Right beside Denver’s Union Station is Tavernetta, a lively Italian restaurant serving fresh antipasti, pasta and excellent cocktails. Sip a Negroni while watching the trains or sit down for a full meal of grass-fed beef carpaccio, Maine lobster tagliatelle and pork chop with green tomato. For special occasions, there’s a rotisserie chicken with potato and greens for two, and there’s a well-stocked list of grappa, brandy and amari, as well as wines and refreshing Venetian spritzes. The team also runs the award-winning Frasca Food and Wine in Boulder.
1889 16th Street Mall, LoDo, Denver, CO 80202