Jose Luis Palacios, owner of Argentine Corner, said he owned a restaurant in Buenos Aires, Argentina, for 18 years before coming to Utah in 2000.
He has always enjoyed cooking and loves being in the restaurant business. "This is my world. It is my life," he said.
So, it was only natural for him to open a restaurant in Clearfield in 2005.
Since the majority of people in Buenos Aires originated from Europe, Palacios said, the food there is similar to authentic Italian. He bakes his own bread and makes his sauces from scratch. None of the food is spicy, he said.
Some of the most popular menu items include authentic Italian pizzas such as the Fugazza ($7.99), with mozzarella and pepperoni; the Anchovy ($12.99), with green olives and anchovies; and the House ($13.99), with roasted red peppers, green and black olives, smoked ham and mushrooms.
The empanadas ($1.50 each) -- made with fresh dough, baked and stuffed with choice of beef, chicken, veggies, cheese or tuna -- make a nice meal starter.
A favorite sandwich is the Milanesa ($7.49), thin slices of steak or chicken with smoked ham, mozzarella cheese, mayonnaise, lettuce and tomato between slices of fresh-baked bread, and served with baked potato fries.
Palacios received an award for Best Foreign BBQ in 2006 from Salt Lake City Weekly for his Asado ($11.99), short ribs in his own special recipe sauce.
His Gnocchi (potato pasta), Spaghetti and Ravioli ($11.99) are also served in a homemade sauce. And the most popular dessert is Flan ($3.49), a custard pastry made from scratch, topped with whipped cream and dulce de leche.
Many of the customers at Argentine Corner are Utahns who have visited Argentina in the past and miss the food. Palacios brings it home for them.