Gretchen Kurtz just reviewed Vesper Lounge, the concept that Bonanno Concepts opened last November, when a space right between the flagship Mizuna and Bones opened up. With the addition of Bonanno Brothers Pizzeria this spring, Bonanno Concepts now has an even ten eateries (with an eleventh coming n ... More >>
Cory Treadway Wynkoop Brewing Company 1634 18th Street 303-297-2700 wynkoop.com This is part one of my interview with Cory Treadway, exec chef of the Wynkoop; part two of our conversation will run in this space tomorrow. "I was the first white kid -- the first gringo -- to ever roll egg rolls," ... More >>
Service has been a big topic on Cafe Society this week, what with Jonathan Greschler getting the boot from Old Major for his apparent inability to connect with his former staff, despite the fact that guests adore him. "Jonathan is amazing with customers, but I just don't think he applied that same ... More >>
Denver has been very, very good to some New Jersey transplants -- and now they want to give back to the state where they got their start. From 5 to 11 p.m. tonight, they'll gather at Vesper Lounge, which Frank and Jacqueline Bonanno opened this past Saturday, to "raise a glass and help those in nee ... More >>
I don't remember the first time I went to the Lancer Lounge -- it was more than a decade ago -- but I do remember the last time I was there. It was a typical Friday night at the venerable watering hole, where the drinks are as stiff as a starched shirt. Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" was blasting ... More >>
Matt Lewis Bones 701 Grant Street 303-860-2929 www.bonesdenver.com This is part one of my interview with Matt Lewis, exec chef of Bones. Part two of our conversation will run tomorrow. "Every time I walked through the door of my Italian grandmother's house, even if it was after dinner, the first ... More >>
"All right, everybody ready to get their hands dirty?" asked Burton Koelliker, executive chef at Osteria Marco, as he and his crew rolled a few dozen balls of dough so that we could attempt to make pizza crusts. After much spilled laughter and flour, the students at Saturday's "The Art of Pizza Mak ... More >>
In this interview, Adam Hodak -- the beverage manager for Frank Bonanno's restaurants who's frequently behind the stick at Green Russell, Osteria Marco and Russell's Smokehouse -- weighs in on how he got to where he is, the night he pepper-sprayed himself and the irony of lime usage at Mexican resta ... More >>
Brett Shaheen Wooden Table 2500 East Orchard Road, Greenwood Village 303-730-2152 www.thewoodentablerestaurant.com This is part two of my interview with Brett Shaheen, exec chef of the Wooden Table. Part one of our chat ran yesterday. Favorite restaurant in America: Grizzly Bar in Roscoe, Montana. ... More >>
Some of the biggest and boldest national names in food criticism descended on Denver over the weekend to check our city's culinary scene. Why, you ask? Let's just say that they were doing research for the James Beard Foundation Awards. Several of those critics tweeted about their experiences ... More >>
Frank Bonanno is one of the most successful chefs and restaurateurs in Denver, presiding over a commonwealth of food temples (and one speakeasy) that, for the most part, generate positive reviews and comments from professional restaurant critics and amateur key strokers alike. But even the best rest ... More >>
Hunter Pritchett Luca d'Italia 711 Grant Street 303-832-6600 www.lucadenver.com This is part two of my interview with Hunter Pritchett, exec chef of Luca d'Italia. Part one of my chat with Pritchett ran in this space yesterday. Favorite restaurant in America: I just had an amazing meal at Red Med ... More >>
Mike Peshek Lou's Food Bar 1851 West 38th Avenue 303-458-0336 www.lousfoodbar "See the spaghetti and meatballs?" asks Mike Peshek, pointing to a vat of fat orbs glossed with an herby tomato sauce. "That's one of our favorite dishes -- and one of our most popular staff meals." A dishwasher, who's ju ... More >>
Lori MidsonBusiness could be smokin' at Frank Bonanno's Russell's Smokehouse.Frank Bonanno is about to expand his empire, adding Russell's Smokehouse to the vast underground area in Larimer Square where Green Russell is already located. "I'm not doing traditional barbecue, or Texas barbecue, ... More >>
Who's behid the door of Wednesday's Pie? Sean Kelly.When Laura Shunk recently visited Green Russell, our Best Contemporary Cocktail Bar in the Best of Denver 2011, she discovered that the subterreanean speakeasy not only has a new menu, but someone new in the kitchen, too: legendary local che ... More >>
Lori MidsonCochon 555 chefs Lachlan MacKinnon-Patterson, Kelly Liken, Alex Seidel, Frank Bonanno and Jennifer Jasinski Lard, have mercy on my soul. To say that I pigged out this weekend is the understatement of the year, and if I was porky before, you should see me now. In fact, I'm fairly ... More >>
Denver Restaurant Week, which starts February 26, runs longer than a week -- and that's just one of people's quibbles with the event. It's an undenial "screaming deal," according to restaurateur Frank Bonanno, who has five restaurants -- Bones, Lou's Food Bar, Luca d'Italia, Osteria Marco and ... More >>
Lori MidsonFive of the half dozen enterprises commanded by prolific restaurateur/chef Frank Bonanno are participating in Denver Restaurant Week, which gets underway on February 26 and continues through March 11, offering two weeks of multi-course dinners, priced at $52.80 per couple or $26.4 ... More >>
Lori Midson No. 84: Pork osso buco from Osteria Marco Osteria Marco is Frank Bonanno's homage to the hog, a ward of house-crafted charcuterie, pizzas tarped with prosciutto, puddings laced with pork fat, and Sunday night pig roasts. The subterranean enterprise -- a sound system of ruckus a ... More >>
Lori Midson Word came yesterday that inspections are finished and the bar is stocked -- the Green Russell, a subterranean spot at 1422 Larimer Street, will open to the public tonight at 6 p.m.
Anthony Bourdain shared hot dogs with Biker Jim, noshed with Frank Bonanno and ate his words on last night's episode of No Reservations, in which the lanky ex-chef toured America's heartland -- Austin, Texas; Des Moines, Iowa; Stanhope, Indiana; Livonia, Michigan; Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minne ... More >>
Denver got a shout out last week on the eminent food blog Serious Eats, where they listed what they believe to be four unique food trends in our fair city. Our fast casual chains, micro breweries, green chili, and Beau Jo's all get mentions. While we appreciate that they resisted mentioning Rocky ... More >>
Denver has many great Italian restaurants. As I wrote this week, Mark & Isabella's is not one of them. Here are ten of my favorites: Il Posto (2011 East 17th Avenue, 303-394-0100). Il Posto has an excellent location, crammed between other bars and restaurants, their patios shoulder to should ... More >>
Lori MidsonFrank Bonanno in the kitchen of Luca d'Italia "Look, I see a lot of things in restaurants that I think are really unacceptable, and it pisses me off, because I think that Denver diners deserve a lot better than what a lot of places are doing, and if that view makes me seem too ou ... More >>
Six89 and Phat Thai executive chef Mark Fischer Luca D'Italia, Frank Bonanno's Italian restaurant at 711 Grant Street, celebrates six years in the Capitol Hill 'hood this month with a parade of visiting Colorado chefs, including Mark Fischer, exec at Carbondale's Six89 and Phat Thai, who joins Bonan ... More >>
Luca D'Italia, 711 Grant Street, marks its six-year anniversary throughout the month with a march of visiting Denver chefs, including Wayne Conwell, exec at Sushi Sasa, 2401 15th Street, who will team up with Luca (and Mizuna, Osteria Marco and Bones) chef-owner Frank Bonanno tonight, June 3, for a ... More >>
Make a pig of yourself at Frank Bonannos new place.
Rebecca Weitzman heads for the Big Apple.
Foodies celebrate at this taste sensation.
Frank Bonanno's star retains its brilliance.
Red-pepper jelly gets canned at Frasca.
Milagro Taco Bar is far from the talk of the town.
Coin Style Silver Milagro Margarita
Luca D'Italia may kill me, but I'll go out smiling.
Signs of the Times
Like cream, Mizuna rises to the top.