Find Comfort at Rioja

October 20 2009, 7:06 AM
Autumn signals the return of comfort food, and some of the city's best can be found on Rioja's fall menu. As diners have come to expect from the Larimer Square restaurant, chef and co-owner Jennifer Jasinski infuses her dishes with Mediterranean flair. Look for seared sea scallops with a silky chamomile beurre blanc and an ever-so-delicate, hazelnut phyllo Napoleon layered with parsnip and carrot purée. Or, order the earthy chestnut soup served in a tiny roasted pumpkin, topped with a foie gras brioche crostini. Nowhere on the menu are the cozy eats more sophisticated than Jasinski's Wagyu short ribs, braised overnight and matched with a Don PX sherry reduction, creamy Gorgonzola farro, and a pear-arugula salad with candied walnuts. Bonus: Keep an eye out for Jasinski's first cookbook, The Perfect Bite, featuring some of the recipes from her fall menu. 1431 Larimer St., 303-820-2282