Stephanie Nitsch

Correspondent

  • Park City, Utah, USA

Stephanie Nitsch is a correspondent who covers the Park City area for Forbes Travel Guide. She moved to Utah in 2006 to fuel her lust for alpine adventures and a small-town mountain lifestyle. Since picking up her pen as a freelance writer some years ago, Nitsch has biked the desert single track in Baja, snowboarded the weathered peaks of the Andes and road-tripped across the blue highways of the United States. Her work has appeared in Park City Magazine, Bike, Dirt Rag, Snowboard Canada and ESPN.com, among other publications.

  • On July 2, 2014
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    What are the best hotels in Park City?

    Courtesy of The St. Regis Deer Valley Sultry and splendid, the Waldorf Astoria Park City exudes mountain elegance within each of its 174 rooms and residences. The Four-Star property has aligned itself with neighboring Canyons Resort, which touts 4,000 acres of mountain adventures, to offer a dynamic, four-season getaway. Relax at the hotel’s Golden Door Spa and surround yourself with the tranquil Living Green Wall between customized treatments, or head to Powder restaurant for a modern mountain menu, which often utilizes farm-fresh ingredients from the nearby Farmer’s Market in the summer.

    Butlers and privacy await at The St. Regis Deer Valley, making the slopes feel like your own personal mountains. Visitors come here for the high-caliber service and undivided attention, which is reinforced by considerate amenities like a nightly champagne toast, après ski vittles and Four-Star spa amenities. Outdoor adventure tours are available from the on-site recreation guides, and the savory cuisine at Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s J&G Grill will quell your appetite after hiking/biking/skiing up an appetite.

    Influenced by contemporary mountain craftsman design, Montage Deer Valley feels more home than hotel. Artifacts from the Park City Museum and more than 200 original pieces of artwork are decorated throughout the Four-Star hotel, paying tribute to Park City’s historic past and scenic beauty. Outdoor adventures are mere feet away, with spectacular skiing, hiking and biking trails straight out the door. Inside, gastronomical delights at four separate restaurants and a 35,000 square foot spa welcome visitors to relax in the comfort of flawless service.

    Its Forbes Five-Star rating aside, Stein Eriksen Lodge in Deer Valley is one of the most revered hotels in Utah. This classic ski lodge borrows design aspects from Norwegian mountain culture for a stunningly classic and comfortable luxury hotel. The rustic lobby is accented with large stone fireplaces and rich wooden beams; its rooms and suites offer exquisite views and private outdoor hot tubs. The Five-Star Spa at Stein Eriksen and the Four-Star Glitretind Restaurant, known for its gourmet breakfast and weekend brunch buffets, are elegant amenities not to be missed.
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  • On March 1, 2013
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    Where is the best pizza in Park City?

    Courtesy of Vinto Everyone has their personal standards when it comes to an Italian pie, but these three restaurants in Park City, Utah are the hometown heroes for pizza lovers everywhere – no matter your preference.

    Since opening its doors on Park City’s Main Street in Winter 2012, locals and visitors have been singing praise of the gourmet pies at Vinto – that is, when they’re not racing to grab the last slice. Thin-crust, wood-fired pizzas are served up family-style at this casual joint: just don’t expect the typical pepperoni-and-olive combo to be listed anywhere on the menu. Housemade sausage, caramelized onion, salty prosciutto, wild arugula and other artisan toppings sit atop bubbly bread and are often drizzled with a balsamic glaze or white truffle oil for an unexpected burst of flavor. Traditional antipasti and insalate shouldn’t be overlooked, and all of Vinto’s specialty pies can be swapped for a gluten-free option.

    Tucked away in a small neighborhood plaza, you’ll have to head off the beaten path to find Fuego Bistro & Pizzeria, but the rewards are worthy of your efforts. Wood fired to perfection, these bubbly pies put a gourmet spin on the ol’ classics, like Margherita or BBQ Chicken, and pay homage to local landmarks with the Wasatch (honey-tomato-chipotle sauce, pancetta, mozzarella, garlic, pineapple and cilantro) or the Jupiter (fresh spinach, sundried tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, feta and mozzarella). Its casual bistro atmosphere welcomes families with children in tow, and its regular and gluten-free pies (available in 12- or 16-inch) are perfect for sharing – or keeping to yourself.

    East Coast pizza has migrated west at Maxwell’s East Coast Eatery. After getting its start under the Fat Kid Pizza moniker inside a nightclub on Park City’s Main Street, the delicious pies have established a following at this suave sports bar/pizzeria in Kimball Junction. With pies named after A-list mafia movies (think The Donnie Brasco, or The Godfather), these 20-inch pizzas are hand tossed for a chewy crust and carefully loaded with Italian favorites like ricotta, garlic and savory sausage. Saddle up to the full-service bar or grab a table in the dining room: either way, you’ll have a prime view of the game du jour playing on the many flat screen, high-def TVs. Maxwell’s also offers a gluten-free pizza for those unwilling to give up their favorite Italian meal, and pizza by the slice is available all day.
  • On February 28, 2013

    The best pizza in Park City, UT is easy to find. But how about the best gluten-free pizza? (Hint: you don't have to make separate stops...) http://www.forbestravelguide.com/park-city-utah/where-is-the-best-pizza-in-park-city?preferredAttributionId=stephanie-nitsch

  • On February 28, 2013
    Stephanie Nitsch answered the question: Stephanie Nitsch

    Where is the best pizza in Park City?

    Courtesy of Vinto Everyone has their personal standards when it comes to an Italian pie, but these three restaurants in Park City, Utah are the hometown heroes for pizza lovers everywhere – no matter your preference.

    Since opening its doors on Park City’s Main Street in Winter 2012, locals and visitors have been singing praise of the gourmet pies at Vinto – that is, when they’re not racing to grab the last slice. Thin-crust, wood-fired pizzas are served up family-style at this casual joint: just don’t expect the typical pepperoni-and-olive combo to be listed anywhere on the menu. Housemade sausage, caramelized onion, salty prosciutto, wild arugula and other artisan toppings sit atop bubbly bread and are often drizzled with a balsamic glaze or white truffle oil for an unexpected burst of flavor. Traditional antipasti and insalate shouldn’t be overlooked, and all of Vinto’s specialty pies can be swapped for a gluten-free option.

    Tucked away in a small neighborhood plaza, you’ll have to head off the beaten path to find Fuego Bistro & Pizzeria, but the rewards are worthy of your efforts. Wood fired to perfection, these bubbly pies put a gourmet spin on the ol’ classics, like Margherita or BBQ Chicken, and pay homage to local landmarks with the Wasatch (honey-tomato-chipotle sauce, pancetta, mozzarella, garlic, pineapple and cilantro) or the Jupiter (fresh spinach, sundried tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, feta and mozzarella). Its casual bistro atmosphere welcomes families with children in tow, and its regular and gluten-free pies (available in 12- or 16-inch) are perfect for sharing – or keeping to yourself.

    East Coast pizza has migrated west at Maxwell’s East Coast Eatery. After getting its start under the Fat Kid Pizza moniker inside a nightclub on Park City’s Main Street, the delicious pies have established a following at this suave sports bar/pizzeria in Kimball Junction. With pies named after A-list mafia movies (think The Donnie Brasco, or The Godfather), these 20-inch pizzas are hand tossed for a chewy crust and carefully loaded with Italian favorites like ricotta, garlic and savory sausage. Saddle up to the full-service bar or grab a table in the dining room: either way, you’ll have a prime view of the game du jour playing on the many flat screen, high-def TVs. Maxwell’s also offers a gluten-free pizza for those unwilling to give up their favorite Italian meal, and pizza by the slice is available all day.
  • On February 28, 2013
  • On February 27, 2013

    Think ski town dining is all about elk steaks and ultra-rich fondue? Try again. These Park City restaurants have whipped up a new meaning of 'mountain town cuisine': http://www.forbestravelguide.com/park-city-utah/what-are-the-best-restaurants-in-park-city?preferredAttributionId=stephanie-nitsch