Dining

Dining Reviews

By
February 2000

1. Worth the Wait
By Lori Midson
Trattoria Stella
(out of 4 stars)
3470 W. 32nd Ave., 303-458-1128
The Draw
Eclectic decor, excellent desserts, and friendly neighborhood atmosphere.
The Drawback
Not enough staff, bland pasta sauces.
Don't Miss
Whipped Gorgonzola spread, creamy sausage-and-tomato rigate, Roma omelet, trifle, and bread pudding.
Vegetarian Options
Several salads and appetizers, tomato-and-basil vermicelli, eggplant fettucini, spaghetti aglio e olio, mustard-and-Brie pasta, and rigate Alfredo. Also, several lunch and brunch options.

2. Pure Excess
By Lori Midson
Buca di Beppo
(out of 4 stars)
1400 Market St., 303-595-3287
The Draw
Outrageously entertaining decor.
The Drawback
Too much of a good thing?
Don't Miss
1893 salad, pizza Calabrese, Buca chicken Vesuvio, and bread-pudding caramello.
Vegetarian Options
Several appetizers, salads, pizzas, and pasta dishes.

3. Souper Bowl Mania
By Lori Midson
The Ladle
(out of 4 stars)
9555 E. Arapahoe Rd., Greenwood Village, 303-925-0701
The Draw
Lotsa Soups.
The Drawback
Lotsa bland, flavorless soups.
Don't Miss
Manhattan clam chowder, Colorado Chicken-pot-pie soup.
Vegetarian Options
Numerous soup choices.

4. Breaking the Chains
By Maureen Harrington
Rhumba
(out of 4 stars)
950 Pearl St., Boulder, 303-442-7771
The Draw
Forty rums.
The Drawback
Brrrr, heat that restroom and turn down the music a smidge.
Don't Miss
The Mojito, dumplings, green beans, and yucca mashed potatoes.
Vegetarian Options
Roasted poblano chile with butternut-squash risotto, basic vegetable curry, and yam-and-black-bean tamale.

5. Happy Daze
By Michael McNulty
Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant
(out of 4 stars)
1525 Blake St., 303-623-5432
The Draw
Incredible margaritas and a fun crowd.
The Drawback
Surprisingly listless food.
Don't Miss
The margaritas or the steak burrito.
Vegetarian Options
Vej fajita, chiles rellenos, and huevos rancheros.