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The Waiting Game

Marco Colantonio, who last month left Vega (410 East Seventh Avenue) and a partnership with chef Sean Yontz and building owner Michael Payne, is back in the restaurant biz a few blocks away. But this time he won't be working the floor: He's signed on as a consultant to help with the opening of Cielo, Curt Simms's long-awaited restaurant/club in the former home of the Denver Buffalo Company at 1109 Lincoln Street. Originally slated to open in August of last year, Cielo is still under construction -- but lately the pace has picked up.

Just down the street at 988 Lincoln, the flagship Spicy Picklehas big news: All three outlets of the sub shop are now serving a different spicy pickle than the one that's brought them such acclaim over the past three years. The new freebie is a Boar's Head dill that the shop soaks in a secret marinade of spices for a little extra kick. Last week also saw the start of the Pickle's box-lunch program at the 745 Colorado Boulevard store; free lunch delivery (five-box minimum) is available seven days a week, from 10 a. m. to 3 p.m., for businesses in the Denver area.

Good news for fans of Venice (5121 South Yosemite, Greenwood Village): At the end of the month, a second, larger location will open to the public at 5946 South Holly Street, a spot that's seen both Uncle Sam's and Swiss Haven. Alessandro Carollo, chef/owner of the original Venice, and wife Sara will be bouncing back and forth between the two locations, but the new kitchen will be in the hands of Christian Delle Fave. Like Carollo, he made his bones at restaurants in and around Rome before settling here in Denver.

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