I ate here twice over the Christmas break, two nights in a row actually. My dad and I discovered it by just walking around Belmar looking for a place to have dinner the night after Christmas. And it was so good, we went back the next night with my aunt and uncle. Couldn't believe it'd only been open two weeks! The food was outstanding, and the service was great too. Only complaint is that it's all hard surfaces so the second night it was too loud. I wish I had a better camera on my phone, so I have no photos of the food (at least none worth posting). But we loved everything we had. My dad's not a huge fan of Italian food, and he loved it too.
First night we had the salmon salad (arugula, roasted red peppers, capers, and artichoke vinaigrette) and the tagliatelle (braised chicken, mixed mushrooms, marsala). My salad was terrific. I don't like artichokes but was game for this salad anyway thinking it was only the vinaigrette. But it came with the most delicious soft pieces of artichoke as well. I also got a side of fettuccine--perfectly cooked (and made from scratch, like all of the pastas). My dad raved about his tagliatelle, which was the perfect portion size: enough to be satisfied without being a gut buster.
The second night we had the sausage roll and house salad (my uncle), the pappardelle with braised pork shoulder in a basil red sauce (my dad), the Scottish salmon with brown butter, capers, creamy polenta, and roasted vegetables (my aunt), and the Scottish salmon again but with house noodles/fettuccine instead of the polenta (me). Again everything was wonderful. For dessert we had the apple crostata with vanilla ice cream and bourbon caramel (fresh out of the oven--the scent of the freshly baked crust was heavenly), the ice cream sampler (vanilla, pistachio, and coconut sorbet--all creamy and delicious), and the amaretto chocolate tart with whipped cream and amarena cherries (my aunt paired this with a tawny port that apparently was spectacular with those cherries--even the server came back to say she'd tried them together after my aunt's order and loved the combination).
I'll soon be living in the Belmar 'hood and plan to visit Brodo regularly. Just hoping they don't get so crowded that I won't be able to get in--but they certainly deserve the crowds.
Brodo Scratch Kitchen
7167 West Alaska Drive
Lakewood, CO 80226