Marketplace: Family-friendly Italian now at The Chateaux
November 26, 2010
The Stein Eriksen Lodge took over management of The Chateaux at Silver Lake last summer and that transition will be complete Dec. 1 when the hotel’s restaurant and spa reopen with new names and concepts.
The restaurant, formerly Bistro Toujours, is now Cena Ristorante. Stein Eriksen Lodge food and beverage director Zane Holmquist said it will be family-friendly Italian at prices to attract Salt Lake City diners.
"It is expected to be a great amenity to the hotel," said Chateaux general manager Greg Gendron.
With spaghetti and meatballs on the menu along with several pizzas, Holmquist said he won’t be surprised to see tables enjoying $500 bottles of wine next to tables with children drinking soda and chewing on flatbread.
"We’re a neighborhood eatery," he said.
Holmquist, who is also executive chef at Stein Eriksen Lodge’s Glitretind Restaurant, made a calculated decision at The Chateaux.
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"Everyone is going upscale with the St. Regis and the Montage; they’re going fine dining. We decided to do affordable price points," he said.
So many guests at The Chateaux and at nearby lodges are families with children. Cena will be a place where they’ll feel welcome, he said.
The executive chef is Chris Wellmon and Holmquist said the menu was designed to showcase the talents of Wellmon and the kitchen.
"I wanted to do something where I could have fun with the food and let Chris have a great time," he explained.
The wood-burning pizza oven has six giant doors that remind Holmquist of submarine hatches. Besides pizzas, the oven makes incredible baked items and flatbreads, he said.
"It’s a monster the size of a Volkswagen," he added.
Family-friendly also describes The Chateaux, Gendron said. The property is three stars and proud of it. The hotel serves a different kind of clientele than its neighbors while still delivering the level of service guests to Silver Lake expect.
Gendron predicts getting a lot of business from the resort. The lunch, après ski and dinner offerings are perfect for casual diners, he said. And with one of the largest underground parking garages in Park City, he also welcomes Salt Lake people wanting to experience Deer Valley for a day.
The Italian menu is a mixture of authentic dishes that will coincide with the season like butternut squash raviolis along with New York-Italian dishes like spaghetti, he said.
The lounge is just outside the restaurant and will host live music on a small, intimate stage seven days a week from 3:30 to 5:30, Gendron said. The idea is to attract skiers to come over and relax for a while before heading home or to their condominiums.
Gendron said Cena Ristorante and Lounge enjoy The Chateaux’s excellent location that make it a great place to park, meet up before or after skiing, and relax.
Cena Ristorante and Lounge
7815 Royal Street East
Inside The Chateaux at Silver Lake
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