By Mary Crafts-Homer
These feet were made for walking and that’s just what I do.
I love to travel. I love to arrive in a country or region and just start walking. I love to explore the local hangouts and taste authentic cuisine of the culture; and more than that, I love to see how people break bread together.
One of my absolute favorite places to visit is Italy. I love all the different regions. I appreciate their love affair with food. But most of all, I love how breaking bread is woven into their culture. In every Italian town, there is a piazza, which is the local gathering place of people of all ages who enjoy food together for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It is where they engage life! It is the biggest thing I miss about Italy. In Utah, we don’t have a clear sense of place, with no common place to gather and break bread together.
The Riverwoods is working at creating the kind of atmosphere where people can gather for open air concerts, splash in the fountain pad, and enjoy the art of breaking bread together. There are two newcomers to the food scene at The Shops at Riverwoods, and both of them are worth the trip for the food and the community.
Welcome, Seven Brothers! They are making perhaps the best burgers in Utah County along with the homestyle fries, delicious shakes and a coconut shrimp salad. Each burger is a work of art — and really too big to eat.
I had the Paniolo with two giant onion rings, grilled pineapple, bacon, and house and BBQ sauce. I had to ask for instructions on how to get it into my mouth! Would I go back? In a heartbeat! But one tip for the brothers: lose the fake American cheese. Seven Brothers has two locations in Hawaii and two locations in Utah (Riverwoods and Saratoga Springs).
The second newcomer to the Riverwoods is The Crepery, with its hipster atmosphere and casual counter service. The cafe has something for the whole family, whether you want savory or sweet crepes.
On my second visit, I ordered the Athena salad with spinach and arugula that offers a healthy alternative to some of the more calorie-laden crepes. The savory crepes I recommend include Medusa, Good Morning, and my favorite — Garden Delight.
The sweet crepes with my recommendation: The Minimalist where you can experience crepes just like France, Sundance Kid with peanut butter, and the Pin Up with fruit and cheesecake filling.
Aside from offering fresh juices, The Crepery is also fast becoming one of Provo’s best spots for gourmet coffee.
Come to the Riverwoods for dinner and stay for the piazza. Utah, let’s break bread together!
Mary Crafts-Homer owns Culinary Crafts based in Pleasant Grove, and is a 13-time “Best of State” Caterer.