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An Italian gem and a molcajete obsession: A second helping of Cafe Society July 22-26

Gretchen Kurtz found a lot to love at DiFranco's, the tiny but mighty Italian restaurant that she reviewed this week. On a recent Tuesday night, she reports, "couples, friends and families were pouring into this shoebox-sized restaurant faster than seats at the community counter and two small tables could open up." In other words, the place is packed -- and with good reason, says Kurtz. Mark Antonation continued his prowl up Federal Boulevard, feasting at Taco House, the 55-year-old institution with prices that even paupers can afford. And for this week's Chef and Tell interview, I chatted with Sergio Romo, the kitchen commander at La Sandia in Northfield at Stapleton.

Keep reading for a second helping of this week's action on the Denver dining scene.

See also: - DISH tickets go on sale this morning -- for Cafe Society readers - Alex Seidel taps Stephanie Caraway as a partner in his new restaurant - First look: Agave Taco Bar opens in Washington Park

Opening this week*:

Tortisimas, 375 Federal Boulevard Einstein Bros., DIA Urban Thai, 2030 Ionosphere Street, Longmont West 29th Restaurant and Bar, 5560 West 29th Avenue, Wheat Ridge Churchill's Public House, 1560 Boulder Street Aiko Pops, 1284 South Pearl Street The Social, 872 West Happy Canyon Road, Castle Rock Agave Taco Bar, 2217 East Mississippi

Closing this week*: My Big Fat Greek Cafe

* or earlier, and not included in last week's roundup.

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