New York’s Quality Italian has made it’s way to Cherry Creek in Denver–inside the Halcyon Hotel on Columbine Street. We went to the hard opening last night and the interiors are just as delicious as the food. Take a look at the photos for yourself! It was designed by AvroKo, the internationally based design firm best known in Denver for Union Station.
According to Denver Eater, “chef partners Scott Tacinelli and Angie Rito designed a menu that uses seasonal and locally sourced ingredients, which, in Denver, will be executed by chef Franz Hueber, most recently executive chef of Boulder’s Salt Bistro.”
Our experience was first rate. I started with the tricolore margarita, which featured a large ice cube with triple sec, orange/pineapple juice, and jalapeño puree, striped like the Mexican Flag– a drink after my own heart.
We opted to eat family style and ordered the Elevation Tellicherry Salami charcuterie platter, tuna crudo and Beefsteak Tomato and Stracciatella salad to start. The wine list is also to be noted, we shared a bottle of a light yet full paleted, italian borolo in addition to our pre-dinner cocktails. We shared the “Old School” Chicken Parmesan which is served like a pizza with a chili honey sauce. This was my favorite dish and the most decadent. We also shared the Spicy Lobster Rigatoni alla Vodka, which was flambe’d table side. For veggies, we opted for the grilled garlic mushrooms and brussel sprouts on the side. To end on a sweet note, despite being overly stuffed, we opted for the adorable cannoli cart, which prepared coffee-chocolate, birthday cake and strawberry cannoli tableside. We ordered the coffee-chocolate and birthday cake, which were prepared and then presented to us in little tissue-paper filled boxes–a final parting gift.
The experience and the food were fun, lively and delectable. This is a great place for large group dinners, when you can share, celebrate and enjoy the cozy warmth and exquisite aesthetic of your surroundings, as well as a great meal, with treasured friends. Our experience was a treat for all of the senses.