Cortona Italian Café set out to become a destination for those looking for authentic Italian food and a romantic, whimsical atmosphere to enjoy it. Offering food from the heart, including scratch-made pasta, traditional-style sauces, and in-house-made gelato, just like it’s made in Italy, the location is one of our must-try restaurants when visiting Park City, Utah.
History of Cortona Italian Cuisine
For those who enjoy Italian like it’s made in Italy, Cortona Italian Cuisine is an excellent choice. The restaurant is owned by Hop and Kathryn, who set out to create a true destination offering classic Italian recipes that pay homage to the historic city of Cortona in Tuscany. The family-owned restaurant set out to create fresh-made pasta that includes pappardelle, fettuccini, and Gemelli, among others.
Our Experience at Cortona Italian Cuisine
Cortona Italian Café is on W. Ute Blvd, at Kimball Junction. It’s near a number of retailers and other restaurants right off I-80. Those who visit enter into a location that feels like Tuscany, with intimate tables and soft lighting throughout. The location has beautiful, ornate ceilings and a rustic Italian feel to each area. It feels like a true Italian family setting where everyone is welcome.
Guests have the option of dining in the restaurant. However, reservations ahead of time are typically required because of the small size of the location. They also offer family-style take-out as well as curbside pickup, both of which require in-advance scheduling.
What’s Good on the Menu?
The dinner menu at Cortona Italian Café is a rustic-inspired set of dishes made from scratch by talented chefs. The owners use fresh and locally sourced products for many of those dishes. The sauces are more traditional with robust flavor using the freshest of vegetables. They also offer fresh-batched gelato for a soothing, creamy dessert. Dinner is served from 5 pm to 9 pm daily.
One of the appetizers available is Nona’s (Grandma’s) Meatball, a 5.5-ounce meatball freshly made in-house and topped with homemade sauce, parmesan cheese, and fresh basil. It’s a colossal meatball packed with flavor and a flavorful sauce.
The potato gnocchi is never too tough or hard, but soft pillows of potato-based pasta. It is served with a light garlic and tomato olive oil with a sprinkling of parmesan cheese. There is just a bit of crushed red pepper flakes in it to add just enough heat to liven up the tastebuds. It is then topped with fresh basil. Guests can choose to add chicken, shrimp, or sausage to it for an upcharge.
For a vegetarian’s delight, the Primavera is a flavorful dish that starts with bucatini pasta. The pasta has a blend of vegetables in it, including grape tomatoes that pop in your mouth, roasted red bell peppers with their sweet taste, as well as artichokes, eggplant, and sun-dried tomatoes. The entire thing is tossed with light olive oil with a small amount of plum tomato sauce added to it before finishing it off with parmesan cheese. Guests can choose between chicken, shrimp, and sausage to add to the dish.
Cortona Italian Café is known for its lasagna, four layers of homemade pasta sheets, and a rich Pino Noir Bolognese sauce. It also offers a layer of freshly made bechamel sauce for the creamy factor. They warn guests to order ahead to make sure they are able to sample this limitedly available dish because it is a favorite.
Veal Saltimbocca All Romana
The team created the Veal Saltimbocca Alla Romana to offer a bit more flavor and a more rich combination of foods. It starts with a scaloppine of veal that’s then sauteed. It is layered with salty prosciutto and fresh sage, basted over and over as it cooks slowly. It also is topped with a buttery Marsala wine sauce and then served with spinach and Gemelli pasta.
For those who enjoy a fish (Pesce) dish, the Shrimp Arrabbiata is a solid option. It offers several large shrimp in a spicy San Marzano-style tomato sauce that has a strong garlic, red chili pepper, and olive oil sauce. It’s served on fettuccine. This “angry” sauce has a significantly strong bite to tempt those who like a little spice.
Though the location offers several different dessert options, the homemade gelato is what they are known for featuring. The flavors available change often, and guests are welcomed to visit the gelato case to choose which they would like to end their meal. They are freshly made using local ingredients but also include nut pastes that are imported directly from Italy.
To end the meal, a cup of coffee is customary. Choose from espresso, cappuccino, or a latte, made from Italian and other beans for a fresh and refreshing flavor.
Keep in mind that the menu changes often, and seasonal offerings are often included.
Do We Recommend Cortona Italian Cuisine?
YES! After our delicious meal at Cortona, we would 100% recommend this restaurant to our guests, family, and friends alike. We think this would be a great meal to refuel after a long day dogsledding or hiking and really appreciated the generous portions! Visit Cortona next time you're in town; you won't be disappointed!
- Reservations are highly recommended - book by phone.
- 20% Gratuity is automatically charged for curbside and family takeout orders.
- Cash is preferred.