Wandering around Denver in the cold, I was craving warmth and something to fill my belly.
That’s when I discovered the gem of Denver: Cafe Calore.
Good Italian food is hard to find, and Italian food that also has the most incredible gluten free options is next to impossible to find. At least, that’s what I thought.
From their appetizers, to their pizza, to their pasta, I have eaten there over 15 times and have never been disappointed.
The wait staff has always been nice, even when it’s a Friday night and the place is so packed you can hear all the stories people are laughing about at each table.
But, let’s get to the food.
Also, sorry in advance for not being the best food photographer out there… I’m working on it.
That deliciousness is the Caprese Salad. Tomatoes, basil, pesto sauce, and some of the best mozzarella I have ever had.
For my gluten free readers: This is gluten free! Finding a place that has gluten free pesto is not easy… So try it!
This is my favorite Italian dish they have. It is called the Scallop and Shrimp Pecorino. All I have to say is YUM. Many restaurants I have gone to always have scallops that are like chewing rubber, but Cafe Calore has chefs that get it right.
This dish has spinach, roasted garlic, roasted tomato, EVOO and white wine lemon butter, all served over egg fettuccini.
Special items: It’s not on the menu, but they have a macaroni and cheese pasta (It can be gluten free if you ask!) that is simply to die for if you ask for it.
Also, I’m not sure if they do it every single weekend night, but for awhile they would stay open until about 2 am serving pizza by the slice. I remember it being pretty cheap and they had awesome options like a macaroni and cheese pizza.
(If someone knows if this tradition is still continuing, let me know in the comments!)
What are some of your favorite dishes in Denver? Let me know in the comments below! I’m always looking for new places!