A new Italian restaurant near the University of Utah, at 224 S. 1300 E., is set to open this month. Osteria Amore, owned and operated by Eduardo Daja with head chef Marco Cuttaia, will host an invite-only grand opening on Tuesday, October 8, 2019. Doors will open to the public on October 10. 

The restaurant, which is the brainchild of Daja and Cuttaia, will occupy the space formerly held by Aristo’s, a longtime neighborhood favorite until its closure in April of this year. The interior has been remodeled to attain a contemporary yet homey feel, and to make space for a wood-burning pizza oven and wine bar. 

Daja and Cuttaia have a combined 30 years in the restaurant business; both began their culinary careers as teenagers in Italy—Daja in Bologna and Cuttaia in Palermo—where they developed refined palettes, learned traditional and modern cooking techniques, and discovered a true passion for food. They came together by chance as adults living in Salt Lake City, and have joined together to open a restaurant that they believe will bring the best of authentic Italian cuisine to the valley they’ve grown to love.  

Osteria Amore’s menu will highlight original recipes that bring the flavors of northern and southern Italy together in distinctive dishes including fresh handmade pasta, desserts featuring house-made gelato, and wines curated by the owner and head chef. 

For information about reserving a table at the invite-only grand opening, interested parties can contact Eduardo Daja or visit the restaurant’s website

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