During a week-long visit to the CO Convention Center, we had a lot of great food in Downtown Denver, which is experiencing a turn-around -- but this is the place we went back to repeatedly.
Apart from a very small sidewalk cafe section (about 5 tables,) the action is in large, noisy, brick basement-level dining area, with a long bar scene along one wall. Appetizers were a draw for us -- they have a 1st-rate Salumeria selection, which many locals were feasting on. We mostly skipped the main dishes, and dined on selections of the various Antipasti (the home-made Burrata cheese is perfect!) Also loved the Pizzas, which featured some very inventive toppings. The Pizzas here tend towards a thinner, cracker-y crust, and largely avoid the tomato-based combinations. Our fave was the Wild Mushroom and Robbiola cheese. If you have ever been in the Italian Alps, you may have this cheese melted and scraped onto bread -- a cousin to the Swiss Raclette classic of ski lodges across the alps. I started out with Italian wines, but skipped to the outstanding local micro-brews in later visits, as Denver is now the reigning micro-brew capital of the USA (didn't know that beforehand.) For desserts, recommend whatever is the nightly special, as these seemed to be more inventive than the menu choices, and oh-so good. It is not a quiet, romantic spot, but with the lively families, attentive young-ish wait staff, and a general buzz of happy diners, you'd hard pressed not to have a good time!
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