Award Winning Italian Food in Downtown Denver - Panzano - Denver, Colorado, 80202, United States
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Best Italian Restaurants
September 2016 | Thrillist.com
Green chili may be Denver's most talked about food, but it's not all Mexican in the Mile High. You can also find plenty of cheese-coated pasta (and pizza, and slow-roasted porchetta on antipasti menus). There's absolutely no shortage of spots to get your Italian fix in Denver.
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Best Restaurants in Colorado
September 2016 | Traveler Magazine
Colorado is the highest state in the country with a mean elevation of 6,800 feet. This beautiful and highly elevated state has much to offer with world-class skiing, majestic parks and out of this world food.
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Denver’s Best Restaurant Service
August 2016 | Zagat.com
Consistently scrumptious Northern Italian fare – including superb freshly baked breads and imaginative gluten-free options – is the draw at this casually elegant Downtown jewel in the trendy Hotel Monaco.
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Best Happy Hour Deals
August 2016 | Eater.com
Since we live in such a happy place, with many days of sunshine and many uplifting outdoorsy opportunities, it just make sense that happy hour deals would be in every nook and cranny of this drinking town we call home.
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Best Restaurants for Larger Groups
July 2016 | Thrillist.com
Going out with a big group shouldn't be anything but fun. And once you’re settled in with plates of food in front of you and drinks flowing, it usually is. But planning an outing for a sizable group can be a straight-up hassle.
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Best Italian Restaurants in Denver
June 2016 | Eater.com
From stunning Northern Italian dining experiences where truffles abound (in the right seasons) to traditional Neapolitan pizzerias, these 19 spots, organized in alphabetical order, should satisfy your craving for Italian cuisine.
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Best Gluten Free Menus in Denver
June 2016 | Westword
Have your pasta and eat it too at this Downtown Italian restaurant. Here, the kitchen not only churns out comforting pizzas and panini for wheat-eaters, but for breakfast, lunch, brunch and dinner, there are great gluten-free menus for those in need.
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Five Denver Chefs that are on Fire Right Now
March 2016 | The Denver Post
The culinary scene in Denver is now on the national map, a dramatic improvement over the past 13 years, back when a national travel magazine ranked Denver 24th out of 25 cities by residents and visitors when it came to food.
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Chefs’ Counters
February 2016 | The Denver Post
The lovely polished granite counter at Panzano welcomes guests to one of the larger chef’s counters in Denver. Chef Elise Wiggins and her crew turn out impeccable northern Italian fare.
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Something New at Panzano
1-1-2016 | Westword
Downtown, Panzano just revamped its seventeen-year-old bar with a new look as well as a new bar menu and happy hour that includes molto delizioso offerings from chef Elise Wiggins, like rabbit porchetta perched on a bed of polenta, pancetta-swaddled shrimp and osso buco ravioli.
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The Eight Best Italian Restaurants for Handmade Pasta in Denver
11-16-2015 | westword.com
Chef Elise Wiggins has presided over downtown's top pasta palace for more than ten years, giving stability and consistency to a menu that has managed to stay ahead of trends while preserving traditional methods.
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The Leftovers: Transforming Your Thanksgiving Turkey into Turkey Gumbo
November 2015 | denverlifemagazine.com
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Our Thanksgiving gatherings are always loud and fun, and because everyone in my family is competitive and loves to cook, we all make a dish, and then we use the leftovers to make a gumbo,” says Wiggins, who was born and raised in Louisiana, the state where the thick soup originated. Making gumbo, she says, “is just what we always did, and it’s so incredibly delicious that it’s become part of our post-Thanksgiving repertoire."
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19 Denver Chefs Reveal Their Secret Food Indulgences
11-12-2015 | zagat.com
"When I'm driving on road trips, I love to eat crunchy Flamin' Hot Cheetos. I just love the crunch in tandem with the sharp fake cheddar flavor."
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White Truffles Porn: Monster Alba Truffles at Panzano
10-28-2015 | eater.com
Chef Elise Wiggins of Panzano's is hard at work incorporating some of the giant white truffles her kitchen just received from Alba, Italy. If you go at brunch, the truffled omelette with mushroom, spinach, and fontina should hit the spot.
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Panzano Offers a Rare Truffle Treat From Piedmont, Italy
10-28-2015 | westword.com
The best way to experience the unique flavor of white truffles, she explains, is over a dish of Piedmontese tajarin pasta, which Panzano is making fresh with nothing but egg yolks and 00 flour. The tajarin is dressed with sweet melted butter, a little Parmigiano Reggiano, "and then we make it rain truffles," Wiggins says. "It's almost a sin to serve it with anything else."
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The Best Restaurants in Denver Right Now
October 2015 | Thrillist.com
Year after year, week after week, from dawn to dark, Chef Elise Wiggins and her team put their egos on the back burner and their hearts on the line to make killer bread and pasta from scratch, nail classics like veal scallopini and brunch time strata, whip up elegant specials, design gluten-free alternatives, host a daily happy hour and pig roasts on the weekend, and basically take such good care of us that we really should remember to bring them flowers and candy next time.
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30 Under 30
Rockstars Redefining the Industry
10-19-2015 | Zagat
“I’ve become a leader and really developed my skills at Panzano,” adds Zuri Resendiz, who also chalks up his success to “creativity, curiosity and making great plates that make people happy and create unforgettable moments.”
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Why Fresh Citrus
October 2015 | foodservice.sunkist.com
“I love to use fresh citrus throughout the year. Whether it’s lemons, oranges or limes, citrus can brighten and add liveliness to a heavier dish or add a complimentary note to a symphony of flavors. I can’t think of any dish that couldn’t benefit from a little citrus.”
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10 Things You Need to Know About Elise Wiggins
October 2015 | Dining Out
The award-winning chef of one of the best restaurants in Denver is as down-to-earth as they come. Elise Wiggins has been executive chef at Panzano in the Monaco Hotel downtown since 2004. Since, it’s taken up tenure in the hearts of critics and locals alike, earning top accolades from 5280 magazine, Zagat, and others.
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Awards

TripAdvisor Hall of Fame, Five Time Winner Certificate of Excellence - 2010-2015
Westword Best Italian Restaurant - 2015
Dining Out Denver's Best Server, First Place - 2015
Denver Life Best Cooking Class, Second Place - 2015
AAA Four Diamond Award
- 2010 to present
Winner of FEAST Vail Best Bite – 2014
OpenTable Diner’s Choice Award – 2013