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Eating pasta under the liquid gaze of Sophia Loren, surely one of the world's most beautiful women, is reason enough to visit Sofia, spelled with an f for some inexplicable reason. The new art-filled... Read More
Eating pasta under the liquid gaze of Sophia Loren, surely one of the world's most beautiful women, is reason enough to visit Sofia, spelled with an f for some inexplicable reason. The new art-filled Italian restaurant pays homage to the Roman beauty on canvas and in photographs and its design-forward sensibilities enchant. But while the diva's beauty will captivate, it's chef de cuisine Talia Diele's spectacular plates and Hope Clarke's imaginative bar program that will keep you coming back. Unlike Creole Italian, which is heavy on the sauces and generous with melted cheese, even on seafood, chef Talia leans on the regional boot for inspiration. Her tagliarini squid ink pasta is a revelation, tender homemades served with Calabrian chile, mussels and squid on a bed for spicy greens. The lemony chicken is sous vide tender and swabbed with a citrus forward butter sauce. Herb-spiked carrots are frilled and roasted to sweet perfection on a bed of farro, wood-fired pizza is topped with curly clams, chile oil and lots of garlic. Local partner Billy Blatty (Barcadia, Belle's Diner, Ohm Lounge) teamed with Denver's Culinary Creative Group including partner chef Max MacKissock to open Sofia, the first time the successful group ventured out of Colorado. The stunning warehouse space boasts 25-foot ceilings, a wood-fired oven, homemade pastas and roasted meats. Sofia is dinner only for now, but look for brunch soon.