What's not to love about The Broadmoor eateries? 

click to enlarge La Taverne - MATTHEW SCHNIPER
  • Matthew Schniper
  • La Taverne
I’m entertaining a visiting friend, and tour him through this abundantly opulent property — completely forgetting that it’s Leftover Salmon’s Boogie at the Broadmoor weekend. What’s usually an atmosphere stocked with hoity-toity types and refined international travelers has become a shit show of the inebriated outfitted in horrid glitter pants and hippie wear. Not the Broadmoor I know.
Location Details The Broadmoor
1 Lake Ave.
Cheyenne Mountain
Colorado Springs, CO
Event Center and Hotel

We retreat from common areas to plush seating around the fireplace in the bar at Italian-true Ristorante del Lago, for a late dessert. Everything tending to cost a couple bucks more than normal here — it being a rare Five-Star, Five-Diamond resort — a cup of Lavazza decaf coffee runs $4.50, but drinks smooth and rich with a dash of cream, pleasant for a major brand. Unsurprisingly it makes for a perfect pairing with our Castagnole and Gianduiotto, each $9. The first are doughnut balls, traditionally made during Carnival season leading up to Lent, here filled with sweet ricotta and presented with a fabulous lemon dip — more of a crème anglaise texture than curd, velvety and lightly tart. Gianduiotto are historically oblong-shaped, foil-covered candies, hailing from the Piedmont region; the lovely tribute here appears as a four-layer hazelnut (key ingredient and balanced but delightfully dominant flavor) and chocolate mousse cake finished with a thin chocolate ganache cap and hazelnuts as garnish. Like Frangelico, Nutella and Ferrero Rocher? Then Gianduiotto are your speed.
click to enlarge Ristorante del Lago - MATTHEW SCHNIPER
  • Matthew Schniper
  • Ristorante del Lago
We cross the duck pond to post up for a nightcap at La Taverne — first perusing the adjacent “Bottle Alley” hallway (more of a fascinating museum for oenophiles and mixologists) filled with Spencer Penrose’s Prohibition-era bottles, and others dating from the early 1800s. Keeping that history in mind, we extra appreciate sipping our Spencer’s Manhattan (said to be from the original Taverne menu) and Old Americano, each $14. La Taverne utilizes Old Overholt straight rye whiskey (commonly retailing for $20/bottle and claiming to be America’s oldest “continually maintained” whiskey brand, since 1810), Drambuie and bitters in this Manhattan rendition, served classy-like with half its contents in a reserve vessel on the side, on ice. Suffice to say Spencer knew his way around the bar and this drink proves it.

The Old Americano isn’t like your common Campari cocktail, but instead a delightful blend of Buffalo Trace bourbon, Cappelletti aperitivo (“Campari’s more drinkable cousin” according to a fond Food & Wine), espresso syrup (adding a deep but not overwhelming coffee note) and orange bitters. Great aroma and herbal undertones and a strong whiskey body — what’s not to love?

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