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Where to Celebrate Valentine’s Day 2023 Utah

The St. Regis Deer Valley has opened a new, high-design Italian restaurant called La Stellina. Valentine’s Day at Oquirrh. The Lodge at Blue Sky Valentine’s Weekend.


New St. Regis Deer Valley Restaurant Opens

The St. Regis Deer Valley has opened a new, high-design Italian restaurant called La Stellina (“Little Star”), located in the Resort’s Snow Park Building, easily reached from the Resort’s main building, and also accessible from the Resort’s Lower Funicular Building via covered walkway. 

La Stellina serves classic Italian cuisine under the guidance of Chef Matthew Harris, who trained in Italy with Italian cesarine – home cooks who teach from the comfort of their own family kitchens. Harris and the folks at La Stellina said, “. Safeguards of Italy’s cultural heritage, cesarines’ recipes have been passed down for generations. Mozzarella is hand-pulled to perfection as a copper-tiled pizza oven soars above 500°F to achieve the right temperature for classic, crispy pies.  Simple, fresh ingredients translate into sophisticated flavors at this innovative restaurant.  Locally sourced produce combines with authentic Italian meats, cheeses, and pastas to create dishes that appeal to every age and every palate.”

“La Stellina is a chef’s dream,” said Chef Matthew Harris.  “Under the tutelage of several Italian cesarines, I learned to cook true, authentic Italian food.  I am thrilled to offer the timeless combination of locally-sourced fresh ingredients with Italian meats and cheeses to create the finest in Italian dining for our guests.”

Starters include Compressed Melon with Prosciutto and Aged Balsamic; and La Stellina Panzanella with Focaccia, Cured Tomatoes, Olives, Chicory, Basil and Ricotta Salata.  Main Courses include “Cioppino” with Clams, Mussels, Shrimp, Squid, White Wine, Basil and Focaccia; and Whole Roasted Branzino with Broccolini and Lemon; Crispy Chicken Piccata with Lemon, Capers, Black Pepper, Arugula and Parmesan.   

 Pastas include Ricotta Agnolotti with Swiss Chard, Mortadella and Truffle Butter; and Spaghetti Pomodoro with Crushed Tomato Sauce, Basil and Pecorino.  Pizza offerings feature White Clam pizza with Fresh Shucked Clams, Garlic and Oregano; Spicy Sausage with Broccoli Rabe, Lemon and Mozzarella; and Fresh Spinach with Herbs, Chili and Ricotta.  The menu is rounded out with side dishes such as Magnate’s Meatball, and Spinach, Garlic, Lemon and Parmesan.  A Children’s Menu is available featuring Spaghetti and Tomato Sauce, Chicken Parmesan and Cheese Pizza. 

General Manager of The St. Regis Deer Valley, Mr. Tyler Mugford, said, “We are delighted to introduce our new dining experience, La Stellina.  Perfect for diners of every age after a day on the slopes or exploring Park City’s Main Street, La Stellina is the centerpiece of the Resort’s new Snow Park Building, a hub of activity that also includes the Astor Bar and Topgolf Swing Suites.”

La Stellina is open for dinner Wednesday through Sunday from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM. .  If arriving by car, complimentary Valet Parking is available at the Snow Park Building, located at 2300 Deer Valley Drive East. For reservations and more information, click here. Come back to Utah Bites next week for my full review of La Stellina. 

V-Day @ Oquirrh

There is no shortage of Valentine’s Day restaurant dinners to choose from next week. But one of the best looking menus I’ve seen is the V-Day dinner at Oquirrh, which kicks off with Kushi Oysters with Champagne & Local Apple Mignonette, along with House Sourdough Bread & European Butter. There is also an optional Caviar Service for a $150 supplemental charge. 

Course 1 is Baby Gem Caesar Salad: Classic Dressing, Parmesan Crouton & Sous Vide Egg Yolk. 

Course 2 is Lobster & Black Truffle Risotto: Local Maitake Mushrooms, Leeks & Fennel Pollen

Course 3 is Braised Beef: Whipped Local Yukon Potatoes, Caramelized Pearl Onions, Baby Carrots, and Bone Marrow Bordelaise. 

Palate Cleanser: Pow Pow Sorbet with Winter Citrus

Dessert is Solstice Chocolate Budino, Beet Mousse, and Salted Vanilla Ice Cream. 

Reservations are required and dinner will be $120 per person, not including tax or gratuity. Optional wine pairings will be offered as well. Make reservations on @exploretock or call 801-359-0426.

The Lodge at Blue Sky Valentine’s Weekend

The Lodge at Blue Sky invites you and your partner to celebrate romance during their Valentine’s Weekend through a selection of curated culinary and wellness experiences. 

On Saturday, February 11 you can let your inhibitions go with Wild Abandon Yoga, enjoy Gifts from the Heart with nourishing wellness products from Acrely Farms, or just gather in the Yuta bar to enjoy live acoustic love songs, great bar bites, and specialty craft cocktails.

Sunday, February 12 feature Sipping Cacao & Love Notes before treating yourselves to a bespoke wellness treatment at The Edge Spa. 

On Monday, February 13, learned the Art of Arranging Flowers with the guidance of a floral designer from Ceebees Designs and assemble the perfect St. Valentine’s Day bouquet, or kids can bake and decorate their own Valentine’s Day Cookies with the Little Vaqueros Culinary Exploration. 

Then, on Valentine’s Day, settle in with the one you love for a decadent Valentine’s Day dinner in the Wine Room. The four courses are crafted with love by Blue Sky’s dedicated culinary team. For pricing, reservations, and details about Valentine’s Weekend at The Lodge at Blue Sky, click here



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Food writer Ted Scheffler

Originally trained as an anthropologist, Ted Scheffler is a seasoned food, wine & travel writer based in Utah. He loves cooking, skiing, and spends an inordinate amount of time tending to his ever-growing herd of guitars and amplifiers.


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