Panzano’s has always been a never fail favorite ever since I moved to Denver full-time 2-years ago. But I had never in that time ordered the charcuterie serving- the “Fattoria Piatto” farm plate.
I didn’t need much encouragement from the Westword magazine article to recommend going to dinner there last night with our friend Pam Holloway who was on a quest to return to Dallas with cat, dogs and friend Kelly and staying at the animal-friendly Hotel Monaco that also houses Panzano.
We ordered the farm plate and their killer brussel sprouts and upon doing so our waiter asked if we wanted the recipe for the sprouts. Suzy and I having eaten the dish every time we go there- so we said yes. Pam wasn’t so sure as she wasn’t a brussel sprouts lover, but she was soon converted. The Fottoria Piatto came back bursting with meats, cheeses, olives, compotes, duck mousse pate, bread and at a very modest price and delighted all of us as we shared it around the table.
Dinner as always was wonderful.
My Rigatoni con Gamberetti with house-made squid ink rigatoni tossed with shrimp, orange saffron nage, roasted cherry tomatoes was over the top, I tasted Pam’s halibut and almost wished I had ordered that. Suzy wasn’t feeling too well so she asked if they could whip up some mashers, and they did so delivering the most beautiful bowl of potatoes and a light cheese sauce to go with it. This is what we like so much about Panzano’s.
This was a Saturday night, the restaurant and bar was full, yet they did this little something extra. Here, here.