It’s officially off-season in Colorado resort towns, which means tables are available at hotspots such as Aspen’s D19. At the four-year-old Italian restaurant, chef Dena Marino melds Old World with New World, producing knockout dishes like the savory proscuitto di Parma zeppole.

These airy rosemary fritters arrive fresh from the frier, piled with prosciutto and grated Parmesan Reggiano, and lightly drizzled with truffle oil. The popular dish works as an appetizer, or it can serve as a light meal when paired with a salad. The best seat in the house–any time of year–is at the bar.

Bonus: While in town, grab a smooth, organic latte from Parallel 15 coffeeshop and huevos rancheros or saucy ribs at the Hickory House.

D19, 305 S. Mill St., Aspen, 970-925-6019

Parallel 15, 400 E. Hyman St., Aspen, 970-309-6883

Hickory House, 730 Main St., Aspen, 970-925-2313

Amanda M. Faison
Amanda M. Faison
Freelance writer Amanda M. Faison spent 20 years at 5280 Magazine, 12 of those as Food Editor.