Dining

Dining Reviews

By
June 2001

1. Shades of Sinatra
By Lori Midson
Campo De Fiori
(out of 4 stars)
300 Fillmore St. 303-377-7887
The Draw
Hip, hot, and happening; terrific service; and Italian food with flair.
The Drawback
What? What? Translation: It’s loud!
Don't Miss
Minestrone soup, grilled seafood, pazza salad, and risotto with Italian sausage, radicchio, and smoked mozzarella.
Vegetarian Options
Minestrone soup, grilled polenta, bruschetta, penne alla caprese, butternut squash agnolotti, mushroom ravioli, porcini mushroom risotto.

2. Truth Be Told
By Lori Midson
Micole
(out of 4 stars)
1469 S. Pearl St. 303-744-1940
The Draw
Imaginative, skillful dishes; sublime desserts; and romantic ambience.
The Drawback
The prix-fixe only menu may alienate, rather than captivate.
Don't Miss
Seared Hudson Valley foie gras, baby spinach and frisée salad, potato-wrapped free-range chicken, duck breast, New York strip – but be aware that the menu changes regularly.
Vegetarian Options
Wild mushroom strudel, baby spinach and frisée salad, salsify soufflé, cheese plate.

3. Lunge for the Border
By Lori Midson
Los Sinaloenses
(out of 4 stars)
5807 W. 38th Ave., Wheat Ridge 303-421-4995
The Draw
Great chips and salsa, and friendly service.
The Drawback
The green chile is cowardly – turn up the heat!
Don't Miss
Shrimp cocktail, cheese enchiladas with red chile, camarones rancheros, sopaipillas, cranberry bread pudding with caramel sauce.
Vegetarian Options
Quesadillas, veggie nachos, cheese enchiladas, bean burritos.

4. Unsung Hero
By K. Courtney DeWinter
Panzano
(out of 4 stars)
909 17th St. 303-296-3525
The Draw
Consistent, creative food and gracious service.
The Drawback
A rather pricey wine list, minimal choices in wines by the glass.
Don't Miss
Gamberi con pancetta (pancetta-wrapped shrimp), homemade soups (vary by season), ravioli ai quattro formaggi (mushroom ravioli), crostada con frutta (fruit tart).
Vegetarian Options
An excellent selection of vegetarian antipasti, salads, pizzas, and various pasta entrées that you can order without meat.

5. Youthful Enthusiasm
By K. Courtney DeWinter
Assignments
(out of 4 stars)
675 S. Broadway 303-778-6625
The Draw
High-end cuisine at "student-mover" prices.
The Drawback
The kitchen staff changes every semester.
Don't Miss
Traditional Caesar salad prepared tableside, Argentine strip steak, flaming desserts.
Vegetarian Options
Several side salads, seared cheese appetizer.