Lorena Cantarovici

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2014

    Lorena Cantarovici Plays With Tradition at Maria Empanada

    The sunlit interior of Maria Empanada, Lorena Cantarovici's rendition of an Argentinean bakery and cafe, invites guests to linger, with three distinct spaces that capture various aspects of the South American country's social culture. The front section adjacent to the bakery cases and coffee bar is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2014

    First look: A charming new Maria Empanada opens on South Broadway

    It's normal for a restaurant crew to be nervous on its first day -- even when it's not your first rodeo and you've assembled an experienced staff. There's often chaos, flared tempers and a general reaction of palpable fretfulness. But this morning, at the new Maria Empanada, the vibe was pure joy. F ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2013

    Maria Empanada relocating to the former Buffalo Doughboy space

    Back when I discovered Maria Empanada, a pint-sized shop in Lakewood that turns out magnificent, freshly baked Argentinean turnovers filled with both sweet and savory feelings, I loved everything about the place, but the tiny quarters -- there was but one table -- made me wistful that I couldn't lin ... 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 23, 2012

    Maria Empanada offers an authentic taste of Tony's Market

    I wanted to weep tears of joy when I bit into my first empanada at Maria Empanada, the restaurant that's the subject of this week's review. I ate empanadas on a daily basis while living in Buenos Aires, but I hadn't had a real addiction-worthy version of the treat in the States until I stepped throu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2012

    Denver's five best empanadas

    Just about every culture in the world makes some kind of savory stuffed pastry, and in South America, it's the empanada that's king. No two countries make the same type of hot pocket; whether an empanada is deep-fried or baked and what it's stuffed with is a clear market of where it came from. This ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 22, 2012
  • Blogs

    March 21, 2012

    Photos: Maria Empanada, the subject of this week's review

    I wanted to weep with joy the first time I bit into an empanada at Maria Empanada, the subject of this week's review. Years ago, I accepted the fact that I was never going to find an authentic Argentine empanada in this country -- but at Lorena Cantarovici's tiny shop, I was finally sinking my teeth ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2012

    Maria Empanada channels Argentina in Lakewood

    Three years ago, after searching for but never finding some of her favorite foods from Argentina, Buenos Aires native Lorena Cantarovici opened a Denver-area catering company that used her mother's recipes for empanadas, tartas and dulce de leche.

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2011

    Favorite food find of the week: Maria Empanada

    Open just five days, Maria Empanada, a tiny storefront that's dispensing food from South America, is one of those restaurants that makes me happier than an elephant freed from the circus to live in Denver. And Lorena Cantarovici, who owns Maria Empanada, which is named for her mother, couldn't be ... More >>