Valter’s Osteria

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Valter's Osteria

Valter’s Osteria

Valter’s Osteria – Easily one of the nicest eating atmospheres you will find in Salt Lake City.  Wooden floors, finely decorated tables, lots of staff busy polishing silverware, nice artwork on the walls, and an owner that greets guests with kisses on the hand and hugs.  Eating here for the first time roughly a month ago, I was certainly very impressed during my first 10 minutes of my wife and I’s dining experience.  Valter’s came with much fanfare as well, they are very highly regarded in the food community.  In fairness to Valter’s from everything I have heard coming into that night, and also the presentation during the first 10 minutes, my expectations were sky-high.  However, I do have to say on the whole I was disappointed.  There were areas that Valter’s shined, but others that fell flat for me.  I even waited in leaving this review so I could reflect on my experience.  Was this a case of the emperor’s new clothes?  Here’s my thoughts.

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Like I said in the beginning, if you are looking for an evening for a special occasion, and want someplace nice, you will not be disappointed.  Even the restrooms were like they came straight out of the pages of a model home magazine and smelled like a Bath and Body Works.  The towels to dry your hands are always a good barometer for judging a restroom, and these were thick and high quality.  No expenses were sparred in the comfort and decor of this place.

Fresh Bread and Anchovy Balsamic Dipping Sauce

Fresh Bread and Anchovy Balsamic Dipping Sauce

On to the token place of bread before our meal, I will admit that this was maybe the best loaf of bread and dipping sauce I’ve had anywhere in my life.  The bread was a dream come true and the dipping sauce was amazing.  We weren’t the only ones either.  I watched as our table and the table next to ours, as soon as either one of us came within a slice of exhausting our baskets, they were refilled immediately.  The service was impeccable, however I couldn’t get absolutely stuffed on bread, so had to eventually draw the line and cut of any more bread.

Foccacia

Foccacia

This foccacia that came before our meal also was exceptional.  If I have had better and don’t remember when or where.  We were certainly off to a great start.  But this is perhaps where we made our first mistake.  At Walter’s you can have either the owner or the waiter custom your dining experience for you, or you can order off the menu.  The table to our left went with the dining experience, and in hindsight we probably should have went this route.  Walter’s will bring out a 3 course meal with lots of different tastings to your table.  My wife and I thought that this approach sounded like it was going to be really expensive judging off the prices of the menu, so we went with just a adhoc approach to our order.  I went with the house lasagna, and my wife went with a combo plate that had gnocchi and ravioli.

Gnocci and House Ravioli

gnocchi and House Ravioli

I’ll start with the good stuff.  My wife’s plate was really good.  The house gnocchi tossed in marinara and basil was delightful.  We are big fans of gnocchi in my house and this stuff was great.  The ravioli’s were also really good.  One was a butternut squash and the other was spinach.

House lasagna

House lasagna

Now for my complaint and perhaps the dish that tainted my entire evening.  I’m very much against judging or reviewing a plate just because I feel it is expensive.  That’s the problem with food sites that are not vetted like Yelp.  People will downgrade their reviews if they feel they are not getting their money’s worth.  Now with that said, I expect to pay a premium at a place like this, but I don’t recall a time in my life where I shelled out $36 for a plate of lasagna.  If it was exceptional lasagna or life altering lasagna, then I would have no complaints.  With that said take a look at the picture above.  Does it look like it came out of a fancy restaurant or a high school cafeteria?  It didn’t necessarily taste bad, but it also didn’t taste awesome, and it looked too much like a sloppy joe sandwich.  Additionally it had little to no cheese in it.  I was really disappointed in this lasagna.

One of the cool things about Walter’s is how they serve you.  There was a table of 12 when we were dining, and when it came time to bring out the entrees to that table, it wasn’t a simple delivery from the kitchen to the table.  A staff of 6-8 people came out with the actual cooking pans and they plated the dinners table side, and then served it directly.  You definitely get the feel of how much pride Walter’s takes in their presentation and their delivery, and this just adds to the experience.

There, I’ve said it.  I’m at peace with this review.  Perhaps in another time and life if I go back to Walter’s, I’ll turn the reins over to the owner and let him pick for me.  The staff was certainly nice, and the restaurant was lovely, but the food, at least the main entrée fell flat for me.

 

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