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For Lunch, Head to Alto

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Pop into Alto at lunchtime, and you’ll often find the downtown dining room deserted. It shouldn’t be: This modern spot with high ceilings sets the scene for a noteworthy lunch of salads, cracker-crust pizzas, and sandwiches.

Order the mountain goat for a pizza and salad all in one (at $12 it feeds two for a light meal). Thin crust arrives with smoked portobello mushrooms, oven-dried tomatoes, and Haystack goat cheese, with a tossed salad of mixed greens, candied walnuts, apples, and balsamic vinegar on top. It sounds like a lot for one dish, but chef Greg Faircloth does the combo justice by balancing the flavors and textures.

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Do not be deterred by the empty restaurant. Rather, consider it a best-kept secret–or at least an ideal spot for a business meeting.

1320 15th St., 303-893-2586

Amanda M. Faison, 5280 Contributor

Freelance writer Amanda M. Faison spent 20 years at 5280 Magazine, 12 of those as Food Editor.

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