Locanda Del Borgo
Denver, CO 80220
- Sun, Tue-Sat 5pm-10pm
- MasterCard, Visa, American Express
- Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Takeout
- Brunch, Dinner
- Full bar
- Accepted, Recommended on Weekends
- Lot Available
Locanda del Borgo has an open kitchen. A wide-open kitchen, laid out like a gastro-porn centerfold. The menu is wide-open, too, refusing to specialize or to culinarily economize, with dishes ranging from fritto misto (a fisherman's platter of squid, scallops, shrimp, artichokes and zucchini, all fried) to straccetti (a Roman stir-fry of beef "tatters" and arugula, topped with sweated onions and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar, served over a grilled polenta cake). Chef/owner Giancarlo Macchiarella may be a native of Italy, but his restaurant has a style that's uniquely Colorado.
Okay, you're done dating. You've navigated the end game, gotten married, made a family. But you're still a human being! You can't live forever on Happy Meals and quote/unquote family restaurants. Sometimes you just have to take the plunge and take the kids to a place with real chairs and silverware and a menu with no pictures. That's where Locanda del Borgo comes in. For... More >>
Okay, you're done dating. You've navigated the end game, gotten married, made a family. But you're still a human being! You can't live forever on Happy Meals and quote/unquote family restaurants. Sometimes you just have to take the plunge and take the kids to a place with real chairs and silverware and a menu with no pictures. That's where Locanda del Borgo comes in. For starters, the food is fantastic a nice, light and modern take on classic Italian cookery with the best spaghetti carbonara in the city and some fine gnocchi, all cooked by a skilled kitchen that really knows how to get the most out of that wood-fired pizza oven and racks of gleaming sauté pans. The room is simple and spare, but comfortable. Service is friendly and informal. And, most important (at least from where you're sitting), the place has a kids' menu and welcomes the little rug-rats with a smile. Junior has to learn how to behave himself in a proper dining room eventually, and there's no better spot to practice than Locanda del Borgo.
Tips from foursquare
Voted Best Neighborhood Italian Restaurant in Westword's Best of Denver 2011!
The Linguine with clams in white wine/garlic sauce is the way to go during lunch.
Tip the sweet Angela! She is a fun bartender.
...This warmly welcoming shrine to Italian cuisine is the kind of restaurant that neighbors and non-neighbors alike seek out when they want a home away from home.
Get the artichoke salad. The pork chop was fabulous. The new York strip was so tasty and the tiramisu is to die for.
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