"You're talking to a dinosaur," says Judy Duren, the 66-year-old owner of Dino's Italian Food, a restaurant that has served homemade everything — noodles, meatballs, sausage, red sauce, pizza and even ice cream — since 1961. "I think we're a dying breed. Independent restaurant owners are a dying breed," she elaborates. "You can't afford to do it an...

Looking for a fine Italian meal near you? Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the best high-end Italian restaurants around Denver, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of where to venture when you'd like a memorable night out. 1. Panzano. Topping the list is Panzano. Located at 909 17th St. downtown, it is the hi...

Grape or grains? "Entrambi," as the Italians say — which means "both." Grape-based beers will soon be on tap at Liberati Osteria & Oenobeers at 2403 Champa Street, when Italian brewer and restaurateur Alex Liberati and partners open the doors later this year. So, what's oenobeer? It’s the name for grape-based beer coined by Liberati, based on the p...

A long-term ambition and first publicly shared back in 2015, Italian beer maestro Alex Liberati is now firmly on track for the summer debut of his Liberati brewery, bar, restaurant, and store. Expanding beyond its original “oenobeer” production concept, the 24,00-square-foot Curtis Park location at 2403 Champa Street, inside the former Downtown Den...

Parts of Angelo's Taverna look like a converted church, with stained-glass windows and brick arches facing East Sixth Avenue. That's fitting, because the restaurant is my brunch holy grail, a rare offering of Italian flavors, grilled oysters and hangover-friendly drinks and dishes served for only a few hours a week during the summer. The Oyster Soc...

Quality Italian, the relatively new Italian steakhouse in Cherry Creek has become known for its elegantly prepared, meat-heavy menu, sophisticated ambiance and refined service. Since opening in March 2017 the spot has rapidly established itself as a Cherry Creek favorite, garnering a growing flock of dedicated regulars, some even taking the time to...

Elise Wiggins learned to butcher from a famous Italian master chef, just a few years ago in the Tuscany village of Panzano. She was already executive chef at Panzano’s in Denver, in the prime of a 12-year run when a less inquisitive soul may have been content to focus on preparing the meat as supplied. Not Wiggins, who says the weeks of training in...

A Denver fast-casual Italian restaurant is expanding into Boulder County. Mici Handcrafted said it’s adding a location in Lafayette, which will be its fifth. The Italian eatery first opened in 2004 along Colorado Boulevard. CEO Elliot Schiffer, who joined Mici in August 2017, said Lafayette scored well in one of the company’s chief criteria for new...

For locals looking for Italian restaurants with traditional recipes, Venice Ristorante has become a firm favorite. Regarded as one of the best Italian restaurants in Denver, Venice has locations in Downtown Denver and Greenwood Village. The Greenwood Village location is a popular meeting spot for employees at the DTC, or Denver Tech Center, and the...

Bill Miner has put quite a few miles on his car lately. The chef/owner of Il Porcellino Salumi at 4334 West 41st Street has been driving to Basalt every week for the past three months to get his wholesale business off the ground. In January, he signed on to take over the commercial sausage kitchen formerly operated by Avalanche Cheese Company in Ba...