The much-anticipated Sopra opened Wednesday on the second floor of Paravicini's Italian Bistro in Old Colorado City.
"This is a place where I can play with food and have fun creating dishes that are a little different from what we serve in Paravicini's," said Franco Pisani, owner of both eateries. "It's a spot where customers can have a cocktail and appetizer while they wait for a table downstairs, or they can have a complete meal here if they want. Or, if for some reason they want something from our upstairs menu downstairs, we can do that too."
Some small bites on the menu are fresh burrata with prosciutto, steamed mussels, meatballs and charcutiere. Fresh warm bread with excellent olive oil for dipping hits the table at the get-go. Most small bites are easily sharable.
There's plenty of cozy seating inside Sopra, 4 N. 28th St., upstairs from Paravicini's at 2802 W. Colorado Ave. But be sure to check out the rooftop patio facing west with breathtaking views. It's the perfect place to chill while sipping a glass of rosé. Call 344-8119.
Dine early for special prices
Carlos' Bistro, 1025 S. 21st St., offers an Early Bird dinner 5 to 5:30 p.m. (excluding holidays). Smaller portions of all of the regular dinner menu entrées are available, with most 50 percent off. The bistro can accommodate parties of no more than four people, and the entire party must arrive together at 5 p.m. Split entrées and to-go orders are not available during Early Bird service. Summer hours through August are 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays. Details: 471-2905, carlosbistrocos.com.
Supansa Banker, executive chef at 2South Food and Wine Bar, 2 S. 25th St., is organizing Vittles for Vests at The Doubletree by Hilton, 1775 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd. 4 to 7 p.m. Aug. 27. She is coordinating with the Police Foundation of Colorado Springs in collaboration with Shield616, a nonprofit that provides Armor Packages with bulletproof vests for law enforcement officers. She is looking for chefs to donate their time and food for the event. Call 734-277-3676.
'KVOR Table Talk'
Guests on the "KVOR Table Talk" radio show at 1 p.m. Saturday:
- Noodles & Co.'s Jonathan Tress, vice president of marketing, and Nick Graff, director of culinary and development, talk about Noodles World Kitchen, a refresh for the business and a new range of gourmet noodle bases featuring flavors from around the world. Visit noodles.com.
- Timothy Berns, co-owner and executive chef of The Sundance, 75 Colorado 105, Palmer Lake, is joined by Jason Charbula, co-owner and sous chef, and Adam Guller, bar manager, sommelier and cicerone at the restaurant. They talk about the new eatery, menu and beverage program. Details: 481-2222, tinyurl.com/y89t3f8n.
- Patrick Garnier, co-owner with wife Krystyna of La Baguette French Bistro, 4440 N. Chestnut St., talks about the eatery's 10th anniversary. He will let listeners know about his Bastille Day dinner with two seatings 5 to 6 p.m. and 7 to 8 p.m. July 14. For $45 per person, you get a three-course meal with a glass of white or red wine, and a glass of French Mousseux (sparkling wine). Details: 599-0686, labaguettefrenchbistro.com.
- JL Fields, vegan expert, talks about her newest cookbook, "The Vegan Air Fryer: The Healthier Way to Enjoy Deep-Fried Flavors," with recipes using less fat but still gets crispy results. Also she will tell about VegFest Colorado at Jefferson County Fairgrounds, 15200 W. 6th Ave., Golden, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 22 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 23. Cost is $10 per person per day and free for 16 years old and under. There will be plant-based food samples, cooking demonstrations and speakers. Visit vegfestcolorado.org.
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