For the last 50 years, Bova’s Italian Restaurant has created Italian meals. They make every dish, including giant calzones, from scratch. Pastas, pizzas, and sandwiches present savory options for disparate cravings. And for the family who can agree on only two things—pasta and curfew—the menu also includes family-style meals until closing time at 9 p.m. Tuesday–Thursday and 8 p.m. Sunday and Monday.
According to lore that has been passed down through the Lucio clan, one of the family progenitors was kidnapped from her native Chihuahua after Pancho Villa tasted her food and decided he needed her as his chef. That distant matron’s culinary wizardry trickled down the family tree and currently informs the cooking of her great-great-grandchildren at Armadillo Restaurants. Chefs at the restaurants use those generations-old recipes while gently patting cornhusks into place around meal and shredded pork or simmering red-chili sauce for enchiladas. Since the Lucios converted the first Armadillo Restaurant from a tough-guy bar into a restaurant in 1972, they’ve opened six additional locations in the Front Range.
Si Senor skillfully serves a menu abundant with delectable Mexican fare. The Si Senor breakfast sates hungers built while squeezing full-size bricks into legos with two eggs, home fries, two tortillas, green chili, and a choice of crispy bacon or spicy chorizo ($7.25). Lunch seekers can munch on the burrito sampler plate, a medley including four 6-inch burritos ($9.75), and the make-your-own combo allows diners to mix and match items to create a dream team of hunger-conquering eats ($9.95). Cultures collide with the mexican hamburger, a flour tortilla filled with hamburger steak and beans strewn with cheese, lettuce, and tomato and served with rice ($8.75). A range of kid-friendly eats ($4.95) is also available to keep bored tots from starting careers in commercial real estate.
Wingman has been serving the best wings in Denver (according to Westword) since 1981, focusing its menu on Buffalo-style wings brought over by the Mineo family from upstate New York's majestic chicken-capped mountains. Order anywhere from 10 ($7.99) to 500 ($349.99) of the tasty meat morsels and be sure to slacken your belt accordingly. The laid-back eatery lets you pick your poultry-poison with a selection of mild, medium, hot, extra hot, honey barbecue, or teriyaki sauce before picking your poison-poison from an array of draught beer that includes Coors Light, Fat Tire, and New Belgium seasonal brew. You can also munch on baskets of popcorn chicken ($5.99), mozzarella sticks ($4.99), fries ($1.89), or your own fingernails as you anxiously wait for the universe to make up its mind as to whether or not you exist. For something heartier, try an Angus beef burger ($5.99–$6.39) or one of Wingman’s sandwiches and salads. If you're not feeling as stuffed as a mounted turducken head, close with a dessert plate of funnel cake ($1.99).