There’s a first time for everything, and this time it was dancing. Not by me after discovering Viàle Pizza & Kitchen (which would have been unseemly for an anonymous restaurant critic), but by servers in a scene straight out of La La Land. One server was running late, and when she finally arrived, the other server broke into a grin and twirled her...

Italian tactician Paolo Tramezzani is reportedly heading to Major League Soccer as Coach of Colorado Rapids. According to Calciomercato.it, the deal has been done and he is ready to fly out for this new experience. Tramezzani was assistant manager to Gianni De Biasi for Albania, then left to lead teams by himself. The 47-year-old had two spells in...

The management team of Mici (pronounced mee-chee) Handcrafted Italian has its roots firmly planted in Italy and its sights set on growth in the U.S. Founded by siblings Jeff, Michael, and Kim Miceli, the Denver-based, fast-casual Italian concept was built by combining old family recipes with an understanding of modern family life; the food is whole...

Mother Cabrini is the patron saint of immigrants. She is known for her dedication of caring for the poor, uneducated, sick, abandoned, and especially, Italian immigrants. She founded 67 institutions including orphanages, schools and hospitals, spread across the U.S. — New York, Colorado and Illinois — Central and South America. Mother Cabrini was b...

The first time Paul Bonacquisti was fired from his job as a DJ, he spontaneously asked his partner, Judi, to marry him. The second time, in 2005, he decided to open a winery. Both were ultimately good decisions: The happy couple has now been together for 20 years, and they jointly run Bonacquisti Wine Company, Denver’s longest-running urban winery.

One of the best restaurants in Denver, Colorado, Venice Ristorante and Wine Bar, located opposite Union Station in Downtown Denver, brings an elegant and welcoming setting for diners to relax and enjoy true flavors of Italy.  With exciting ingredients and traditional cooking techniques, the Chef’s Table is an opportunity to learn and be inspired as...

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...

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...