By Mary Crafts-Homer
Another locally-owned restaurant has entered the food scene in American Fork: The Wild Zucchini. The owners were the original creators of the now famous Cafe Rio, so they know how to do the counter service idea where you make choices to design your own custom selection.
Their first step at taking the counter concept into the Italian realm was at Cafe Paesan in Orem, but I was not a fan. The Wild Zucchini has kept the Italian concept but stepped up the quality of fresh ingredients and produced a real winner.
The first thing I noticed was the great “grow lights” for all their fresh herbs. Nice touch!
The line was quite long but moved pretty quickly so I had time to study the menu board. Here’s how it works.
1) Make a selection: piadina (tortilla-like sandwich taken from the Cafe Rio days), pasta, salad or pizza.
2) Choose the “grill” item: chicken, sausage, pork, steak, shrimp or vegetables. (The wagyu steak is from Snake River and the pork is Berkshire — pretty impressive for a fast food place.)
3) Select your sauce from hot to cold.
4) Add an appetizer.
6) Dessert. And viola! You have your Wild Zucchini experience.
Tips for dining at Wild Zucchini:
Must order the Burrata with grilled bread. AMAZING! It’s as good as I’ve had at some of the finest dining establishments.
Thing to skip: the panna cotta dessert.
And the biggest tip for dining at the Wild Zucchini: Don’t save seats! These signs are posted all over the place, and the seat nazis are always watching. So if you have unruly kids, older patrons needing to sit before ordering food, family members unable to stand in the food line, or if you want to linger over your dining experience, this is not the place for you. If you can follow the rules, I give this place a two thumbs up.
Until next time, remember to fill your life with scrumptious food and love.