Antica Roma

by Hayley Hudson on April 20, 2011

1308 Pearl St / Menu

Those seeking a no-fail date venue should head to Antica Roma, where the interior mimics Italy (an American spin on an idealized Italy, at least) and the candlelight is sure to always cast that perfect shadow across your companion’s face.

The restaurant’s fountain and indoor seating that runs seamlessly into an outdoor patio recreate a European streetfront, and judging by the abundance of seafood options on the menu, this faux Italian town must have been located somewhere along the coast.

I can’t usually pass up seafood–I”ve been known to eat it for breakfast–so I insisted that we start with the mussels.

Unlike the similar-looking oyster, often served raw, mussels are usually steamed in the shell before serving, and these went from the steamer into a pool of garlic white wine sauce, which added a great depth of flavor to the dish. I last ate mussels in San Francisco, but these hardly tasted lower-quality, despite traveling significantly farther to make it to the fake seaport here in Colorado.

For dinner I ordered the salmon,which they prepared with salty fixings like artichoke hearts, kalamata olives, and capers, and served with steamed spinach and potatoes with crunchy, golden crusts. The sauce contained white wine and garlic just as the mussels had, but seemed richer this time around.

Several of the pasta dishes on the menu incorporated fresh, in-the-shell seafood as well, and while I liked the seafood emphasis, anyone not a fan can certainly find plenty of other offerings. Italian food can please most palates, and it’s worth checking out Antica Roma for the cute atmosphere alone.

As a first date venue, Antica Roma could provide that competitive edge for launching date number two because flowing water, classical music, stone walls and even imitation street lamps almost force you to see things (and people) in a more favorable light. And, if a romantic atmosphere isn’t enough to compensate for someone you truly cannot stand, you can always high-tail it out of pseudo-Tuscany and blame bad seafood.

The beachfront hotel is under reeviw AGAIN by liquor licensing, Management getting drunk with patrons and staff getting drunk on shift will provide a host of interesting sights at the beachfront hotel. If you chasing a meal then this IS the place to be! Would be the best food I have had in a pub in NT to date and I take my food seriously. The food took a short 20min wait at peak service on a Monday night and was well worth the short wait! The steak is to die for! I had to walk from the deck to the kitchen to thank the chef in person how was a female and was running at full speed to cater for the 40+ people seated but still thanked me for my compliment. I tip my hat to the kitchen but cannot find one good thing to day about the bar staff and especially the lack of RSA at this venue! Fights are a weekly and not a good place for familys.AverageFoodAmbianceService

by Angga on March 27, 2012 at 6:26 pm. #

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by Azer on June 29, 2012 at 12:54 am. #