Up until recently, that address was occupied by the delightfully eclectic Cody's Cafe & Bar, owned by Sue Smith, who combined Italian cooking with international influences, including Vietnamese touches from her home country. Mohammad explains that Cody's is only temporarily closed and will soon re-emerge nearby. Smith also owned New Orient, one of the city's oldest Vietnamese restaurants, until she closed it in May. Cody's will take over that space, at 10203 East Iliff Avenue, later this summer.
which will close this weekend after sixteen years in business) and the Rendezvous Cafe at History Denver, with some time in between as the executive chef for resorts in Southeast Asia. But at Bettola, he's keeping the menu traditionally Italian, with pasta dishes, a few large entrees and an enticing wine list.
Bettola means "hole in the wall" (in the sense of a tavern or "joint") in Italian, and Mohammad's Bettola is fronted with a sign that reads "An Italian Hole-in-the-Wall Bistro." The cozy space, even when it was still Cody's, is quite a change from the globe-spanning eateries around it, such as the Sudan Cafe, Tofu House and Yemen Grill. But with a growing population of young new residents, Aurora needs restaurants like Bettola, too, which offers a slightly upscale experience without the long drive to downtown Denver.
Bettola is open from 4:30 to 9 p.m Monday through Saturday. Call 303-750-1580 or visit the restaurant's website for more details.