Friday, August 29, 2008

Pizzicato Denver

Pizzicato Gourmet Pizza
The corner of 13th and Pennsylvania is the new location of the first Colorado outpost of Oregon-based Pizzicato. After Chipotle exited the Penn Garage building, we were left wondering what would happen to this great spot; we couldn't be happier!

They make a beautiful, hand-tossed, thin crust pizza. Brushed with olive oil and garlic, these pies are just right. Their selection of high-quality toppings are creative, to say the least. For the vegetarians, your choices are quite amazing. Case-in-point, the "Wild Mushroom": Shitake, Portobello, Oyster, Crimini, other seasonal mushrooms, Chevre, roasted peppers, red onions, thyme, Mozzeralla, roasted garlic and olive oil. Wow! $21 for a large pizza of this caliber, I'd say that's worth it.

A friend and I had the "Molto Carne" and were very impressed by the crust and the freshness of the ingredients. Other friends from the neighborhood have raved about the Hummus Plate ($7.50); great selection of marinated Italian tomatoes, Feta, pepperoncini, flat bread, hummus, and olives.

Check out this great addition to the Capitol Hill neighborhood. You can eat in, take-out, and they'll even "half-bake" it for you, so that you can finish baking at home. Their hours are: Sunday thru Thursday 11am - 9pm; Friday/Saturday 11am - 10pm.

1300 Pennsylvania St.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Inside the DNC Denver: The Food

So there's not much going on in the way of interesting food at the Pepsi Center for the DNC. The media tents surrounding the Pepsi Center are poorly served when it comes to food. This stand on the left is serving carnival style food; hot dogs, corn dogs, hamburgers, etc. With Elitch (closed) in the background it made for a somewhat festively-noir scene. Most of the tents had a media lounge where light food and drinks were served. Bloomberg had their own catering and the poor folks from the Wall Street Journal took what they could.

Some were able to secure passes to the CNN Grill (aka Brooklyn's). There you could nosh with Wolf Blitzer and enjoy some comped meals. Alas, I was not among the select, and had to take the picture from outside. It seems everyone was getting in on the credentials/barriers action. From the parties in LoDo to the panhandlers on the Mall.

Monday, August 18, 2008

D Bar

Yeah, it's that good.

Imagine that Tiffany's made dessert and you'd have a good idea of what to expect at the D Bar. From the robin-egg-blue decor to the jewel like quality of their desserts, D Bar lives up to the hype. The sophisticated veneer that might deter some, quickly vanishes as you are seated (if you can get a seat) and begin interacting with the staff here. The waitstaff is very smitten with their establishment and they try to out-do each other in their level of excitement and wonder; it's quite refreshing.

The menu has quite an amazing assortment of sweets, but don't forget the pastry case. It has another dozen or so desserts that aren't on the menu.

Our selections?
  • Lemon meringue tart
  • Raspberry cream tart
  • 3-layer chocolate cake
  • The Strawberry Dessert
  • Vanilla and Chocolate malts
  • Coffees (Allegro)
  • Tea

What were they all like? I haven't had such a beautiful and delicious selection of desserts anywhere else. 'Nuff said.

D Bar Desserts
1475 E 17th Ave
Denver, CO 80218
(303) 861-4710