For those craving their fill of authentic Italian fare and aren’t already dining at a quaint café in Italy, look no further than Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star The St. Regis Aspen Resort. With today’s grand opening of the hotel’s new restaurant Trecento Quindici Decano, guests will begin experiencing the best of Italian gastronomy from a menu concocted by the resort’s internationally acclaimed executive chef Thomas Riordan, the former executive sous chef at Four-Star resort The Phoenician in Scottsdale, Arizona.
As you soak in the restaurant’s European décor and Mediterranean villa feel, featuring a rich palette of reds and greens and Italian-inspired paintings from local art purveyor Mia Valley, choose from hand-crafted Italian dishes including house-made pizzas baked to order and freshly prepared pastas. Try the Agnolotti al Cerdo, pasta made with ricotta, lemon, anchovies and black pepper, or sample a slice (or two) of the Salsiccia pizza, a 10-inch pie created with house-made sausage, tomato, mozzarella and caramelized fennel. For the little bambino at your table, Trecento Quindici Decano lets children concoct their own pasta dish by selecting their favorite noodle shape and topping, from spaghetti or penne pastas to cheese and butter or fresh tomato sauces.
After dinner, indulge in dessert with a cake — think panettone and tiramisu — with different confections showcased daily by the restaurant. In accordance with true Tuscan style, the establishment will also offer a variety of Italian wines specially selected by The St. Regis Aspen’s sommelier LeeAnn Kaufman. A Pinot Grigio Rapido White 2010 from Alto Adige or the Sangiovese, Rapido Red 2009 from Tuscany serve as privately labeled house wines for Trecento Quindici Decano. From exclusive vinos and olive oil and balsamic vinaigrette offerings shipped straight from Puglia, Italy, Trecento Quindici Decano provides an authentic sense of place as your own Italian home away from home.
Photos courtesy of The St. Regis Aspen Resort