Sarto’s calls itself a social Italian eatery and that’s exactly the experience we had eating at this four-year-old restaurant.
Located in the Jefferson Park neighborhood, Sarto’s has sleek modern lines with elegant grey and white marble tables, as well as two bars -- one traditional and one called a Cicchetti bar.
The menu is divided into whimsical sections, such as first fittings (appetizers), textures (soup and salad), seamless pasta, tailored entrees, accessories, and alterations.
We started with their version of an Aperol Spritz (gin, Aperol, lemon juice, and Prosecco). Our server was chef Garret Meyer, and he suggested we start with Cicchetti, which are small snacks or side dishes (think Spanish tapas). The Cicchetti menu is changed weekly and our selection was a tour of Italy with a nod to Colorado -- burattini (homemade soft mozzarella) with pesto, deviled eggs, Palisade Peach tart, and a sun-dried tomato tapenade crostini.
Sarto’s makes their own pasta and has recently started their fall menu, which features a heavenly butternut squash tortellini en brodo. Our next course was grilled calamari steak underscored with castelvetrano olives and potato puree with dressed frisee, crispy shallots, and capers. At this point, we were ready for some meat, and man, they delivered! The highlight of the evening was a perfect medium rare pork tenderloin with buttered red cabbage and potato gnocchi, which included maitake mushrooms and hunter-style sauce.
We topped the evening off with a decadent chocolate tart!
Insider's tip: Happy hour is Monday through Thursday, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., and Friday through Saturday, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Cheers!
This amazing whimsical experience can be enjoyed for 20 percent less this month on the Feast locally card and put in code DENVERNOW to receive $10 off the card.
Have you been to Sarto's? If so, what did you think? Let us know in the comments below.