Panzano’s Enhanced Happy Hour Menu

New lounge look, plus new happy hour dishes and cocktails

001Panzano has put out some of Denver’s best (and best-priced) happy hour dishes for years. With a classy renovated bar, this excellent Italian eatery in Denver’s Hotel Monaco has also expanded and enhanced happy hour food and drink offerings. In short, the very good happy hour just got better.

Chef Elise Wiggins puts out sophisticated Continental specialties in what she calls “happy hour-sized portions” at happy hour prices from 2:30 to 6 p.m. every night.  Wiggins’ front-of-house ally in enhancing the happy hour experience is Derek Lovell, the new bar manager. I’m seeing this as the ideal pre-theater watering hole for the many shows with 6:30 curtains at the nearby Denver Center for the Performing Arts.

The Incontrare is a cocktail combining many of my favorite ingredients: silver tequila, Campari, Salerno blood orange liqueur, lime and blood orange soda (Pellegrino, perhaps), and garnished with a slice of blood orange.
The Incontrare is a cocktail combining many of my favorite ingredients: silver tequila, Campari, Salerno blood orange liqueur, lime and blood orange soda (Pellegrino, perhaps), and garnished with a slice of blood orange.
'Ragu is agnello' is Italian for lamb ragout nested with a thick, flat pasta and crowned with mache, a flavorful lettuce from France.
‘Ragu is agnello’ is Italian for lamb ragout nested with a thick, flat pasta and crowned with mache, a flavorful lettuce from France.
Rabbit gnocchi pairs these toothsome little dumplings with tender rabbit.
Rabbit gnocchi pairs these toothsome little dumplings with tender rabbit, sweet peppers, tomatoes, herbs and tangy cheese.

Another rabbit dish is Porchetta di Coniglio, a boneless rabbit roast warpped in pancetta and served over polenta with hunter sauce.
Another rabbit dish is Porchetta di Coniglio, a boneless rabbit roast wrapped in pancetta and served over polenta with hunter sauce.
Rib lamb chops over creamy polenta with microgreens on top.
Rib lamb chops over creamy polenta with microgreens on top.

Price check: At happy hour, plates are $5, $6, $7 and $8. Local craft beer, $4; wines by the glass, $5; specialty cocktails, $6; barrel-aged cocktails, $9.

Panzano is in the Hotel Monaco, 909 17th Street, Denver; 303-296-3525.

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