Opened just over a year ago, Vinto pizzeria became an instant hit in restaurant-rich Park City. Credit the blend of family-friendly pricing on a menu of fresh, Italian-inspired dishes with an interior that is as chic as it is comfortable. The brainchild of Parkite restaurateur David Harries and Salt Lake City–based architect Louis Ulrich, the restaurant’s alluring design reflects the ambience the two created for the original, and likewise popular, Vinto restaurant near downtown Salt Lake City.
Ulrich, who has dozens of restaurant designs to his credit (including Salt Lake City’s Park Café, Trio, Market Street Broiler, and Metropolitan), says he likes to “create memories” by establishing a signature look with something that attracts the eye the minute you walk through the door. At the new Vinto, that something is the bold black-and-white-striped wall at one end of the restaurant. The open-air look and feel in Park City also includes a wall of stacked firewood, maximum window space, an outdoor deck, exposed ceiling ducts and pipes (painted white), and a black floor made of Italian porcelain tile.
The clean look continues with a compact open kitchen lined with white tile walls and a white marble counter. Around the L-shaped corner, creamy-white French plaster covers the outside-facing wall of the wood-burning pizza oven. The icing on the design cake, so to speak, comes from three round booths sitting in a row below huge, playful Mui Mui globe lampshades, and more visual candy pops up in rows of perfectly aligned wine and Italian water bottles, as well as stacks of pizza boxes showing off Vinto’s attractive logo.
Ulrich uses uplighting to draw the eye to his simple design flourishes, maximizing the impact of relatively inexpensive materials with a bit of bling. But patrons often still find themselves just as captivated by the beauty of expertly singed wood-fired pizzas, brightly flavored salads and appetizers, and delectable homemade gelatos and sorbets. Dining at Vinto proves there can be a perfect marriage of style and substance.