Volario’s named a top Italian restaurant in Colorado’s mountains
WINTER PARK — Handmade pasta, mouth-watering takes on traditional dishes and fresh, creative cocktails represent just a few of the reasons that Volario’s was recognized as one of the top Italian restaurants in the state’s mountain regions.
OpenTable, an online restaurant reservation and review website, named Volario’s, located in Winter Park at the Vasquez Creek Inn, one of the top 10 Italian restaurants in Colorado’s mountain regions, which includes cities such as Vail and Aspen.
Restaurant manager Brooke Brown said the distinction means a lot because of the strong competition and because the results are calculated based on user reviews.
“It’s a very competitive market that we are against and we’ve been definitely working toward this distinction,” Brown said.
According to the restaurant’s OpenTable website on April 22, Volario’s has an 84 percent recommendation rate and a 4.3 star rating with 300 reviews. Brown credited the positive guest response, in part, to the restaurant’s efforts to create a more approachable atmosphere.
“Some people view us as a special occasion, anniversary, date night only (spot), but we’re totally approachable,” she said. “We’re definitely appealing more to the locals and letting them know they can come here, not just for a special night, but for any night.”
Efforts to change the restaurant’s reputation included lowering prices on the wine menu, offering special deals and potentially offering a late night happy hour, Brown said.
She also highlighted the unique ingredients and extra care the restaurant takes with its food, such as hand squeezing lemons for its limoncello and using locally raised Wagyu beef in the lasagna and osso bucco.
Brown described the menu as twisted classics that are inspired by authentic Northern Italian food. Her personal recommendations include the crispy gnocchi and tiramisu.
“We strive for something different,” she said. “You’re buying local and you’re eating food that you can drive down the road and see.”
Diners on OpenTable agreed, with many reviews calling the food “outstanding” and “delicious.” Other reviewers chose to focus on the excellent service, with staff members being called out by name for their dedication and recommendations.
Brown praised her staff for their creativity and commitment to providing each guest with a good experience.
“Our cocktail list has really taken off because of our bartender, Cecil,” she said. “This summer we’re going to do a green-tea infused rum, so it’s (…) getting people to venture out more.”
Volario’s, located at 78786 Highway 40, is owned by Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa, which boasts several of its own eateries at its location in Tabernash.
Other top Italian restaurants in Colorado mountain communities include Four Points, Mambo Italiano and Otto PINT in Steamboat Springs; Ristorante Ti Amo and La Bottega in Vail; Allegria in Carbondale; Zino in Edwards; Casa Tua Aspen; and Toscanini in Avon.
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