What a difference a year makes. Denver’s restaurant scene is in the midst of a big transformation—you won’t want to miss a single bite.
—Photography by Carmel Zucker
1 Frasca Food and Wine (last year 1)
Ten years ago, Frasca Food and Wine opened its doors in Boulder and changed the Colorado dining scene forever. Co-owners executive chef Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson and master sommelier Bobby Stuckey had the pedigree: tenure at Michelin-starred restaurants, experience at the French Laundry, and a nod (Stuckey) from the James Beard Foundation. But translating that proficiency into a graceful, unwavering, and wholly remarkable dining experience is another skill entirely. It’s that degree of talent and execution (without attitude, mind you) that keeps Frasca at the top of this list, year after year. The restaurant, and its focus on the cuisine of Friuli, Italy, always has been, and still is, a destination worthy of pulling in diners from around the country. A decade in, Frasca has never been better. 1738 Pearl St., Boulder, 303-442-6966, frascafoodandwine.com