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In the Spotlight: Café Marmotte and Cranelli's

See what the critics have to say about these two casual yet attractive spots.

New contemporary French spot Café Marmotte was positively reviewed by the Denver Post this week. Restaurant reviewer Bill Porter enjoyed this Denver offshoot of Telluride's La Marmotte and lauded the creative twist on traditional French cuisine. He highlighted the deviled eggs and butternut squash soup spiked with roasted tomatoes and found that the sliced venison loin with a reduction of a cherry demi glace and parsnip purée to be a real winner. Despite some glitches, service was friendly and teh experience delightful.

Cranelli's, a welcoming Lone Tree Italian spot, was the subject of Denver Life Magazine's review. Critic Lori Midson first visited the restaurant to escape the craziness of the retail world. She enjoyed the simplicity of the cooking and chose the beef and pork lasagna smothered in marina sauce as a favorite. Things like the cold Caprese salad may not be a hit and the wait for a table may be longer than expected but the restaurant offers an experience that puts guests in the middle of a convivial family who wants to connect on a personal level.