Let's eat now at Mangiamo Pronto!

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Downtown's Italian restaurant scene just grew by one with the opening of Mangiamo Pronto!, a sleek and modern cafe out of Santa Fe, in the former Common Grounds space at 1601 17th Street. "We had soft openings Friday and Saturday just to do some test runs and opened the floodgates today," said Enrique Guerrero, co-owner and chef.

"So far, so good," he continued. "We love it here and it looks like the neighborhood is going to love us back," he said, pointing to a woman who'd apparently been in for lunch Friday, Saturday and today.

The menu peddles antipasto, including white bean hummus with duck crackings; chicken drumstick confit with mostarda diavolo; and cheese and Italian meat samplers, plus Italian salads, thin-crusted pizzas and panini. Mangiamo Pronto! -- which means "Let's Eat Now!" -- is open Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, call 303-297-1229.

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