Restaurants

rich mauro

“Please note that I have only listed recommendations for restaurants at which I have eaten and can personally vouch that you should have an excellent dining experience”

COLORADO

Denver:

Acorn
Bang!
Black Pearl
City O’ City

Elway’s Cherry Creek

Fruition

Fuel Cafe

Gozo

Guard & Grace
Izakaya Den

Los Chingones

Jax Fish House

Linger
Lola
Luca d’Italia
Mizuna
Panzano
Piatti
Rioja

Root Down

Sushi Den
Table 6

Tamayo
Vesta Dipping Grill

Boulder:
Frasca Food & Wine
L’Atelier
Mateo

Pizzeria Locale
Q’s

SALTBistro
The Kitchen
West End Tavern

Zeal
Zolo Grill

Vail Valley:
Blu’s
Cucina Rustica
Larkspur
Splendido
Sweet Basil
Terra Bistro
Wildflower

Aspen:
Jimmy’s
Main Street Cafe & Bakery
Mezzaluna
Montagna
Pinons

Denver Wine Shops:
City Wine
Divino
Mondovino

 

NEW MEXICO

Santa Fe:
Andiamo
Anasazi
Body Cafe
Chocolate Maven
Counter Culture
Downtown Subscription
Maria’s New Mexican Kitchen
Mu Du Noodles
Cafe Pasqual’s
Geronimo
Il Piatto
La Boca
O’Keefe Cafe
Ristra
Santacafe
Santa Fe Baking Co.
Tecolote Cafe
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Taos:

El Meze

Lambert’s

 

Albuquerque:
Flying Star
Gold Street Cafe
Nob Hill Bar & Grill

CALIFORNIA

San Francisco:
Ana Mandara
Boulevard
Cafe Kati
Dottie’s True Blue Cafe
Fringale
Greens
Home
L’Osteria del Forno
Millennium
PlumpJack Cafe
Slanted Door
Ti Couz
Zuni Cafe

East Bay:
Cafe Fanny
Chez Panisse
Oliveto

Sonoma County:
Charcuterie
Downtown Bakery
John Ash & Co.
Kenwood
Santi

Napa Valley:
Bistro Jeanty
The Retaurant @ Meadowood
Mustard’s Grill
Pizzeria Tra Vigne
Taylor’s Automatic Refresher
Terra
Tra Vigne

WASHINGTON D.C.

Bistro Bis
Cafe Atlantico
Central Michel Richard
DC Coast
Hank’s Oyster Bar
Jaleo
Kinkead’s
Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe
New Heights
Nora

Email your suggestions:
mailto:rich@rmpeoplespalate.com

About the Author

I first became interested in wine while I worked in numerous liquor stores during college in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. In the years following college, I researched, tasted, traveled to vineyards in California and Europe, participated in countless tastings. I began writing about wine in 1995 with a column in Out Front Colorado. For me, wine is more than a drink. It is food. It is a connection to the earth. It is culture. There is just something amazing, even magical, about the transformation of grapes into wine. It is also remarkable how drinking wine with food enhances the taste and enjoyment of both. Appreciation of wine has become an integral part of my approach to life, which emphasizes balance, respect for nature, physical and emotional health, and an appreciation of our nature as social beings. In 2006, I was awarded a fellowship to the Symposium for Professional Wine Writers.