4 Reasons to Dine at Panzano
While my meal was compensated by the restaurant, my views expressed are my own.
I’ve made it a point to spend more of my time this year at Denver staples, which is extremely difficult with all the new incredible restaurants opening around town.
One of those spots is Panzano. Part of the Kimpton Restaurant Group, Panzano has graced downtown Denver since before the 303 became the place to be. Their menu focuses on Northern Italy, specifically Rome with a good balance of modern and rustic fare.
Here are 4 reasons why you should absolutely book a reservation at Panzano ASAP.
First of all, Panzano is HUGE! There are so many seats — at least 100, and the open kitchen is about 1/10 of the entire space. The fact that Chef Logan and his team make everything from the bread served to your table along with the spreads to the pasta to the desserts absolutely blows my mind.
The Panzano menu is extensive and usually has a team of 4 on the line to execute. They typically run 2 turns a night, which means 200+ people a night. If you have the chance, request to sit at the chef’s table. There you can see every dish that comes through the pass and regret not ordering the Grano Arso Orechiette before feeling happy again that you Bolognese di Manzo.
If you’re reading this blog post, you’re either my mom or someone who is seriously interested in food. If you’re the latter, you’re going to thank me later after signing up for Panzano’s Bike + Brunch event.
You meet at Panzano before riding bikes down to Union Station Farmer’s Market (which is open until Oct 26 by the way) where Chef Logan walks you through the market, discussing everything from what’s in season to his favorite types of produce to use. There, Chef Logan then purchases everything he plans to use to make a gorgeous brunch for you back at Panzano.
I specifically requested breakfast asparagus (restaurants do not offer enough veggies at breakfast) and Chef Logan delivered!
For further information, or to reserve, please email Hello@panzano-denver.com or call 303.296.3525.
3. Sunday Dinner
Sunday’s are when I meal prep for the week. After all that cooking, I tend to not want to cook again for dinner which usually results in a fast food stop of some sort. In an effort to break that habit, Mr Nomz & I have turned Sunday nights into date nights.
Panzano has quickly turned into one of our reoccurring stops solely for their Cavolini di Bruxelles aka Brussels sprouts from heaven —which are available on their family dinner on Sunday nights.
For $50 a person you get a choice of appetizer, salad, and entree to share followed by a dessert for each person.
While you might have the split the entire meal, you get dessert all to yourself! After one bite of tiramisu, which uses a rare mascarpone (and honestly one of the best I have ever tasted), you will never let up a bite. ‘Split’ is an understatement by the way, you’ll have plenty of leftovers to bring home!
4. Service & Atmosphere
The large windows allow for so much light to pass through into the space. For being a downtown restaurant, Panzano leaves plenty of room for comfort.
Cozy up in a booth or sit at the bar. Either choice you’ll be quick to make a friend of the staff and have one incredible meal.
I cannot compliment the staff more. From the moment you walk into the restaurant, you feel welcomed and excited to be there.
I cannot wait to go back! My next goal is to try their happy hour!