For many, this is Utah’s best choice for authentic Italian cuisine. Dining at Cucina Toscana is part opera, part symphony, part three-ring circus—all orchestrated by the maestro, Valter Nassi. The debonair, hand-kissing, bear-hugging Italian restaurant owner greets each guest personally, and each evening is a unique performance that revolves around impeccable Northern Italian cuisine. Order the Caesar salad, and chances are Nassi will prepare it for you himself, tableside. Opt for the risotto of the day—always cooked perfectly, by the way—and Nassi will likely turn up to offer freshly sliced truffles. Ask about the pollo della casa—a souped-up version of chicken piccata—and he might get a little teary describing it to you, he’s so proud of the dish. Airy pillows of freshly made gnocchi in mushroom cream sauce are simply heaven. But, then, so is everything else about this very special Tuscan trattoria.