Caffe’ Molise is a hidden jewel. Hidden, because it’s not on one of downtown’s main arteries and without a big, obnoxious sign out front. Hidden, because it is in a small space and because the owners don’t do a whole lot of advertising. A jewel, because it is truly fine dining at its best. A jewel, because the authentic Italian cuisine served there is as good as you can get in this area.
What’s more, they have been an alternative venue for Utah artists since they opened nine years ago. Original owner Shelley DeProto had a number of artist friends and wanted to support them, while decorating her restaurant. That attitude of supporting the local arts now includes hosting live jazz artists as well.
Still showing primarily Utah artists, Caffe’ Molise takes no commissions, asking only a waiver of liability. Deproto and new co-owner/chef Fred Moesinger accept slides from interested artists and often take referrals from Pam O’Mara of the neighboring Utah Artist Hands gallery. Accepted artwork usually hangs for about a month. The work of Sarah Shelton is up through October, to be followed by the Italian landscapes of Shawn Rossiter in November.
While weather allows, the cafe spills out onto Dinwoody Plaza, with its ivy-covered walls and lovely trees. Caffe’ Molise takes reservations at 364-8833 and is located at 55 West 100 South in Salt Lake City (directly South of Crossroads Mall). It is open for lunch Mon-Fri from 11:30-2:00 and for dinner Mon-Thu 5:30-9:00 and Fri-Sat from 5:30-10:00.
This article appeared in the October 2002 edition of 15 Bytes.
Steve Coray has a background in photojournalism and now runs his own business providing creative, affordable event and portrait photography to clients all along the Wasatch Front and beyond.