Feed Me…I’m Hungry writer Michelle Sandstrom is also the Denver City Editor over at The Daily Meal, where her job is to search out and report on the best food in Denver. Read on for food news and Denver dinning recommendations.
Italian is one of the most universally pleasing cuisines out there. Everyone can find something to enjoy when the variety of foods includes everything from beet-stuffed ravioli to classic red sauce, spaghetti, and meatballs. Though it’s known for it’s Mexican food, the city of Denver has some of the best Italian food out there. Here’s our picks for our favorite Italian spots in the city.
The very clever chef Elise Wiggins turns out a mix of authentic regional Italian specialties and her own inventive dishes with a modern twists at Panzano. Start with the fried brussels sprouts in an apple cider reduction, which will please everyone at the table. Consider ordering the ravioli di barbabietola, roasted beet, goat cheese, and tarragon-stuffed raviolis finished in a lemon emulsion and topped with poppy seeds; or go with the veal scallopini with lemon, caper, and sun-dried tomatoes.
The cuisine of Barolo focuses on the Northern Italian provinces of Piedmont and Tuscany. Consider trying the five-course tasting menu to sample a little of everything from chef Darrel Truett. Some highlights of the tasting menu are the vovo raviolo, homemade pasta stuffed with ricotta, peas and egg yolk, and the lampone con vaniglia e menta: a raspberry semi-freddo with vanilla-mint mousse, raspberry, and crystallized mint. Optional wine pairings to accompany each course truly elevates the experience.