Dining

Reviews

By
April 2004

1. In Search of Piacere
By Carol W. Maybach
Laudisio Ristorante Italiano
(out of 4 stars)
2785 Iris Ave., Boulder 303-442-1300
The Draw
Food that tastes authentically Italian, servers willing to offer half-portions.
The Drawback
Reduction sauces that need more robust flavor.
Don't Miss
The fettuccine con funghi, the flights of wine and olive oils.
Vegetarian Options
Great choices of insalata and a classic spaghettini marinara.

2. Nectar of the Gods?
By Elisabeth True
Nectar Fine Foods & Spirits
(out of 4 stars)
3000 E. Third Ave. 303-321-2121
The Draw
Well-prepared New American fare, good value, breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner.
The Drawback
Subterranean location.
Don't Miss
Mascarpone cheesecake, stuffed croissant.
Vegetarian Options
Pumpkin ravioli, salads, portobellinis portofino, risotto, baked Brie en croûte.

3. Wei Not?
By Rachael Graves
Pei Wei
(out of 4 stars)
200 Quebec St. 720-532-5999, Suite 115
The Draw
Quick service, large, satisfying portions, good prices.
The Drawback
Chain restaurant feel, lack of personal touch.
Don't Miss
Lettuce wraps, hoisin explosion.
Vegetarian Options
Coconut curry, blazing noodles, sweet-and-sour dishes (to name just a few).

4. Yo Adrian
By K. Courtney DeWinter
Steakhouse 10
(out of 4 stars)
3517 S. Elati St., Englewood 303-789-0911
The Draw
Exuberant service, an East Coast atmosphere, a fun date spot.
The Drawback
Not enough ventilation in the bar area, limited options for vegetarians.
Don't Miss
Any salad with the homemade blue cheese dressing, saganaki appetizer (cheese flamed in brandy), beef medallions, coconut chicken.
Vegetarian Options
Flaming cheese appetizer, house salad, Caesar salad, lettuce wedge salad, Greek Village salad (minus peppercinis). Vegetarians can request a vegetarian plate, which will include vegetables of the day, sliced tomatoes, and choice of starch.

5. Proto’s, pronto!
By Rachael Graves
Proto’s Pizzeria Napoletana
(out of 4 stars)
2401 15th Ave. 720-855-9400
The Draw
Young, exciting new neighborhood, clam pizza night, friendly staff.
The Drawback
Crowded quarters on busy nights, intermittent service.
Don't Miss
Clam pizza night, limoncello, Sicilian martinis.
Vegetarian Options
Virtually all pizzas can be made without meat.