Using fresh seasonal ingredients from local sources, Via Toscana's menu of traditional, upscale Italian dishes preps palates for a sensory serenade with a starter of mussels la spezia ($8) in a lemon white-wine preparation. The pollo marsala ($14) provides a dance floor for a multicultural cast of sautéed chicken, woodland mushrooms, sage butter, and marsala wine with roasted new potatoes. And the penne vodka di mare's sautéed scallops and shrimp in a crema-rosa vodka sauce ($18) mix alcohol and the ocean in a lifeguard-approved manner. Otherwise, sharpen your toothy band saw on the succulent vitello saltimbocca (sautéed veal scallopini, $18), or feast eye-mouths and mouth-eyes on the Colorado lamb chops ($25) with provencal herb marinade and potato gratin. Via Toscana's extensive wine selection can matchmake any meal with more than 600 varieties of fermented fruit, and a gluten-free menu is also available.
Marco's Pizza founder Pasquale "Pat" Giammarco began helping out at his family’s pizzeria when he was just a boy. The eatery provided a taste of home to the Gianmarco clan, who moved to the United States from Italy when Pat was 9 years old. Together with his father, young Pat learned the secrets to creating exceptional pizza sauce: three different types of vine-ripened tomatoes and spices that can only be imported from Italy or the moon.
The perfected sauce recipe continues to guide Pat’s kitchen operations, although these days he has considerably more help. Marco's Pizza has 350 locations in more than half the states as well as in the Bahamas, each store tossing fresh pizza dough daily before sprinkling on a trio of fresh cheeses.
Dismayed by the small selection of beauty products in their local malls, a group of friends launched Beauty Club to help discerning aesthetes like themselves discover new brands and stock up on the ones they already love. They stay ahead of the curve by working directly with cosmetics houses, snatching up facial cleansers, anti-aging serums, and shampoos the moment they hit the market. Like a kindergartener’s political views, their collection changes every day. In the past, it has included hair solutions from J Beverly Hills, organic body lotions and eye creams from Pangea Organics, and makeup from Glo Minerals.
Inside India Tavern, a large bay window casts a natural glow on grape and lime-green walls and plates of homestyle Indian fare. Named 5280 Magazine's Editors' Choice of their Top of the Town feature, diners can cozy up to a table beside the stone fireplace as they partake of clay-oven tandoori dishes made with chicken, lamb, or goa fish. After sopping up a ginger or saffron curry entree with fresh-baked naan bread, they can also question a knowledgeable server on the difference between mild, medium, and hot spice or why humans drive on parkways and park on driveways.
At Switch Boutique, new and gently used wearables from top brands such as BCBG, Free People, Anthropologie, and Coach saunter into the style stable daily. Flirty floral frocks, such as the Robert David Morton maxi dress with long sleeves ($25), keep their human companions warm on cool summer evenings while offering camouflage at paintball-themed garden parties. Go upscale with formal wear or homecoming dresses, or twirl the night away in skirts ($12.95–$29.95) from brands including Cache, Talbots, and Tahari or rent a moonjump to show your joy after successfully hunting down a new pair of form-flattering jeans ($14.95–$52.95) by True Religion. Local Boulder County artists supply the shop with fashionable accessories ($9.95+), enhancing a jewelry library of nationally known designers such as David Yurman.
Named for a city in Emilia-Romagna, Italy, which earned culinary acclaim for its parmigiano-reggiano cheese and prosciutto, Parma Trattoria dedicates its menus to the region's homespun cuisine. Led by Italian-born executive chefs Marco Monnanni and Silvio Cuomo, the kitchen incorporates imported cheeses from Rome and Naples into its entrees alongside organic ingredients from local farmers. To maintain the flavors of a home-cooked, Mediterranean meal, they roll their own meatballs, cut fresh pasta, and make some of their lactose-free cheeses in-house.
The dining room, decorated with sunset-orange walls and an arched ceiling over its central seating area, also features a mozzarella bar with a large flat-screen television displaying live footage of chefs working in the kitchen. During the warmer months, the outdoor patio lets up to 50 diners enjoy their meal al fresco or watch neighborhood children remove the engines from parked automobiles.