Restaurateur Frank Bonanno may be a wiz of Italian cuisine as his eateries Luca and Osteria Marco prove but it his classic French training and passion for the subtle sophistication of that culinary culture that shines brightest in his career. His first restaurant and his most significant contribution to the Mile High City dining scene, Mizuna, is a temple to traditional dishes from France. Whether it is pan roasted foie gras or Burgundian escargot, Bonanno aces the preparations at his white tablecloth Capitol Hill restaurant.
Last weekend, Mizuna got a more casual sibling, French 75, a bistro located Downtown at 717 17th Street. Exposed brick, cool blue floor tile, small bistro-style tables with metal gilded legs, leather banquettes give the space the vibe of a neighborhood Parisian gathering place where people watching goes best with moules frites, onion soup, and Niçoise salad. A visual tour of the new venue comes from Eater photographer Adam Larkey.
The Eater guide to French restaurants in Denver is available here.