Our gourmet fondue restaurant offers Denver's most Romantic Dining Experience
For a dining experience you won’t soon forget, travel south of Denver to the historic town of Littleton where you will find The Melting Pot, voted one of Colorado's most romantic restaurants. Whether you choose a table outside on the patio and dine under twinkling lights or sit inside our historic building with its multiple levels of cozy, private tables, The Melting Pot offers a truly unique dining experience created by the art of fondue. The leisurely 4-course dining experience sets it apart from other restaurants, giving you the gift of time to enjoy each other’s company. Combine delicious cheese fondues prepared table side, fresh salads, and exquisite entrées, including your choice of seafood, steak, poultry, pasta and fresh local vegetables. Finish the 4-course dining experience with one of our decadent chocolate fondues. We proudly offer gluten-free dining options for all four courses and can accommodate most food allergies as well.
The elegant and romantic atmosphere, historical building, eclectic decor, and spectacular cuisine make The Melting Pot of Littleton a perfect place for a romantic date night, wedding rehearsal dinner, Valentine's Day dinner, ladies night out, birthday or anniversary celebration, family dinner, business gathering, or a casual night out with friends.
The fondue dining experience at the Melting Pot of Littleton invites conversation, laughter, and togetherness.
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Fondue, which comes from the French “fondre”, meaning “to melt,” had its origins in 18th century Switzerland as a means for farm families to stretch their limited resources during the winter months. With some remaining cheese, some stale bread, and a dash of wine the family could gather around the hearth. In Alpine farm villages, bread was baked only occasionally so whatever bread was on hand was usually stale. By dipping the bread in the melted cheese, the bread was softened and became delectable. From these simple beginnings, fondue became a Swiss winter tradition.
Fondue was popularized as a Swiss national dish by the Swiss Cheese Union in the s as a way of increasing cheese consumption.
There is no standard recipe, nor is there even a single type of cheese that’s universally favored for Swiss cheese fondue. One popular rendition is an equal blend of Gruyère and Vacherin Fribougeois, known as "moitiè-moitiè" or "half-half." But if you’re in eastern Switzerland it’s just as likely to be Gruyère mixed with an aromatic Appenzeller. In Valais, more often than not you’ll enjoy a blend of Gruyère and Raclette, while in canton Bern, Emmentaler seems to most commonly appear. All are great melting cheese and exude a wonderful aroma as they melt.
Mona Lisa Fondue Restaurant
Comieron en 7 de diciembre deoverall5food5service5ambience5
While rather expensive, the Mona Lisa is worth every penny. Located in a renovated house, the Mona Lisa offers a variety of small rooms decorated with twinkle lights. My husband and I were seated in the room titled "Lover's Lane," which felt like a private dining room, as we shared it with only one other couple. The staff was quite friendly and accommodating. The food was excellent, including local wines, sparkling cider, and breads. Between the fondue-style foods and the romantic atmosphere, it is the perfect location for lingering.
Comieron en 14 de noviembre deoverall5food5service5ambience5
Fabulous food and fun fondue experience. Quite expensive but worth it for a special occasion. I took my girlfriend for her birthday and we enjoyed it immensely!
Comieron en 13 de noviembre deoverall5food5service5ambience5
We had a wonderful time - the ambiance was quiet and relaxing, and the fondue was fantastic. We got the cheese fondue (we chose the Greek Isles cheese) with wine flight and added a salad, the combination of which turned out to be quite filling. The server we had was also excellent. If you're looking for a low-key night out of conversation with a friend or a spouse, this is perfect.
Comieron en 13 de noviembre deoverall5food5service5ambience5
This is my third time going to Mona Lisa. I have never been disappointed. If you are not using a coupon, the prices are a little steep, but the experience / quality makes it worth a bit higher price. With a coupon (ex: Living Social), its excellent.
Comieron en 10 de noviembre deoverall5food5service5ambience5
My husband and I celebrated our anniversary dinner here. We had a very romantic and lovely time. The food was fabulous and the service was great. We truly enjoyed our dining experience and will return.
Comieron en 9 de noviembre deoverall5food5service5ambience5
My boyfriend and I have been receiving $15 off coupons for Mona Lisa in the mail for a few months and we decided that we would finally use one this month to celebrate his new job. I was a little nervous because I was afraid it would be a snobby place that would turn their noses up at those of us who are not used to high class. However, it turned out to be the BEST dining experience I have ever had. The hosts were kind and helpful, our server Kaitlin was so friendly and, when we shared our fears of being out of place in such a fancy venue, assured us it was a no judgement zone. The food was superb; for hours we were in heaven! We will definitely be going back and we will definitely tell everyone about our experience.
Comieron en 8 de noviembre deoverall5food5service5ambience5
Great evening out without having to leave town or get too fancy. Enjoyed our "private" room, seeing as they aim to seat each group in a different room. GREAT service! From server, host, and owner.
Comieron en 8 de noviembre deoverall4food4service5ambience3
We have been to Mona Lisa on many occasions. This experience was better than ever. When we arrived the staff was prepared. The meal was phenomenal as was the wine. The flaming turtle was the choice to finish off the great night. We will be back for sure.
Comieron en 6 de noviembre deoverall4food4service2ambience3
Fondue is not something I eat more than a few times a year. The Mona Lisa does a nice job. And has great wines to accompany the meal. We had a new server who didn't seem comfortable and wasn't completely familiar with the menu although she was nice and upbeat. We will go back again. We like to go during the week but will have to make a weekend trip to check out the wine bar located downstairs.
Comieron en 4 de noviembre deoverall2food4service3ambience2
The portions were so small, the fondue bowl was not even 1/4 filled, between my husband and I we each had two or three pieces of bread in it before it was gone. All of the portions were so small, one shrimp, one scallop, a piece of sausage no bigger then my pinkie finger
Comieron en 2 de noviembre deoverall5food5service5ambience5
My wife and I went there for her birthday and it was awesome. Great food. Knowledgeable waitress and the romantic atmosphere was great.
Comieron en 1 de noviembre deoverall5food5service5ambience5
We really enjoy Mona Lisa and would recommend it as a great time with a special someone or a different experience with friends! The food is always wonderful and the staff is very knowledgeable and helpful. The ambiance is romantic and fun! We would recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a great dining experience!
Comieron en 31 de octubre deoverall5food5service5ambience5
Mona Lisa was wonderful, as always!
Comieron en 30 de octubre deoverall5food5service5ambience5
We had a wonderful date at Mona Lisa. My parents had told me about it since I was young they would get me a gift card when I got married. I finally made it and everything was as good as I had always known it would be. We had a great waiter(Nate) who did not rush us and made everything flow smoothly with the Fondu. Overall we really loved it!
Comieron en 25 de octubre deoverall5food5service5ambience5
We have eaten at the Mona Lisa for years. It is our favorite place to go as a couple and also to take good friends and family who appreciate good food and ambience. We have always had great service and have never been disappointed with the food and beverage. This place is a must!!
Comieron en 25 de octubre deoverall5food5service5ambience5
The food and atmosphere is the best! The service is outstanding, and the attentiveness of all the staff made for one of the most pleasant evenings we've had in quite a while. For a quiet evening or special romantic occasion, this is THE place to come. It is not for small children, nor should it be.
Comieron en 24 de octubre deoverall5food5service5ambience5
Fantastic environment, stellar service, wonderful food, and I also appreciate someone besides the server checking on how our experience was.
Comieron en 21 de octubre deoverall5food5service5ambience5
We went to Mona Lisa Fondue to celebrate our 24th anniversary. The ambiance was perfectly inviting for a romantic dinner without the children. The service was great as our server was very attentive and paced the meal out nicely. She explained all facets of the fondue meal and my gluten free husband was surprised at the amount of selections he had to choose from. I would recommend the Mona Lisa Fondue Restaurant to anyone wanting a quiet, romantic and relaxing meal in beautiful Manitou Springs.
Comieron en 16 de octubre deoverall5food5service5ambience5
We have been going here for years and hope to continue to go for many more to come. It is a great experience! Everyone should go and see why it is the best Fondue in town.
Comieron en 13 de octubre deoverall4food4service4ambience4
The food was delicious and I enjoyed every bite. I hardly ate the whole day in preparation as they give you alot of food and two people could share one entree.. There were four of us and we got fondue for three for this reason. In hindsight, I think fondue for two would have worked as we did leave some food behind and most of us were busting at the seams. The only critique I would give is that the lighting was low which was fine until we were cooking the meat which made it hard to know if it was cooked through or not. So some of it was overcooked or under cooked cause we just could hardly see it! .
Comieron en 12 de octubre deoverall4food3service4ambience4
My friend and I enjoyed the food and after a long walk and a visit before a ghost tour, the restaurant was very relaxing. I would like to see a garlic butter sauce as part of their options,
Comieron en 11 de octubre deoverall4food5service5ambience5
We have dined here many times but our service this time was over the top! Our server, Katie, was energetic and fun and seemed genuinely interested in making sure we had a great time! Have to say we go out quite a bit and she was very nice! It was our freind's first timet to ML and they loved it! We were greeted when we entered, seated and the evening was wonderful! Neighbroing tab;e guests were kind of loud and kept butting in to our conversations but not the rest's fault.
Comieron en 11 de octubre deoverall5food5service5ambience5
It was a wonderful to cook your meat selections and dip all your different types of food in cheese and sauces.
Comieron en 5 de octubre deoverall5food5service5ambience4
Enjoyed every bit of dining at the Mona Lisa. The food was excellent, the service was excellent and a very nice atmosphere.
Comieron en 30 de septiembre deoverall5food5service5ambience4
Our family dinner experience was superb!! The ambiance was quaint, the service was great, and the food was delicious. We appreciated the prompt service, would definitely go again , and would recommend it to anyone who has never been. I loved the expediency of having the option to make a reservation online and see what the open availability was without having to call. The confirmation email allowed for peace of mind. The fondue experience is unique and particularly classy at the Mona Lisa. We WILL be back!
Comieron en 28 de septiembre deoverall5food5service5ambience5
We had the fondue for two and were not disappointed. It was quiet, private, and with romantic ambience. Our server knew just when to check in at the perfect time and was polite, efficient, and had a certain charm that made your evening that much more pleasurable.
Comieron en 28 de septiembre deoverall4food5service4ambience4
Went to Mona Lisa for my birthday dinner. We had had excellent experiences in their Wine Cellar and wanted to give the restaurant a chance. It was wonderful. The server was attentive, helpful and knowledgeable. The food was outstanding and the novelty of the fondue was fun. The wine list is diverse with a good selection of bottles under $50 and a wide selection of wines by the glass. We choose the four course menu for two and would do it again. It was a ton of food and I had to pace myself, but my other half was in heaven. My only advice is to bring a sweater for those of you who are sensitive to temperature change. They keep it rather cool, but when the main dish is served, it can get warm with the grill on your table.
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Comieron en 27 de septiembre deoverall5food5service5ambience4
My husband and I headed to Mona Lisa's for our first post-baby date night (at 6 months - YIKES!), and it was the perfect venue for a romantic evening. The food was absolutely splendid. Our waitress was extremely helpful with explaining the menu, offering suggestions, and ensuring we had delicious wine to pair with our choices. The noise level was good for quiet conversation. The food came out at a very nice pace, giving us plenty of time to savor our wine, food, and each other. Best of all there weren't any teething babies there to make us miss our little one at home (too much).
Comieron en 21 de septiembre deoverall4food3service5ambience4
My wife really enjoyed herself there, I was never a fondue person to begin with. I felt feeling full, but the price I paid made me think twice about ever going back. Great place but just a tad too expensive for what I expected.
Comieron en 21 de septiembre deoverall5food5service5ambience5
The staff was extremely nice and very helpful. We arrived a bit early for our reservation and they were quite accommodating. The food was seasoned perfectly and fresh. I was a wonderful evening in a romantic and quiet atmosphere.
THE MONA LISA FONDUE Restaurant: Fine Dining in Manitou Springs
Offering the best in Socially distant seating
Celebrated as one of the Pike’s Peak region’s most unique and intimate fine dining experiences, The Mona Lisa Fondue Restaurant in historic Manitou Springs welcomes you to enjoy a relaxed fondue dining experience featuring Raclette table-top grill fondue. Built as a gold rush hotel in the s, The Mona Lisa Fondue restaurant welcomes guests to enjoy a memorable, slow-paced two-hour dinner experience where you can truly relax, linger, and enjoy.
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Our Fine Dining Fondue MENU
Our signature 4-course fondue dinner begins with freshly made salad with house-made dressing, followed by cheese fondue served with baked bread, fruits and vegetables. For your entrée, you’ll prepare your selections on a tabletop Swiss Raclette grill and crown your evening with decadent chocolate fondue.
Our complete menu is available à la carte including vegetarian and gluten-free options. We also boast an award-winning wine collection featuring a diverse selection of top-rated wines from around the world and exclusive, limited-allocation boutique wines.
When you are looking for a delicious and enjoyable fine dining restaurant in Colorado Springs or the Pike’s Peak region, venture west to Manitou Springs for a one-of-a-kind fine dining experience.
Mona's Signature 4-Course Fondue
At The Mona Lisa Fondue Restaurant, dinner is intended to be savored and enjoyed. Plan at least two hours to fully enjoy our signature 4-course fondue dinner experience. Our dining room opens nightly at p.m. with our last reservation at p.m. Reservations recommended, walk-ins welcome.
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FEATURING RACLETTE GRILL FONDUE
WHAT IS RACLETTE GRILLING?
At The Mona Lisa, one of the top fine dining restaurants in Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs, your entrée platter is served with a table-top Raclette grill where you'll prepare your selections of meats and vegetables to your liking during your fondue dinner. Slices of cheese are served in small pans known as coupelles and are placed under the grill for melting. Add the finishing touch to your entrée with our selection of handcrafted dipping sauces.
FINe dining DOWNTOWN MANITOU SPRINGS
LOCATED IN THE HEART OF MANITOU SPRINGS
The Mona Lisa is your destination fondue fine dining experience in Manitou Springs. The Mona Lisa Fondue Restaurant has been part of Manitou and Colorado Springs tradition since with the same owners as your hosts for 25 years. We’re located right on main street (Manitou Boulevard) in this quaint vacation destination at the base of Pikes Peak.
Manitou Springs is steeped in history dating back to the gold rush days. Founded as a scenic health resort, it’s still a quintessential tourist town bustling with locals and tourist alike, enjoying the vast array of shopping, fine dining, fancy restaurants and amusements. We look forward to serving you when you visit our beautiful little city in the Pike’s Peak region.
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Chef Duncan Holmes is behind what is arguably Denvers most intimate and ambitious dining room in Denver. Clocking in at just 18 seats, the nighttime-only, petite kin of Call, a lovely daytime hang that was named one of Americas Best New Restaurants by Bon Appétit magazine, is the kind of tiny hideaway that results in huge culinary epiphanies. Fueled by the cooking techniques of Scandinavia, America and Europe, Holmes and his team wow guests from their open kitchen, turning out a succession of seductive, season-inspired small plates that zigzag from pork collar with black truffles to breaded oysters crowned with caviar. Its a luxurious, finessed and sublime symphony of perfection that unfolds at a U-shaped bar, in full view of the cooking artistry that doubles as theater. The exquisite experience, which includes optional wine, beer and cider pairings for an additional cost, is by prepaid online reservation only.
A passionate ode to sandwich nirvana in the heart of the Golden Triangle Creative District, this superb deli is a giant gulp of euphoria. The beautiful space, overseen by Potager alumni Luke Hendricks and Anthony Lygizos, pulsates with vibrant energy, in part because of an infallibly warm and authentic staff thats mastered hospitality in spades. Prepare to be fed before you order; the counter crew offers samples of this (curried potato salad), that (egg salad) and the other (pasta salad) and encourages you to unabashedly abandon your diet. Leven draws in all sorts politicians, curators from the nearby Denver Art Museum, hipsters, students and sandwich geeks for too many reasons to mention, but suffice it to say that the pastrami Reuben, sky-scraped with house-cured pastrami, Russian dressing, pickled red cabbage and melted Jarlsberg cheese on toasted rye, holds its own against any Reuben in the city. Theres complimentary sparkling water, a full bar with groovy cocktails and esoteric wines, a terrific ginger shrub and, for a sweet finale, chocolate, tahini and malted milk brownies.
CHOOK CHARCOAL CHICKEN
If you have no idea how to raise chickens, you could just wing it. Then again, raising chickens isnt always what its cracked up to be. What to do? Grab a few friends that like to feast on fowl and head to this fast-casual Platt Park restaurant where fire-roasted birds rule the roost. A collaboration between Adam Schlegel (co-founder of Snooze), Alex Seidel (Mercantile Dining & Provision and Fruition) and Denver cocktail and bar guru Randy Layman, the modern restaurant, whose name is Australian lingo for chicken, is a far cluck from fast food. Here, in an open kitchen, the chickens, procured from Amish chicken farmers, are brined and cooked on rotisserie grills, their glistening golden skin and tender flesh served quartered, halved or whole, stacked between slices of bread for sandwiches and sliders, or tossed into salads and stews. If youre still feeling peckish, the chocolate pudding is delicious.
RUN FOR THE ROSES
To get to this Victorian-era, underground cocktail den, you have to know where to look and despite the name, its location is nowhere near any thoroughbreds. Meander along the alley of Dairy Block, a mixed-use retail, restaurant and hotel hotspot, slip through an unexceptional door and descend downward in an elevator, the doors of which open to a hallway that leads you to a cozy and sophisticated hideaway for kings and queens and everyone in between. The cocktails, priced at $13, are all listed on black-and-white, floral-designed playing cards, and the entire card deck is devoted to classics with innovative twists. A small but formidable snack menu struts a late-night breakfast sandwich stacked with housemade spam, ketchup, cheddar and a yolk-spilling fried egg. Theres dessert, as well, including a built-for-two banana split.
Broadway Market, a collection of tantalizing open-concept restaurant stalls, plus a chocolatier, coffeehouse, bar and a self-serve beer wall, provides discoveries for every culinary persuasion in a contemporary, art-filled communal space. Serving foodstuffs from some of the citys most acclaimed chefs and restaurateurs, the food emporium, perched on a busy stretch of South Broadway in the Golden Triangle, boasts nine restaurants. Get a taste of Argentina at Maria Empanada, or peruse a menu of authentically Mexican tacos, quesadillas, gorditas, fresh sides and housemade salsas at Al Chile. Guests can nosh on New York-style pizza from a wood-fired oven at Purgatory Pizza. Misaki on Broadway dishes up sushi, inspiring rolls, poke bowls and karaage Japanese-style fried chicken. The warm chocolate chip cookies from Miette Et Chocolat are so good that youll want to get two. Mondo Minioffers a curated selection of sandwiches, salads, soups, cheese and charcuterie boards, fresh pasta dishes and grab-and-go deli items. On cold days, you can't beat slurping up a bowl of ramen at Tora Ramen, or turn up the heat at Republik of Chiken, which specializes in Korean-inspired sandwiches and sides. Along with a centerpiece bar with cocktails and wine, theres a smartly designed pour-your-own beer wall with more than two dozen craft brews. If you want to shop in between sips and nibbles, peruse the markets small boutiques, which sell everything from jewelry to offbeat gifts.
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From James Beard Award-winning luminaries Bobby Stuckey and Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson, owners of Frasca Food and Wine Boulders lauded Northern Italian temple of gastronomy comes Tavernetta, a regional Italian restaurant based at the boot of the Kimpton Hotel Born, prime real estate that overlooks the platform of Denver Union Station. The menu, created by Frasca alum Ian Wortham, reaches deep into salumi, cheese, antipasti, housemade pastas and sensationally prepared fish and meat plates that seesaw between a breaded Berkshire pork chop to branzino with fennel, escarole and olives. The refined space, complete with a fireplace lounge, a trio of patios, a centerpiece open kitchen and pasta station that buzzes with activity and walls mounted with Slim Aarons portrait photographs showcasing Italians on ritzy holidays, suggests a lost world of wine-soaked lunches and dinners and sojourns to fantastical faraway places.
JAX FISH HOUSE
Founder Dave Query ignited Denvers seafood scene with the opening of this oceanic restaurant and oyster bar in Lower Downtown (LoDo) that has since spawned offshoots across Colorado and beyond. From its rambunctiously energetic vibe, offset by a subtle nautical theme, to its fiercely seasonal menu of sustainable seafood sourced from passionate purveyors, its a fan favorite for slurping pristine oysters, although the rest of the menu crab legs, lobster, clam chowder, charred Spanish octopus and Alaskan halibut is every bit as crowd-pleasing, as are the spirit-forward cocktails and compelling wines and craft beers.
THE FAMILY JONES SPIRIT HOUSE
A collaborative project from some of the biggest names in the citys culinary landscape including restaurateur Justin Cucci this Lower Highland (LoHi) distillery, tasting room and restaurant is a bombshell of beautification. The tasting room, bedecked with purple-surfaced stools, plush old glory blue banquettes, concrete block walls mounted with pots flush with juniper, soaring windows and a sunken bar, is perched below the mezzanine, which showcases a skylight-illuminated copper still. Theres a hybrid bar/kitchen the team calls it bitchen that dispenses innovative small plates. The three-cheese fondue, pooled in a hollowed-out pumpkin and paired with skewers, is a playful culinary fashion statement from chef Tom Dotson, whose food is offset by a superb cocktail scroll that favors botanicals and housemade spirits and liqueurs.
Chef, owner, culinary instructor and sojourner Linda Hampsten Fox oversees this dazzling LoHi market, bakery and restaurant that looks as though it could have been transported from Manhattan. By day, the high-ceilinged, sun-streaked dining room, awash in a minimalist white and black color palette, functions as an on-the-go stopgap for caffeine-jolted java drinks, housemade pastries, breakfast bites, sundries and sandwiches, while the ambitious dinner menu is a globetrotting homage to Foxs culinary jaunts around the world. Slide a stool up the chefs counter, where the air is fragrant from the wood-burning grill in the exhibition kitchen, and tuck into plates of charred octopus, braised beef cheeks, lamb osso buco, rabbit rarebit and hen coq au vin.
The tomahawk (for two) and the bone-in New York strip hold their own against any steak in The Mile High City at Citizen Rail, a meat-intensive stunner tucked behind Denver Union Station just adjacent to the new Kimpton Hotel Born Denver. A timeless, art-deco design scheme, reminiscent of a railcar, peacocks polished metal accents and mirrors that mimic the scenery from the window seats of a train, while the open kitchen is aromatic with the scent of smoldering ash from the wood-stoked grill. A visible dry-aging cave showcases cuts of beef, charcuterie and chops, and the menu, the workmanship of chef Christian Graves, a San Diego transplant, is stamped with Butcher Shop favorites: lamb chops, a bison filet, venison chops, a pork porterhouse, grilled swordfish, hamachi collar and plenty of beef, all broken down in house by a designated butcher. Plant-based foods shine, too, most notably in starters like the Persian cucumber salad and in side dishes of cauliflower and blue cheese gratin, braised root vegetables and wood-roasted mushrooms.
Chef-owner Caroline Glover thought twice before opening her lovely small-plates restaurant in the sprawling Stanley Marketplace in Aurora. But since its debut, the petite nirvana of culinary excellence has knocked the socks off just about everyone who's set foot inside the plant-filled space puddled with sunshine. Named one of Bon Appetits Best New Restaurants of , Annette embodies everything you could possibly want from a dining experience: an elevated casual vibe, seasonal ingredients that are never manipulated, faultless flavor combinations, a wood-burning grill that permeates the air with perfumed smoke and a small but enormously satisfying wine scroll. The cocktails are heavenly, too. In a neighborhood starved for style, substance and honest, reflective cooking, Annette is a gem.
Leave it to restaurateur and design genius Justin Cucci (Linger,Vital Root,Ophelias Electric Soapbox and Root Down) to erect a brilliantly designed, head-turning restaurant with equally jaw-dropping skyline views from its LoHibalcony. An elevator whisks you up to the fifth floor of El Five, where Mediterranean tapas and creative cocktails timed for the seasons intersect. And while both the food and libations are noteworthy, we wouldnt fault Cucci if he charged an entrance fee just for the opportunity to behold the bright lights of the big city from the sky-high rooftop, which, at the moment, eclipses all others.
On the RiNo stretch thats Upper Larimer Street resides Il Posto, an Italian restaurant from Milan-born chef-owner Andrea Frizzi. All glitz, glamor and swagger, Il Posto turns out a daily-changing menu of up-to-the-moment pastas that defer to seasonal ingredients; skilled risottos mingling with everything from squash and sage to pancetta and corn; beautifully finessed fish dishes; and smoked Muscovy duck accompanied by all manner of vegetables, including fava beans, chanterelle mushrooms and parsley root. Ask locals about the restaurants pièce de résistance, and youll get a unified answer: the herb-laced beef-tallow candle, the fat of which pools on the plate, resulting in a seductive puddle that adds a glorious luster to the slices of crusty bread that are served alongside. From start to finish, Frizzi unleashes wonderfully nuanced food, the kind that pairs remarkably well with a bottle of Barolo or Brunello from the show-stopping wine wall.
THE DENVER CENTRAL MARKET
A veritable one-stop dining-and-drinking experience, this lively 12,square-foot gastrohall inRiNo ballyhoos 10 stands vending everything from tuna poke and squid ink spaghetti to wood-fire pizzas, hand-crafted chocolates, pastries and Italian beef sandwiches. Complete with an ice cream shop, java joint, butcher shop, fish counter and bar that pours progressive cocktails, The Denver Central Market fulfills every food and drink obsession. Each of the vendors has its own seating area, but the communal dining space the markets focal point is where everyone seems to congregate; theres a big-screen TV, too, that showcases sporting events.
GUARD AND GRACE
Chef Troy Guard has been blazing culinary trails in Denver for more than a decade, and while the majority of his restaurants focus on Pan-Asian cuisine, Guard and Grace bucks bok choy for beef crimson slabs of flesh served in testosterone-restrained surrounds offset by a beautifully appointed bar, chefs counter that peers over the expansive exhibition kitchen and elevated, crescent-shaped booths perching in an energetic dining room walled with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the downtown Denver skyline. The kitchen hits all the right buttons: delectable starters, including oak-fried octopus; a raw bar glistening with oysters, crab legs and lobsters; and grill-etched steaks dribbling with juice. A towering, glass-enclosed cellar displays upwards of 4, bottles of wine, many of which are also available by the glass.
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