North Boulder restaurant tops for fresh wholesome Italian fare & good service.
If Arugula Bar e Ristorante were within walking distance of home, I’m sure I’d stroll over more often, at least for happy hour. Since it isn’t, it becomes more of a “special” occasion dining choice, yesterday’s occasion being a long-overdue dinner with a friend. We were seated at a booth in the back corner, where we’ve sat before and liked the spacious comfort and quiet even on a Saturday evening. Our waiter was knowledgeable and easily attentive but not aggressively so. We liked that as we pored over the wine list, contemplated the menus for dinner dinner and dessert, and lingered over conversation. Ever since he opened the restaurant, owner/chef Alec Schuler has been fanatical about natural ingredients, local sourcing and meticulous preparation. (I don’t know why WordPress insists on adding a line through the restaurant name on this post. I’m annoyed and apologetic.)
Price check: At dinner, salads, $6-$11; antipasti, $4-$13 plus $24 for a platter; secondi (main course), $19-$32; pasta, gnocchi and risotto, $17-$32; contori (sides), $7-$7; desserts, $6-$10. Note: Arugula is one of the Boulder restaurants participating in upcoming Denver Restaurant Week, the first-ever summer edition (August 23-29). Click here for the extremely flexible menu with three courses for $30.