Dishes of DISH: Penne with prosciutto vodka sauce from DiFranco's

On Sunday, September 22, DISH will dish out food and drinks from dozens of Cafe Society's favorite restaurants and trucks, as well as Best of Denver readers' winners, in the Sculpture Park at the Denver Performing Arts Complex. DiFranco's, our pick for Best Italian Restaurant this year, will be serving up pasta topped with a vodka sauce -- the recipe for which comes from the owner's grandmother, Irene DiFranco.

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According to owner Ryan DiFranco, "It is a fresh tomato and cream based sauce with prosciutto and fresh herbs on top of a penne pasta with a grated locatelli pecorino romano cheese, and is a regular dish on the menu.

"The dish shows that food with simple ingredients when used correctly can still taste delicious. Our entire menu is made up of fresh, locally sourced, and organic based dishes. Unlike many restaurants, we offer counter service with beer and wine. Our food is available for both eat-in and take-out. We also have many specials throughout the week including our cheap Italian date night on Wednesday nights which includes two entrees, two house salads, two cannoli, and a bottle of wine for $40."

DISH runs from 1:30 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sunday 22. (VIP ticket-holders get in at noon.) For more information about Westword's annual celebration of the Denver dining scene, including how to buy tickets, visit our 2013 Westword DISH site.

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