Freshly made pasta, warm-from-the-oven bread and house-made cheese? Yes, please.
The newly opened Bettola Bistro now offers those flavors and more in Aurora, a town with a thriving food scene, according to owner and executive chef Samir Mohammad.
“I’ve always loved the palpable international restaurant culture of Aurora,” Mohammad said, “and the area is growing by leaps and bounds, which makes it a great alternative to downtown.”
Mohammad had held executive chef positions at the Village Cork, Lala’s, Pesce Fresco, Black Pearl and Breckenridge’s Artisan 206, but gave that title up to open his own place.
Ingredients are fresh from the chef’s home garden or a local farmers market. The bread, cheese and pasta are made fresh every day.
The menu at the 40-seat restaurant includes house-made ricotta with roasted tomatoes and garlic, shrimp scampi, spaghetti and meatballs, cioppino, steamed mussels in pesto and white wine broth, crispy eggplant-pomodoro and pan-fried ricotta gnudi with roasted cauliflower, oven-dried tomatoes and Parmesan broth.
Desserts include house-made tiramisu, a flourless chocolate torte and seasonal fruit crisps.
On Wednesdays, every bottle on the all-Italian wine list is half price. Cocktails include negroni, sangria, and an Italian iced tea made with Deep Eddy Sweet Tea vodka and house-made limoncello. Local draft beers include Dry Dock’s IPA and Apricot Blonde, New Belgium’s 90 Shilling and Ellie’s Brown from Avery Brewing.
Bettola Bistro: 10253 E Iliff Ave., Aurora; bettolabistro.com; 303-750-1580; Monday through Saturday, 4:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Fresh Italian in Aurora. (Handout)