This was my second visit to Faustina, just East of City Center. I’ve taken clients here, and tonight I wanted to treat my mom to somewhere nice. Faustina is more of an upscale restaurant featuring a variety of pasta, steak, and seafood dishes. They do fantastically well with many of the dishes that I sampled, while others were just okay. Let me give you the breakdown.
I’m not sure how the olive oil in the above picture turned red and blue, but the pre meal complimentary bread plate was excellent. Faustina gives you a plate with some spices already on it, all you have to do is add vinegar and olive oil, and you have yourself a pretty nice little dipping sauce. I thought the bread was moist and soaked up the oil & vinegar excellent. I enjoyed it. It had a really moist consistency to it.
I went with a bowl of the butternut squash soup. It had some candied pecans inside of it. To be honest, this was probably one of my least favorite parts of the meal. I in no way want to be insulting to Faustina, but the soup reminded me of re-heated baby food.
Believe me my review gets much better, but I wasn’t a fan of the goat cheese plate either. It might be a case of expectations, because I was expecting more of a mozzarella flavor in the cheese, but the cheese was extremely sharp. I like sharp cheese as an accent flavor like in a salad or on a burger, but not as a main flavor. Props to the service of Faustina because they took the plate back and didn’t charge us for it.
We had our kids with us, so we ordered them something off the tapas menu, both a bowl of the mac and cheese. The mac and cheese here was AMAZING! Amazing flavor and spices. The cheese “chip” in the middle was even unique and flavorful. I would recommend this as a side item for whatever you order at Faustina.
The chicken salad my wife ordered was also excellent. It consisted of smoked chicken, blueberries, apple laces, in a vinaigrette dressing. My wife wasn’t very hungry that night and didn’t eat much of it, so I ended up helping her out quite a bit. The salad grew on me. With every bite, I enjoyed it more and more. I had it for lunch the next day and it still tasted amazing.
The presentation was beautiful on this dish. The Faustina lasagna is more of a savory beefy lasagna then a traditional Italian marinara based lasagna. My favorite part of it was the delicious salami throughout the dish. There was a lot of savory flavors that played well together. While I enjoyed the dish, I wouldn’t call it one of my favorites.
My mom with with the shrimp scampi. The seafood taste was mild and delicious. The shrimp was prepared well and was tasted great.
Faustina is a good option for the business dinner and upscale atmosphere crowd looking for good American style cuisine. I would put them in the same league with the Copper Onions, Bambaras, and ZY type restaurants of downtown SLC, which I mean as a compliment.