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Justin Cucci

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2013

    Samm Sherman, pastry chef of Linger and Root Down: "I'm on the doughnut bandwagon"

    Samm Sherman Linger 2030 West 30th Avenue 303-993-3120 lingerdenver.com Root Down 1600 West 33rd Avenue 8500 Peña Boulevard (DIA) 303-993-4200 rootdowndenver.com This is part two of my interview with Samm Sherman, pastry chef of Root Down and Linger; part one of my chat with Sherman ran yesterda ... More >>

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    October 2, 2013

    Breast milk in desserts? Samm Sherman, pastry chef of Linger and Root Down, says her "freezer is stocked and ready"

    Samm Sherman Linger 2030 West 30th Avenue 303-993-3120 lingerdenver.com Root Down 1600 West 33rd Avenue 8500 Peña Boulevard (DIA) 303-993-4200 rootdowndenver.com This is part one of my interview with Samm Sherman, pastry chef of Root Down and Linger; part two of my chat with Sherman will run tom ... More >>

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    August 29, 2013

    First look: Root Down at DIA opens Monday (and the space is incredible)

    Justin Cucci, perhaps more than any chef-restaurateur in this city, is full of surprises. Who would have thought, for example, that the New York native whose prominent rise to fame in Denver was the result of two citified restaurants in the hip Highland 'hood, would ever consider opening a restauran ... More >>

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    August 27, 2013

    Want a job? Root Down at DIA needs 25 kitchen staffers, including a sous chef

    Want a job working on the line at one of the hottest new restaurants in the Mile High City? You'll have to drive past the "Devil Horse" of Denver International Airport in order to get to your destination, but my guess is that there are a lot of cooks in this city who would be willing to do just that ... More >>

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    August 22, 2013

    Linger's Marty Steinke: "The talent pool in Denver is so overrated""

    Marty Steinke Linger 2030 West 30th Avenue 303-993-3120 lingerdenver.com This is part two of my interview with Marty Steinke, exec chef of Linger; part one of our conversation ran yesterday. What's your biggest challenge as a chef working in Denver? Finding good cooks. The talent pool in Denver i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2013

    Linger named one of America's Best Outdoor Restaurants by Travel Leisure magazine

    Linger, Justin Cucci's globally-inspired hotspot in Highland, has taken its rooftop patio to new heights, so says Travel Leisure magazine, which just released its list of America's Best Outdoor restaurants. Kate Parham, who penned the story, spoke to Cucci, who also owns Root Down -- anther Highla ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2013

    Photos: Linger serves up international street food and $3 cocktails for Sunday brunch

    With ingredients like sambar curry, lacinato kale and pickled jalapeños, Linger's new brunch menu allows you to travel the globe without dusting off your passport. No strangers to traditional eggs and bacon, chef/owner Justin Cucci and his team also incorporate Japanese, Indian, New Orleans and Me ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2013

    Root Down and Linger now hiring

    Brush up that resume: Linger and Root Down -- including the Root Down that will be opening at Denver International Airport as early as May -- are hiring, and will be interviewing next week. "We are a local restaurant group that is growing and looking for the right individuals to grow with us and bec ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2012

    Dia De Los Muertos, Halloween and more beer on the calendar this week

    Despite its ongoing fight with the city, El Diablo will be hosting its annual Dia de los Muertos Celebration on Tuesday, October 30. And that's not the only spooky event on the culinary calendar -- there are plenty of Halloween parties that should be a real treat. Here's a taste of what's on the m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2012

    Win two tickets to Linger's Necro Noche fundraiser for the GrowHaus

    Update: We have a winner of our Necro Noche contest, in which we asked: "How many fish are in the demonstration aquaponics system at the GrowHaus?" Congrats to Elizabeth389, who came the closest without going over with her guess of 38. The actual number is 40. With Halloween approaching, there a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2012

    Justin Cucci opening Chain Lightning, a bar, restaurant and live music venue

    There's been buzz circulating for months that Justin Cucci, the owner/chef of Linger and Root Down (and, at some point, a second Root Down at DIA), had his clever hands in another project, and now we can confirm exactly what that is: Cucci will open a bar, restaurant and live music venue, currently ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2012

    Announcement: We have a winner of our Celebrity Chef Tour contest

    Amanda Cohen, the chef-owner of Dirty Candy, a vegetarian restaurant in New York that's generated national accolades, will be in Denver Wednesday night as part of the Celebrity Chef Tour, a moveable feast that traverses to venues all over America to pay homage to the late James Beard, the "father of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2012

    Contest: Win two seats to the Celebrity Chef Tour at Linger

    Next Wednesday night at Linger, local chefs Frank Bonanno (Mizuna, Luca d'Italia, Osteria Marco, Bones, Green Russell, Lou's Food Bar and Russell's Smokehouse), Eric Skokan (Black Cat Bistro and Bramble and Hare), Ann Cooper (the Renegade Lunch Lady), Daniel Asher, Samm Sherman and Justin Cucci (Roo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2012

    Jeremy Kittelson, former chef of Ambria, sprouts at Root Down...with a chance to grow

    In early March, after Jeremy Kittelson, the opening exec chef of Ambia, was canned during a to-the-point meeting at the Cheesecake Factory, he made it clear that he wanted to stay in Denver: "I really want to find another restaurant, where we can do the same caliber of great cuisine that we did at A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2012

    Denver's ten best new restaurants

    At the end of last year, we published our list of the ten best restaurants that had opened in 2011 -- as we saw them at the time. Over the next few months, though, as we prepared for the Best of Denver 2012, we had a chance to really digest what the 300 new restaurants had brought to the city, and o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2012

    Rumor has it Root Down will open a location at DIA

    Not long ago, searching for a decent meal at Denver International Airport was like trying to discern the literary value of the Twilight saga: it just didn't exist. But over the past few years, the concourses have picked up a few decent options, including the Chophouse on Concourse A and the wine bar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2011

    Reader: I'd like to see fewer chefs who are pricks in 2012

    For our Year in Review issue, we rounded up all the answers that Chef and Tell subjects had given when asked what they'd like to see less of in Denver/Boulder from a culinary standpoint:? The recap inspired this from Dave: I wish for less chefs to come off as total pricks in these interviews. Spec ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2011

    Denver's ten best new restaurants of 2011

    By our count, nearly 300 restaurants have opened in the metro area since January 1 -- a big increase over 2010, when just over 200 concepts (many of them food trucks) joined the scene. This past year, we saw many of those food-truck entrepreneurs also pick up leases to brick-and-mortar spaces, putti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2011

    Part two: Denver chefs dish on what they wish would disappear in 2012

    As we've discovered in our weekly Chef and Tell interviews, Denver's kitchen commanders are, if nothing else, unapologetically opinionated. We pepper them with dozens of questions, and sometimes their answers are salty -- especially their responses to what they'd like to see less of in Denver from a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2011

    Raw vegan dinner at Root Down

    A Flickr photo.​There are many reasons to love Root Down, Justin Cucci's restaurant at 1600 West 33rd Avenue, including chef Daniel Asher's five-course, raw vegan dinner offered from 6 to 10 p.m. every Tuesday. The menu changes, but the price is always $42. To make a reservation, call 303-993- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2011

    New York Times pours on the love for Colorado distilleries

    ​Colorado's distilleries will get their due in the New York Times travel magazine on Sunday. And the piece, in "Blithe Spirits," has already been posted on the web. The article celebrates this state's burgeoning spirits scene, describing distilleries ranging from the Boulder Distillery to Pe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2011

    Reader: Justin Cucci is a true groundbreaker, pardon the pun

    Root Down​For the last few weeks, Laura Shunk has been writing about local restaurant gardens and what the chefs are doing with the fruit of their labors. And while the snow may have put those plots -- and the series itself -- in the deep freeze, the story on Justin Cucci, owner of Root Down ... More >>

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    October 25, 2011

    Justin Cucci's Root Down garden is about to expand -- big time

    Root DownA sampling of produce from the Root Down garden.​Justin Cucci, owner of Root Down and Linger, has been gardening near Root Down since it opened three years ago. But he'll be the first to deny credit for what grows there. "I'm a city person," he says. "I have no green thumb in me. We ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2011

    Linger and Root Down hosting a yard sale this weekend for a good cause

    ​ There are few restaurants in Denver that stack up to Root Down and Linger, at least in terms of style and design, and we imagine that the staff of both restaurants have scads of pretty cool stuff lying around their abodes, too, some of which they're selling for a good cause this weekend at ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 8, 2011
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    September 8, 2011
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    September 7, 2011

    Photos: Linger

    Mark MangerThe popper breakdown includes shishito peppers and tempura cheese curds.​Justin Cucci's menu at Linger, his second Highland restaurant that opened this summer in the former Olinger Mortuary, is an eclectic list of global street food -- a concept that could only work if the chef and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2011

    Linger is the newest player in lower Highland, Denver's best restaurant neighborhood

    Mark MangerThe raw samosas at Linger are part of a global street-food menu.​We named lower Highland (which some developers insist on calling LoHi -- a name we fear is catching on) the Best Restaurant Neighborhood in the Best of Denver 2011 because of the wide range of excellent edible experien ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2011

    Linger? Why, yes, we'd love to!

    ​Happy Place: Linger, 2030 West 30th Avenue, 303-993-3120 The Hours: Tuesday through Friday from 4 to 6:30 p.m. (Food service begins at 4:30 p.m.) The Deals: $3.50-$7 small plates; $3 select draft beer; $4-$5 specialty cocktails; $5 glasses of house red and white wines. Were we happy? Flip ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2011

    A photo-centric preview of the new Linger

    Lori Midson​We've seen a succession of restaurant openings over the last several months, but Linger, the second restaurant from Justin Cucci, the owner/chef of Root Down, may very well be the most anticipated new arrival of the year. And after a remarkably good dinner there last week, at whic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2011

    Reader: Justin Cucci interview is the best Chef and Tell ever

    Lori Midson​Lori Midson's new Chef and Tell interview with Justin Cucci, chef/owner of Root Down, has people talking. From booyah: this man gets it From Lipster: It's interesting that he uses "pussies" as a derogatory term and then, in nearly the same breath, refers to all of the women who w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2011

    Round two with Root Down's Justin Cucci: Linger, muthafuckas!!!!

    Lori Midson​ Justin Cucci Root Down 1600 West 33rd Avenue 303-993-4200 www.rootdowndenver.com This is part two of my interview with Justin Cucci, owner and executive chef of Root Down and Linger. Part one of my interview with Cucci ran in this space yesterday. Favorite restaurant in Amer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2011

    Root Down's Justin Cucci dishes on pot, pussy and soup talk

    Lori Midson​ Justin Cucci Root Down 1600 West 33rd Avenue 303-993-4200 www.rootdowndenver.com This is part one of my interview with Justin Cucci, owner and executive chef of Root Down and Linger. Part two of my interview will run in this space tomorrow. Justin Cucci has spent the majority ... More >>

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    October 21, 2010
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    October 21, 2010

    Tonight: Cook for the Cause fights against breast cancer

    ​Since this is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, October is overflowing with events to support breast-cancer causes. The most delicious event, though, will definitely be Cook for the Case, tonight at Kimball Distributing, 1400 West Third Avenue, and billed as "a delicious way to help fight the ba ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2010

    Four Denver restaurants get major shout-outs from the New York Times

    Lori Midson​Time and time again, in our weekly Chef and Tell interviews, we read about local kitchen commanders lamenting the dearth of Denver restaurant exposure on a national level. In fact, Jeff Bolton, exec chef of Second Home Kitchen & Bar, and the subject of this week's Chef and Tell Q&A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2010

    Justin Cucci to open Linger in LoHi Marketplace

    ​Linger has a date with the Denver Department of Excise and Licenses on May 26. Justin Cucci, chef/owner of Root Down, has signed on for a second space a few blocks away from his restaurant at 1600 West 33nd Avenue. This one is in the old Olinger's building that's been redubbed the LoHi Market ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2009

    Falling for autumn dishes in Denver

    A Flickr photo​As someone who hails from the Midwest and has never lived in a place that didn't have seasons, I take seasonal food very seriously. Last year a friend visiting from southern California stared at me in bewilderment as I savored the first batch of strawberries from the farmers' ma ... More >>

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    November 10, 2009

    Chefs for the Cause canceled

    Sergio Romero will not be cooking dinner at Chefs for the Cause -- and neither will anyone else.​Chefs for the Cause sounded like a philanthropic foodie's delight -- six of Denver's top chefs creating delicious food to help raise money for the Denver affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. J ... More >>

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    June 10, 2009

    Top Denver chefs play with fire for charity tonight at Elway's Cherry Creek

    Real food. Sharp utensils. Big fire. A good cause. And Denver's top chefs. That's what's on tap tonight, from 6 to 9 p.m., at Elway's Cherry Creek, 2500 East First Avenue, when eleven of the town's top cookers - Tyler Wiard (Elway's, Cherry Creek); Sean Yontz (Mezcal, Tambien and Sketch); Justin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2009

    Former Root Down chef finds new piece of turf

    As reported here last month, Ryan Leinonen, the starting chef at Root Down, 1600 West 33rd Avenue, was uprooted on April 24, when owner Justin Cucci snipped his stem. But chefs are survivors and Leinonen is no exception. He's landed the sous position at Colt & Gray, the farm-to-plate gastropub g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2009

    Cafe Society: Week in review

    What you might have missed on this week's Cafe Society...The much anticipated Pho on 6th opened, along with Olivea and Otto's Grill.We got to the root of owner Justin Cucci's dismissal of Root Down's executive chef, Ryan Leinonen.Jason Sheehan geeked out with the Geeks Who Drink and fought a pack of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2009

    Getting to the root of the boot at Root Down

    It hasn't exactly been all spring flowers for Justin Cucci, the owner of Root Down. Despite snatching a Best of Denver award for its unassailable contemporary cocktail roster (served by a cadre of the town's coolest bartenders), Jason Sheehan skewered the joint in a review published in early April, ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 2, 2009
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    April 2, 2009
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    December 19, 2008

    A sneak peek at Root Down

    Root Down, Justin Cucci's stylish new restaurant at 1600 West 33rd Avenue, officially opens for dinner tonight, To whet your appetite, we're serving up a sneak peek at the menu.

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2008

    We're rooting for Root Down

    Root Down, Justin Cucci's spanking-new restaurant, isn't slated to officially open until Friday afternoon -- but we have it on good authority that if you stop by 1600 West 33rd Avenue this evening, Root Down will have its doors open. And what doors they are. We stopped by for a preview last nig ... More >>

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    December 11, 2008

    An official opening date for Root Down

    Word just came down that Root Down, the new field-to-fork, small plates restaurant that's recycled an old service station at1600 West 33rd Avenue, has an official opening set for Friday, December 19. And owner Justin Cucci should have no problem making that date, because the restaurant had ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2008

    Root Down still putting down roots in northwest Denver

        There's been lots of talk about Root Down, the restaurant that Justin Cucci, former co-owner of Ye Waverly Inn in New York City, plans to open in an old service station at 1600 West 33rd Avenue, at the corner of Osage Street. One such conversation -- recorded by Drink of the Week colu ... More >>

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