Farro Italian restaurant debuts economy-friendly wine, a recession menu and happy hour

Centennial's Farro Italian Restaurant has not only tweaked its menu of rustic Italian dishes, but it's also launched a happy hour, started serving cheap carafes of wine and introduced a three-course "recession menu."

The restaurant's happy hour, featuring half off all appetizers and small plates, plus $3 well drinks, imports and wine pours and $2 Coors Lights, kicked off last month. The most expensive item on the happy hour menu, the antipasti plate, costs only $5.50. Happy hour goes from 5 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

And just last week, Farro unveiled some new menu items and introduced inexpensive carafes of wine to its wine list.

Of the menu, operating partner John Richard explains, "We just updated some things, freshened it up for summer." Also, he adds, "We found what does and doesn't work for the neighborhood." And what is it, exactly, that works for the suburban Centennial set? That'd be traditional Italian favorites.

Chef Matthew Franklin has added familiar dishes like chicken marsala, chicken Parmesan and the very traditional spaghetti and meatballs, to the new menu. Franklin has also introduced a house salad and replaced a mahi mahi dish with salmon.

"Everyone's screaming for salmon, so that's back on the menu. We couldn't give away the mahi mahi," Richard jokes. Going forward, Richard says he and Franklin will continue to make "seasonal adjustments" to the menu.

Richard is pleased with the selection of Casarsa wine -- merlot or pinot grigio -- which Farro began selling last week, concurrent with the new menu, at $15 a carafe, $8 for a half carafe and $4 per glass. "We had our foodiest, snootiest regulars in last night and they loved it," Richard says.

Not to be forgotten, Farro's "rescession menu" has been on the scene a while longer, since April, but packs a punch in the deal department. For $15, you get three courses: soup or salad, a choice of a chicken, pasta or pork entree and a choice of dessert.

The menu, available all day, every day, also features some cocktail specials. Richard's personal fave is the "Farrini." The drink, which Richard concocted himself and calls "a birdbath of alcohol," consists of citrus vodka, Tuaca, limoncello and fresh lemon juice, shaken and served straight up with a twist, for $6.

Farro has been open for a year and a half at 8230 South Holly Street in Centennial. "We're a cool little restaurant you'd never expect in a nondescript shopping center," insists Richard.

For more information, call 303-694-5432.

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