Very authentic and quite delicious, Campo de Fiori is a favourite Italian restaurant in Vail. The dining room is decorated with Roman frescoes on the walls and the food is tasty, accompanied by excellent Italian wines. I eat at this restaurant every time I'm in Vail.
Nice, warm and glowing type of ambiance. Young but personable and skilled staff. One of my pet peeves is waitstaff who interrupt the conversation at meals for THEIR needs - "Do you need anything else?" is really: "Can I go away now?"
The staff timed their necessary interruptions to pauses in the conversation. The food was all brought at the same time by several indivduals. There were six of us.
Favorite Dish: I had the veal sweetbreads appetizer. Divine!!! My husband had the escargot, which was served in an unusual cream-based sauce in the customary dish with one dip for each snail.
I had the duck entree, which was superbly done, not greasy at all, and flavorful with a barley side dish made with the juices.
My husband had the panko crusted chicken paillard with capers, baby tomatoes, asparagus, lemon zest, crème fraîche mashed potatoes, sauce beurre blanc. Every mouthful divine. Our son had the beef tenderloin, which was so soft and flavorful he could have cut it with his fork.
One of our tablemates had the hot granny smith apple tart with cinnamon ice cream, caramel sauce. Sounds nice but sort of ordinary you say? Fie! It had crushed hazelnuts and was so superb...!
Hubby & I have been to Italy twice and best Italian rests in Chicago, Detroit, NY, etc. This place is five star. Fresh tasting, nice wine list and unlike most Vail area restaurants prices are reasonable. Nice decor, too with Italian sayings about love in old fashioned script along tops of walls.
Favorite Dish: Anything. Salmon. Gnocchi like puffy clouds. All pasts taste like they were made that day. The tomato sauces are rich and fragrant. The parmesan is Parmegiano Reggiano, the mozzarell is buffala, salads fresh. Wine list a trifle short but broad and nice by the glass selection. Attentive, non-intrusive service.
Sweet Basil is one of the most acclaimed restaurants in Vail. Unfortunately, the walk does not match the talk. A ravioli appetiser is usually a delight in a top restaurant, but mine was very bland. My $41 steak was fine, but for $41 in the US you should be getting something pretty succulent. Dessert was the most disappointing, an apple tart that was boring and amateurish. Other people at our table had a somewhat better experience, but we all agreed it did not measure up to our expectations and the reviews we had read.
On the plus side, some of their cocktails are superb. Drop in and try a Cablecar cocktail at the bar rather than dining. Service was also excellent.
By New York standards, prices are not ridiculous for a highly rate restaurant - our 3 course meal with wine and cocktails came to about $120 per head. However, the quality of the food did not justify anywhere near the price.
On arrival to Vail we asked about good places to eat with the family. One that came up more than once was Pazzo's Pizzeria. The pizzeria, while different from your chain pizza joint, offers a bar and some fun decorations. Overpriced mediocre pizza is the main attraction to this place. One WARNING: they charge an automatic 20% tip right into the bill, so your $50 bill suddenly becomes $70 with tip and tax (because it's Vail) as ours did despite the sub-standard waitressing.
Favorite Dish: The pizza's are a good size and they provide a lot of toppings but again nothing truly stands out.
Lots of seats inside but the treat is eating outside on a warm sunny day. . The best view at Vail. Great soups and water is free . Their hamburgers are a bit dry but everything else is satisfactory. They do have a small ski shop where you can buy sun screen and lip balm.
The Mezzaluna is located in the Lions Square Lodge which is located right next to the Lionshead Gondola. It was very different décor-wise from the Mezzaluna we visited in Aspen. The furniture and surroundings were not that impressive, (about a step down from Olive Garden type décor); but it was comfortable. It also was a little expensive for the mostly noodle entrees we ordered, but we felt it was worth it. Our total bill was $107.00, (see what we ate below).
There were large windows with a view of the mountain and Lionshead runs in the daylight; in the nighttime you see the lodge's pool and 2 Jacuzzis in a green misty glow below. Also, our water was refilled before empty and we never had to wait for anything, including the fresh, warm and crusty bread served as soon as we were seated.
The wait staff we encountered were very friendly and attentive, we could not have asked for better. As an example, Fettuccine Alfredo was not on the menu but one of the people in our party asked if the chef could prepare it and add chicken as well as broccoli, to which our wonderful server replied “No Problem!” I therefore ordered plain Fettuccine Alfredo and was very impressed!
There was a bar area seperated from the eating area which looked like it had some good apres ski specials, but all in all even though the whole place was a little small it had a cozy type of ambiance. They also have complimentary parking.
Favorite Dish: Instead of describing 1 dish, I will describe our whole meal:
Bruschetta Caprese $9.00
Consisted of Basil and Mozzarella on 3 small toasted breads, (1 ½ by 2 ½ inches wide). Very tasty, yet expensive for what was received. The three of us had to share with the fourth person in our party. We wouldn’t order it again.
1. Fettuccine Alfredo
Delicious! Noodles prepared Al Dente, tossed in a creamy, flavorful Alfredo sauce.
2. Fettuccine Alfredo with Chicken and Broccoli
Delicious! Was the best she had ever eaten, (she brought a doggy bag home and re-heated it that night because she couldn’t wait until morning).
3. Chicken Parmigiana
Delicious! A wonderful red sauce covered a moist chicken breast, hinting the slightest taste of basil. All this was draped with a wonderful sprinkling of mozzarella cheese.
4. Noodles with butter
Basic, not much to say.
Two bottles of San Pellegrino Water
1 glass of Chardonnay $7.00
We all split this order which arrived in a tall ice cream like cup from the old soda fountains. It was large and delicious and the white chocolate liqueur from Godiva put it over the top! Delicious cookies surrounded the tiramisu in the tall cup with whipped cream on top, we all dug deep down with our spoons and loved it. It was a creative and original twist on the usual way we have enjoyed Tiramisu in the past.
Our total bill without tip $107.00
Cucina is an upscale Italian restaurant serving some of the finest Italian dishes. We only had breakfast here every morning, but it was a feast. The spread was huge, all sorts of breads, spreads, eggs, cold cuts, fruits, cereals, and flavored coffe, you were ready for a championship run.
Favorite Dish: Loved their hash brown and eggs, their cold cut spread, freshly squeezed juices and of course their flavored coffees.
After our first morning run at Vail we all decided we needed a good meal, so we ventured over to Larkspur. The ambience is fantastic and with views of the Vista Bahn lift, this is a centally located restaurant where everyone manages to make it here for lunch.
Favorite Dish: I had a wonderful medium rare Larkspur Burger. It was so juicy and so delicious. Don't forget to drink something warm, I had a fantastic Irish Coffee.
After a morning of much skiing, we decided to have lunch at the restaurant at Eagle's Nest. Come early as this place gets very crowded with large groups. Nice decor with fantastic views of the slopes. Look out for their expensive beer can collection decorating the walls.
Favorite Dish: I had a scrumptous Cobb Salad
Garfinkel's is located at the base of the mountain in Lyonshead village. The place gets crowded with apres skiers, snowboarders and those who are just checking things out. Its a great laid back place to grab a burger, a beer or both after a day on the mountain.
Larkspur's is an epicurian delight. We had a special tour of the wine cellar...couldn't believe the selection! The food was superb as was the service. It's a nice size restaurant with neuvo decor...imaginative creations by the chef. Don't miss it. You won't be sorry.
La Tour is an award-winning contemporary French American restaurant located in the heart of the Vail Village. Executive chef and owner of La Tour, Paul Ferzacca, delights customers daily with his mouth-watering cuisine, which continually receives rave reviews from the culinary press. Chef Ferzacca, an honoree of the James Beard House in New York, has upgraded La Tour’s menu and has established a Wine Spectator award-winning wine list. La Tour has been voted by Vail Daily readers: “Best French Restaurant in Vail Valley,” “Best Food – Regardless of Price” and “Most Amazing Restaurant Service.” For more information go to www.latour-vail.com.
I can see why La Tour has quickly gained the reputation of being "where the chefs go to eat." The food quality is excellent and complimented by an excellent wine list (a Wine Spectator Award Winning list). The interior decor is warm and contemporary. We had an excellent overall dining experience at La Tour and it has quickly become our favorite restaurant in Vail.
Favorite Dish: Dover Sole Meuniere - haricots vert, baby creamer potatoes, lemon brown butter sauce. The flavors were amazing, the brown butter sauce had a hint of lemon and made the dish absolutely heavenly.
Truly bizzare story out of the Denver Post about this place: Seems a couple went in, ordered a bottle of wine, hated it, and were trying to refuse the bottle - something they have every right to do in any GOOD restaurant, and the manager called the police because they refused to pay for it! Friends, I own four restaurants and have worked as a chef for thirty years and I can say this unequivocally: YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REFUSE WINE JUST BECAUSE YOU DON'T LIKE IT. PERIOD. Pepe's loses NOTHING by taking the bottle back because their distributor credits back bad bottles. And calling the cops! Bush league! DINERS BEWARE!
This is one of the finest Italien restaurants in town. Great atmosphere (lively, bright, fun.....almost too noisey for some), the food is terrific and they have quite a nice selection of Italien red wines.