It’s no wonder that Barolo Grill has won an award or two. This year (2018) they won the Wine Spectator Grand Award. This is a stunning restaurant located in the Cherry Creek area of Denver.
As you all know by now, Kevin and I love trying new restaurants but on special occasions we like to treat ourselves to something special. On my birthday this year, Kevin organized a very special evening that included dinner at Barolo Grill.
I’m always happy to go anywhere when I’m given the opportunity to dress up. This is one of those restaurants where you’re not out of place in your best dress. The decor is elegant but cosy with a definite Italian feel.
They describe themselves as a northern Italian food restaurant with a spectacular wine cellar. They source ingredients from local and regional farms and artisans and so their menu changes regularly.
We were seated at a lovely table by the window and next to the cosy fireplace. We were provided with their menus, napkins laid on our laps followed up with a prompt visit from our waitress. She was lovely! Super friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. She asked if we’d been before so she knew how much to share with us about their fabulous menu and drinks selection.
We had to start out with a celebratory cocktail. I chose my usual Vodka Martini with Olives and Kevin had the same but his favorite Gin version. They had some fantastic cocktails on the menu so it was hard to choose!
We perused the menu as we sipped on our drinks. Our waitress shared the specials with us and helped us with any questions we had. The sommelier stopped by our table to offer us some wine recommendations based on our order. He recommended a nice Chianti which is our favorite and it indeed paired very well with our dinner. Here's the menu from April 2018....
Soufflé di formaggio
haystack mountain goat cheese, english peas, crispy baby artichokes, cipollini agrodolce 15
foie gras terrine, strawberry compote, rhubarb, basil,saba 24
Cozze con finocchio^
bangs island mussels, shaved fennel, anisette buttermilk brodo, grilled ciabatta 16
Vitello Tonnato 180^
yellowfin tuna carpaccio, crispy veal sweetbreads, veal aioli, roasted bell pepper & caper relish 15
lightly fried calamari, rock shrimp, crispy vegetables,
sundried tomato- lemon aioli, trio of chiles 17
gem lettuce, endive, lemon parsley dressing, castelmagno, cured egg yolk, focaccia croutons 13
add ligurian white anchovy 3
Insalata di primavera
baby carrots, english peas, fava beans, radish, fennel, cucumber, heirloom cherry tomatoes,
parmigiano cheese, white balsamic vinaigrette 12
Verdure di campo
baby field greens, spring berries, ancient grains, saba, sheep skyr 13
Rucola e zucca
arugula, tuscan kale, roasted kabocha squash & granny smith apple,
pumpkin seeds, crispy pancetta, tomini cheese, apple cider vinaigrette 13
Tajarin con fagiano
roasted pheasant, charred baby heirloom carrots, handcut ‘shoestring’ noodles,
chopped pistachios, cardamom crema 24
Pappardelle con agnello
braised lamb shoulder ragù, fava beans, mint, san marzano tomatoes, parmigiano reggiano,
handmade pappardelle 24
halfmoon squid ink pasta filled with seafood sausage,
served with pickled sweet peppers & lime crema 25
Tagliatelle con gamberi
gulf shrimp, asparagus, calabrian chiles, white wine sauce,
handmade tagliatelle 25
Agnolotti del plin
traditional piemontese pinches of pasta stuffed with ground veal,
tossed in sage brown butter, parmigiano reggiano 23
slow cooked acquerello carnaroli rice with english peas, lardo, montasio cheese 21
barolo style braised duck, kalamata olives, seasonal vegetables & roasted garlic potatoes 31
pan roasted halibut, charred carrots, baby squash, spring onions, sunchokes, herb emulsion 35
red snapper, ancient grains, english peas, baby artichokes, hazelnut romesco 32
Vitello con asparagi
polenta-crusted veal tenderloin, white & green asparagus,
semolina fritter, veal rosemary jus 34
Filetto di maiale^
berkshire pork tenderloin, morel mushrooms, fava beans, fregola, grilled ramps 33
Bistecca al barolo^
grilled beef tenderloin, roasted beets, purple potatoes,
purple endive, smoked cauliflower purée 36
roasted baby squash, hazelnut romesco 7
tempura artichokes, balsamic reduction 8
grilled asparagus, lemon, olive oil 7
As you can see from the pictures, we chose three courses, prior to desert! The portion sizes are ideal to be able to make it through several courses and we loved this. I don’t believe any of these are on the menu now but you can certainly appreciate how delicious their food looked. Among our dishes were a cheese soufflé with a pea puree, a tagliatelle and shrimp dish, fried calamari and rock fish with a lemon dill aioli (still on their menu), a lamb ragu which was absolutely stunning, and our main dishes which was halibut with a pea foam and seasonal vegetables. Every bite was delicious. You could tell they’d used fresh but most importantly, quality ingredients. Clearly they have an excellent chef too!
Thankfully we had room for dessert. Kevin loves Creme Brûlée so, of course, that’s what he ordered, and, yes, they still have this on their menu. I ordered the Panda Cotta ala Vaniglia, this too is on their menu. Both pictured here. On their Dessert Menu they offer wine pairings which we opted for and glad we did. The desserts were as delicious as they look and the wines pairing was excellent. They were quite rich so it was nice to have the wine to help.
As I mentioned, it was my Birthday so Barolo treated me to a delicious Irish Coffee with a handmade truffle. Both were superb but especially the truffle which was so chocolatey but light and melted in your mouth. Mmmm.
The bill was hefty but we’d enjoyed a lot of food, wine and cocktails but the prices weren’t as much as we’ve spent on other fine dining restaurants. Barolo Grill is definitely affordable if you just have one or two plates which are ample plus a glass of the house wine. This definitely won’t break the bank. If you’re looking for somewhere special to go then I highly recommend this restaurant, you won’t be disappointed, I promise.