6 months ago
I'm lucky, I live in Stapleton so Cattivella is my "local joint." I would go there weekly if my wallet would let me, but this is my treat. When guests are in town or I am in serious need of a mood elevation one can only get from truly over the top outrageously fantastic food... HERE. THIS. Best place I have eaten since moving to Denver a little over two years ago... without exception. And NOTHING has even come close.
I've tried many things because I've brought a lot of people here and we share. To pick favorites would be like asking a mother to pick her favorite child. You love all of them for different reasons. The lamb ragu is hearty and warms your soul. As a lover of lamb it allows you the richness and depth of flavor of the meat coating the comforting goodness of pasta, I tell everyone I know... if you love lamb, this will be a delight on you tongue that will dance down to your tummy with joy.
The mushroom crepes... so simple, so heavenly. They are light with a beautiful sauce. I don't know why I always share them when the reality is I want to lick the plate. And, I'm a risotto fiend. I can't tell you how many times I've gone in thinking "today, I'm going to order the chicken" (which looks really really really amazing! I've sat at the counter and watched it go out a number of times...) and then I hear the daily risotto. Oh well, the chicken will have to wait for another day because risotto... and I've never, ever, been disappointed! Ever!
But this review is about the Tiramisu, believe it or not. Elise has some lovely desserts. And, we usually order two. Let me state, unequivocally, I am a big fan of Tiramisu. And, a "foodie." Having eaten in some fancy places, and tiny dives... when it's on the menu, I order it. Flavor, texture, mouth feel and to a lessor extent presentation are all important when it comes to this dish.
Cattivella's Tiramisu is perfect. From the first bite, to the last (and you will finish the entire serving) it's light and airy, each layer standing on it's own singing in harmony with the others. Balanced. The sponge supporting the whip in a mouth feel that makes you appreciate all that is Tiramisu. Absolute perfection to finish off a lovely dinner.
In writing this, I realize it's been 3 or 4 weeks... I think I need to go back soon. <3