The former home of the Bistro at Stapleton gets a new life when Della Radice debuts today. Chef Cristino Griego brings this European restaurant with French, Italian, and Spanish small plates.
Griego worked as the original executive chef and general manager at the Bistro at Stapleton, which occupied this space until it closed in June 2017.
Now Della Radice, Italian for “Of The Root,” serves charcuterie, cheese, olives, rillettes, house-baked bread, and Mediterranean comfort dishes meant to share using local ingredients.
The renovated space features a several communal wine bar and a market with pasta, sauces, cheese, meats, pickles, and more to take home.
“We are not trying to be a formal restaurant, but rather, an experience,” Griego says in a press statement. “Remember returning from traveling abroad, only to miss it even more once you arrive home? Well, Della Radice will be the place to go to celebrate those memories.”
The Mediterranean-inspired menu, broken down by country, features tapas-style plates from Italy, Spain, and France.
Italian dishes include arancini di riso featuring hand-rolled saffron risotto with mozzarella cheese with diablo sauce and cicchetti, a sous-vide brisket chili with crostini and creamed mango chevre.
Spanish menu items include patatas bravas with a spicy romesco and aioli and gambas al ajillo with olive oil-poached prawns, garlic, pepper flakes, and finished with sherry.
On the French side of the menu, escargot with a lemon-garlic-shallot compound butter and shaved Gruyère, and arctic char en papillote with with tomatoes, arugula, shallots, basil, capers, and preserved lemon.
Della Radice, 2955 Ulster St., 720-531-2958. Open Tuesday through Saturday at 3 p.m., brunch on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cooking classes and wine classes take place every other Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monthly wine dinners with a five-course themed dinner with wine pairings from Wine Cellars of Stapleton take place monthly for $45 to $60 per person.
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