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When Chef Nicola Michieletto says he spent a little time in seminary, it’s easy to believe. His work in the kitchen and as an instructor is a vocation, a true calling. A career as a priest never happened — Michieletto is quick to emphasize he wasn’t in seminary long at all. The Italian equivalent of a U.S. high school is oriented around careers, an...

Denver restaurateurs have a strong legacy of transforming storied historic buildings into beautiful dining destinations, from Stanley Marketplace and the Source to the Edible Beats group’s Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox and Linger. The newest addition to the Mile High City’s family of revitalized spaces is no exception: The second Denver location of Po...

A new bakery and Italian spot has opened up shop in the neighborhood. Called Colino's Cafe & Bakery, the new addition is located at 5141 Wilson Ave. in the Hill. Colino's Cafe & Bakery has Italian dishes and freshly baked goods. On the menu, expect to see sandwiches, salads, spaghetti and lasagna. The newcomer has proven popular thus far, with a 4....

Although Downtown Golden may be known more for rustic western charm than Italian style, it’s about to get a big dose of the latter in the form of an elegant and intimate new Italian restaurant. Golden restaurateurs Aimee and Dean Valdez are preparing to open Bella Colibri inside the historic brick building at 812 12th Street that once served as the...

La Juntans have something new to salivate over following the opening of Anthony Martinez’s Papa GiGi’s Italian Grill. The Italian restaurant that officially opened on Oct. 4 can be found off U.S. 50 at 27866 Frontage Road. Martinez, the owner, said it had been his lifelong goal to open an Italien restaurant in the spirit of his late grandmother, wh...

Lorenzini Farms in Weldona was recognized as a Colorado Centennial Farm at on opening day of the 2019 Colorado State Fair, according to a news release. The Colorado Centennial Farms and Ranches program honors families that have worked their land for 100 years or more and recognizes the significant role they have played in shaping Colorado. Each Col...

The cozy restaurant space at 560 South Broadway has seen a number of incarnations over the years, including My Big Fat Greek Restaurant and the Chowder Room. After the owners of that seafood joint moved to California, Mario Vega took over with Mario's Ocean Club, but he sold his eatery earlier this summer, telling us that the purchaser was an Itali...

Ciao Monte, a new Italian-American fusion restaurant, is saying hello to the mountains of Winter Park. The restaurant will fill a vacancy at Cooper Creek left by Leo’s Kitchen vacating the space earlier this year, and the new owners hope to open as early as the end of October.  “We’re planning a soft opening at the end of this month,” said Chef Har...

Besim Shala opened his first Italian restaurant in Grand Island in 2011 with hopes of one day expanding into Lincoln, Omaha or both. Now it’s happening for him. Shala opened his third Napoli’s and first in Lincoln on Sept. 3 in the strip mall at 48th Street and Nebraska 2, in the spot where South 48th Bistro operated for a short time. The site also...

Randolph’s Restaurant and Bar is out and a new cat-themed Italian restaurant called Gattara is in at the Warwick Hotel in Uptown. Thomas Newsted, who previously served as the executive chef at The Perfect Landing restaurant at Centennial Airport, is Gattara’s Executive Chef. According to a press release, Newsted and his team will prepare classic It...

Vince Emmanuel can’t stay away. “I’ve never found Italian bread like my mother made – except at Orsi’s Bakery. Orsi’s makes original Italian bread. If you’re Italian, you know what I mean.” Originally just a bakery when Alfonso Orsi opened for business at Sixth and Pacific Streets in Omaha a century ago, Orsi’s Italian Bakery and Pizzeria has diver...

From MOD Pizza and Pieology to Blaze and Colorado’s own Pizzeria Locale, the contemporary dining landscape is is increasingly awash in chains with business models that basically boil down to “Chipotle, but for pizza. So perhaps it isn’t surprising that when Boulder chef Nate Rajotte began having conversations with two partners about possible ideas...