In the heart of downtown Provo, you can be just a step away from Tuscany. No need for a passport; Gloria’s Little Italy Restaurant brings Italy right to you, literally.
Almost everything in the kitchen is imported from Italy, including the antipasti, Misto Della Casa. Rich imported cured ham, dry sausage, and young peccorino cheese pair perfectly with marinated artichoke hearts and briney green olives.
Gloria uses Fettunta bread, which is tender on the inside and crisp on the outside. Rubbed with garlic, seasoned with salt, fresh ground pepper and a drizzle of superior tasting olive oil, this combination brings new light to regular garlic bread.
No Italian menu would be complete without a host of pasta offerings, and Gloria’s is by no means lacking. In the Primi Piatti, there are 8 different types of pasta, 8 different sauces and several types of specialty and recommended pasta dishes. It may take a while to decide.
For those who just can’t choose one, go with the Tricolore Italiano. An elegant presentation of 3 fabulous sauces in the colors of the Italian flag. Green: Pesto, a rich blend of pine nuts, fresh basil and olive oil; white: Besciamella, creamy, decadent and delicate; and red: Pomarola, tangy tomato and herbs. All 3 sauces are drizzled generously over your choice of pasta.
For those with a penchant for chewing, select from the Secondi Piatti. Classics are always a favorite, such as Pollo Alla Parmigiana, more commonly known as Chicken Parmesan. This dish is comprised of crisp chicken with spaghetti, smothered in Gloria’s Pomarola red sauce and melted mozzarella and parmesan cheeses.
Let yourself indulge in a cannoli. The crisp cannoli shells are imported, as well as the creamy, sweet cheese filling spotted with chocolate chips. Gloria’s cannolis are by far the best cannolis this side of the Atlantic.
Or, make your escape with a fresh gelato. From rich chocolate to tart raspberry, there are many flavors to tempt your taste buds. Gloria’s dessert counter boasts at least ten wonderful desserts, all freshly made.
Also, for all of you who want to try Tiramisu but have refrained for religious reasons, hold back no longer. Gloria’s Tiramisu is made with coffee flavoring instead of the traditional espresso.
Gloria’s Little Italy is beautifully decorated. The use of warm colors and lovely wall paintings give the feeling one is looking out the window at the Tuscany countryside. Because this restaurant is family operated, you are treated as family upon entering. Whether you come to dine, or purchase goods from the counter or the small Italian imports store, you will be welcomed with warmth and smiles.
Entrees: $9.99-$19.99, higher prices due to imported ingredients. Children’s menu: $5.99-$6.99
Gloria’s Little Italy
1 East Center Street
801 805 4913