While Denver Restaurant Week, which kicks off Saturday, February 23, has a record number of participating restaurants this year, there are still some who opted out and Spuntino is among them. The neighborhood restaurant owned by chef John Broening and pastry chef Yasmin Lozada-Hissom will not offer the $52.80 menu for two, it is offering a better deal: a $25 tasting menu for one between February 23 and March 8.
This three-course menu, offered in addition to the regular dinner menu, includes an appetizer that gives a choice of a celery and parsnip bisque, an arugula salad, or chef Broening's most famed duck liver mousse pâté. The main course includes either a seared flank steak, ricotta cavatelli with housemade sausage, or a crispy bass with warm Beluga lentil salad. Pastry chef Lozada-Hissom prepared three options for dessert: the beloved chocolate caramel sea salt tart, an orange olive oil cake with a fennel crunch and pistachio gelato, or the Spuntino gelato copetta with 12 gelato flavors to choose from.
Spuntino is only one of several popular restaurants not participating in Denver Restaurant Week. This year, the Squeaky Bean is doing its own spin on restaurant week with two special menus meant to attract guests to its space. Other notable restaurants not participating in the two-week long promotion are Z Cuisine, Potager, Mizuna, and Luca d'Italia in Denver, as well as Frasca Food and Wine and Oak at Fourteenth in Boulder.