I’d been seeing social posts about happy hours on their rooftop for years. Still, I’d never experienced Avanti first hand. This is one of many local food collectives popping up around Denver. We decided to take our eating talents to their food hall and see what all the hype was about.
First, everyone knows I love variety. So this is the best and worst type of place for me to dine! I’d checked out all of the concept's websites to look over their menus. Feeling the east coast influence, I decided on an arepa from Quiero Arepas. The classic Venezuelan griddle corn cake came stuffed with marinated chicken, plantains, black beans, avocado, and cheese. Wow! This definitely hit the spot. For one, this type of Latin-inspired fare is not readily available. The New Yorker in me had to cease the opportunity to get away from the norm.
The Regional was our next stop. The menu hosts a variety of seafood and comfort food items. Their open faced crab melt had a wonderful display and packed the flavor to back it up. Accompanied by a side a fries, this was super filling.
Lastly, we tasted some of the handmade pasta at Chow Morso. You have the option of pairing one of their 4 or 5 sauces with various selections of fresh pasta. I kept it simple with the penne and Bolognese sauce. The pasta was cooked perfectly. The sauce was well seasoned. A great taster if you get the smaller portion!
Unfortunately, the weather was a little chilly the day of our visit. We did not dine upstairs. But Avanti is definitely on my short list of rooftop destinations to enjoy this summer. You can’t beat the variety of the food offerings, tasteful cocktails and a view of the Denver skyline! Hopefully, I will be able to get through the rest of the eateries sooner than later. You never know when they will be replaced.
Avanti F & B
3200 N Pecos St, Denver, CO 80211