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Where to Eat This Weekend: Denver – Amerigo Delicatus Restaurant & Market

August 23rd, 2013 Posted by Denver, restaurants, Where To Eat This Weekend No Comment yet

The Italian Delicacies of Denver’s Amerigo Delicatus

Despite a long-lived love affair between Americans and Italian food, the average American may still consider anything past spaghetti and meatballs topped with Kraft Parmesan Cheese to be foreign. In a country where processed Italian food can be found in every supermarket (maybe even at your local 7 Eleven), authentic, handmade Italian-American food may be so rare that by today’s standards it may be considered a “delicacy.” So where do you find such delicacies?

Amerigo

If you live in or are visiting Denver, you can head to “Amerigo Delicatus Restaurant and Market” for all of your Italian food needs. The market section of Amerigo sells seasonal, made-in-house Italian in the form of hand-made pasta, cheeses, sausages, sauces, and prepared meats, everything you may need to create an authentic, handmade Italian dinner.

If the thought of trying to piece together your own meal with foreign, albeit authentic Italian ingredients sounds a little too intimidating, possibly even stressful to the cook who has not yet ventured beyond canned Prego tomato sauce, then relishing in a meal at Amerigo’s restaurant might be your ticket to experiencing the pleasures of Italy’s best. For lunch, Amerigo offers sandwiches better than mom used to make featuring such sandwiches as the Italian “Capocollo,” a traditional Italian cold cut salumi or the “Capresi” piled high with house-made mozzarella. Such quality has never been so cheap at just $7.50 for the sandwich of your choosing.

Amerigo's Mozzarella

Amerigo’s House-Made Mozzarella

Amerigo also offers a full-service dinner that includes such Italian specialties as the soft, dumpling-like pasta known as “gnocchi” topped with brown butter and sage, seared pork tenderloin, fig and marsala. Different from any industrially produced gnocchi you have had before that maintains a putty consistency in your mouth, this gnocchi melts in your mouth in a way that puts industrial gnocchi to shame. Since every good Italian meal ends in dessert, don’t hold back from ordering Amerigo’s classic Italian Canoli filled with enough marscapone, ricotta, and chocolate to make your heart sing to the best of Puccini’s opera. For a less cheesy ending, Amerigo’s buttermilk donuts rolled in granulated sugar are a treat not to be missed according to Westword who voted Amerigo as one of the top ten places for doughnuts in Denver.

Donuts at Amerigo

Doughnuts at Amerigo

After all is said and done, a visit to Amerigo’s will have awarded you a hand-made, authentic Italian meal whether you choose to be the cook or you let Amerigo wine and dine you away into an Italian daydream where Italian food delicacies abound.

Amerigo is located at 2449 Larimer St. Denver CO 80205 in the Ballpark Neighborhood just north of Coors Field; Tel: 303-862-9850.

Now for the Denver foodie trivia question to see how educated of a foodie you are!

Fill in the ending to the quote Amerigo proudly displays on their website homepage:
“ONE CANNOT THINK WELL, LOVE WELL, SLEEP WELL, IF ONE HAS NOT____.” Hint: The quote is by Virginia Woolf and if you really want to know before this coming Tuesday check out Amerigo’s website!

Tune in this coming Tuesday for the answer!

The answer to this past Tuesday’s blog question: “True or False: Wynkoop Brewery was and is Colorado’s first brewpub.”…Answer: True! Wynkoop Brewery, established in 1988, was Colorado’s first brewpub.

Where to Eat This Weekend: Denver – Lala’s Wine Bar & Pizzeria

August 9th, 2013 Posted by Denver, restaurants, Where To Eat This Weekend No Comment yet

Authentic Italian Made In House

 

In a time when Italian food restaurants can be found in basically every town in America, the search for truly “authentic” Italian food may become more and more difficult, replete with ambiguity as to what is and is not authentic. Some measure authenticity by whether or not the products featured in a restaurant come straight from Italy. While this may make it more authentic in one sense, products that must be shipped all the way from Italy may lose their “gusto,” i.e. taste, vital to any authentic Italian dish.

In the end, true authenticity may arise from time-honored recipes that are carefully followed to a tee, ensuring the quality that comes with the traditional Italian way of doing things. At Lala’s Wine Bar & Pizzeria you won’t find processed, pre-packaged ingredients that came from Italy, but that lack the authentic flavors the Italian “nonna,” i.e. grandmother, knows best. Instead, Lala’s offers authentic Italian foods that are made in house using the freshest ingredients that Lala’s chefs can get their hands upon, often sourcing locally. Each food is made according to the traditional Italian recipes that come straight from Italy so that authenticity is assembled in house.

Beginning with the Italian antipasti, the equivalent to American appetizers, Lala’s offers a tantalizing medley of house-made ricotta cheese, a house olive mix, and a specialty from southern Italy known as “burrata.”  Burrata, literally “buttered” in Italian, is an ingenious Italian invention that combines the best of both worlds, bringing together both cream and mozzarella into one fragile butterball of sorts. You will need a spoon for this delicacy.

Italian Burrata

Italian Burrata

Follow this with a pizza d’forno made with house-made spicy Italian sausage, peppadew peppers, roasted fennel, and a mix of Italian cheeses.

Lala's pizza d'forno

Lala’s pizza d’forno

Finish off your house-made Italian experience with a “Layered Spumoni” composed of a triple swirl of gelato in the form of pistachio, Amarena cherry, and to-die-for chocolate, all made in house, of course. The house-made traditional Italian wafer cookie known as “pizzelle” acts as the essential cherry on top. With the U.S. National Spumoni Day on August 21st, Lala’s is the place to go for this indispensable Italian treat.

Italian Spumoni

Italian Spumoni

To the Italian food lover’s delight, authentic Italian no longer resides solely in the lands of Italy. For all Denver-ites or visitors to the Mile High City, Lala’s Wine Bar & Pizzeria offers an authentic Italian meal from start to finish, founded upon house-made ingredients made according to the Italian recipes that the Italian “nonna,” i.e. grandma, used to use.

Lala’s Wine Bar & Pizzeria is located at 410 E. 7th Ave. Denver 80203; Tel: 303-861-9463. Kitchen open ’til midnight during the week and 1 a.m. Fridays & Saturdays.

Now for the Denver foodie trivia question to see how educated of a foodie you are!

Lala’s Executive Chef Samir Mohammad was chef at what well-known wine and dine spot in Denver before arriving to Lala’s? Hint: This wine and dine spot is featured on Culinary Connectors’ Top Restaurant Tour!

Tune in this coming Tuesday for the answer!

The answer to last Tuesday’s blog question: “What sports club is sponsored by Highland Tap & Burger that meets on Wednesdays for complimentary pasta, salad, and garlic bread, as well as 20% off all Oskar Blues draft beers after they participate?“…Answer: Highland Tap & Burger sponsors a HTB running club that meets year-round on Wednesdays at 6:30. Find out more info here: http://highlandtapdenver.com/htb-run-club/.

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