Stuart and the crew were in town and we were desperate for dinner in a private room somewhere, anywhere in Salt Lake. Quick thinking, we pulled into Trio Cafe in Cottonwood where it is always packed with families and working people in business casual. This location has a spectacular outdoor patio and spacious interior compared to the Trio at 9th Street. Let's start off with some cappuccinos...Grilled Artichoke, $9. Tomato-mozzarella crostini, lemon aioli, balsamic reduction. This was good, but not mind-blowing. Colors were too muted and distracting!
Rosemary Flatbread, $8.50. Goat Cheese, roasted peppers, caramelized onions, tomatoes. A classic favorite. Beautiful blend of flavors with the balsamic drizzle.
Manila Clams, $12. Pesto, tomatoes, white wine and butter, grilled ciabatta. There was way too much pesto and it clouded the juicy sweet flavor of clams. The fat juicy lemon helped a bit.
Skirt Steak, Shrimp, Risotto, $32. I was starting to panic until this Special arrived. This dish alone redeemed the entire meal! Brilliant melody of flavors, fresh herbs, roasted garlic, olives. Textures of plump juicy perfectly cooked shrimp (not overcooked and rubbery) next to marinated steak medium rare and chunky creamy risotto. Fabulous. Loved every drip of this.
Fettucini with Seafood in Tomato Sauce, $32. This was another Special I think. The tiny shrimp did not look appetizing (next to my monster prawns) and the green basil was not very green. Hubby said it was so-so ;'(
Trio Chocolate Torta, $5.99. Marcona almond crust, orange-mascarpone whipped cream. Rich and yummy, but I am not a dessert girl.
Trio of Desserts, $5.99. Nothing beats good old fashioned ice-cream.
Trio Cafe Cottonwood
6405 S 3000 E
Cottonwood Heights, UT 84121