Fenice Mediterranean Bistro

Right before the pandemic began, Jeff and Lisa Ward (owners of Silverstar Café in Park City signed a lease on the small restaurant space formerly occupied by Fireside on Regent, just next to the Eccles Theater and a stone’s throw from Prettybird Salt Lake.

To be honest, I can’t even imagine what it must have been like to even think about opening a restaurant right as talk of remote work and quarantining started to infiltrate our daily conversations. But for the Wards, it gave them a bit of a breather; a chance to reset and really think things through and consider how (and what) they wanted their first venture into Salt Lake dining to be.

Ant their thoughtful approach shows in every detail at Fenice Mediterranean Bistro (126 S Regent Street). The layout and design of the space keeps things intimate and warm (no doubt helped by the piping hot pizza oven located in the corner of the open kitchen). I was invited by the restaurant to stop by and check out some dishes.

The menu reflect the Mediterranean vibes well, with various small plates such as roasted olives with burrata, polenta with balsamic-roasted potatoes (really tasty), and patatas bravos.

For pasta, I tried the bolognese bianca, which was absolutely rich, creamy, and delicious. Exactly what you would expect from a well-executed bolognese. Other dishes that caught my eye that I didn’t get a chance to try were the mushroom risotto, the osso bucco, whole roasted branzino, and a New York steak au poivre. Inquiries to other diners who had those dishes were met with strong, favorable reviews. The pizzas also looked delicious.

Prices are reasonable considering the level of execution of the dishes as well as the downtown location, with the mains ranging from around $25-$30, pizzas $18, and pasta dishes $17-$22.

For the adult beverage side of things, I will as always graciously bow out of offering any opinions other than saying that the restaurant features a full cocktail menu and what appears to me to be a quite substantial selection of wines and beers. I will note that due to their current liquor license, you must be 21 or older to dine at Fenice.

The restaurant is currently open for dinnerTuesday through Saturday from 5pm-9:30pm, and their websites states they are closed Mondays and Tuesdays. No mention of Sundays so be sure to check with them prior to hoofing it down there. Dinner only for now, but they anticipate they will expand into brunch and lunch soon.

Patatas Bravas
Bolognese

Regent Street Beat

Regent Street continues to slowly build out as broadway shows fill the Eccles Theater. Two items to mention: Pretty Bird, Viet Pham’s new spot which will serve Nashville Hot Chicken, is scheduled to open in October, according to Pham. Although I would serve that hot chicken with a side of healthy skepticism, since a recent snoop inside indicates little to no construction activity inside.

Second shop is the Last Course ice cream dessert studio. Construction has started, and I was unable to sleuth out any additional information online regarding this spot, so keep your eyes peeled for additional information later on.

Brunch at Fireside on Regent Begins June 3rd

Fireside on Regent is off to a solid start, and now that they have their feet under them, Chef Richey is opening for brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30-2pm beginning June 3rd. Richey is no brunch novice, having previously expanded Pago’s menu to include brunch as well. Expect to see French toast, croque madam, burgers, hash, salads, and special brunch-only pizzas on the menu.

Fireside on Regent
126 South Regent Street, Salt Lake City

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“Slice of Ice” Iceberg lettuce, sundered tomato aioli, “landshark” ham, poached egg, chives

 

The Regent Street Beat

In conjunction with the opening of the Eccles Theater and the 111 high rise, and in anticipation of the new boutique hotel coming to the corner of Regent Street and 200 S, the RDA has invested funds to revitalize the old Regent Street, which connects City Creek to Gallivan Center.

Soon, this street will be filled with new shops and restaurants. The new dining options will be a welcome addition to busy downtown. I won’t lie, I am extremely excited for this street; they are designing it in a way that is going to be very pedestrian-friendly. I visited the 16th Street pedestrian mall in Denver a few years back, and ever since have hoped for something like it to come to SLC. I think this is it, and I’m super stoked about it.

New restaurants are slowly starting to trickle in. Two I have seen are Pretty Bird and Fireside Pizza and Pastaria. While still far from opening (the insides are still very bare), they should be opening in early 2017.

Pretty Bird

Chef Viet Pham (formerly of Forage) has taken a bit of a hiatus from cooking in the SLC to tend to his celebrity chef TV duties, so I was excited to see a recent post of his on Twitter announcing his upcoming restaurant, Pretty Bird (a play on the Dumb and Dumber scene), which will specialize in fried chicken. The space is tiny–I can’t imagine him fitting more than two or three tables in it–but from the early buzz it’s generating, I imagine he’ll be cranking out tons of chicken in no time.

Fireside Pizza and Pastaria

I have no real info on this space other than the name (Google didn’t pull anything up, either), but this is a large space with signage touting all of today’s top hits buzzwords (artisan, farm, etc.). With a “coming soon” sign, who know when opening will be, but I’m guessing sometime in Spring.

So there you go. I’ll be sure to update with any more developments on Regent Street.