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Guide To Denver Restaurant Week

February 5, 2014 6:00 AM

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Osteria Marco (credit: Sarah Carpenter)

Osteria Marco (credit: Sarah Carpenter)

The 10th Annual Denver Restaurant Week kicks off the week of February 22-28. Changes this year include shortening the event to one week in February and adding a week in August. The price has changed as well with a flat $30 per person (tax and tip not included). More than 265 restaurants have signed up, with more to come. Visit www.denver.org for more information.

Cherry Creek 
Second Home
150 Clayton Lane
Denver, CO 80206
303-253-3000
www.secondhomedenver.comSecond Home has a charming, relaxed feel while being in the center of bustling Cherry Creek. With an open-air terrace, fire pit and home-cooking centric menu, the restaurant is a great choice for date nights or group dinners. The restaurant menu offers starters of shrimp and grits with Andouille sausage, crispy calamari with spicy marinara or Tuscan kale salad with cranberries and carrots. Second course offers artichoke and fennel cannelloni with goat milk ricotta, beef short rib with grilled mushrooms or Colorado chicken with buttermilk broth. Sweet endings include caramel apple pie, maple panna cotta and fudge brownies with house-made marshmallow brulee.

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Osteria Marco (Credit, Ellen Marchman Larkey)

Downtown
Osteria Marco
1453 Larimer St.
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 534-5855
www.osteriamarco.com

One of the first restaurants by Frank Bonanno is still a local favorite. The downstairs dining room is dark and sexy with exposed brick and Italian wine bottles lining the walls and the menu focus is on lamb, pork and beef with an in-house salumi bar and cheeses. Primi course offers soup, salad or an assortment of antipasti. Secondi includes vegetarian risotto, whole roasted pig or Colorado bass with house-made desserts such as butterscotch bread pudding rounding out the menu. Wine and cocktail pairings are also available. Osteria Marco is a great choice for big groups and celebrations.

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Gelato from Sputino (Credit, Ellen Marchman Larkey)

Highlands
Spuntino
2639 W. 32nd Ave.
Denver, CO 80211
(303) 433-0949
www.spuntinodenver.com

Executive chef John Broening and pastry chef Yasmin Lozada-Hissom, a four-time James Beard Foundation semifinalist, turn out fresh, vibrant cuisine in the charming Highlands neighborhood. The restaurant is taking a different twist on Restaurant Week by offering the entire menu, separated into three courses. Primi selections include house-made antipasti platter, seared octopus, beet tartare, winter salad or an organic arugula salad. Secondi offers house-made pastas like cavatelli di ricotta or pappardelle with lamb bolognese, winter quinotto, seared rustic chicken or duck conserva. Dolci highlights incredible confections such as chocolate sea salt caramel tart, warm fig sticky toffee budino and Yasmin’s house-made gelato.

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RiNo (River North)
The Curtis Club
2100 Curtis St.
Denver, CO 80205
(720) 420-9898
www.thecurtisclub.com

New kid on the RiNo block is the Curtis Club and it has fast become a favorite for destination diners. The thoughtful menu is centered around local and sustainable cuisine and the restaurant’s rustic décor instantly sets a social and festive vibe. The menu begins with a green salad featuring local cheese and Bosc pears, duck pate is served with house pickled vegetables and a caramelized leek and white bean soup with lavender is a delicious blend of savory and sweet.  The second course includes Spring Tree rabbit with house-cured pancetta, stout braised short rib, spicy mustard glazed Colorado bass and Tender belly pork tenderloin. A chef’s selection of house-made desserts is a delicious end to the meal.

Uptown
Parallel Seventeen
1600 E. 17th Ave.
Denver, CO 80218
(303) 399-0988
www.parallelseventeen.com

Mary Nguyen’s contemporary French Vietnamese bistro continues to be a favorite for fresh, traditional flavors of Vietnam. The restaurant’s special menu varies a bit while offering a fourth course for a small upcharge. Begin with seafood dumplings in shrimp bisque or crispy spring rolls with mushrooms, carrots, fresh herbs and nuoc Charm, which are gluten free. Second course includes steamed PEI mussels with Chinese sausage or smoked sole rillete. Third course offers char sui duck confit, sole paupiette, sweet chili glazed chicken or lemongrass marinated bistro steak. Fourth course adds a dessert option for $5.28 or a sampler platter for $15.28. Parallel Seventeen is perfect for date night and its “Uptown Manhattan” pairs nicely with the spicy menu.

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Ellen Marchman Larkey has a savvy knowledge of culture and events and maintains trusted partnerships around the country. She has substantial expertise with food, wine and lifestyle including Aspen Food & Wine Festival, South Beach Wine & Food Festival, Cochon, Top Chef and numerous destination
restaurants and master mixologists. She has beeen Examiner.com‘s Denver’s Fine Dining writer since 2009.

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