When the Smaldone family opened Gaetano’s seventy years ago, it was an anchor in an Italian-American neighborhood, and the center of enough illicit activity that the owners installed bulletproof glass at the entrance. The Wynkoop Group bought the property in 2005, remodeling the joint before turning it over to Ron Robinson, a longtime member of the...

illa Palmer Lake (75 S. Hwy. 105, Palmer Lake) has been changing this year. In March, the owners announced that the spot would be closing after over five years in business. Soon after, it became The Sundance, a concept that Sundance general manager Adam Guller describes as “trans-Pecos European Southwestern.” Guller says locals kept asking: “Why is...

Expanding his Italian influence across the Front Range, Andrea Frizzi — owner of RiNo’s upscale eatery, Il Posto — has decided to bring his more casual Vero Italian to Boulder. By early 2018, Vero will transform Pizzeria Da Lupo at 2525 Arapaho Ave. In the meantime, Frizzi and his team have already set up shop there, firing Neapolitan-style pies an...

Coming soon, an authentic taste of Brooklyn that moves beyond its food truck origins and into a prime corner location at 20th and Lincoln streets. Gumba’s Italian Restaurant & Bar plans to open next month. Chris Auriemma, the operator of the Gumba’s Italian Kitchen food trucks, takes over the 4,200-square-foot restaurant space that stood vacant sin...

Pagliacci’s. Patsy’s. Louiseville’s Blue Parrot. Over the past few years, the Front Range has lost many treasured old-school Italian joints. Jon Robbins, the chef-owner behind fine-dining Bistro Barbès, Denver Central Market’s Temper Chocolates, and the now-shuttered Souk Shawarma, wants to reverse that trend with Red Sauce, which will open in Park...

Marcella’s, an Ohio-based restaurant, marks another addition from the Cameron Mitchell Restaurant (CMR) group into Denver’s revolving dining scene. The Italian café made its Lower Highlands, Denver debut earlier this month on the ground floor of 1801 Central Street. Though initially planned as a Denver outpost for the more casual CMR restaurant Rus...

An Italian fast food chain is looking to hire 500 new employees nationwide, and several of those positions are available in the Denver area. Fazoli’s will host what it calls a “National Signing Day” hiring event Tuesday at its five Denver-area locations from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.  Those locations include: - 1012 S. Alibene St. Aurora- 5480 Wadsworth...

To express gratitude to all the tireless first responders, Romano’s Macaroni Grill, a national restaurant chain that creates authentic, inventive Italian dishes, will offer a free Mom’s Ricotta Meatballs & Spaghetti entrée to those who have helped so many of America’s communities recently. First Responders are invited to visit and enjoy their compl...

Food halls/markets are a familiar sight in metro Denver these days, with the Source, Avanti Food & Beverage, Denver Central Market, and Stanley Marketplace all opening over the past few years; Zeppelin Station is also set to enter the scene in December. But when Denver Milk Market debuts in LoDo’s Dairy Block development next summer, it will featur...

  LoHi lands a new Italian restaurant with the opening of Marcella’s Ristorante, Pizzeria & Wine Bar. The 152-seat restaurant features room for another 40 on the patio. Customers can receive a voucher for free valet parking starting at 5 p.m. or pay $7 without validation. The restaurant gets its name from a house manager and cook at a villa in Tusc...