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Dagabi Cucina was there first, with a Monday paella night in Boulder

Cafe Aion and Centro just rolled out dueling paella nights on Wednesdays in Boulder -- but it turns out that these specials are a couple of years behind another longstanding paella deal in town: the Monday night special at Dagabi Cucina, 3970 North Broadway in Boulder.

The restaurant, which is tucked behind Lucky's Market, always features a seafood paella for $19. But on Mondays, the kitchen gets more creative, starting with the same Calasparra rice imported from Spain and adding a variety of ingredients, depending on what's in season and available. Recent paella specials included a black-octopus version and a rendition with marinated pork, Spanish Bilbao chorizo, red and green peppers, peas, artichokes and saffron aioli; that special was just $12.

The rest of the week, Dagabi Cucina serves a menu of dishes rooted in Spain -- including such tapas as Spanish tortilla, pancetta wrapped shrimp and steamed clams -- and in Italy, with wood-fired pizzas and pastas. There's a wine and beer list that focuses on bottles from Spain and Italy, too, as well as a full bar.

For more information, call 303-786-9004.

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Laura Shunk was Westword's restaurant critic from 2010 to 2012; she's also been food editor at the Village Voice and a dining columnist in Beijing. Her toughest assignment had her drinking ten martinis and eating ten Caesar salads over the course of 48 hours. She still drinks martinis, but remains lukewarm on Caesar salads.
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