Restaurant Roundup: Spuntino in Denver

January 15, 2014  •  Restaurants

spuntino denver arugula goat cheese beet saladI made a plan early this year to get to at least 12 restaurants this year that I haven’t been to but have been wanting to visit. That’s doable, right? So once a month, I’m making a reservation for a group and inviting my friends by posting the reservation on Facebook to see who wants to join me. I figure others might want to try these spots too, and I figure this is a fun way for people to meet new people. So first up was Spuntino.spuntino denver prickly pear sodaThe first thing I learned in my adventure is people need more time than a week to book to join me. I arrived a few minutes earlier than my only dining companion, an old friend from way back in my IBM days whom I haven’t seen in years, so ordered the house made prickly pear soda recommended by the server – great recommendation! I’m generally not a sweet soda drinker, but this was only sort of sweet, and really thirst quenching. We decided to share the arugula salad – with a nice balance of goat cheese, roasted beets, and crunchy nuts – so that we’d each have room to get our own entrees.spuntino denver meatballsSpuntino is billed as an Italian spot (spuntino in Italian means snack), and indeed the menu was largely Italian, except for the thrown in Muffaletta and French Dip sandwiches. In fact, the lunch menu is heavy on sandwiches, with a couple soups, salads, and plates, but we found you can order your sandwich as a plate if you like, which is what I did with the polpetta, which are tender pork meatballs smothered in a San Marzano tomato sauce and sprinkled with pecorino. And let me emphasize the tender – melt in your mouth good!spuntino denver tuna saladMy friend took the same approach and ordered the tuna sans bread – and they made it into this lovely little tuna salad bowl for her. At some places the lunch and dinner menus seem to blur, but it seems at Spuntino there is an equally intriguing but different dinner menu, so I’m thinking this one will need to stay on my list to try again for dinner!

2639 W. 32nd Ave.
Denver, CO 80211
Parking lot just East of the building.

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Tuesday – Friday 11am-3pm
Dinner: Tuesday -Thursday 5pm-9pm, Friday & Saturday 5pm – 10pm
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday 10am-2pm


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  1. Kirsten | My Kitchen in the Rockies says:

    The polpetta looks so tasty. I wish I could have been there. I hope I will be able to join you in February.

  2. Barbara | Creative Culinary says:

    I met a friend at Spuntino recently for lunch and ordered the Sabroso. Roasted sweet potatoes, goat cheese, caramelized onions, chimichurri, organic sprouts on house made focaccia.

    Oh my…I mean LOVED that sandwich. I’ll be going back soon; had a great conversation with the owner and now a reminder I need to re-create that sandwich for a post!

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