August 19, 2018
We had a lovely 15 walk to the Barolo Grill and knew we would want to walk back after dinner. This 26 year old restaurant in a residential area of Cherry Creek was bustling when we arrived at 7:45. A very cordial fellow greeted and ushered us to our table. After we selected our waters, the same fellow returned with the wine list. It was apparent that Bob had studied the list and so the discussion began!! It turns out the fellow was Ryan Fletter, the owner, who started as a bus boy 23 years earlier! We settled on 2014 chardonnay Al Poggio Castello di Ama and 2009 Produttori del Barbaresco Muncagotta. Despite an obviously busy restaurant, Ryan was very attentive throughout the evening. He was almost humble when we talked about his receiving the coveted Wine Spectator Grand Award.
We had been warned that the tasting menu might be a bit overwhelming although it seemed like a bargain at $75. Among us we had:
• Souffle di funghi-roasted mushroom soufflé, tempura hen-of-the-woods mushrooms, parmigiano fonduta, cipollini agrodolce
• Frito Misto-lightly fried calamari, rock shrimp, crispy vegetables, pickled ramp aioli, bitter greens
• Super Caprese-purple cherokee heirloom tomatoes, burrata cheese, balsamic caviar, basil gelée, fanetti extra virgin olive oil powder
• Gnocchi di Pomordoro-house-made ricotta gnocchi, crushed heirloom tomato sauce, pistacchio basil pesto, parmigiano-reggiano
• Tajarin con aragosta-handcut ‘shoestring’ pasta, maine lobster, olathe corn, spicy calabrian chile, arneis white wine sauce, pangritata
• Bisteca al Barolo-grilled beef tenderloin, frico caldo, roasted king trumpet mushroom, asparagus, summer truffle
• Lombo di Agnello-lamb loin, beluga lentil ragù, grilled summer radish, herb crème fraiche
All of the dishes were amazing but the Super Caprese salad was spectacular. The balsamic caviar and olive oil powder was a first. Also, the portions were not designer size so we were all thankful we ordered a la carte. Josh and Melissa were treated to a Drambuie drink and chocolate truffle for their birthdays. About this time (11:00) we looked out to pouring rain, thunder and lightning. Enough about food but if in Denver, go to Barolo Grill as the customer service and value is incredible!
Lazy Sunday morning with the kids. Josh and Bob prepared ribs for smoking and Melissa did our nails while we watched Ghost Busters. Stocked up on some stuff at Trader Joe’s, did laundry and should be ready to leave for Hays KS in the morning. Hays is just a stopping point on our way to Kansas City, MO although we probably will drive through the campus of Fort Hays State University that has 15,000 students. We have been to most of the points of interest in KS including a 50,000 head feed lot!