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Dining | Food Matters: Lugäno, Dumpling Festival, Dine O’Round

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The “I didn’t see it coming dept.”, or maybe you could call it good news/bad news: The bad news that Greg Neville has closed his Murray/Cottonwood Pine Restaurant, voted as recently as 2007 as “Best New Restaurant” by Salt Lake magazine. The good news is that divesting in Pine will allow Neville to focus more firmly on his Lugäno restaurant in East Millcreek. Neville says he’s excited about the new Lugäno spring menu. In addition, he’s looking to expand Lugäno into downtown Salt Lake City and Park City. I’ll keep you posted. LuganoRestaurant.com

There is still a little time to get in on The Mandarin Restaurant’s 2008 Dumpling Festival, which runs through Monday, April 14. The Dumpling Festival showcases handmade dumplings and dipping sauces like curry chicken and pine nut, Thai style pork and scallion, salmon, shrimp and spinach, crab, pork shu mai and others. Each order comes with two dumplings, and prices are $3 to $4 per order. Reservations are accepted for parties of eight or more. Parties less than eight can call ahead and have their name placed on a waiting list. 348 E. 900 North, Bountiful, 298-2406. MandarinUtah.com

Mark your calendars for May 2. That’s when the 2nd Annual Spring Downtown Dine O’Round kicks off. It goes through May 17 and features special lunch and dinner pricing at more than 30 downtown Salt Lake City restaurants: three-course dinners priced at either $15 or $30 per person, depending on the location. And many of the restaurants are also offering $10 lunches. It’s a terrific way to sample Salt Lake City’s French, Mexican, Continental, Lebanese, Seafood, Japanese, Thai, Bistro, Chinese, Italian, vegetarian and American cuisine on a budget. Participating restaurants include Martine, Al Forno, Melting Pot, Benihana, Oasis Café, Biaggi’s, Buca di Beppo, Cannella’s, Cedars of Lebanon, Sage’s, Christopher’s, Spencer’s and many more. Downtown Dine O’Round is presented by the Downtown Alliance. For more information go to DineORound.com.

Quote of the week: Don’t eat until you’re full; eat until you’re tired!  —Hawaiian saying

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