Cecil Duvall opened Café Galleria, an artisan pizza restaurant in historic Midway, in May 2008. Originally from upstate New York, where he owned and operated a restaurant and marina beside the St. Lawrence River for 10 years, he moved to Utah to be closer to his children and grandchildren in 1999. After several years in the hotel industry, Mr. Duvall returned to his roots, farming and the restaurant business.
Inspired by his son Lance’s photography, Cecil decided to blend art and pizza in a local eatery. The family renovated the 110 year-old building at 101 W Main Street, Midway, adding a wood-fired oven and updated amenities, while maintaining the historic character. Lance Duvall’s photographs, primarily images of Italy, line the restaurant’s walls, while fresh and locally-made ingredients (also inspired by Italy) fill the plates. Café Galleria is a family-owned and family-friendly restaurant, open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Café Galleria has been recently awarded “Best of State” (2010, 2011, 2013, 2014 & 2015) for our specialty wood fired pizza and hand crafted Artisan cheeses! Café Galleria continues to dish up the best eats in Utah.
Photographs by Lance Duvall, the owner's son, line the restaurant's walls.
Heber City’s The Wave
The restaurant’s success grows alongside an increasing number of regular customers – and we believe repeat business is the best indicator of achievement. Some of these locals pop in every morning for a bagel and coffee or a full breakfast. Others frequently treat their families to a casual night out of pizza, pasta, lasagna, and salad.
While regular customers are the heart and soul of the business, the restaurant is also able to draw visitors to its tables, such as cross-country athletes competing at nearby Soldier Hollow and tourists venturing to the Heber Valley.
The restaurant’s popularity is a direct result of its primary menu item: authentic, delicious pizza. To create this superior product, the chefs use only the best and freshest ingredients. They import flour from Italy for a perfect crust and bake each pie in a wood-fired oven. But the secret in this recipe for success is the restaurant’s unique ability to purvey products from local farms.
By focusing on fresh, local ingredients and keeping the menu simple and affordable, Café Galleria ended its first four years of business with a profit, a rare achievement for a restaurant in a struggling economy. The Duvalls’ attribute this profitability to consistently good customer service (some of the same employees have been on board since the restaurant’s opening), a welcoming, authentic atmosphere, and, of course, delicious cuisine.
Innovation, in the case of Café Galleria, is also directly tied to simplicity and sense of place. The menu is interesting with signature pizzas ranging from goat cheese and roasted red peppers to the classic Americano with all the carnivorous fixings – but, at the same time, it sticks with the basics. Café Galleria is the place for pizza, salad, spaghetti, lasagna, coffee, bagels, and now a full breakfast. Patrons can watch the chef cooking hand-tossed pizzas in the wood-fired oven and enjoy the unpretentious coziness of a historic building that doubles as a photography gallery. In the summertime, Café Galleria has al fresco dining, allowing patrons to soak in live music or the historic atmosphere of downtown Midway.
Café Galleria is proud of its hometown. Initially, the Duvalls showed their dedication to local heritage by painstakingly restoring the building at 101 W Main Street and bringing it to life as a local hub of activity. To further promote the town, the owners and employees take visitors on horse-drawn carriage tours of Midway several days per week (weather permitting).
They are also committed to supporting the arts and cultural events. Café Galleria is a major sponsor of the Arts Council (Midway); the restaurant also sponsors the Cowboy Poetry Gathering and Buckaroo Fair. For the past five years, Café Galleria has donated food and drink to the annual Turkey Trot (a 5K run and fundraiser). The eatery also donates individual pizzas to the local elementary school as a way for administrators to recognize student accomplishments.
Café Galleria is more than a good spot for tasty pizza. It is a business that takes into account the environment and the community, supporting everyone from local farmers to artists. And it is a gathering place where patrons of all ages feel at home.
Local artists entertain patrons during the summer.
Enjoy great customer service (some of the same employees have been on board since the restaurant’s opening)