With Italian cuisine inspired by the Molise region of south-central Italy, the aptly named Caffé Molise is a shining gem on the downtown-dining scene. Chef/owner Fred Moesinger is a master of fresh flavors, as evidenced by his sautéed wild mushrooms on polenta, fresh potato and semolina gnocchi, spice-rubbed pork tenderloin with black-mission-fig compote and spicy Italian sausage-spiked orecchiette. During warm weather, the outside pocket-park patio is a popular dinner spot, and the John Flanders jazz trio brings in the crowds on Fridays. There’s also an eclectic selection of Italian and domestic wines on hand.
55 W. 100 South, Salt Lake City, 801-364-8833