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March 2013

Every neighborhood needs a restaurant where you can grab a late lunch on a Tuesday or an impromptu dinner on a Thursday. In the case of Highland, that spot is Spuntino, an Italian-style cafe taken over by chef John Broening and pastry chef Yasmin Lozada-Hissom last March. (If those names sound familiar, it’s because they were instrumental in making nearby Duo Restaurant what it is today.) The menu—which makes extensive use of local ingredients—is substantial, especially given the size of the place. Lunch is comprised of excellent, well-crafted sandwiches (don’t miss the Sabroso with roasted sweet potato, goat cheese, caramelized onions, and sprouts), salads, and a pasta. Dinner translates into vegetable-focused, seasonal dishes composed of house-made pastas and judicious amounts of rich meats. It’s all about balance at Spuntino, and the resulting food tastes wholesome, sincere, and special. That sensibility will soon extend to the space as well—Spuntino is reworking the awkward seating and applying for a full liquor license. With the revamp, Spuntino’s mission of everday dining will truly come into focus.

Hot Seat: Tables by the front window offer sunny spots to enjoy lunch and brunch.
Don’t Miss: Bruschetta, country pâté, farrotto
2639 W. 32nd Ave., 303-433-0949, spuntinodenver.com