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Where To Eat This Weekend: Denver – Spuntino

May 3rd, 2012 Posted by Chefs, Culinary Connectors, Denver, restaurants, Where To Eat This Weekend No Comment yet


If you find yourself with a sweet tooth this weekend, stop into Spuntino in the Lo-Hi neighborhood for a vast selection of tasty treats.  Pastry Chef Yasmin Lozada-Hissom has concocted an array of homemade sorbets and gelatos that are gaining notoriety all over town…And with good reason.  With flavor assortments ranging from mango spice and butternut squash pecan to tiramisu and, house favorite, sea salt chocolate caramel, Spuntino is rivaling long standing ice cream spots, such as Sweet Action and Little Man, for Denver’s best creamy treat selection.  Chef Yasmin, formerly of Duo and Olivea, doesn’t stop with her rotating gelato selections, however.  The house made, fluffy coconut macaroons, olive oil cake and gourmet popsicles stand alone as a great conclusion to any choice from Spuntino’s newly launched lunch and dinner menus.

Beginning on March 27th, Yasmin, along with her husband, Chef John Broening, began offering guests an assortment of Italian-inspired lunch and dinner items. Six days a week, you can swing through the drive-thru and order sandwiches, salads, bruschetta or daily fish specials all constructed from as many local ingredients as possible.  Utilizing local food purveyors, such as Quatrix Aquaponics, Growers Organic and Grant Farms, Chef Broening has constructed a wide assortment of delicious sandwiches, salads and entrée plates.  Choose from the vegetarian Subroso, roasted sweet potatoes and Haystack Mountain goat cheese on homemade focaccia, or the meat lovers Polpetta, pork belly meatballs with San Marzano tomato sauce.

If you’re more in the mood for a dinner experience, stop in Monday-Saturday beginning at 5 pm for a selection of six different bruschetta, flank steak with chimichurri and sweet potatoes or the chef’s daily fish creation in Spuntino’s quaint, 54 person dining room.  Enjoy a can of Denver’s Infinite Monkey Theorem wine or a latte made from Boulder’s Box Car Coffee.  Indulge yourself in homemade pate and, as stated above, be sure to save room for dessert!

Spuntino, defined as a casual neighborhood spot to eat and drink, is located between Clay and Bryant on West 32nd Avenue.  The chefs, along with Ben Parsons of Infinite Monkey Theorem Winery, will be hosting their first special wine dinner on May 23rd.  The menu will feature five courses with wine pairings and is available online at  Spuntino will also host a Mothers’ Day brunch on May 13th.  Reservations are required for both. – Hillary Bonner

Spuntino is located at 2639 W. 32nd Ave Denver, CO, 80211 – 303-433-0949



Where To Eat This Weekend: (Denver) Pajama Baking Company

April 29th, 2012 Posted by Culinary Connectors, Denver, restaurants, Where To Eat This Weekend No Comment yet

The never-ending question for all of Denver on Saturday and Sunday mornings is, “Where should we go for brunch?”  There are plenty of amazing venues for this community gathering of a meal where one will find great quality of food, but at the more popular of places, the fail-safes, if you will; there WILL be a line of sometimes close to two hours for a table during peak hours.  There will also be a strong dent in your wallet upon completion of such a satisfying meal. Who wants to spend most of their precious Saturday morning in line?

Another of these high quality breakfast nooks are on the rise; this time without the line or the inflated ticket price.  One can avoid these weekend morning pressures by visiting Pajama Baking Company in the Old South Pearl Neighborhood and revel in delicious coffee and lattes, pulled pork burritos, freshly baked scones and muffins and house made green chili…All for less than five dollars.  If your day begs to get started, expect a relatively short turnaround on your order.  If you feel the need to relax with a good book, sit back in the open air dining area with a cappuccino and a chocolate croissant.

When lunchtime rolls around expect the smells of fresh baked bread to tantalize your senses.  At PBC, they bake all of their yeasty confections in house and top the warm, crispy concoction with some amazing combinations.  Try the thinly sliced roast beef with white cheddar and creamy horseradish or the house-made meatball sub for a heartier lunch.  But don’t stop there.  The dinner menu offers a wide selection of specialty pizzas, also made from scratch in house with a take-and-bake option, and fresh salads for the health nut in all of us.

Got a sweet tooth?  Keeping with their “house-made” structure that spans from early morning creations to the “get the bread til it’s gone” lunch and dinner menus, PBC also makes their ice cream on site.  Using all-natural ingredients, PBC creates a multitude of flavors such as Cinnamon Caramel Swirl, Macadamia Nut Brittle, Butter Pecan, and Blueberry Cheesecake.  They also offer an array of sorbets to choose from including the favorite Strawberry Balsamic and Citrus Basil.

Morning, noon or night, PBC is bound to satisfy a daily craving.  Stop by for breakfast on Saturday to get your weekend started right or for some ice cream on your Sunday Funday to ease back into the reality of the work week. -Hillary Bonner