Osteria Marco

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    June 12, 2014

    DJ Nagle, chef of Humboldt: Farm, Fish, Wine: "Respect the dishwashers"

    DJ Nagle Humboldt: Farm, Fish, Wine 1700 Humboldt Street 303-813-1700 This is part two of my interview with DJ Nagle, executive chef of Humboldt: Farm, Fish, Wine; the first installment of our chat ran yesterday. Most noteworthy meal you've ever eaten: When I was a young c ... More >>

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    November 14, 2013

    Frank Bonanno's ten favorite things at the ten Bonanno Concept eateries

    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 >>

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    August 1, 2013

    Tonight: A free screening of Caddyshack in Larimer Square

    Sit back, relax and watch Caddyshack under the stars at BMW's Ultimate Dining Event in Larimer Square tonight. The restaurants of Larimer Square will be extending their patios for the evening for those who wish to dine during the movie, which will be playing on two giant screens. The movie itself is ... More >>

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    April 17, 2013

    Reader: For $20, Mizuna's mac and cheese should be better than sex

    Yesterday Lori Midson celebrated the lobster macaroni and cheese at Mizuna as one of our 100 Favorite Dishes. This is not standard, comfort-food mac and cheese; it uses poached sweet lobster meat in place of Oscar Meyer ham and silky mascarpone instead Velveeta. And it doesn't have your standard, co ... More >>

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    February 19, 2013

    Jorel Pierce a semi-finalist for James Beard Rising Star; four more Denver chefs make the cut

    The James Beard Foundation has just released its list -- its long list -- of semi-finalists, and several Denver area restaurants and chefs have made the cut. Jorel Pierce may have gotten bumped from Top Chef early, but the exec chef at Euclid Hall made the cut for Rising Star Chef of the Year. And ... More >>

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    October 10, 2012

    Contest alert: Win two seats to tonight's Hooves & Hops dinner at Osteria Marco (updated with winner)

    Update: We have a winner! Congrats to Alison Nishi, who was the first commenter to hit the right weight -- 95 pounds -- on the nose. The Great American Beer Festival barrels into town tomorrow, but the crew at Osteria Marco, Frank Bonnano's popular pig-, pizza- and salumi-centric gathering spot in ... More >>

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    October 3, 2012

    Matt Lewis, exec chef of Bones, on pop-ups, burgers and women

    Matt Lewis Bones 701 Grant Street 303-860-2929 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 >>

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    September 18, 2012

    Are stairs a stumbling block to a successful restaurant?

    In my next review, I explore a restaurant that's above grade. Despite how that sounds, the term has nothing to do with caliber. "Above grade" is architectural speak for spaces that are above ground. "At grade" is the term for street level and "below grade" is, well, you get it. All of which got me ... More >>

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    July 18, 2012

    Four Denver restaurants that deliver stellar wine service

    Last week we ruffled a few feathers (and piqued some serious ire for not naming names) with our post on a recent spate of rather unfortunate Denver restaurant-based wine service fails. And while that handful of experiences ran the gamut from mildly annoying to straight-up shitshow, we can confidentl ... More >>

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    July 12, 2012

    Reader: City attacks local businesses, rather than help them

    Two prominent restaurateurs are involved in very public spats with the city. Frank Bonanno, owner of Osteria Marco, among other restaurants, admits he can be a "dick." Especially when fighting the Denver Department of Environmental Health: posting missives on his blog aimed at Danica Lee, the depart ... 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 >>

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    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 >>

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    April 2, 2012

    Boulder bashes and fashion-inspired food on this week's menu

    Boulder may have been knocked out of our Street 16 neighborhood tournament (look for the winner later today), but it was Cafe Society's pick for the Best Food Neighborhood in our Best of Denver 2012 -- and this week's culinary calender will highlight many reasons for that. But there are plenty of e ... More >>

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    February 9, 2012
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    September 6, 2011

    The Wooden Table will open next week in Greenwood Village

    Lori Midson​"I want to bring the upscale downtown bistro feel to the suburbs," says Jane Knauf, a former executive at the Magnolia Hotel, who, along with Brett Shaheen, fresh off the heels as exec chef of Osteria Marco, will open the Wooden Table next week at 2500 East Orchard Road, in Greenw ... More >>

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    July 25, 2011

    Five chilly libations to beat the heat

    Mark MangerThe Interstate torpedo slushy cones help beat the heat.​It's hot outside -- so hot, in fact, that two restaurants in the Kevin Taylor Group, Prima Ristorante and Palettes, are adding summer happy hours featuring half-price cocktails, beers and wines by the glass from 4 until 6 p.m. ... More >>

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    July 19, 2011

    Pelee Tamarind and French Revival at Lou's Food Bar

    ​I'm the first one to bitch and moan about how all the great dives in Denver are disappearing -- but then when someone like Frank Bonanno (Mizuna, Luca D'Italia, Osteria Marco, Bones and Green Russell) comes in and gentrifies the hell out of one of those dives, I can't wait to see what he's d ... More >>

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    May 12, 2011
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    February 17, 2011

    James Beard Foundation announces 2011 semi-finalists: Frank Bonanno, Yasmin Lozada-Hissom, Frasca and ChoLon among them

    James Beard Foundation​Last November, the James Beard Foundation summoned the public to nominate its favorite chefs, restaurants and industry professionals for the 2011 awards. And after all the self-pimping and ballot-stuffing, the poll is closed. This morning, the foundation announced its ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2010

    Tonight: Celebrity Chef Tour at Osteria Marco

    ​Tonight Osteria Marco, 1453 Larimer Street, will host the Celebrity Chef Tour, a benefit for the James Beard Foundation that features a dinner prepared by Michael Ginor from Hudson Valley Foie Gras and Denver heavyweight chefs Frank Bonanno, Matt Selby, Alex Seidel and Eric Skokan (read Eric ... More >>

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    October 18, 2010

    The Green Russell's staff will allegedly include some big-name moonlighting bartenders from around town

    Adam Hodak engages Denver bartenders to make guest appearances​Frank Bonanno and Adam Hodak are still ironing out the details of the Green Russell, the subterranean bar they're opening behind a pie shop front called Wednesday's Pie in Larimer Square -- and that includes staff. But while the p ... More >>

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    October 11, 2010

    Tonight: Osteria Marco hosts a Slow Taste of Italy

    ​Frank Bonanno hosts a Slow Taste of Italy at 6:30 p.m. tonight at Osteria Marco, 1453 Larimer Street. The five-course Italian meal features local and sustainable ingredients; the courses are all paired with wines from around Italy. Tickets are $90; to snag a seat, call 303-534-5855 or go to w ... 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 15, 2010

    Denver Beer Fest: Falling Rock, Osteria Marco, Rackhouse and Strange get their suds on

    Falling Rock Taphouse.​Things are swinging in the Mile High City as just about every plane that touches down at Denver International Airport today will carry a brewer, a beer blogger or a beer lover on their way to the Great American Beer Festival, which begins tomorrow. And Denver is ready f ... 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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    August 9, 2010

    Round two: Win free tickets to Eat Denver's Harvest Week kick-off party

    ​Eat Denver's Harvest Week, a seven-day jubilation that pays homage to Colorado's bountiful crops, sprouts the week of August 21, when nearly forty of the city's best independent restaurants will pimp seasonal menus showcasing locally-sourced ingredients and products. Bur before that happen ... More >>

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    August 6, 2010

    Win free tickets to Eat Denver's Harvest Week kick-off party

    ​Eat Denver's Harvest Week, a seven-day jubilation that pays homage to Colorado's bountiful crops, sprouts the week of August 21, when nearly 40 of the city's best independent restaurants pimp seasonal menus showcasing locally-sourced ingredients and products. Bur before that happens, there' ... 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.

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2010

    Randall Layman of Vesta Dipping Grill wins Sailor Jerry's Rum cocktail competition

    Rob ChristensenSecond place Adam Hodak, first place Randall Layman, and third place Ken Kodys, with judges Lisa Hare and Sean Kenyon​Last night, Sailor Jerry's rum hosted a different kind of cocktail contest. These events normally take place in quiet rooms of trendy restaurants, where particip ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2010

    Frank Bonanno will open a French-American comfort food restaurant

    Lori MidsonFrank Bonanno will open his fifth Denver restaurant this summer​Back in late March, we reported that Frank Bonanno was in the market for a new restaurant. The chef/restaurateur, who already operates four Denver restaurants -- Bones, Osteria Marco, Mizuna and Luca D'Italia -- said ... More >>

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    March 15, 2010

    Tonight: Hooves and Hops at Osteria Marco

    A Flickr photo.​Pork and beer -- two great tastes that taste great together. If you agree, head to Osteria Marco, 1453 Larimer Street, which is serving up a Hooves & Hops dinner at 7:30 p.m. tonight. The five-course pig feast will be complemented by handpicked local brews from Odell. Reserve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2010

    Coming soon: From the owner of Park Burger, a new American bar and burger place in the former Bump & Grind space

    Bump & Grind in better days​When Bump and Grind, the Uptown breakfast and lunch joint best known for its wickedly crass drag queens who made weekend brunch worth the early rise, shuttered at the end of 2009, you could hear the collective cries of anguish all over the city. There was nothing - ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2009

    Behind the bar with Amanda Olig of Vesta

    ​Amanda Olig moved to Colorado in August 2005, right after the annual motorcycle rally in Sturgis, South Dakota. She worked as a promo girl for Premier Image for three years doing Jameson, Kahlua and Stoli promotions, then opened the Meadowlark in January 2006. She stayed there until August 20 ... More >>

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    October 21, 2009

    What's the worst way to get a bartender's attention?

    Don't worry, she sees you standing there.​Osteria Marco bartender Michael McGill hates being whistled at when someone wants his attention. As he told Westword's Nancy Levine in this week's Behind the Bar column, "I'm not a dog." Not every bartender is as cool as McGill. Still, no matter how h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2009

    Sober and not-so-sober observations from the Taste of the Nation

    Lori MidsonStaff from Vesta Dipping Grill and Steuben'sYesterday afternoon, Denver's best chefs rolled out the culinary red carpet and rubbed tongs with smitten admirers and other do-gooders who showed up in droves at Share Our Strength's Taste of the Nation, a charity event that benefits anti-hunge ... More >>

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    June 19, 2009

    Barbecue this weekend in Frisco, at Randolph's

    Head to the hills of Frisco this weekend for the mountain town's annual two-day Barbecue Challenge, a heated event that brings together competitive grillers from across the country. The riotous pig races are always a big draw, as is the pancake breakfast, live music and parade of barbecue grills, b ... More >>

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    June 5, 2009

    The List: Big Operators

    Rough week for Big Red F. I wasn't all tht happy with Happy Noodle House; wasn't cuckoo for the Cocoa Puffs at Centro. But that doesn't mean I don't like some of Dave Query's other restaurants. Matter of fact, he runs two other joints that are among my favorites in the city.Which leads me to this we ... More >>

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    June 3, 2009

    Luca D'Italia kicks off its sixth anniversary chef dinner series tonight with Wayne Conwell

    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 >>

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    March 26, 2009

    How a big dump can wreak havoc, or how to get more bang for your buck

    First, the bad news: As Jason Sheehan just reported, a call to Frank Bonanno's Bones revealed that, you guessed it, it's closed due to inclement weather. Not only is Bones black until at least tomorrow, but Bonanno's three other restaurants -- Luca D'Italia, Mizuna and Osteria Marco -- are also dark ... More >>

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    March 23, 2009

    The List: Team Bonanno

    My review of Bones -- Frank Bonanno's new restaurant at 701 Grant Street -- was a love letter, a total crush note from one shameless omnivore to another, to the kind of guy who would put bone marrow, ice cream, escargot and udon all on the same menu, from the kind of guy who would gladly ... More >>

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    March 6, 2009

    TAG has a target opening date

    Troy Guard was cooking again last night, and it felt good. The former Nine75/Zengo chef had joined Jamey Fader as a guest chef for a special dinner at Lola featuring dishes inspired by the flavors of Cabo and the Yucatan. It wasn't much of a stretch for Guard, who was raised in Hawaii, and it made h ... More >>

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    February 13, 2009

    Frank Bonanno up for James Beard Award as Outstanding Restaurateur

    The James Beard Foundation has just released the semifinalists list for its 2009 restaurant and chef awards. And Frank Bonanno -- of Mizuna, Luca D'Italia and Osteria Marco (and now Bones, which opened at the very end of December) fame -- is one of twenty people up for Outstanding Restaurateur.No Co ... More >>

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    January 7, 2009

    The fighting Irish need to learn from the Italians

    My review of the Celtic Tavern (which will be posted here later today) started an interesting conversation among some of the more Hibernian-leaning staff at the Westword office, chewing over why Denver seems incapable of opening and maintaining a decent Irish bar. (RIP, Duffy's Shamrock.) This dis ... More >>

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    January 1, 2009
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    December 25, 2008
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    December 19, 2008

    Cheers! The winner of the 2008 Holiday Cocktail Competition

    'Tis a pleasure to drink in Colorado. On Saturday morning, I awoke with visions of sugerplums -- and whipped cream, and gingerbread, and chocolate sprinkles -- still dancing in my head. Just a few hours earlier, I'd sampled the last of sixteen entrees in the 2008 Holiday Cocktail Competition. I was ... More >>

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    December 11, 2008

    Bad health reports, good pancakes at Children's Hospital

    The 24/7 cafeteria at Children's Hospital has long been known for its pancakes, which survived the trip from the old facility in central Denver out to the new Children's campus in Aurora. Years ago, Westword columnist Marty Jones flipped over the flapjacks in his Consumed column; just ... 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 spec ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 24, 2008

    Denver Sandwich Bag

    Man does not live by bread alone – but he can try.

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