We had been to dinner at this restaurant in the Westin Riverfront but had never been for lunch, so we tried it yesterday. We had a great time and a great meal. I love the room -- it is open and airy with large windows on the south that look up toward the ski slopes of Beaver Creek. The atmosphere is casual, with the waitstaff in jeans and aprons. Everyone is friendly, from the bellstaff at the front of the hotel (complimentary valet parking) to the bus-persons who were prompt but not pushy. There was only one slight service glitch, when the bus-boy bringing my main course before the plate from my appetizer had been picked up put my used knife and fork on the table and left it for the main course. No big deal, just not polished. (It appeared this person was new and was being tutored.
We ordered two apps -- the Charcuterie Board and the Market Vegetables with Hummus and Green Goddess Dressing. One of these would have been plenty for all three of us, but we soldiered on and managed to eat most of both. These apps were really exceptional. The charcuterie included two nice slices of a luxurious pate, several thin slices of salume and sausage, olives, pickles, buttered slices of baguette, a delicious whole grain mustard and some other stuff I don't remember. The vegetables included carrots, celery, cherry tomatoes, radishes, green squash, a large portion of hummus with pita dipping bread and a wonderful house made green goddess dressing. Great apps.
My wife and our friend ordered the Caesar Salad, one with the grilled shrimp and the other with the skirt steak. Both were delicious. One note -- our friend was especially complimentary of the anchovies (my wife, who doesn't do anchovies, gave hers up and the friend jumped at the chance for more), which she declared unsalty and some of the best she ever had. I ordered the Strozzapreti with Veal and Pork Ragu and Vella Dry Jack, which was a very upscale version of the maccaroni, ground beef and tomato dish my mother used to make -- true comfort food! Wonderful.
This is a place we will likely return to as a part of our regular rotation here in the valley. When a place gets an old guy like me to reminisce about momma's cooking, they are doing something right.
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