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ZEST: Cugino’s Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria, old favorites and new

New owner of Cugino's Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria

— Cugino’s Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria is the quintessential place to be for happy hour, lunch or dinner with a clear view of Howelsen Hill and the Yampa River flowing nearby. Located at the corner of Eighth and Yampa streets, the rustic establishment is known as one of the most welcoming and energetic restaurants in town.

Professionally trained from renowned chefs in New York City, Chef John Gamradt and his wife, Sharon, are excited to present their new seasonally-inspired menus. The menu will include some of the old favorites such as calzones and strombolis, while introducing modern Italian cuisine.

In support of local businesses, many of the dishes will use local products. A few of the newest items on their menu include the elk tenderloin from Whistling Elk Ranch with foraged mushroom and a black truffle risotto, wild caught Mediterranean sea bass with an artichoke cake, eggplant capponatta and charred scallion puree, a braised boneless Colorado short rib with hasselbeck carrot, carrot butter broccoli rabe with a creamy herb polenta, and the Yampa Valley Farms brined pork tenderloin with braised barlotti beans, panchetta, caramelized apple and fennel puree.

Serving Steamboat Springs for nearly 30 years, Cugino’s focuses on affordable, quality, Italian cuisine. Everything is made by hand by Chef John Gamradt himself. Both families and large groups will feel at home in the relaxed atmosphere both inside and outside.

It’s also a great place for a casual drink, with a full selection of beer, Italian wines and craft cocktails. Cugino’s has two great happy hours, where everything at the bar is half off, from 3 to 6 p.m. and 9 to 11 p.m.

The Cugino’s kitchen is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. seven days a week. 

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