Established 2008. Located at 101 West Main Street in beautiful downtown Midway, Utah
2nd location opened April 2013 at 6055 South, 900 East Murray, UT
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.
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, and salad. We now make our own cheeses (Duvall Farms). Come by and enjoy a cheese platter with our brie, blue parmesan, pear slices, fresh bagel slices, and fig jam with a glass of wine. Please see the attached testimonials from Café Galleria patrons.
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.
As a reviewer at Heber City’s The Wave puts it, “There are other pizza restaurants in town, but none of them have the same unique fire-oven roasted taste, thin crust and interesting ingredients.”
Café Galleria is committed to authentic, Italian cooking. While some ingredients are imported from Italy, the restaurant prides itself on promoting a farm-to-plate philosophy. Since Mr. Duvall operates a farm in Midway, he is able to stock the restaurant with some of the freshest ingredients in the state. The restaurant uses sustainable products, such as artisan cheeses and sausage from the farm, whenever possible.
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 Midway-farmed 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, 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.
We 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 University of Utah rodeo team and a number of local events, ranging from the Heber City Rodeo to 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.
Contributing to the local economy, Café Galleria has employed some of the same staff since it opened. It also nurtures musical talent by hiring local artists to entertain patrons during the summer months. Through his farm in Charleston, Mr. Duvall is able to directly support local artisans (such as cheese makers) and promote healthy, eco-friendly farming practices. For example, the farm is worked the old-fashioned way, with horse and mule rather than machinery. Mr. Duvall also hosts school field trips at the farm, thereby introducing youth to the benefits and fun of small farming and eco-friendly practices.