Cart-Driver 2500 Larimer Street 303-292-3553 The midterm elections may be a blip in the rearview mirror, but Denver remains a battleground. Only instead of politicians vying for voters, restaurateurs are fighting for guests. This is especially true in the pizza business, where the campaign remains ... More >>
The Nickel 1100 14th Street 720-889-2128 thenickeldenver.com Chris Thompson moved with his mother from Long Beach, California, to Telluride when he was a kid, and quickly adapted to mountain-town life. He'd always had a love of the outdoors, engendered by camping, hiking and fishing trips with his ... More >>
Change is afoot at Pizzeria Locale, the fast-casual version of the Boulder pizzeria that debuted in Denver last year. Within two weeks, a second store will open its doors on West 32nd Avenue in Highland -- which is good news to Neapolitan pie and budino lovers, and not such good news to those alread ... More >>
Jordan Wallace Pizzeria Locale 550 Broadway 720-508-8828 pizzerialocale.com This is part two of my interview with Jordan Wallace, chef of Pizzeria Locale; part one of our chat ran yesterday. Most memorable meal you've ever had: A dinner at Quince in San Francisco before the restaurant relocated ... More >>
Jordan Wallace Pizzeria Locale 550 Broadway 720-508-8828 pizzerialocale.com This is part one of my interview with Jordan Wallace, chef of Pizzeria Locale; part two of our chat will run tomorrow. There are two breeds of chef: those who know from day one that cooking is in the cards, and those who ... More >>
Want to provoke a fight? Just start a discussion of where to find the best pizza in town. First you have to weigh the merits of thin/thick crust. Then you consider geography, and the benefits of Connecticut, New York, Chicago and even St. Louis styles. But once you're done chewing over all the possi ... More >>
Two decades ago, before Coors Field opened, the area just past LoDo was known as "NoDough." But even then, the area had a lot of promise. And over the last year, that promise has finally been realized, with all those turn-of-the-last-century warehouses now filled to bursting with residences and offi ... More >>
In A Federal Case, I'll be eating my way up Federal Boulevard -- south to north -- within Denver city limits. I'll be skipping the national chains and per-scoop Chinese joints, but otherwise I'll report from every vinyl booth, walk-up window and bar stool where food is served. Here's the report on t ... More >>
Art has been a part of Sandi Calistro's life since her earliest memories. A painter and tattoo artist, Calistro is known for her whimsical style. She is the co-owner of Kaze Gallery, which will be closing soon, and is in the process of opening a new studio, Ritual Tattoo & Gallery, with local artist ... More >>
Larimer Street has become one of Denver's hottest dining destinations. The trend started a dozen years ago in Larimer Square, when Larimer Associates made a conscious decision to fill the block with chef-driven restaurants rather than tourist traps. Since then, ambitious eateries have continued to o ... More >>
It's clear when I arrive at the Boulder Farmers' Market Saturday that summer has finally and emphatically arrived. Fronds of dill have given way to long seed stalks. The peaches are profoundly welcome, but no longer the brilliant surprise they were last week. Not many field tomatoes yet -- though I ... More >>
This is part one of my interview with Kelly Whitaker, exec chef-owner of Pizzeria Basta. Part two of our chat will run tomorrow, and part three will run on Friday. Kelly Whitaker Pizzeria Basta 3601 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder 303-997-8775 pizzeriabasta.com I have news," declares Kelly Whitaker, sli ... More >>
I was first attracted to the Fior Di Latte booth at the Boulder Farmers' Market by the word "gelato." Then I noticed the elegant black-and-white design of the booth, and heard the lively sound of someone speaking to the vendor in Italian. And with the first taste, I was hooked. On Saturday, the li ... More >>
"We're the slowest movers ever," quips Bobby Stuckey. "We waited six years to do a remodel of Frasca and more than nine years to do something away from our little corner in Boulder." Stuckey, along with Chris Donato, Lachlan MacKinnon-Patterson and Jordan "Bruiser" Wallace, are the dream team behin ... More >>
Taylor Drew Russell's Smokehouse 1422 Larimer Street 720-524-8050 russellssmokehouse.com This is part two of my interview with Taylor Drew, exec chef of Russell's Smokehouse; part one of our chat ran yesterday. Favorite Denver/Boulder restaurant(s) other than your own: I don't get out to eat nearl ... More >>
Announcement! We have a winner of our Meet the Masters contest, in which we asked Cafe Society readers to guess how many gluten-free margherita pizzas Marco's at Inverness served during the month of February. The correct answer is 178. The person who came the closest to that number without going ove ... More >>
Back in 2010, Bon Appétit restaurant editor Andrew Knowlton pronounced Boulder the "Foodiest Town in America," a declaration that made former Westword restaurant critic Laura Shunk -- and at least one Boulder chef, Theo Adley -- raise their eyebrows in skepticism. And now Knowlton is back with hi ... More >>
When Louisville's Viceroy of India changed over to Delhi Darbar, not much changed -- the Indian restaurant served up the same menu as its predecessor, albeit under a different name. But even with a fresh moniker, the owners couldn't make Indian food work in that location, and Delhi Darbar closed its ... More >>
According to the Interwebs, it's National Pizza Week (who knew?), which seems like as good a time as any to update our 2011 list of Denver's six best pizzas. Herewith, a citywide guide to the top ten palaces to achieve pizza utopia.
Lori MidsonIt hasn't been a good year for our economy, but it's been a stellar year for the Denver restaurant scene, which continues to produce culinary heroes and push the envelope. I can't even begin to guess how many meals I've eaten in restaurants over the past year, but I'm fairly certai ... More >>
Lori MidsonFood Network magazine heralds the pizza at Pizzeria LocaleSix months ago, editors from Food Network magazine zigzagged across the country in search of the holy grail -- or, more precisely, the best pizzas in the United States, and in the September issue, on newsstands August 9, th ... More >>
This city has more dough slingers than you can a toss a pizza peel at, but next Monday and Tuesday nights at Marco's Coal-Fired Pizzeria at the Vallagio at Inverness, and Marco's Coal-Fired Pizzeria Ballpark, two of the world's most prized pizzaioli are going to be on stage: Neapolitan pizz ... More >>
Pulcinella Pizzeria and Wine BarAntonio Race, the owner of Pulcinella Pizzeria and Wine Bar"I got my passion from Tony," Kelly Whitaker of Pizzeria Basta, which I reviewed this week, told me. "I carried that through everything else I did." He was talking about Antonio Race, the native Italia ... More >>
Lori Midson Lon Symensma ChoLon Modern Asian Bistro 1555 Blake Street 303-353-5223 www.cholon.com This is part one of my interview with Lon Symensma, executive chef of ChoLon Modern Asian Bistro. Part two of that interview will run in this space tomorrow. Lon Symensma talks faster than a ... More >>
Lori Midson No. 69: Mais pizza from Pizzeria Locale "This is the oven that nearly bankrupted us," says Lachlan MacKinnon-Patterson, peering into the behemoth Stefano Ferrara oven, a floor-to-ceiling labor of love, shipped direct from Italy, that's constructed from volcanic rock culled from ... More >>
Laura Shunk"There's no other style of pizza in the world that's as geeky as the Napolitano style," chef Lachlan MacKinnon-Patterson said last night, as the pace started to pick up at Pizzeria Locale during its first official dinner service. "And we're trying to do it exactly right." "Makes o ... More >>
Mark MangerWhen I said that Big Bill's New York Pizza served the best authentic New York-style pie west of the Hudson River, I had a feeling I'd be hearing from people. Pizza joints are like football teams: Once you find your favorite (whether through proximity or childhood memories), you'r ... More >>
Construction is rolling on the new eateries slated to open next to the Frasca Food & Wine flagship at 1738 Pearl Street in Boulder, and as the expansion of the empire progresses, a few more details have been divulged. Like the names of the places.
Kelly WhitakerKelly Whitaker, left, and Bruno GoussaultPizzeria Basta is not the kind of place you stumble upon. You'd never find it if you weren't looking, unless you happened to be perusing property in one of Boulder's still half-empty upscale eco-housing complexes. The small restaurant ... More >>
Film director Adam Green, who released Frozen earlier this year and just completed Hatchet II, which you can see later this fall, has hooked up with 1492 Pictures, the production firm that produced the Harry Potter films, The Goonies and Gremlins, to bring Killer Pizza to the cinematic screen. Th ... More >>
What would Cyndi Lauper think? A new pizzeria with a name reminiscent of one of the '80s-era pop singer's most notorious tunes opened up shop last week at 1175 Walnut Avenue in Boulder featuring "affordable, sustainable Southern Italian dining and drinks for eco-conscious Boulderites." Boul ... More >>
A Flickr photoMaster pizzaiolo Roberto CaporuscioMaster pizzaiolo Roberto Caporuscio, and chef/owner of Keste e Vino, one of New York's most touted pizzerias, is joining Mark Dym, chef/owner of Marco's Coal-Fired Pizzeria, 2129 Larimer Street, tonight for a gluten-free pizza demonstration. "R ... More >>
Mark Dym plays with fire at Marco's. On Wednesday night, I had a pizza. Doesn’t matter from where—let’s just say it was from a well-known chain, well-known for serving halfway-decent ingredients atop cardboard crusts to drunken frat boys, suburban families and, occasionally, lazy restauran ... More >>
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