Gaetano’s in North Denver has a long and interesting history. Stories of the Smaldone family’s mafia connections, murders, a front door made of bullet proof class, patrons eating pasta and red sauce upstairs while “loans” were given out downstairs, three brothers with lengthy criminal histories and numerous headlines in the Rocky Mountain News – this is sensational stuff.
While the Smaldone family’s criminal enterprise is gone, the Wynkoop Family of Restaurants is proud to carry on Gaetano’s tradition of serving fine Italian cuisine. As you enjoy your meal, take a look around. The dining room looks much as it did 20 years ago when the three brothers (Checkers, Flip Flop and Chauncey) sauntered through on their way to do “family business” in the office.
Stop by this weekend for Gaetano’s traditional Italian cuisine like sausage and peppers, minestrone, antipasto plates, chicken parmesan, meatballs, pasta with clam sauce, pizzas and my favorite – spumoni ice cream. Don’t be surprised when you leave full and satiated if you have the urge to go and watch The Godfather.
Look for Gaetano’s to be featured on Culinary Connectors new walking tours on Tejon Street.
Gaetano’s – 3760 Tejon Street, Denver. 303.455.9852
Open Sundays from Noon – 9 pm
Mon. through Sat. at 11 am
Happy Hour Mon. – Fri. from 3 – 6 pm