Before talking about Maine, I really needed to tell you about Osteria Marco, my hands down favorite restaurant in Denver. It wins that title because of its casual but very cool atmosphere, its fairly varied menu, and delicious and well priced food.
Osteria Marco is in the very pretty Larimer Square. We sat outside since we try to avoid enclosed areas when eating out with Future Foodie.
We started with their meat sampler, which was a sampling (duh) of their own house made salamis. The soppresata was out of this world, J and I were fighting over the last few pieces. There was also a wild boar salami, which was very good as well. All of the salamis were sliced paper thin and delicious.
We also ordered a whole grilled artichoke as an appetizer. I wasn’t sure about it, because to be honest, we have ignored artichokes for a long time in our house. But this appetizer definitely reminded us of how delicious artichoke can be. It was grilled, and there was a lemony, garlicky, buttery sauce spooned all over it. There was a garlic aioli sauce to dip the leaves in, and it served as a perfect compliment to the tender leaves. J and I devoured the artichoke; another four or ten would have been great.
We ordered the margarita pizza. When they brought over the pizzas, they also brought over a bottle of chili oil. I had never seen that before and was all for it. The pizza was really really good. Nice and salty, the cheese had a nice flavor to it and the chili oil added a nice kick to the whole thing.
I actually brought some friends back to Osteria Marco a few days later, and they also were big fans of the place.
There are not a lot of restaurants that provide a cool, hip atmosphere with great affordable food, but Osteria Marco does it very, very well.