First Look: Bar Dough Rises to the Occasion in Lower Highland

Bar Dough's commendatore pizza, with garlic oil, fennel sausage, prosciutto, sopressa, montasio and mozzarella.EXPAND
Bar Dough's commendatore pizza, with garlic oil, fennel sausage, prosciutto, sopressa, montasio and mozzarella.
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Bar Dough didn't take long to rise in the former home of a convenience store next to Highland Tap & Burger. After a complete gutting and rebuild, the space opened over the weekend with chef-partner Max MacKissock's menu of stuzzichini (appetizers), housemade pastas, wood-fired pizzas baked in an imported Acunto oven, and other dishes ranging from traditional Italian to nostalgic, East Coast favorites. Photographer Danielle Lirette fired off photos of Bar Dough's first lunch service, capturing the food, drinks and bustling kitchen in the images below.

The imported Mario Acunto oven with layers of gleaming tile serves as the backdrop in the long, narrow space.EXPAND
The imported Mario Acunto oven with layers of gleaming tile serves as the backdrop in the long, narrow space.
Danielle Lirette
Bar Dough's crew preps a pizza for waiting customers.EXPAND
Bar Dough's crew preps a pizza for waiting customers.
Danielle Lirette
The Commendatore pizza goes into the imported Mario Acunto oven.EXPAND
The Commendatore pizza goes into the imported Mario Acunto oven.
Danielle Lirette
The oven is fired by oak.EXPAND
The oven is fired by oak.
Danielle Lirette
Bucatini all'amatriciana; the pasta is made by hand.EXPAND
Bucatini all'amatriciana; the pasta is made by hand.
Danielle Lirette
Tonno tonnato with albacore, lemon, celery and crispy rice.EXPAND
Tonno tonnato with albacore, lemon, celery and crispy rice.
Danielle Lirette
Fettunta with chicken liver, orange, chicken skin and fried sage.EXPAND
Fettunta with chicken liver, orange, chicken skin and fried sage.
Danielle Lirette
A salad of brasssicas: broccoli with pecorino, pumpkin seeds, apple and brown-butter vinaigrette.EXPAND
A salad of brasssicas: broccoli with pecorino, pumpkin seeds, apple and brown-butter vinaigrette.
Danielle Lirette
Prosciutto being sliced.EXPAND
Prosciutto being sliced.
Danielle Lirette
First Look: Bar Dough Rises to the Occasion in Lower HighlandEXPAND
Danielle Lirette
Bar Dough's patio opens onto West 32nd Avenue and will soon have a pergola to provide additional shade for sunnier days.EXPAND
Bar Dough's patio opens onto West 32nd Avenue and will soon have a pergola to provide additional shade for sunnier days.
Danielle Lirette
The decor is spare, but with bursts of color and texture.EXPAND
The decor is spare, but with bursts of color and texture.
Danielle Lirette
A burgundy banquette runs the length of the wall opposite the bar.EXPAND
A burgundy banquette runs the length of the wall opposite the bar.
Danielle Lirette
The bar program comprises 50 Italian wines, beers that bring out the best in the food, classic cocktails and spritzes made with house syrups.EXPAND
The bar program comprises 50 Italian wines, beers that bring out the best in the food, classic cocktails and spritzes made with house syrups.
Danielle Lirette
Housemade syrups for Italians sodas and spritzes.EXPAND
Housemade syrups for Italians sodas and spritzes.
Danielle Lirette
Italian aperitifs are served in retro stemware.EXPAND
Italian aperitifs are served in retro stemware.
Danielle Lirette
A pair of spritzes with Italian bitters and fresh ingredients.EXPAND
A pair of spritzes with Italian bitters and fresh ingredients.
Danielle Lirette
The bar is classically topped with marble.EXPAND
The bar is classically topped with marble.
Danielle Lirette
Seating is intended to foster a lively, social air.EXPAND
Seating is intended to foster a lively, social air.
Danielle Lirette
Owner Juan Padro says that staff training and customer service are two of his main goals.EXPAND
Owner Juan Padro says that staff training and customer service are two of his main goals.
Danielle Lirette
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Bar Dough

2227 W. 32nd Ave.
Denver, Colorado 80211

720-668-8508

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