DiFranco’s concept sounds simple: combining fast and friendly service with seasonal, locally sourced cuisine. It’s hard to pull off, though. Can gourmet quality be maintained with speed and volume? DiFranco’s seems to prove it can. Westword named the restaurant Denver’s best Italian restaurant in 2013.
Just about everything is made in-house, and a typical menu might include seared polenta with local balsalmic glazed shiitake mushrooms, caramelized onions, egg, and arugula, or a chicken parm sandwich that will live in your dreams. The menu covers all the bases, from fresh salads to desserts, Prosecco, wine, and craft beer.
The Wednesday “Date Night Special” is unbeatable: two salads, entrees, cannoli, and a bottle of wine for just $40. Happy hour lasts all day Monday. Check DiFranco’s site for the current menu, more specials, events, and more information.