May 25, 2006
1106 Lincoln Ave.
Riggio’s opens at 5:30 p.m. daily
– Voted Steamboat’s Best Italian Restaurant
– Fine dining in a relaxed atmosphere
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– Exceptional Italian fare
– Warm, inviting service
– Carefully selected wine list
– Family owned for 16 years in Steamboat Springs
– Early dining specials
– Children’s menu
– Private room available for intimate and large gatherings
– Riggio’s To Go
The restaurant’s classic Italian meals can be enjoyed family-style in the comfort of your home or condominium. The discounted meals are fully prepared and ready to serve. See the Dining Guide for a full menu.
There’s something unique about traditional Italian cuisine that separates it from the culinary styles of other countries and regions of the world.
For Rich Most, owner and executive chef of Riggio’s Ristorante, passion is the defining characteristic of the Italian people and their food. That passion for family and friends, great wine and perfectly prepared meals has made Italian cuisine an American favorite.
But rare is the restaurant that captures the complexities and nuances of fine Italian dishes while providing an atmosphere that transcends the made-in-America feel of many Italian eateries.
Welcome to Riggio’s, an escape to authentic Italy. Located on the west end of downtown Steamboat Springs, Riggio’s is a locals’ favorite and award-winning restaurant that blends the culinary styles of Northern and Southern Italy with a creative revision of classic Italian dishes.
Riggio’s opened 16 years ago under the vision of Karen and Dominick Riggio. Since its first days of business, the restaurant has built a reputation founded upon the consistency of its food and service.
“Consistency is one of the biggest aspects of success for any restaurant, and that’s something Riggio’s has been able to accomplish for 16 years,” Most said.
From top-notch service to an eclectic menu, Riggio’s has maintained the aspects that have made it so successful over the years.
That success begins in the kitchen, where Most and his professional staff use only the freshest ingredients. The aromas of sauteed garlic and fresh lemons, rosemary and sage float from the kitchen into the main dining room, where a raised ceiling with exposed ductwork provides the industrial feel of an urban eatery. Large, full-color Jim Steinberg landscape photographs of old-world Italy and the rugged Rocky Mountains of Colorado adorn the restaurant’s warm, Tuscan-colored walls.
A large upstairs seating area is ideal for private parties, large gatherings and other special occasions necessitating an intimate atmosphere.
Riggio’s menu has been carefully crafted with years of tinkering and adjusting dishes until a perfect balance is found.
For starters, Riggio’s Prince Edward Island mussels are prepared in one of three sauces, a white wine and garlic sauce, a cream sauce, or a fra diavolo, which is a spicy, chunky tomato finish.
The restaurant’s lone salad comes in family-sized portions and is topped with homemade Gorgonzola vinaigrette.
Classic entrees include the Salmone Mediterraneo and the Pollo Florentino, Riggio’s originals that capture the essence of authentic and classic Italian food. The salmon, flown in fresh three times a week, features a handsome filet hand-sauteed with capers, roasted garlic and fresh Roma tomatoes. The dish is finished in a delicate lemon butter sauce.
The Pollo Florentino is the restaurant’s unique revision of an Italian classic – steak Florentino. The chicken breast is grilled and layered with spinach, fontina cheese and prosciutto and finished with a mushroom sauce and potatoes vincenzo.
“It’s a perfect example of how we use classic, traditional recipes and modernize them,” Most said.
Riggio’s offers nightly specials in addition to its extensive menu of appetizers, entrees, pizza and pasta dishes. A special high-protein, low-carb menu was added to appeal to patrons on special diets.
The restaurant’s extensive wine list is constantly revised to offer patrons top selections from around the world and Italy.
“The wine is as important to the restaurant as the food is,” Most said.
Saving room for dessert is a must at Riggio’s, which offers a variety of homemade and locally prepared pastries and Italian standards. On any given night, the dessert tray can include a fresh fruit dish, a selection of fine chocolates, the restaurant’s famous peanut butter pie, cheesecake and classic Italian desserts like tiramisu and canoli.
A full selection of after-dinner drinks, including espresso, cappuccino and latte, will warm any stomach.
Great food and exquisite wines are a Riggio’s staple, but an experienced, professional staff is as key to the restaurant’s consistency as the food and drink, Most said.
“We’re fortunate to have one of the best staffs in Steamboat,” he said. “The staff here is really a family.”
And family is how all patrons are treated in this superb Italian restaurant. In fact, don’t be surprised if Lida Most, the owners’ 3 ½-year-old daughter, visits your table to ask about your meal and your dining experience at her parents’ restaurant. But a visit from Lida should come as no surprise at a restaurant whose motto is, “Let our family feed yours.”