Borriello Brothers Pizza didn't just copy New York-style pizza—they imported it. Owned by New York natives, the pizza joint pays tribute to the city's staple, craftting their pizzas with attention to detail. Their sauce comes from California tomatoes, they only use 100% real whole milk mozzarella cheese, and they layer their pizzas with sausage made from prime cuts of pork. The result is a pie that grew out of original New York recipes, just as the city's skyscrapers sprout from cracks in the sidewalks. In addition to traditional NY-style pizzas, they serve Sicilian crust pizzas, and feature signature pies with toppings such as Genoa salami, sliced steak, and baked ziti. The menu also incorporates calzones, pastas, and other Italian specialties.
Set within a century-old Tudor-style edifice that once played host to Bing Crosby and Cary Grant, Craftwood Inn graces modern-day diners with gourmet interpretations of wild game meats and stunning views of nearby Pikes Peak. Executive chef Brother Luck relies on a staff of woodsy huntsman to track down the choicest cuts of Colorado elk, venison, and buffalo, which he then daubs with French-inspired sauces that vary in accordance with a rotating seasonal menu. Wines culled from the inn’s expansive cellar fill clinking glasses with reds and whites that shimmer in the glow of chandeliers, fireplaces, and lingering rays of sunlight that filter in through stained-glass windows. Craftwood Inn's large and small dining rooms welcome special-occasion banquets, weddings, and hacky-sack cotillions for up to 150 guests.
Heart of Jerusalem Cafe, a Dining Guide winner, embodies its name from its menu of authentic Middle Eastern cuisine to its decor. Inside the rustic dining room, palm-tree murals offer background to faux stonework and high-arched porticos. Intricately decorated glass lights dangle from the ceiling like exotic ornaments, casting a soft glow on grape leaves stuffed with seasoned rice and shish kebabs skewered with lamb and fantail shrimp. Hummus, tabbouleh, and baganooj eggplant dips spread effortlessly across slices of pita chips and warm flatbread fresh from the oven. Diners may also retreat to the outdoor patio for an authentic Greek dessert, such as a slice of baklava, or to remind themselves that they are, in fact, still in the United States.
Fried and specially seasoned, hand-breaded and tossed in Frank's sauce, or doused in made-from-scratch cream gravy—if there's a way to make chicken, The Mason Jar's chefs have mastered it. That mastery extends to other staples of American comfort food, including catfish fried in a crispy cornmeal coating, corned beef and sauerkraut sandwiched between slices of pumpernickel rye, and buttermilk-crusted fruit cobblers for dessert. Modeled after a Colorado lodge, The Mason Jar's dining room complements its dishes with wood paneling and exposed brick, a cozy fireplace, and chandeliers made with deer antlers donated by Bambi.
At Mountain Shadows Restaurant, guests can tuck in to gourmet, hormone-free burgers or savory rib-eye steaks, but they also can enjoy a smorgasbord of breakfast food available at all times of the day. Fluffy denver omelets loaded with ham and peppers, stacks of syrup-drizzled French toast and pancakes, and breakfast burritos loaded with homemade green chili are some of the favorites, and entrees can be halved for smaller appetites or made with gluten-free bread for those with dietary restrictions. And flavored coffees dosed with liqueurs or pitchers of mimosas help excite taste buds.
When they lived on the East Coast, the Ezzat family fell in love with the flavors of America, such as reubens and Philly cheese steaks. This passion for pastrami, however, did not supplant their preexisting love for the traditional recipes of their forebears, in which falafel and shawarma reign supreme. So at Michael's Mediterranean, the Ezzats decided to celebrate all kinds of cuisine. Gyros, spinach pie, and moussaka appear right alongside burgers and parmigiana on the menu; feel free to enjoy any dish with an Italian-style cream soda, an arabic tea, or a Texas Ranger.