Coming Soon: Ristorante Del Lago at The BroadmoorBy Ruth Tobias
February 19, 2014
Colorado Springs’s historic grand resort is already home to the legendary Penrose Room, the ultra-modern Summit and the beloved English-style pub Golden Bee. Come mid-May, those dining destinations will be joined by Ristorante Del Lago. Replacing Charles Court, which recently closed after nearly four decades, the arrival of the Broadmoor’s first Italian eatery should coincide with the completion of extensive renovations to its west-side buildings. We got the full scoop from executive sous chef David Patterson.
The Vibe: Famed architect Adam D. Tihany is overseeing the redesign; says Patterson, “the direction we took was a Lake Como villa, with lots of dark woods, wood-beamed ceilings and ceramic tiles.” Picture windows looking out onto the Broadmoor’s private lake obviously play into the restaurant's name. But the “really dynamic element” is the exhibition kitchen: boasting a wood-burning oven, rotisserie and large-scale pasta machine, it will also be flanked by a glassed-in aging room for cheeses and salumi cut on hand-cranked meat slicers.
The Food: Earlier this year, Patterson and chef de cuisine Justin Miller took a three-week tour through Italy to meet with artisan producers of prosciutto di Parma, Parmigiano-Reggiano and the like before drafting a menu of what Patterson calls “truly authentic regional classics. At the Broadmoor, we’re lucky to have the connections to buy phenomenal products. Our goal is to get them from the back door to the front door without disturbing them: storing them properly, aging them properly, cutting them correctly and showcasing them.” Beyond the meat-and-cheese plates and other antipasti, he says, “my hopes are to feature tortellini in brodo from the Piedmont, traditional pastas from the south like penne alla Norma, seasonal Neapolitan pizzas and large cuts of meat in the spirit of Tuscany: porchetta, leg of lamb, whole fish.” For dessert, a display cart will feature a daily selection of tortes, tiramisu and more.
The Drinks: Ristorante Del Lago’s cellar is still in the midst of curation, but Patterson estimates a 100-bottle list of primarily - if not entirely - Italian wines. He also wants to highlight “some of the traditions I really like in Italy, like the aperitivo: Aperol spritzes, Prosecco, Campari. We’ll have a nice digestivo program of grappas and amari as well.” Stay tuned for updates.
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