Dinner & A Movie: Cannella's

It's been awhile since I gave you a review of one of the eating establishments of SLC, so here we go! In today's installment, I take you to the Italian eatery Cannella's. I first discovered this restaurant a few years back during the Dine O Round and have since returned a few times since it's a pretty reliable Italian restaurant when that craving strikes. Usually, I order the tortellini, but the time I visited I was a little more daring and switched up my order. Would this gamble pay off?  Or would Cannella's prove to be a one trick pony? But first, time to take a look at the key for price & ratings.

$ = 5-10 avg. per entree 
$$ = 10-15 avg. per entree 
$$$ = 15-20 avg. per entree 
$$$$ = 20-30 avg. per entree 
$$$$$ = $30+ and above per entree.

Cannella's is $$

RATINGS: 1 star = Poor, 2 stars = fair, 3 stars = good, 4 stars = very good, and 5 stars = AMAZING. 

Love the wall art on the back of the building!


Of all the restaurants that I've been to as a part of my "Dine O Round tour," this one is absolutely the hardest one to get a good picture of because it's so darkly lit! This can be nice at times (say on an intimate date,) but annoying during others. The time I WAS here on a date here though we sat in one of those awkward booths which was a rounded side booth and had to make eye contact out of the corner of our eyes. Not good. However, if you're coming with someone you're more comfortable with rather than a random first date, you'll be good. What I really love about the ambiance though is the downstairs that totally looks like a restaurant dungeon. I just really wish I could come to the restaurant sometime and be seated down there even though I. Luckily though that's where the bathroom is so you can still say hi to that beautiful dungeon when you step into Cannella's. The only thing really against the ambiance is that it's a little too traditional and there's nothing really unique about it. EMILY RATING: 4

Dungeon bathrooms are to die for!


I'll be honest, this dining experience was a little bit ago and I can't really recall the service. What does that mean? It means it definitely wasn't bad! Then again, I don't really remember it being exceptional either. I do seem to recall that they were very quick about giving us our food and that is always appreciated. EMILY RATING: 4


Usually, I go for the tortellini and am happy with it. This outing I decided to shake it up and use my gift card to get an appetizer and a different meal than usual. We ordered the garlic cheese flatbread (pizza dough, garlic olive oil, parmesan, asiago, house made marina) for our starter and it was delightful. We ate it up like it was nobody's business. For my main course, I went with the Tuscan Chicken (free range chicken breast, fontina cheese, prosciutto di parma, garlic mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables.) Last time when Caitlin and I dined together she had the fantastic chicken meal and I had the pasta dish. This time I ordered that we switch it up so I got the fancy chicken, and luckily it paid off for me. The chicken was so good and the sauce and veggies were just perfect. To check out more of the menu click HEREEMILY RATING: 4.

CAITLIN SAYS: I enjoyed Cannella's. I got the tortellini with the Pomodoro sauce. It was light and fresh. But that's all it was. I thought Emily's dish was far better. I would probably order something else if I went again, however, mine wasn't bad, especially if you are looking for something light and not very extravagant. I was just looking for something more. Our appetizer though was amazing. I am a sucker for warm bread! The ambiance was cool, very Italian. I didn't love the table we sat it. We kind of had to sit right next to each other in our booth instead of across from one another. The service was great, we were some of the only people there so we were given top priority. And our food was ready in a short amount of time! I would definitely go back (and order the chicken...)!

The verdict is that Cannella's is a reliable choice, just perhaps not a life changing one. Everything is solid and won't really let you down, but it's not really something I find myself craving in particular either. That said... it scored straight 4's from me so it must be doing something right!

& A MOVIE. The ambiance of Cannella's coupled with the food they serve there is the perfect opportunity to watch none other than Lady and the Tramp. Go on a nice Valentines date to Cannella's and top it off with watching two dogs accidentally kiss over a meatball. Maybe then you'll get lucky too. In theaters... Kingsman: The Secret Service comes out tomorrow or there's always... haha 50 Shades of Gray. Just kidding. 


Johanna said...

You know I really love Italian food but it's really hard to find a good dependable, reasonable Italian restaurant. Seriously, it's not that expensive of ingredients that go into the food. I know. I've cooked it enough times.

A little restaurant opened up in our neighborhood and I just hoped that it would be that perfect "little neighborhood Italian restaurant" but it was not to be. The food was okay and the prices way too high for that kind of ambiance.

Years ago Dad and I went to celebrate our pregnancy with Sarah at a restaurant called Capri's. I've yet to find another Italian restaurant quite like it. Little neighborhood Italian.....

Cannella's is good, semi-dependable, and not in my neighborhood. Sigh.

Sarah said...

Italian food is one of my favorites. This sounds like a good little restaurant. I'm hungry right now...I could eat it all!