The temperatures dropped quickly, didn’t they? The forecast is looking a little warmer (and brighter) for the weekend, and you might make the most of it with lunch at 100 South’s Cafe Molise. Now an attractive location for small weddings and anniversary parties, this quaint eatery has a patio to be reckoned with: water feature, sailboat-like awnings, tiled mosaics and all. Perfect for weekend dining-outs, if you ask me.
City oasis aside, Cafe Molise has a menu to be taken seriously, too. Though it’s stocked with pastas you can’t properly pronounce, the dishes themselves are more than palatable. Think gnocchi with fresh tomato cream sauce, basil and pine nuts, for example, or orechiette served with spicy Italian sausage, wild mushrooms, onions and tomatoes.
At Caffe Molise, the flavors speak for themselves, and the ingredients seem too as well. We can’t leave an Italian cafe without a bite of polenta, and their Polenta con Salsiccia was spot-on with its sausage, peppers and provolone, though we would have liked a little more marinara. The paninis make for hearty meals too—order yours with more spicy sausage or go vegetarian with the balsamic-flavored mozarella variety.
OK. So I lied. What I really can’t leave without sampling is dessert. Tiramisu, if you really wanna know. And if there’s one thing you should take more seriously than weekend lunch, it’s weekend dessert. Cafe Molise’s is one worth waiting for. Saturday is just a couple days away.
55 W. 100 South
Salt Lake City, Utah