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This look on Ari’s face was the look on all of our faces once we tried the pizza from Pizzeria Lui…

“This might be the best slice of pizza I’ve had in my entire life,” my wife Jessa said as she bit into a slice of the “Eggplant Parm” pizza from Pizzeria Lui.

I looked over at Jessa, and she raised her eyebrows, nodded her head affirmatively, and took another bite. I had been busy cutting up the mini bites of pizza for our kids and had just spent about 30 minutes waiting for a parking spot at this tiny restaurant that used to be a liquor store on Mississippi Ave. at Sheridan Blvd.  This part of town/the country/the world is not exactly known for producing world-class pizza.  But I trust my wife in all things, of course, and especially when it comes to pizza.  After hearing her make a statement like that, I quickly finished cutting up enough pieces to placate our screaming toddlers and dug in myself.

The physical space for the Pizzeria Lui restaurant is about as unassuming as can be–but the pizza is outstanding.

The pizza was damned Good.  I don’t think that the crust could have been any better.  Cooked at 900 degrees, it was perfectly (I mean perfectly) crunchy on the outside and soft as a pillow on the inside.  I usually like my pizza toppings on the hearty side, so an “Eggplant Parm” pizza would probably not be something I would ever have ordered on my own.  But I’m so glad we got it–it was definitely one of the best pizzas I’d ever had, too.  Roasted eggplant, fresh mozzarella, pesto, garlic, parmesan, and breadcrumbs all combine to make this pizza absolutely phenomenal.  You just have to taste it for yourself–words don’t do it justice.

We tried three different pizzas when we were there, but I wish I could have tried them all.  Check out the menu.  The “Baked Potato,” “BBQ Pork,” and “Street Taco” pizzas all look amazing, but I don’t think you can go wrong.

Pizzeria Lui is already a neighborhood favorite, but I predict it soon will be widely known as some of the best pizza in Denver.  I encourage you to try it out Pizzeria Lui soon while you’re still able to get a table.  According to chef/owner Zach Parini, the weekends these days are slammed (I can confirm), but most weeknights are still on the quieter side…

Pizzeria Lui is located at 5380 W. Mississippi Ave.  Interested in living nearby?  Click here to search nearby homes for sale.

Offering expert local knowledge is just one service that the David Schlichter Team at Keller Williams Realty Downtown provides to its clients (who range from sellers, to buyers, to seasoned investors). Contact us today for all of your Denver real estate needs. Direct: 720-440-2340

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The meal we had at Safta was so Good I thought it had literally put our friend Ellen into labor.  To understand this moment, though, it helps to go back in time…

Late last year my wife Jessa and I visited New Orleans and ate at Shaya, the namesake restaurant of Chef Alon Shaya and the recipient of the James Beard Best New Restaurant Award in 2016.  Of all of the amazing restaurants in the city, we chose to go there because after asking around about where we should eat in New Orleans, it was the only restaurant that came up on nearly everybody’s lists.  Our meal there was absolutely phenomenal.  We then went to two other restaurants that Chef Alon helped launch, and from there, we were hooked.

Things only got better from there: in early 2018, Alon Shaya’s cookbook/memoir Shaya: An Oddessy of Food, My Journey Back to Israel was released.  We ordered a copy, as did several friends of ours, and had a potluck dinner party exclusively with dishes from his cookbook.  It was definitely one of the tastiest dinner parties we’ve ever experienced.

And then Safta opened here in Denver.  We jumped at the opportunity to make a reservation on the opening weekend in late August.  The restaurant is housed within the new Source Hotel which opened earlier this month, and the space is wonderful.  The simple design features an open kitchen where you can watch the food be prepared while you eat.  The restaurant overlooks the mountains, so at dinnertime we were treated to an idyllic view as the sun made its beautiful retreat behind the mountains.

Diners enjoy views of the sun setting over the mountains at Safta

The food, though, was where the restaurant really shined.  We started off with lamb hummus and the cauliflower hummus.  Freshly made pitas came straight from the oven to our table, and we devoured it along with the hummus.  The five salatim plates we ordered ( watermelon and Bulgarian feta, pickles, labneh, baba ganoush, and tabouleh) wereall were divine.

Cauliflower hummus

At this point, I was pretty sure that the food had put our friend Ellen, who was 36 weeks pregnant, into labor.  She was reclining, and it seemed like something had changed within her.  But, no–something had happened to all of us. We were eating one of those meals you just don’t forget, and our bodies were savoring every moment.

Persian rice

We soldiered on to the main courses sharing it all with each other.  The crispy eggplant was incredible.  The Persian rice was outstanding. The whole roasted cauliflower was absolutely amazing.  Just when we thought we had no more room for food, we finished off the main courses with a massive lamb shank that was the best I’ve ever had.

Pomegranite braised lamb shank

Chef Alon himself was on hand to oversee the operations, and even on opening weekend the restaurant was running like a well-oiled machine.  We’ve since been back a second time for lunch, and everything was spectacular then, too, a few weeks in.  We’re already planning our next visit…

Safta is one of the most exciting new additions to the Denver restaurant scene, and if you haven’t been in yet I strongly encourage you to give it a try!

Interested in living near Safta? Click here to search nearby homes for sale.

Offering expert local knowledge is just one service that the David Schlichter Team at Keller Williams Realty Downtown provides to its clients (who range from sellers, to buyers, to seasoned investors) as it works to help them achieve their residential real estate goals. Contact us today for all of your Denver real estate needs. Direct: 720-440-2340

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We were trying to get both of our kids in the seats on our brand new Yuba cargo bike from SloHi Bike Co.  Trying is the key word—what was actually happening was total chaos.  Our one year old was flailing on the floor and screaming.  Our two year old had just knocked over a box of bike parts and was wailing too.  It was not exactly the scene most bike shop owners would want to be dealing with in the middle of a busy day in the middle of their bike shop.

We had just gotten back from an amazing vacation in the Alps two days prior, and both of our kids were still extremely jet lagged.  The bike was a gift between my wife and I for our five year wedding anniversary, and we couldn’t to take the kids on their first ride.  The Yuba cargo bikes are awesome–they can carry multiple kids, a grown adult, groceries, camping gear, and more, and SloHi helped us outfit ours all of the necessary accessories plus an electric motor to make it easier to handle the extra weight.

The kids were more interested in naps that, on Europe time, were about 8 hours overdue.  “Just so you know, guys, the kids are not a problem at all.  I don’t even hear them.  I’ve got two young kids myself,” the owner of the shop, Adam Williams, calmly told us.  It alleviated the stress, and were able to successfully load up the kids and get them out on their first ride.

SloHi Bike Co. owner Adam Williams

A few minutes into our inaugural ride, we were loving it but had a couple questions about how to use the electric motor.  Rather than talking through our questions on the phone, Adam rode his own bike 10 blocks to come meet us and walk us through it in person.  We couldn’t have asked for better service.

As someone who has ridden tens of thousands of miles on a bike throughout the United Sates and across Europe, I know a thing or two about bikes.  But buying a bike with kids in tow was a new experience for me—and SloHi Bike Co. made it super easy.  Whereas most bike shops focus on high end road bikes and/or mountain bikes, SloHi Bike Co. caters more to families and specializes in the sale of cargo bikes, kid bikes, and city bikes.  They do a great job at it.

The 29th Ave. shop may be small, but it is actually the largest brick and mortar Yuba distributor in the country.  It has been open since 2013, and business has been steadily growing since then.  Adam is enthusiastic and knowledgeable about bikes, but what really makes him happy is building a sense of community.  That was the thought behind attaching a coffee shop to the bike shop, and if you go in on any given day, you’ll find kids getting their bike tires inflated, young professionals answering emails, and friendly employees helping people with whatever they need.  The entire experience really takes the stress and intimidation factor out of buying a bike—or just a cup of coffee.

And, of course, the bikes themselves are awesome!  We’ve now had ours for less than a week and have already ridden it every day.  Our kids love it, too (as long as it isn’t nap time).

SloHi Bike Co. has two locations in Denver: one at 29th and Tennyson, and the other at Colfax and Steele.  SloHi sells cargo bikes, kid’s bikes, city bikes, mountain, and road bikes.  It also offers hourly, daily, and weekly bike rentals (and you can demo bikes and apply the rental cost to a purchase).

Interested in living near SloHi Bike Co.? Click here to search nearby homes for sale.

Offering expert local knowledge is just one service that the David Schlichter Team at Keller Williams Realty Downtown provides to its clients (who range from sellers, to buyers, to seasoned investors) as it works to help them achieve their residential real estate goals. Contact us today for all of your Denver real estate needs. Direct: 720-440-2340

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