DiFranco’s concept sounds simple enough, combine fast and friendly service with cuisine created with seasonal, locally sourced ingredients. The question is can gourmet quality food be created with the speed and volume of a delicatessen? In 2013, DiFranco’s was awarded "Denver’s Best Italian Restaurant" by the city’s largest alterative weekly, Westword.
Just about everything is made in-house, and past menus have included dishes as complex as seared polenta with local balsalmic glazed shiitake mushrooms, caramelized onions, egg, and arugula, to a chicken parm sandwich. 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, specials, and events.