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More Valentine's Day Dining

Also: Carnival of Venice at The New Yorker



Last Call for V-Day
Info about a few additional Valentine’s Day dinners has trickled in since I wrote my roundup article in the last issue of City Weekly. At Caffe Niche (779 E. 300 South, 801-433-3380,, Chef Ethan Lappé is offering a $50 five-course dinner with menu items such as Snake River Farms Kurobuta pork cheeks; lobster-stuffed piquillo pepper; a goat cheese and black-truffle “pillow”; scarlet diver scallops; and Jones Creek beef short ribs.

At Finca (1291 S. 1100 East, 801-487-0699,, lovers will enjoy a Valentine’s Day tasting menu; it’s $45 for food and an additional $35 for the optional wine pairings, plus tax and gratuity. The menu includes dishes like seared beef heart and caramelized shallots; poached lobster with Israeli couscous; and a spiced chocolate mousse.

The $70 Valentine’s Day menu at Pago (878 S. 900 East, 801-532-0777, choices such as beef tartare; scallop crudo; country pâté; roast chicken with citrus brown butter; gnocchi with lobster; beef Bourguignon; butternut cannelloni with wild mushrooms and tofu; and chocolate cremeaux.

Over at Boulevard Bistro (1414 S. Foothill Drive, 801-953-1270,, you’ll
find a Valentine’s Day four-course chef’s tasting menu for two priced at $90, plus tax and gratuity. The menu includes salmon rillettes with toast points; golden beet carpaccio with goat cheese and arugula; butter-poached lobster with potato gnocchi; and red velvet soufflé with cream cheese topping.

Carnival of Venice
The annual Carnival of Venice at The New Yorker (60 W. Market St., 801-363-0166, runs through February and March with Carnival specialties like pan-seared beef filet Marsala, foie gras, porcinis and Fontina cheese sauce; and zuppa del doge: half a Maine lobster, scallops, shrimp, clams, mussels, crab and asparagus in white wine-tomato sauce. Meanwhile, The New Yorker’s sister Market Street restaurants and Oyster Bars ( are offering Blue Point Oysters for 99 cents every day through the end of February.

Quote of the week: Don’t let love interfere with your appetite. It never does with mine. —Anthony Trollope


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