Postino WineCafé to Open in Highlands Ranch

Bringing Food & Wine to Denver’s Southern Suburbs
POSTINO OPENS ITS FIRST COLORADO LOCATION OUTSIDE OF DENVER, SETTING DOWN ROOTS IN HIGHLANDS RANCH
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Postino WineCafé is popping open its yellow patio umbrellas, rolling up its garage-style doors and beginning to serve food and wine to the Highlands Ranch community on August 8th. Located within the Highlands Ranch Town Center at 1497 Park Central Drive, this will be the restaurant and wine bar’s fourth Colorado outpost.

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“We love Denver, and we’re thrilled to be deepening our roots within the area,“ said Lauren Bailey, Postino co-founder in a statement. “Over the years, we’ve served many Highlands Ranch residents that visit our Denver-proper restaurants, so when the opportunity arose to open up a location that they could call their own, we jumped! Postino is rooted in fostering community and providing unique gathering places for anyone and everyone to enjoy. We can’t wait to join the neighboring restaurants and businesses while serving the community under our mission – to make people feel good.”

Postino Highlands Ranch design includes an umbrella-lined sunken patio that is decorated with succulents and plant life. The exterior of the restaurant is carried through the interior, which has Murano glass chandeliers, mid-century modern brass finishings and trippy wallpaper.

Postino Highlands Ranch features an art wall with floor-to-ceiling vintage board games. Postino also teamed up with local Denver muralist, Leah Pantea, to commission a 200-square-foot piece on the restaurant’s exterior wall.

Designed in conjunction with Denver’s Xan Creative, the 3,500-square-foot space seats 129 inside and 107 on its patio.

Postino’s menu changes seasonally, but always includes bruschetta, charcuterie boards, soups, fresh salads and panini sandwiches. For shareable bites, the menu features crispy maitake mushroom; butter poached shrimp scampi; sweet potato wedges; and more. The 12 types of bruschetta offerings include brie & apple with fig spread; smoked salmon with pesto; sweet n’ spicy pepper jam with goat cheese and more. Other menu items include the brussels sprouts salad with kale, brussels sprouts, Manchego, spicy Marcona almonds, bacon, and lemon-Manchego dressing topped with dried cherries; the Nine Iron Panini, with sugar-crusted smoked bacon, grilled chicken, fresh Stracciatella, mixed greens, tomato and Dijonnaise; and The Bounty Board, a rustic medley of heirloom carrots, cauliflower, broccolini, sweet pepper, blistered brussels sprouts, nuts, roasted artichokes, watermelon radish and a green goddess dressing that will instigate last-bite fights.

Postino’s wine program serves an ever-changing selection of boutique wines – including more than 30 varietals by the glass – along with ten beers on tap, including selections from local Colorado breweries such as Odell, Great Divide, Left Hand, Oskar Blues, Upslope and more.

The weekend brunch at Postino a selection of farm-fresh comfort foods like Umbria Egg Toast featuring scrambled egg with crèma and white truffle, crispy oyster mushroom and parmigiano reggiano atop a toasted ciabatta, and the Smoked Salmon Carpaccio with Sicilian garlic yogurt, smoked salmon, capers, pickled red onion, avocado and dill. Brunch cocktail highlights include the ‘Lectric Eye composed of Cappelletti, Dolin Blanc, fresh lemon juice and soda, and the Sherry Mary featuring Oloroso Sherry, Rainwater Madeira and Bloody Mary mix. With $6 Mimosas and Bellinis on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weekdays; 9 a.m. to 12 a.m. on Saturday; and 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday. Brunch is served on the weekend until 1 p.m. and happy hour is available daily until 5 p.m. every day of the week, during which all wines-by-the-glass and pitchers of beer are an approachable $6. Every Monday and Tuesday evening after 8 p.m., guests can enjoy Postino’s “Board & Bottle”, during which a bottle of wine and bruschetta board can be enjoyed for just $25.

Lisa Hay

Lisa is a staff reporter for What Now Media Group. She covers new restaurant, retail, and real estate openings across all of our markets. A true foodie, this Air Force veteran has lived all over the world — from Aviano, Italy to Nairobi, Kenya — but her favorite spot is NOLA for its rich history, architecture, culture, and of course, its good eats.
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