216 S Monarch St
Six years after successfully launching Aspen’s Acquolina restaurant, Luigi Giordani and Gretchen Leary introduced Duemani, an elegant yet approachable steak and seafood spot that opened its doors in December and serves dinner nightly.
Mood: In this “Old World meets new” space, as Leary describes it, a sleek coastal look reigns, with details like blue glass tiles lining the walls, black-and-white beachy photos, and a bold, Italian marble–topped bar.
DON'T LEAVE WITHOUT TRYING: Lightly dressed in olive oil and herbs, all five types of prime bone-in meats (from rib eye to tomahawk) are melt-in-your-mouth delicious.
Pair it With: A bottle of 2016 Alain Voge Cornas from the northern Rhône valley—dense, smoky, and “a perfect complement to a rich and marbled steak,” says sommelier James Spain.
Tasting Notes: Italian in foundation, contemporary in flavor, and creative in concept, dishes combine quality product with simple and clean cuisine. While emphasizing seafood and prime meats, the large menu also includes ample vegetarian options.
Good to Know: Duemani means “two hands” in Italian. To Giordani and Leary, the name also signifies how we share, connect, build, and work to create communal experiences.
121 S Galena St, aspenbrewingcompany.com
With the sale of locally founded Aspen Brewing Company to Legacy Breweries last fall, the downtown taproom underwent a renovation and now serves an enhanced menu from noon to midnight to accompany the popular ales, pilsners, and porters.
Mood: Laid back and even family friendly, the simply furnished space is a social venue in which to watch a game, connect with friends after a day of skiing, or get a casual meal. Windows lining the dining area allow for good people-watching on this busy corner.
Don't Leave without Trying: A healthier alternative to pizza, the Power Bowl puts your favorite toppings on a bed of quinoa, which are then all baked together. The not-so-healthy but also delicious alternative: Scout’s Honor Pizza, a sweet concoction with cinnamon-sugar, Nutella, and house-made graham crackers.
Pair it With: Beer, of course—we’re partial to the slightly spicy, Belgian-style Cloud Nine Saison—though other drinks on offer, if you must, include cocktails, wine, and hard seltzer.
Tasting Notes: In addition to the recently added sourdough-crusted pizza, the menu includes salads, soups, and other pub-style fare.
Good to Know: A new partnership with Eugene, Oregon–based Ninkasi Brewing Company, also owned by Legacy, ups the regular selection of beers on draft to 15.