1. Angelo's Taverna620 E 6th Ave, Denver
2. Axios Estiatorio3901 Tennyson St, Denver
3. Beatrice & Woodsley38 S Broadway, Denver
4. bittersweet500 E Alameda Ave, Denver
5. Interstate Kitchen & Bar901 W 10th Ave, Denver
6. Lo Stella Ristorante1135 Bannock St, Denver
7. Lower48 Kitchen2020 Lawrence St Unit A, Denver
8. Trillium2134 Larimer St, Denver
9. YaYa’s Euro Bistro8310 E Belleview Ave, Denver
Angelo's Taverna is an old-school red-sauce parlor with a killer oyster bar (try the char-grilled platters and shooters) and chewy-crusted, lavishly topped pizzas. This neighborhood spot has a super-cozy, red bricked and stained glass interior, with a back patio shaded by trees. The pie with shaved ribeye, peppers, and onions is decadent, and the leftovers make for a great snack if you can't finish it all in one sitting.
If all you know about Greek food could fit in a pita, you’re in for a sexy, sexy surprise. Axios Estiatorio has all sun-drenched, sea-breezy stuff -- rich with lamb and lemons, olives and almonds, eggplant and yogurt, phyllo and feta. And this grown-ups’ go-to not only presents it with gusto, but also pairs it with one of the the city’s coolest wine lists, devoted almost entirely to Greece’s distinctive native grapes.
Beatrice & Woodsley is primed for date night with a romantic ambience and shareable bites like ricotta gnocchi and sour, curry-poached octopus. Not all entrees here are dainty though -- there are plenty of meat-centric dishes like braised goat with homemade barbecue sauce and pork chop with potatoes, kale, and escargot. The seating situation, consisting of narrow tabletops and cozy booths in the main dining room, encourages intimate conversation, so you may want to rethink taking a colleague here for dinner.
This artisanal eatery serves up hearty dishes, including short rib with a rutabaga puree, monkfish in a lemon gastrique, and confit Maple Leaf Duck, aka what Toronto hockey players do when confronted by disgruntled fans.
Santa Fe's homebase for "comfort food" and "comfort hooch" has made our Favorite Five Burgers list with a mean, no-frills ground chucker that's stuffed between a "buttery, fluffy" brioche bun, can be adorned with your choice of applewood-smoked bacon/ fried egg/ avocado/ grilled 'shrooms/ bleu cheese, and uses meat from Mile High's Anderson Family Steak -- clearly not where Louie was raised, as these cows were allowed to grow well past maturity.
Don’t go to this Italian spot asking for fettuccine alfredo or spaghetti & meatballs. First of all, the answer’s no, and second, even if it were yes, you’d be doing yourself a grave disservice not to sample the Ligurian specialties of owner Alessandro Polo (who hails from Portofino, where his family has been in the restaurant business for generations). We’re talking exquisite focaccia al formaggio, luscious trenette al pesto or pansoti in salsa di noci (ravioli in walnut sauce), and all the sparkling seafood you’d expect from a coastal region.
At Lower48, two Frasca alums dish up a menu that changes daily, with cuisine inspired by regional ingredients and culinary traditions from all over America.
Trillium is an American restaurant with serious culinary Scandinavian roots housed in the Five Points neighborhood. Fancying a layout that favors a relaxing, comforting atmosphere, a menu featuring interesting combinations of seafood and meat (sometimes on the same plate), and seasonal brews, you may find yourself staying a while.
This long-standing link in a regional chain looks like an old Italian villa crashed into a gleaming golf-course clubhouse, right down to the picturesque, pond-facing terrace. It’s an impression the skillfully prepared modern Mediterranean cuisine only heightens, enhanced by a business-class wine list and a beloved Sunday brunch buffet.