On the way to meet some friends at Left Turn Distilling/Palmer Brewery and Cider House (by the way, their newly remodeled tasting room is fabulous!), I stopped in just to get a couple of pictures of Eclectic Urban Pizzeria and Tap House. This new establishment’s proprietors are the original owners of Torinos’ @ Home, so you know that they know food. They have quite the decent beer list as well, focusing mostly on local and Colorado beers.
Eclectic is located on the north side of Menaul near Vassar. I hope they do really well, because this immediate area is critically under-served in my opinion, given the proximity to the University and all of the hotels nearby.
Also fairly new is the three-month-old Central Avenue location of Amore Neapolitan Pizzeria. I stopped by over the weekend and had a beer and a quick chat with Ashley Gabaldon, one of the managers. Amore boasts only local taps and is planning to set up and dedicate one as a nitro tap. A happy hour may be forthcoming as well.
I asked Ashley about ratio of beer sales versus wine. She said that it is about a 50/50 split. As for which of the beers sell best, she did not have an answer as far as exact beers, but there are clear favorites for the breweries in general. Two were “usual suspects,” so to speak, namely Bosque and La Cumbre. The other was a little of a surprise, Boese Brothers.
Ashley said both of their Boese beers are lighter beers — Duke City Lager and La Onza White — and they sell quite well at Amore. After I left, I thought about that some more and it makes perfect sense. Amore is traditional Italian, and lighter beers such as Moretti and Peroni are what beer lovers drink with their food in Italy.
Amore has also added a few more appetizers and pizzas to the menu at this larger location, compared to the one at Green Jeans, and it is a very comfortable way to indulge that pizza and beer craving.
Whether you are feeling a little Eclectic or looking for Amore, both of these places are welcome additions to the local pizza and beer scene, and so we say, benvenuto!