the restaurant. I don't really write restaurant "reviews" but once in a while I talk about restaurants in Salt Lake and Restaurants in other cities where I've had great meals.

5 comments:

  1. That's where we're going if I'm ever out by you! Sounds wonderful!
    Adam;-)

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  2. hi Kalyn,

    I wish i live near you. This dish looks really delicious, i could almost taste it.

    How i wish the recipe for this is available.

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  3. Is this your best photo yet??!!
    xx

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  4. Mike, I do know that. I will add a note at the beginning of the post.

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