Private Patio Party at Caffe Molise

The soft sounds of a trickling fountain, ivy-lined brick in the heart of downtown, dainty lights twinkling in the twilight of the sunset and the smell of delicious Italian food :: quite a romantic picture, isn’t it?  Add the laughter of great friends, the flow of good wine and the celebration of a couple in love and you have a wonderful engagement party at Caffe Molise.
The ivy-lined brick and pool in Caffe Molise's patio in Salt Lake City.

Caffe Molise has all the ingredients for a perfect patio.

A few weeks ago my friends celebrated their engagement at a private party in one of the most beautiful patios in Salt Lake City, Caffe Molise.  Tucked between buildings in the center of downtown, the patio is quiet enough to feel intimate but open enough to let sounds of the city seep in to remind you that you’re still downtown.

The view of the entire patio of Caffe Molise in Salt Lake City.

The whole patio was reserved for the private party.

Caffe Molise has long been known for their superb Italian food; personally I’m a huge fan of their brunch (although I’ve yet to dedicate a post to them here on my blog).  I was shocked to learn that they not only host private parties, but that their catering food is just as excellent as their single-course dishes.

Polpette di melanzana, penne di caprino and pollo masala at Caffe Molise in Salt Lake City.

Polpette di melanzana, penne di caprino and pollo masala.

Throughout the party, servers walked around with smoked salmon hors d’oeuvres while keeping our wine glasses full.  Dinner was an impressive array of Italian favorites served buffet-style :: lasagna, Polpette di melanzana (eggplant “meatballs” in a shallot and tomato cream sauce topped with asparagus, served on polenta), Penne di Caprino (goat cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, artichokes and penne pasta in a garlic sauce), Pollo Marsala (sauteed chicken with mushrooms in a marsala cream sauce with spinach), mashed potatoes, salad, fresh vegetables and more.

A slice of chocolate cake topped with a strawberry at Caffe Molise in Salt Lake City.

The best chocolate cake in the city.

As if we hadn’t stuffed ourselves full on rich Italian food (I’ve got to remember to order the Polpette di melanzana next time), slices of chocolate cake were brought out afterward, followed by a champagne toast.  I have a not-so-slight obsession with chocolate cake and for years Caffe Molise has held my vote for the best in the city.  It did not disappoint.

A wine glass reflecting the twinkling lights of Caffe Molise's patio in Salt Lake City.

As the sun set, the twinkling lights added a romantic glow.

If you are looking to host a private event, especially on a patio that feels as comfortably intimate as a friend’s backyard, I highly suggest Caffe Molise.  Not only is the setting beautiful, the service and food is outstanding.

Thank you Dani and Matt for hosting such a wonderful evening and congratulations on your engagement!

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