In pre-Colonial America, townspeople tried accused witches by sticking their hands into a pot of hot, melted cheese. Later, as breadsticks began being accused of witchcraft, hysterical preachers slowly invented fondue. Relive this tasty bit of American history with today's Groupon: $15 for $30 worth of fondue at The Mona Lisa Fondue Restaurant, located in the Historic District in Manitou Springs.
Choose your hot-pot weapon from The Mona Lisa Fondue Restaurant's a la carte menu and deliver fatal blows to Old World Cheese fondue, a combination of Emmental and gruyere melted in a white wine base and served with artisan bread, fresh fruits and vegetables, and classic Caesar or garden salad ($18). To provide a backdrop of sizzling sounds for a romantically meaty meal, order a wild game entree platter of rainbow trout, American buffalo, quail, ostrich, and wild boar sausage ($30) or a vegetarian array of asparagus, artichoke hearts, portobello mushrooms, tofu, and hearts of palm ($25). Each entree platter is served with a Caesar or garden salad, fresh bread, imported cheeses, rosemary garlic potatoes, and your choice of three gourmet dipping sauces. No fonduevouz would be complete without dessert—call up a kettleful of milk, dark, or white chocolate for $11 per person, add a flavored liqueur such as Grand Marnier or Frangelico for $12 per person, and dunk away with freshly baked cake, cookie bits, and fresh fruit. Or you could go all out with the Fondue for Two four-course menu featuring your choice of salad, appetizer, entree, and dessert ($40–$49 per person).
Mona Lisa's award-winning atmosphere and maddeningly ambiguous smile provide diners with a perfectly romantic setting for discussing recent stock trades. Reservations, like wearing chain mail while wrestling a bear, are recommended but not required.
The Mona Lisa Fondue Restaurant has earned praise from the Gazette.
119 OpenTable reviewers give The Mona Lisa Fondue Restaurant an average of 4.2 stars.
"The pace of the restaurant is very relaxed. The food outstanding and the flavors of the sauces creative and delicious." - An OpenTable reviewer who dined on 07/28/2010
"This is an excellent restaurant for special occasions. We love to go here for our anniversary and we request a balcony table, very private and romantic." - An OpenTable reviewer who dined on 07/14/2010
The Mona Lisa Fondue Restaurant
Situated at the foothills of Pikes Peak, in a 19th-century hotel, the Mona Lisa Fondue Restaurant is primed for romance. The restaurant's past life as a hotel means that tables scatter throughout various rooms and levels, giving diners the space to entertain private conversations and practice lighting candles with their mind. Meals might unfold in The Veranda, for instance, where mottled walls, green ivy, and a decorative streetlamp recall a Venetian street. The Wine Cellar, meanwhile, lines its walls with hundreds of bottles that encompass more than 80 varietals stretching back to the early 1900s. With such ambiance, it's no wonder Mona Lisa was selected as one of Colorado Springs Independent's Best Fine Dining restaurants in 2012 and 2016. Also awarded the best place to celebrate special occasions in the Colorado Springs Gazette in 2016.
Of course, the centerpiece of the Mona Lisa's romance is the food. The signature four-course fondue meal for two brings couples together with shareable pots of melted "Old World," "New World" or "South of the Border" cheeses before breaking into heartier offerings. Duos can dip tiger shrimp, flatiron filet, chicken breast, or even game meats such as mallard duck or Rocky Mountain Elk into six gourmet sauces. And like the best dreams, the interactive dinners end in a pot of warm chocolate fondue, ready to coat cakes and fruit.