Do you have that craving for some good Italian food? Then Siragusa’s Taste of Italy is the place to go for Salt Lake Community College students, as it’s located on 4115 South Redwood Road.
Siragusa’s is southern Italian cuisine with homemade sauces, soups and pastas which are made fresh each day from scratch.
Ross and April Siragusa are the operators and owners of the restaurant. Ross does the cooking and April manages the business side of the restaurant. Ross’s family grew up in the Italian section of Chicago where he learned how to make traditional Sicilian recipes handed down from his family. From Ross’s experience he creates many traditional Sicilian entrées that are homemade.
The Siragusas have only been here in Taylorsville for one year, but they definitely have made a name for themselves. The restaurant was voted by City Weekly as one of the best new restaurants of 2011 and The Salt Lake Tribune voted Siragusa’s as having the Best Dish of 2011 for best use of sweet potatoes.
Inside, the restaurant is a quaint and cute place that resembles the atmosphere of an old Italian café. Red and white-checkered table cloths join candle centerpieces. Much of the dining area is painted in red, black, white and gray. The back wall portrays a street scene that gives you the feeling that you’re right in heart of the Italian section of Chicago where Ross grew up. The waitresses were very friendly and did a great job of making sure that our drinks were filled and that everything else was done well.
For the appetizers, we tried the bruschetta and the wonderful mushrooms marsala. The bruschetta was toasted well with a great blend of herbs. We ate the mushroom marsala with the bruschetta, a great combination.
Our first entrée was the lasagna, and it was very tasty. It had a great blend of spices, meat, spinach and cheese. It was a large portion and we took it home and enjoyed it the next night for dinner. The other entrée that we ordered was the chicken marsala, and it was so scrumptious. The mushrooms were tender and sautéed just right a in a buttery sweet cherry wine flavor. The chicken was cooked perfectly, seared on the outside but so tender inside from being cooked in the marsala sauce.
Siragusa’s has other entrées such as the chicken saltimbocca and Tilapia Florentine that will tickle your Italian tastebuds. They also have a very big selection and variety of sandwiches accompanied by homemade french fries that will satisfy your tummy. They also make pizzas.
In addition to these great selections, Siragusa’s also serves salads such as the Caprese and the Italian Chef Salad. For dinner, we had the house salad. They also make minestrone and chicken orzo soup.
And last but not least are the heavenly desserts. Siragusa’s serves homemade tiramisu, cannoli, homemade cheesecake tarts, homemade chocolate mousse and gelato for your sweet tooth.
Their hours of operation are Monday through Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. The entrée prices range from $8 to $13 per plate. Siragusa’s is very kid-friendly but also serves beers and wines.