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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