John Pinelli had lived across the country, but he always returned to one place: Philadelphia. Each year, no matter where he was, he would come back to that city like a boomerang. A very hungry boomerang. During his visits, he devoured cheese steaks, Italian hoagies, water ice, and Tastykakes snack pies. He just wished he could bring one of those restaurants back to his home in Denver. Instead, he opened South Philly Cheese Steaks in 2004.
Pinelli's decision to leave his corporate job perplexed his family, but he knew he was on to something. After all, he knew how to make italian hoagies and hot roast beef. He knew how to bake Philly-style pizza, and of course, he knew how to assemble an authentic Philadelphia cheese steak. It all proved successful, and South Philly Cheese Steaks now has several locations across Denver and its surrounding areas—with more likely to come.
At each restaurant, a simple dining room greets patrons with casual tables and a custom mural of Philadelphia's skyline. In the kitchen, cooks work with many ingredients sourced right from Philly. In addition to the classic cheese steak, they assemble special varieties, such as a pizza cheese steak with provolone and marinara.
Pick up a pepperoni pie or try a less traditional topping at Formaggi's Italian Restaurant in Elizabeth's Elizabeth neighborhood.
Find time to peruse the wine list here — this pizzeria offers a variety of drink options.
Complimentary wifi is available as well.
Seating is readily available at Formaggi's Italian Restaurant for those with large parties.
You'll find most people wearing their favorite T-shirt and pair of jeans, as casual dining is Formaggi's Italian Restaurant's style.
Just let this pizzeria know how you want it. You can have the food delivered or carried out yourself.
Can't get enough of Formaggi's Italian Restaurant's tasty dishes? They also offer a catering service for parties and events.
If you're driving, be sure to take advantage of the nearby lot.
Formaggi's Italian Restaurant serves up meals for the prices you deserve. All under $15.
Eat your way through the day at Formaggi's Italian Restaurant — diners can enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner here.
Whether you're in the mood for a slice of pizza or a whole pizza pie, Formaggi's Italian Restaurant has you covered.
For a down home, easygoing vibe, head to Catalina's Diner in Elizabeth's Elizabeth for tasty diner fare.
Go ahead and bring your rug rats with you — this restaurant has kid-friendly food and seating.
Parties of any size can easily be seated at Catalina's Diner.
Feeling a little shy? Carryout is available.
Driving to Catalina's Diner? Check out the nearby parking selections and park with ease.
If you go out for a nice meal, it doesn't need to cost $100, come treat yourself at Catalina's Diner.
The breakfast menu at the restaurant draws rave reviews, though you can also stop by for lunch or dinner.
So stop in at Catalina's Diner, where you can enjoy classic diner dishes in a relaxed, casual setting.
Whether you're stopping in for breakfast or late night coffee, you can always expect quality food and friendly service from Catalina's Diner.
Asia Kitchen does a Chinese dumpling justice, and diners come here to enjoy a five-star meal.
Calling all gluten-free and low-fat diners! Asia Kitchen has a multitude of dishes right up your alley that are freshly-prepared and taste amazing.
Don't leave the kids at home — youngsters will love the family-friendly cuisine at this restaurant just as much as mom and dad.
A relatively loud restaurant, this is not the place for a quiet night out.
You can also grab your grub to go.
At Asia Kitchen, diners can score a guaranteed parking spot close to the restaurant.
Asia Kitchen is home to many cyclists who appreciate the parking racks outside.
So take your next meal to the next level and treat yourself to an upscale Chinese meal from Asia Kitchen.
Isn't it time for a takeout night from this amazing Chinese restaurant?
Dressing up the traditional sandwich, Kiowa Creek Cafe is a go-to lunch spot in Kiowa's Kiowa district.
The menu at Kiowa Creek Cafe is loaded with gluten-free and low-fat options.
Not to be overlooked is Kiowa Creek Cafe's no-charge wifi.
No delivery needed. In and out for carryout.
Driving is all about convenience, and we get that. With spaces available, we'll help speed up your night.
Cyclists will love the spacious bike racks outside of Kiowa Creek Cafe.
Locals flock to Kiowa Creek Cafe for a meal they know will be high-quality and low-price.
Catering to diners throughout the day (and night), Kiowa Creek Cafe serves AM, PM, and midday meals.
A good sandwich always hits the spot. So, when you need a quick bite to eat, stop by Kiowa Creek Cafe.
BLT, club, veggie, and more...Subway serves sandwiches in Elizabeth's Elizabeth neighborhood.
No need for those with special dietary needs to miss out on Subway — the restaurant has plenty of low-fat, vegan, and gluten-free items on the menu.
Subway will even bring the amazing food from their kitchen to yours.
Worried about finding parking? Don't fret! Subway is located near plenty of options.
At Subway, guests can save their cash and indulge all at the same time
food here is high in taste and low in cost.
With food so tasty, you'll want to have breakfast, lunch, and dinner here...and you can go right ahead as Subway serves three meals a day.
With an expansive menu and skilled team, Subway promises you a truly rewarding sandwich experience.
Purposefully portable, wonderfully versatile and requiring nothing more than a pair of hands (and wide jaw) to consume, the sandwich is about a lot more than just bologna and cheese. It’s prosciutto di parma, a smear of Gorgonzola dolce and fresh figs on a baguette; a spicy torta de milanesa on crusty bolillo; a classic Reuben on toasted rye. And while you could inhale a different sandwich every day of the year in Denver, these are three of the city’s greatest shops.
At Masterpiece Deli, a cosmopolitan sandwich shop in Lower Highland, regulars get positively grabby for the housemade truffled egg salad, punctuated with briny capers and dots of red onion. Sheeted with leafy romaine, the earthy mix is then piled high between two halves of toasted classic white bread. The braised beef brisket, boosted with caramelized onions, arugula, red-wine gastrique and Taleggio fondue has a devoted legion of fans, too. Order at the counter before you stake out a seat, preferably on the patio overlooking the city skyline, and behold the masterpieces that live up to the deli’s name.
The lunch line at Vert Kitchen in Washington Park often stretches beyond the front door, and the menu is as small as the artsy brick space. The sandwiches themselves unleash huge pops of flavor combinations, inspired by French culinary techniques. They’re all notable, but the house-roasted turkey, bolstered with chèvre and stacked with mixed greens, roasted tomatoes and figs soaked in balsamic vinegar, is divine. The sandwiches are paired with a side, the seasonal selections of which change on a whim, but if it’s available, insist on the pumpkin seed, quinoa and sweet corn salad.
Torta Grill, a modest, spare joint that sits in Capitol Hill, is mostly a takeout operation. During off-peak hours, it’s possible to secure one of the five stools that overlook the open kitchen, a hustle-bustle galley that trumpets the signature sandwich of Mexico: the torta. The skyscraping gut bombs are made with split, pre-buttered and toasted telera bread, then smeared with fresh avocado, refried beans and mayonnaise and topped with onions and tomato. Your protein of choice – chicken, ham, breaded steak, chorizo and more – comes loaded with cheese and chipotle sauce or jalapeños, depending on the sandwich you’ve ordered. But all of them are heroic in their abundance, ensuring a full stomach and plenty of leftovers.