One of our biggest issues when we got to Denver was the propensity of chain restaurants – and peoples’ willingness to eat in them – and what seemed like a lack of unique, local, neighborhood restaurants.
We stumbled upon The Cherry Tomato and have been there at least once a month ever since. The Cherry Tomato was created by a group of friends in 1996 to bring a fine dining, community restaurant to the Park Hill neighborhood. I can tell you, 12 years later, they continue to pay off their vision of comfort, friendship, culinary exhilaration and community.
They have a host of great dishes, but my favorites are the chicken saltimbocca, carbonara pasta and their signature pasta felese (named after chef Tom Felese). They also have a great wine selection and the specials are always amazing.
One of my favorite things – the food is always made fresh to order, so if you want a little less zing in your sauce, or no olives, just let them know. They’re always happy to accommodate.
Located at 4645 East 23rd Avenue, there’s usually a small wait, but they take call-ahead seating and also deliver to a limited delivery area.
- Amazing menu
- Variety of Italian food
- Warm, inviting atmosphere
- Locally owned
- Authentic flavor
- Food prepared to order
- Limited but good wine list
- Limited street parking (watch signs closely)
- Occasional waits
- No reservations
- Limited delivery area
4645 East 23rd Avenue
Denver, CO 80207