Tucked away in a Broomfield strip mall sits a restaurant find that may not be on your radar: Azitra. It should be, not only for its robust take on classic Indian dishes but also for its extensive, well-curated wine selection and knowledgeable staff. In fact, Azitra has earned a Wine Spectator award every year since 2012 thank to its ample selection and attention to the important minutia of wine service. To wit: Wines are stored at a precise 57 degrees, and you can call ahead and request a specific wine to be decanted before your arrival.
Azitra’s general manager, Rishu Mehta, studied hotel and restaurant management at Georgia State University and chose each and every wine on the list. “Pairing wines with Indian food is actually always a challenge because of the wide range of vibrant spices we use,” she says. As a general rule, Mehta pairs crisp white wines with seafood dishes and milder sauces—think German Riesling with crab meat masala—and opts for weightier reds with lamb or goat.
For a vegetarian meal? On a recent visit, I ordered the “Bhindi Amchoor,” a meatless medley of okra, onions, and peppers dusted with amchoor, a sour powder made out of dehydrated unripe mango. Mehta paired a Tangley Oaks Pinot Noir from the Williamette Valley in Oregon to go against the tangy flavor of the amchoor. “The wine has aromas of red cherry and a hint of mild spices that pairs well with the mango dust,” Mehta says.
Matching vino with Indian fare may be a challenge, but at Azitra, you’d never know it.
Azitra, 535 Zang St., Suite C, Broomfield, 303-465-4444