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Foodography: Wooden Table opens today in Greenwood Village with Brett Shaheen, former exec chef of Osteria Marco, behind the burners

Foodography: Wooden Table opens today in Greenwood Village with Brett Shaheen, former exec chef of Osteria Marco, behind the burners
Lori Midson

"I'm making things that I want to eat, food that's fun for us to make -- and not pretentious -- and food that we're proud to serve," says Brett Shaheen, the executive chef of the Wooden Table, a new Italian restaurant that opens today at 2500 East Orchard Road in Greenwood Village.

Shaheen, who's spent the last four and a half years working alongside Frank Bonanno -- "I wouldn't be doing this without Frank," he admits -- at Luca D'Italia and Osteria Marco, where he was the executive chef, teamed up with Jane Knauf, a former executive at the Magnolia Hotel, to open the Wooden Table. Earlier this week he held a staff tasting, which he allowed me to crash.

I love both Osteria Marco and Luca, and after sampling more than a dozen of Shaheen's dishes, it's clear that he's confident running his own show. "I didn't want to work for other people any longer," he admits, "and I knew that I could open a restaurant that was really good."

Behold our photo gallery of the terrific foodstuffs coming out of Shaheen's kitchen.

Foodography: Wooden Table opens today in Greenwood Village with Brett Shaheen, former exec chef of Osteria Marco, behind the burners
Lori Midson

Arugula and fried oyster mushroom salad with fennel, shaved Pecorino and a truffled vinaigrette.

Foodography: Wooden Table opens today in Greenwood Village with Brett Shaheen, former exec chef of Osteria Marco, behind the burners
Lori Midson

Frutti de mare crudo: shrimp, scallops, marinated baby octopus and tonnato wreathed with fresno chile oil.

Foodography: Wooden Table opens today in Greenwood Village with Brett Shaheen, former exec chef of Osteria Marco, behind the burners
Lori Midson

Chicken liver mousse smeared on crostini topped with currants and paired with ropes of red peppers and pickled chiles.

Foodography: Wooden Table opens today in Greenwood Village with Brett Shaheen, former exec chef of Osteria Marco, behind the burners
Lori Midson

Fresh, housemade mozzarella with roasted shallot-dressed panzenella salad mixed with grilled pesto croutons, tomatoes, capers and fresh basil.

Foodography: Wooden Table opens today in Greenwood Village with Brett Shaheen, former exec chef of Osteria Marco, behind the burners
Lori Midson

Parmesan and housemade mozzarella and ricotta ravioli slicked with tomato sauce fragrant with fresh basil.

Foodography: Wooden Table opens today in Greenwood Village with Brett Shaheen, former exec chef of Osteria Marco, behind the burners
Lori Midson

Housemade pappardelle pasta with shards of braised duck leg and grilled escarole.

Foodography: Wooden Table opens today in Greenwood Village with Brett Shaheen, former exec chef of Osteria Marco, behind the burners
Lori Midson

Berkshire pork tenderloin straddling a wedge of apple-and-ham-hock bread pudding sitting a pool of green split peas.

Foodography: Wooden Table opens today in Greenwood Village with Brett Shaheen, former exec chef of Osteria Marco, behind the burners
Lori Midson

Roasted duck breast with cannellini beans, escarole, braised duck leg and sausage ragu, and spiced cider reduction.

Foodography: Wooden Table opens today in Greenwood Village with Brett Shaheen, former exec chef of Osteria Marco, behind the burners
Lori Midson

Grilled organic Shetland salmon festooned with grilled julienned vegetables and plated with saffron whipped potatoes.

Foodography: Wooden Table opens today in Greenwood Village with Brett Shaheen, former exec chef of Osteria Marco, behind the burners
Lori Midson

Seared diver scallops squatting on a crisp baccala cake ringed with salsa verde.

Foodography: Wooden Table opens today in Greenwood Village with Brett Shaheen, former exec chef of Osteria Marco, behind the burners
Lori Midson

Mussels and housemade sausage bobbing in a saffron-laced broth floating with shaved fennel and tomatoes.

Foodography: Wooden Table opens today in Greenwood Village with Brett Shaheen, former exec chef of Osteria Marco, behind the burners
Lori Midson

The dining room at the Wooden Table.

Foodography: Wooden Table opens today in Greenwood Village with Brett Shaheen, former exec chef of Osteria Marco, behind the burners
Lori Midson

The restaurant's focal point, appropriately, is a wooden community table.

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The Wooden Table

2500 E. Orchard Ave.
Greenwood Village, CO 80121

303-730-2152

www.thewoodentablerestaurant.com


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