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Barbajuan, an authentic delicacy most similar to fried ravioli. It's the favorite of the Prince of Monte Carlo who won't travel without them.

Barbajuan, an authentic delicacy most similar to fried ravioli. It’s the favorite of the Prince of Monte Carlo who won’t travel without them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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As part of our efforts to discover more neighborhood restaurants, that usually go unsung in the press, we discovered this new, locally owned and operated restaurant. It impressed us a lot as well as another diner who asked if she could write a guest blog about the restaurant. Learn more about her at the end of the article. 

Recently, we dined at Salati Italian Street Food, in Stapleton’s Northfield area, a new eatery fueled by the passion of a veteran restaurateur who fell in love with Italy – and it shows.The atmosphere is warm and the employees are friendly. Motivated by enough tequila mule cocktails, great brews and conversation, we could have stayed for hours.

Salati Italian Street Food

Salati is two concepts in one. During the day, the bright, right side of the restaurant serves as a place for quick meals where you can walk up to the counter and order one of three forms of meal – salad, pasta or Piadina, a flat-bread wrap sandwich that inspired the owners to open Salati after enjoying the dish on the streets of their Italian honeymoon. With any of the three choices, choose a protein, including the 36-hour-prepped pork (Porchetta) then add sauces or dressings and a variety of vegetable toppings. The idea is to make the dish your own, catered to your own tastes. Take it to go or have a seat. Pricing is easy at $9 for lunch for any of those choices, created to your liking.

At dinner, the same options are $11, still incredibly reasonable given how delicious and plentiful they are. But this time, diners can meander to the left of the restaurant into the bar/lounge/dining area. Warmed with stone, booths and comfy chairs (a domed, wood ceiling covers the entire restaurant, mimicking the inside of a wine barrel). In addition to the salad/pasta/Piadina options of lunch, evening brings the addition of small plates to share and entrees as well as a full bar.
 
We shared small plates ($10 each) including Barbajuan, fried ravioli with spinach and basil, sausage, cheese, risotto and alfredo sauce. It was divine, with the light fried shell accompanied by beautiful, Italian aromas and blended with cheese for a just-right bite. Crispy Brussels sprouts, with red onion, chili flakes, Italian spices and a mellow balsamic reduction made the sprouts of childhood a distant memory. Salati Tots take sweet potato fries to a new level, as nugget-size nibbles with a Parmesan cheese blend and syrupy balsamic reduction drizzle. Under the menu heading of “Salati Signature Dishes,” each $11, we enjoyed Sausage and Peppers Diavolo filled with just-right spicy sausage and well-sautéed peppers accompanied by pancetta, pepperonchini and a vodka sauce on penne pasta. This was a great dish to share between two adults or even among a table of friends.
 
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Cute and gussied up, sweet potato tots with a balsamic reduction drizzle.

We also had the Mahi-Mahi Picatta with kalamata olives, tomato, garlic in a garlic/olive oil sauce over pasta with fresh parsley. It was full of flavor. The 4 Cheese Porchetta Piadina takes the guess-work out of deciding what to put in a Piadina to customize it (which you can do during the day by going through the Express line). That slow-cooked pork is mixed with garlic alfredo, onion, mushrooms and a four cheese blend, all wrapped up in a warm and toasty Piadina. We loved that the accompanying mixed greens salad had cannellini beans in it for a little something special.

 

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Kid meals, for “Bambinos” are $6 and include spaghetti and meatballs, mac and cheese and a cheese or pepperoni
 

 

 

 

 

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Salati Italian Street FoodHe calls it a “a labor of love,” referring to the October opening of Salati Italian Street Food in Northfield. It started with love, too, when restauranteur T.C. Clark and his wife went to his homeland, Italy, for their honeymoon. They encountered a lot of street food, sold off of carts or out of little huts where “a little Italian grandma would slide open a window and, boom, the smell would hit you,” recalls Clark. One street food, the piadina, stood out to the couple. Flat bread thrown onto a hot stone bubbled up before being wrapped around meats, cheeses, vegetables and sauces. The couple was hooked and wanted to bring the idea back to Colorado.

Besides being delicious, Clark really loved the idea of walking up to a vendor and getting authentic, fresh food they could customize with the ingredients they wanted. Despite running Milo’s, a sports bar in South Denver, Clark couldn’t get the idea out of his head of opening a place based on the concept of “Salati,”slang for “savory.” To Clark, that meant food that is enjoyed as it is seen, heard and tasted.

To bring that full experience to life, Clark hired his Culinary Director, Shahin Afshanian Campuzano, who has experience cooking all over the world. “I told him ‘here’s the concept but you’re a classically-trained chef. You’re going to get to play and bring your skill set to Salati’ and he has, he’s amazing,” says Clark.

During the day, one side of Salati focuses on express meals where diners can choose from a piadina bread, pasta or salad base, adding a protein (including a pork porchetta which has had 32 hours of preparation), sauces or dressings and vegetable additions. Come evening, Salati becomes something more. While diners can still take advantage of the express side, they can also relax in the lounge area with a full bar and menu of Italian style tapas, designed to be shared.

The idea of communal food where people would have a drink, share food and be together came from Clark’s childhood. “There were huge tables, everyone standing around eating, waving their arms in the air, being Italians, having a good time, eating good food…that was my family,” says Clark.

While the burgeoning development of the Northfield area was a big draw to Clark in locating the first Salati (he hopes to open more locations around the Metro Denver area), it was really the broad-ranging demographics that were the appeal. Clark says, “We’ve met young kids to retirees and they’ve welcomed us with open arms. It has been over-the-top unexpected but really appreciated.”

 

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SALATI ITALIAN STREET FOOD NOW OPEN IN NORTHFIELD STAPLETON

BY MARK ANTONATION

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2015

Rotisserie chicken and porchetta.

Rotisserie chicken and porchetta.
Danielle Lirette

Salati means savory or salted in Italian, and a new eatery called Salati Italian Street Food is bringing savory Mediterranean bites to Northfield Stapleton. Salati opened today at 11 a.m. (in the space that was formerly Euro Cafe) with a concept built around piadina and other street fare that owner TC Clark found while on his honeymoon in Italy.

Clark already owns and operates Milo’s Sports Tavern at the corner of Evans Avenue and South Monaco Parkway, but Salati is quite a departure from the vibe at his laid-back, all-American neighborhood bar. His new place, nestled into the Northfield outdoor mall, also has a full bar, but service is built on the fast-casual model and the menu ranges far from sports-bar fare. Instead, culinary director Shahin Afsharian Campuzano has created a menu based on Clark’s vision, encompassing roasted meats, flatbread sandwiches and other street food of Italy, like barbajuan (a type of fried ravioli native to the area where France and Italy meet), arancini, and involtini.

The piadina, pasta and salads can be topped with proteins ranging from grilled sausage or mahi mahi to roast vegetables and deli meats.The bar program is highlighted with a range of local craft beers. Salati is open Monday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight. Keep reading for more photos from opening day.

Hand-tossed piadina flatbread.

Hand-tossed piadina flatbread.
Danielle Lirette
 

Salati Italian Street Food Now Open in Northfield Stapleton

Danielle Lirette

Read more in Westword Here.

 

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Salati Italian Street Food Opens in Northfield

NOVEMBER 23 2015, 10:30 AM

No one does flatbread quite like the Italians, and the piadinas at the newly opened Salati Italian Street Food in Northfield are no exception. Piadinas, which means “savory” in Italian, are softer, chewier cousins of pita and they work beautifully as bookends to a satisfying sandwich. T.C. Clark, the owner of Salati (as well as Milos Sports Tavern in Denver) fell in love with the sandwiches in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy. Determined to bring the concept back to the States, he launched the fast-casual Salati.

Diners customize their sandwiches by choosing from seven proteins including grilled skirt steak, rosemary chicken, and pork porchetta; adding sides such as cheese and veggies; and finishing with up to two different sauces. My favorite combination (pictured) is grilled steak with roasted veggies, fresh tomato, spinach, arugula, and fresh mozzarella topped with Alfredo and basil pesto.

Build-your-own salads and pastas round out the menu, along with wines, craft beers, and cocktails. Salati brings something new to Northfield—and it might just be what you need fuel up for holiday shopping.

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Salati Italian Street Food has also been featured in Examiner.com, StapletonMoms.com and CluelessMama.com.