Sarto’s, the social Italian eatery tucked inside the burgeoning Jefferson Park neighborhood, has made a number of changes since it opened nearly three-and-a-half years ago. So, earlier this month, we hosted a media dinner to showcase the restaurant’s evolution.
We drew a diverse group – some familiar with Sarto’s and others, newcomers – that included writers and editors for Denver Life Magazine, Eater Denver, Dining Out, Thrillist and the Denver Post. To highlight the restaurant’s diverse offerings, we invited our attendees to experience an abbreviated version of Sarto’s burrata-making class, taught by Executive Chef Garret Mayer. They also enjoyed a sampling of Sarto’s Cicchetti Bar – where diners can gather for cocktails and quick bites or snacks based on a board of options that changes daily.
Our guests also spent time in The Pantry, a full-service Italian counter featuring hot lunch entrees, a variety of salads, fresh house-made pastas, sauces, pastries and truffles. The Pantry’s menu also includes beer, wine and cocktails and an array of grab and go options. Attendees agreed that with new residential developments popping up weekly in the neighborhood, The Pantry’s expanded options should fill a much-needed niche.
Of course, owner Taylor Swallow was eager to share some of his favorite picks from Sarto’s dinner menu, as well as some new offerings that will be featured in the months to come. Attendees were treated to a tasting menu that included a Gnocchi “tater tot,” Cannelloni Con Coniglio with juniper-braised rabbit and grilled swordfish. We were thrilled to have them dine in the restaurant’s Verona Room, a cozy private dining area that serves as the backdrop for Sarto’s Sunday night screenings, which feature a themed-dinner and movie.
Throughout the evening, Taylor provided attendees with some background on the restaurant’s history and its unique name, which means “tailor” in Italian and is a nod to the building’s former use as a fabric shop and Sarto’s approach to dining, tailored to each guest’s desire.
We had a great time educating our guests about Sarto’s, thanks in large part to top-notch service from Taylor and his staff. We believe the media walked away with a better understanding of everything the restaurant has to offer and a deeper appreciation for Chef Garret’s finely-crafted food.