Osteria Marco

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    April 22, 2014

    The twelve best pizzas in Denver

    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 >>

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    November 6, 2013

    Twelve best restaurants on Larimer Street

    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 >>

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    October 22, 2013

    Butternut squash pizza returns to Osteria Marco, joining other veggie delights

    Regulars at Osteria Marco, one of Frank Bonanno's Larimer Square staples, crave the seasonal butternut squash pizza. Staffers say patrons ask for the pizza year-round, but they can only get it in the fall. And as of Friday, it will be back on the menu-- so if you've been craving this unusual blend o ... More >>

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    August 5, 2013

    Ballpark Plates, Denver Burger Battle and more on the calendar this week

    The third annual Ballpark Plates will hit it out of the park on Thursday, August 8, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. For $30, enjoy complimentary food and drink samples at the following participating establishments: River North Brewery, Blake Street Tavern, Zi South, Breckenridge Brewery, Cheesesteak Connecti ... More >>

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    May 21, 2013

    Marco's Pizza (no, the other Marco's) has good service, but olives are the pits

    A one-topping jalapeno pizza from Marco's Pizza.I had one of those accidental TMI conversations right in front of the guy ringing me up at Marco's Pizza. My boyfriend and I were discussing Game of Thrones (and by discussing, I mean I was going on for minutes while he was pretending to listen and car ... More >>

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    April 25, 2013

    Photos: Bonanno Brothers Pizzeria opening in Park Meadows Saturday

    Bonanno Concepts will open its tenth restaurant this weekend -- and the first one outside of Denver: Bonanno Brothers Pizzeria in the Vistas at Park Meadows. With this new spot, chef/owner Frank Bonanno is paying homage to his New Jersey upbringing of slinging pies and folding pizza boxes, as well a ... More >>

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    April 3, 2013

    Bonanno Brothers Pizzeria will open soon in Park Meadows -- and is hiring now

    The dining scene at Park Meadows has taken a few hits lately, with Grand Lux Cafe the most recent to leave the area. But it's about to get a heck of a consolation prize: Frank and Jacqueline Bonanno will be opening Bonanno Brothers Pizzeria, named in honor of their two sons, inside The Vistas at Par ... More >>

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    March 7, 2013
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    February 19, 2013

    Cream and butter can make food taste better -- but True Food Kitchen doesn't use that trick

    When the Center for Science in the Public Interest handed out its Xtreme Eating Awards last month for the least nutritious dishes in the nation, people yawned. Except PR people, that is -- they went into overdrive. The list was as shocking as ever, but the truth simply doesn't hurt as much when you ... More >>

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    December 31, 2012

    New Year's Eve: Twenty places to dine and unwind

    Happy Monday! Restaurants and bars around town are hosting a variety of celebrations for the new year. Keep reading to see just some of the options; find more in our online calendar listings calendar. And if you know of still other worthy end-of-the-year events, share the info in the comments sectio ... More >>

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    September 24, 2012

    Osteria Marco's pizza-making class has us rolling in dough

    "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 >>

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    February 17, 2012

    Amanda Olig: Trust your gut

    In this interview, Osteria Marco bar manager Amanda Olig weighs in on rye whiskey, how she got her first bartending job in Denver and what she drinks after a particularly difficult night.

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    January 10, 2012

    Our ten best pizzas in Denver (and Boulder)

    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.

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    September 2, 2011

    Go celebrate the end of boat season with a boat drink

    ​You hear that sound? It's the sound of summer whistling its way out the door. Labor Day Weekend is upon us, and that means that even if we're still able to sit on patios next week, the moment when we're going to have to bundle up and brace for winter is any day. Don't let it go out with a wh ... More >>

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    May 10, 2011

    Review Preview: Lou's Food Bar

    Mark Manger​Frank Bonanno has built a formidable empire in Denver over the last decade, expanding out from his original spot, Mizuna, into Luca d'Italia, Osteria Marco and Bones. Last year, the restaurateur gave the city two new concepts: Green Russell, a speakeasy in Larimer Square, and Lou's ... More >>

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    April 13, 2011

    Marco's Pizza -- no, not Marco's Coal-Fired Pizzeria -- is coming to Stapleton

    ​A new Marco's Pizza is about to open in Northfield Stapleton. No, not a branch of Osteria Marco, Frank Bonanno's restaurant in Larimer Square. And not another Marco's Coal-Fired Pizzeria. Next month, Nick Costanzo will open a Marco's Pizza at 8286 Northfield Boulevard; it will be the sixth ... More >>

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    November 19, 2010

    Food porn from last night's Celebrity Chef Tour powwow at Osteria Marco

    Lori Midson​"Believe it or not, it's been pretty calm today," said Frank Bonanno, standing in the kitchen of Osteria Marco, the turf for last night's Celebrity Chef Tour dinner, a gathering of five Denver chefs -- Bonanno, Alex Seidel (Fruition and Frution Farms), Eric Skokan (Black Cat and Bl ... More >>

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    November 11, 2010

    A half-dozen downtown Denver restaurants suitable for different business lunch occasions

    Mark MangerH Burger provides a setting for one kind of business lunch-- here are a half dozen additional options​When I reviewed H Burger Co this week, I was especially drawn to the spot as a great downtown option for lunch on a work day -- an escape from the office where you can sit down to e ... More >>

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    October 7, 2010

    Tickets go on sale today for the Denver Celebrity Chef Tour -- and the lineup is stellar

    Lori Midson​Tickets go on sale today for the Denver Celebrity Chef Tour, a star-studded squad of kitchen sorcerers, including Matt Selby (Vesta Dipping Grill and Steuben's); Alex Seidel (Fruition and Fruition Farms); Eric Skokan (Black Cat, Boulder); and Michael Ginor, the co-founder and chef ... More >>

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    September 10, 2010

    Flagstaff House cancels its beer dinner, but here's a six-pack of other beer-and-food pairings you shouldn't miss

    ​The beer extravaganza of the year is upon us. Starting this weekend, hundreds of breweries from around the country will descend upon the Mile High City for the Denver Beer Fest and the Great American Beer Festival. With so many rare brewed beverages suddenly available, it takes a lot of will ... More >>

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    August 26, 2010

    Frank Bonanno's new Larimer Square space will peddle pie... and something else

    Frank Bonanno at Bones​A couple of months back, we saw a tweet from Frank Bonanno asking his Twitter followers whether Denver would rather see doughnuts or pie. Denver must have said pie. The chef, whose expanding restaurant group includes Mizuna, Bones, Osteria Marco and Luca d'Italia, acqui ... More >>

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    August 20, 2010

    Happy Friday: Denver's ten best bar snacks

    Colt &Gray's bacon and cashew caramel corn​The bacon and cashew caramel corn at Colt & Gray (1553 Platte Street) is salty, sweet and addictive, leaving us hungry for more every time we finish our allotted cup. And the treat just earned a nod from Bon Appetit, which called it one of the best ba ... More >>

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    July 21, 2010

    Tonight: Affair on the Square does al fresco in the city

    ​Dining outside is one of the best things about beautiful weather. We've certainly got the weather, and tonight, Larimer Square will provide the eats at the inaugural Affair on the Square, a benefit for the Colorado Symphony. Participating restaurants include Bistro Vendome, Capital Grille, Co ... More >>

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    July 19, 2010

    Park and Co. opens today at 4 p.m., just in time for happy hour

    Lori Midson ​In less than an hour, Jean-Philippe Failyau, who owns Park Burger in Platt Park and a small interest in Osteria Marco, will lift the garage doors and fling open the front door of Park and Co, his new burger joint that took over the Bump and Grind plot at 439 East 17th Avenue.

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    January 5, 2010

    Buca di Beppo spot goes to pot

    ​The landlord finally found a tenant for the former home of Buca di Beppo, a choice space at 1400 Market Street that's been empty since summer 2008. And what's going in? Another big-name national eatery, like Ted's Montana Grill just up 14th Street? Another prestigious local restaurant, like ... More >>

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    December 11, 2009

    The list: Top ten Larimer Square restaurants

    ​Jason Sheehan just reviewed TAG and found lots to love at Troy Atherton Guard's eponymous restaurant, including -- but not limited to -- the rice. Here are nine more Larimer Square restaurants we think deserve some props:

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    November 3, 2009

    Egg-ceptional egg dishes in Denver

    ​ "With an egg on top." Ooh. You just stepped up your food game. You uttered those five words to the server, and suddenly everyone at your table perks up. It's not just a sign that you're starving. It shows you're a risk-taker. Someone who has had enough of diets and eating healthy. Someone ... More >>

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    October 23, 2009

    Top ten Italian restaurants in Denver

    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 >>

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    October 23, 2009

    Here's a tip: Denver diners are the second best tippers in the nation, according to Zagat surveyors

    ​Tim and Nina Zagat just dropped the 2010 edition of America's Top Restaurants (full disclosure: I edited the Colorado section), along with pages and pages of dining summations that sling stats culled from eaters who responded to Zagat's annual dining survey that, more or less, sums up the bes ... More >>

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    October 15, 2009

    Part two: Chef and Tell with Frank Bonanno

    Frank Bonanno​This is part two of Lori Midson's interview with Frank Bonanno, executive chef-owner of Osteria Marco, Mizuna, Luca d'Italia and Bones. You can read the first part of Midson's interview with Bonanno here. Culinary inspirations: My mother and my sister. When I was six, seven, may ... More >>

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    July 23, 2009

    Crested Butte Land and Trust Food and Wine Festival uncorks today

    The first day of the four-day Crested Butte Land Trust Food and Wine Festival uncorks today. And unlike some local food and wine festivals where our homegrown chefs are snubbed, the Crested Butte powwow, which includes wine seminars, wine walks, chef dinners, grand tastings and gourmet picnics, par ... More >>

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    July 5, 2009

    The List: Nothin' but meat

    Smoked duck breast at Olivea.This past week I reviewed Sketch--a restaurant that serves almost nothing but meat.  And a little cheese.  And a few scattered, random plates of olives, cherries, bits of this, pieces of that. I liked the place for its simplicity, for the plain way that it offe ... More >>

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    June 12, 2009

    The List: Living it up on Larimer

    So now that I've squared things with Rioja in this week's re-review and detailed about a decade's worth of history on Larimer Square, what else is there to do?So glad you asked... Below, find this week's list of all the best places on Larimer Square -- and why. Now, if you find yourself craving a Ri ... More >>

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    May 18, 2009

    The blog shortcut, May 18 edition

    Photo by Soren McCartyThe Conchords in flight. Did they play "Albi the Racist Dragon?" Today in Backbeat Online: • Over the weekend: Flight of the Conchords at Red Rocks. • Moving Pictures: the Sexy Convicts, Lyin' Bitch, the Get Down, Vitamins, the Swayback, Ian Cooke, Young Coyotes. • Over ... More >>

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    May 18, 2009

    Wine dinners tonight at Frasca, Osteria Marco

    Tonight at Frasca, 1738 Pearl Street in Boulder, winemaker Etienne Hugel will present the wines of Hugel & Fils at a Monday Night Wine Dinner devoted to the flavors of Alsace. Dinner is $45 per person, with optional wine pairings extra; for reservations, call 303-442-6966. Osteria Marco, 1453 Lari ... More >>

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    April 22, 2009

    Mix it up at Trios Enoteca on Sunday

    The state's best mixologists will be pouring it on -- and pouring out the drinks -- Sunday, April 26, at the first Colorado Cocktail Classic competition, sponsored by the Colorado Bartenders Guild. Go to Trios Enoteca,1730 Wynkoop Street, at 6 p.m. to cheer on your favorite bartenders and enjoy some ... More >>

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    March 24, 2009

    South Pearl awaits Park Burger

    Jean Phillippe Failyau, Frank Bonanno's right-hand man (and my former chef at Osteria Marco), is busy tying up the loose ends at Park Burger, which he says is about a month away from opening.As Jason Sheehan reported in December, although Failyau is working with Bonanno on this burger joint at 1890 ... More >>

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    March 6, 2009

    Today's featured event: Ante up for SAME Café at charity poker tournament tonight

    You can bet on SAME Café tonight. Ever since the Westword cover story on the SAME Café hit the stands last week, the non-profit restaurant reports that larger crowds of customers have been coming through the doors to pay what they want for food. So now is a great time to support Libby and Brad ... More >>

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    January 9, 2009

    Another Irish rising

    It seems as though I'm not the only fella out there sick of the dearth of good Irish bars in this town. Though my piece about the Celtic Tavern and the following column about how to open a proper Irish bar have only been out in the world for a day, the responses have started to roll in. And apparent ... More >>

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    January 6, 2009

    Video: Chef Frank Bonanno makes his Bones as a TV star

    Here's a video of 2008 Best Chef award-winner Frank Bonanno -- of Mizuna, Luca D'Italia, Osteria Marco and the newly opened noodle bar Bones at 701 Grant Street -- giving a tutorial on how to make Lobster and Edamame Ramen. The video-production quality ain't exactly Rachel Ray yell-a-vision, but it ... More >>

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    December 4, 2008

    Ho, ho, ho: Twigs has closed -- for now

    Above is the season's greeting that Nancy Levine, our intrepid Drink of the Week columnist, found when she was out last night judging the 2008 Holiday Cocktail Competition. Seventeen restaurants -- all members of the Denver Independent Network of Restaurants -- had signed up to create sp ... More >>

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    November 12, 2008
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    September 4, 2008
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    January 3, 2008

    Osteria Marco

    Make a pig of yourself at Frank Bonanno’s new place.

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    January 2, 2008
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    November 1, 2007


    Things are looking up at Larimer Square.

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    September 13, 2007

    Star Light

    Rebecca Weitzman heads for the Big Apple.

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