The hazelnut-crusted prawns deserve to be the signature dish at Barolo Grill. Instead, it's the braised duck, which has taken a few turns over the years -- a little balsamic here, some Kalamata olives there -- but remains a top seller. More than that, though, it's a dish that draws people through th ... More >>
Barolo Grill 3030 East Sixth Avenue 303-393-1040 If there was any doubt about the enduring popularity of Barolo Grill, one of Denver's longest-running white-tablecloth establishments, it was erased one night as I stood in front of the hostess stand, waiting for the hostess to finish a phone call be ... More >>
At Barolo Grill, the Italian restaurant that Blair Taylor opened two decades ago at 3030 East Sixth Avenue, there's only one thing on the menu from twenty years ago: the duck. "I'm not allowed to change it," Taylor says. But he can, and does, think about changing everything else. "You have to keep o ... More >>
After cooking around town, including at the late, lamented Encore, Paul Reilly and his sister, Aileen, finally got to open a place of their own last year. And what a place it is! Beast Bottle, at 719 East 17th Avenue, is the restaurant "we conjured in our heads since we were kids," Paul explains. ... More >>
Spring is officlally here, and important culinary events are popping up across Colorado -- from the annual Taste of Vail to the twentieth anniversary edition of Dining Out For Life, which benefits Project Angel Heart. There are also special dinners, lectures and beer festivals, of course. Keep readi ... More >>
The Best of Denver 2014 is now out, inspiring heated conversations about Best Hamburger and Best Vegetarian Restaurant. Our Best Chef of 2014 is Darrel Truett of Barolo Grill: Even though "Barolo Grill has always been synonymous with owner and front-of-house face Blair Taylor, even he would admit th ... More >>
If you ask Darrel Truett, executive chef of Barolo Grill, to describe the fragrance -- and taste -- of truffles, he grunts. Loudly. "They're indescribable," he admits. "All I can say is that for two weeks straight, their scent permeates the kitchen, and as soon as I smell them, I make this sound, wh ... More >>
'Tis the season of decadence at Barolo Grill, Blair Taylor's lovely Italian restaurant in Cherry Creek North that, each year, bestows truffles upon Denver diners during its two-week truffle festival, an annual tribute to fresh black Burgundy truffles and the fall harvest of the coveted -- and far mo ... More >>
Darrel Truett Barolo Grill 3030 East Sixth Avenue 303-393-1040 www.barologrilldenver.com This is part two of my interview with Darrel Truett, exec chef of Barolo Grill. Part one of our chat ran yesterday. What do you enjoy most about your craft? The instant gratification of pleasing a guest. I c ... More >>
Darrel Truett Barolo Grill 3030 East Sixth Avenue 303-393-1040 www.barologrilldenver.com This is part one of my interview with Darrel Truett, exec chef of Barolo Grill. Part two of our chat will run tomorrow. Darrel Truett has spent the entire morning on the horn, negotiating the price of black ... More >>
Denver has a strong Italian history -- but until the last decade or so, this town's Italian restaurants were mostly run-of-the-mill red-sauce joints that you went to more for the convenience than the food. That's changed, though, and today's dining scene is rich with inventive and stylish fare from ... More >>
Campagna has closed for "remodeling," leaving a gap on an otherwise hot restaurant strip. But this spot at 1120 East Sixth Avenue has been dark before; it's been revamped more times than Joan Rivers. It was the home of the legendary Dudley's, then became Chives. But after Blair Taylor closed that to ... More >>
Mark Manger A year ago, after a series of lackluster meals at Barolo Grill, I begrudgingly paid a $200 tab and doubted that I'd ever return, concluding that Blair Taylor's iconic restaurant was past its prime. "Barolo Grill," I wrote, "needs to try a little harder to be Barolo Grill."
Lori MidsonDon't blame Brian Laird for leaving Russo's Kitchen Tavern: Blame the decorSeveral months ago, Brian Laird, who'd been spearheading the burners at Barolo Grill for more than a decade, parted ways, amicably, with Barolo owner Blair Taylor and his venerable Italian restaurant. Lair ... More >>
Joining the throngs of kids on spring break this week is the staff of Encore, who are taking the week off to revive their mojo, while executive chef Paul Reilly creates a new menu and spruces up the joint. "A la Barolo Grill style, I'm giving the staff a week off," says Reilly, referencing t ... More >>
This week in food kicks off with a Fat Tuesday bang and continues with plenty of food and drink to coax you out of your Lenten sacrifices. Here's a taste of what's ahead:
Lori MidsonLast February, fourteen Denver chefs congregated inside the Stranahan's Whiskey distillery as part of a 50top feast, an invite-only, underbelly dinner club that gives chefs the opportunity to cook whatever the hell they want for an appreciative cluster of foodniks who never know w ... More >>
Mark MangerChef Brian Laird visits two fans at Barolo Grill.Laura Shunk's recent review of Barolo Grill prompted dozens of responses -- some agreeing that Blair Taylor's iconic restaurant needed to try harder, but many more incensed with Shunk's criticism. After reading both the review and ... More >>
Lori MidsonAll fired up: executive chef Brian Laird of Barolo Grill "It was a step off the cliff for sure, but at the same time, I just knew that I was a good fit for the job," says Brian Laird of Barolo Grill, the Northern Italian restaurant whose kitchen Laird has cooked in for the past twe ... More >>
This week's review of Locanda del Borgo got me thinking about other spots in town where the view of Italy stops at the door -- which exist wholly as Colorado restaurants that just happen to serve Italian food. What follows is a list of those places which most closely hew to that nativist line and le ... More >>
Goodnight, Mel's. I got word last night from Charlie Master that the last location of the Master family restaurant empire is finally closing. Mel’s Bistro, at 1120 East Sixth Avenue, has been on the block for some time now, and while many of Denver’s big names were rumored to have looked into ... More >>
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