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This weekend I dined at a new Park City restaurant and boy am I impressed! You know those opulent restaurants that Las Vegas is so well known for? The type you find at hotels like The Bellagio, The Venetian, and The Palms? Well, Ghidotti’s Italian Restaurant at Park City’s Kimball Junction in the Redstone Center can match any of them brick for brick and plate for plate. It’s a stunning restaurant and without a doubt the best new restaurant to open in Utah in quite some time.
Ghidotti’s is the creation of Bill White and named for his mother, who first taught him how to cook. If Bill White’s name rings a bell, it might be because he’s also the force behind Park City’s award-winning restaurants Grappa, Chimayo, Wahso, and Windy Ridge.
Walking into the richly detailed and eye-popping ambiance that is Ghidotti’s, your first reaction will probably be: “Boy, this is going to be costly.” But that’s the great thing about Ghidotti’s. It isn’t. You can have a fabulous meal in Ghidotti’s superb setting for about a third of what those Vegas restaurants I mentioned would charge. There are only a couple of dishes over 20 bucks and most entrees are priced in the mid to high teens. Soups and pasta side dishes like Tuscan white bean soup and linguine with clam sauce cost as little as $5.
But what I like most about Ghidotti’s is the Italian style comfort food served there. Dishes like beef braciola, braised for four hours until ridiculously tender, are as pleasing and satisfying as rigatoni with rich Bolognese sauce, shrimp scampi, or chicken Vesuvio.