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Maria Empanada - Closed

5209 W. Mississippi Ave. Lakewood, CO 80226 | Southwest Denver | 303-934-2221

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Lorena Cantarovici, a Buenos Aires native who came to the States in 2000, is tiny, sassy and smart: She decided to open a catering business that would focus on her mother's recipes for authentic Argentine empanadas, and got to work tweaking the dough to work in Colorado climate. She nailed the formula so well that in the fall of 2011, she moved her business to a bigger space and added a little restaurant/market where people could grab one of the two tables, then order an espresso made the Argentine way, with plenty of milk; maybe one of the special desserts; and definitely every type of empanada available that day, topping each of the dozen or so varieties with one of four homemade salsas. At Maria Empanada, good things definitely come in small packages.

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  • Cuisine(s): South American
  • Hours: Mon-Sat 11am-6:30pm
  • Price: $$
  • Serving: Dinner, Lunch
  • Parking: Lot Available
  • Payment Types: All Major Credit Cards, cash
  • Features: Takeout

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