This week, Mangiamo Pronto!, a fast-casual Italian bistro imported from Santa Fe, quietly opened on the corner of 17th and Wazee streets. The bright downtown space (the home of Common Grounds before it moved across the street) serves salads, paninis, and pizzas that are fresh, quick, and well priced ($6 to $9.50).

Best bets include the il diavolo pizza with cracker-thin crust, pancetta, mozzarella, red chiles, and tomatoes, and the pollame panino, a massive, grilled sandwich stuffed with pulled chicken breast, baby arugula, black currants, and house vinaigrette. For a side, choose the lemony chickpea-celery salad.

Bonus: The spot also serves a small breakfast menu with the likes of veggie frittata and an Italian version of French toast, with Nutella, bananas, and toasted almonds.

1601 Wazee St., 303-297-1229

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