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Occasionally, pasta pairings don't live up to the quality of the tender strands, either, as when the semolina tagliatelle in my minestra drooped under overcooked broccoli and diced tomatoes that still had the core in them, or the time the red sauce with my linguini tasted like salt had been added, then mistakenly added again. Chisholm is no doubt stretched thin, as folks in start-ups often are; it's reasonable to expect these oversights to subside as he hires a sous chef and catches his breath.

Ever the entrepreneur, Chisholm realized he was turning away business on Monday nights, when the restaurant was closed but the lights were on because he was working. So he concocted a nifty Monday-night special, with a prix fixe menu consisting of just two options: roasted suckling pig or that linguini with sausage and red sauce, plus a salad, dessert and a glass of wine or beer for $20. It's a great deal, unless you want to order off the regular menu, in which case Tuesday's "Cheap Date Night" is better, when $50 buys a bottle of house wine, an appetizer, two entrees and one dessert per couple.

The build your own antipasto, which costs $2 per item at Amerigo Delicatus Restaurant & Market.
Mark Manger
The build your own antipasto, which costs $2 per item at Amerigo Delicatus Restaurant & Market.
The cinghiale at Amerigo Delicatus Restaurant & Market consists of braised wild boar, marinara, semolina tagliatelli, tomato, basil. It costs $16.
Mark Manger
The cinghiale at Amerigo Delicatus Restaurant & Market consists of braised wild boar, marinara, semolina tagliatelli, tomato, basil. It costs $16.

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Amerigo Delicatus
Antipasto, per item $2
Turkey noodle soup, cup $3
Capocollo sandwich $7.50
Turkey club sandwich $7.50
Cookies $.75
Minestra $15
Gnudi $14
Linguini $13
Leg of lamb $16
Beef cheeks $16
2449 Larimer Street
303-862-9850
Hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday

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Denver might not be as tough a market as the one Batali described, but rents are high, loans are hard to secure, and talented restaurateurs are throwing their hats in the ring on what feels like a daily basis. Chisholm has already proved his mettle by making Amerigo a reality. Now it's time to pay as much attention to the small picture as he has the big.

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dano323
dano323

Absolutely a bad neighborhood..20 years ago....Not that great of food....sorry..I am picky,,,Just raised with great Italian food that I Served...Northern Scumbag Italian...He is good...But....I sure wish M&G Cafe was still open about 2 blocks away.....Seriously, amerigo is nothing...Small a for a point...

frazierdp
frazierdp

Haven't been, but one ginormous vote of praise:  THEY TAKE RESERVATIONS!!!

fresh_dan
fresh_dan like.author.displayName 1 Like

This place rules. I frequent Amerigo a few times a week and they are always adding something new! 

 
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