A couple of weeks ago, Mike and I took a road trip out to Steamboat Springs, Colorado. I had photo shoots out there and we decided to stay a few extra days to enjoy the mountains together. I never used to like to travel for work in my advertising days. I wasn’t seeing much more than a conference room and glimpses of the city as I sat in a cab back to the airport. As a professional food photographer, travel is now one of my favorite parts of the job. I’m going to share more about our trip in another post, but first I really wanted to do a feature on Mazzola’s, a delicious Italian restaurant right in the heart of downtown Steamboat Springs.
Mazzola’s is a part of Rex’s Family of Restaurants and has been around since 1970. Mike and I decided to stop in for a drink the night before my photo shoot so I could say hello and scout out the space and light. We weren’t planning to stay for dinner, but… we did. The sights and smells of delicious food “made us stay.”
Located at 9th and Lincoln, the red awning and windows are very welcoming. As you walk in, you immediately head downstairs to the restaurant and are greeted by a very friendly staff of people. There are windows and warm lights throughout the space to give it a cozy and fun dinner spot ambiance.
The bar is on the right and straight ahead are several hightop tables and additional booths that lead you to an open dining area in the back. Whatever your seating preference is, they have an option for you. As usual, Mike and I bellied up to the bar. We love the social aspect of being able to talk to the people who work there so we can get local tips on things to do and see while we’re in town.
Chef Ricky’s menu has something for everyone whether you’re on a date night or out with your family and kids. The food is nothing less than phenomenal and they take Italian dining to a very creative level. The food “sneak peeks” from my photo shoot (in order of appearance) include: Lamb Bolognese, Chicken Piccata, Verde Pizza, Sicilian Mussels, Minestrone and Lobster Scampi.
Is your mouth watering yet? You can see more of their menu here. Mike and I split the Bruschetta Pizza which was so fresh and tasty. However, I have big plans for myself and that Lobster Scampi next time we’re in town.
Whether you’re living nearby or visiting Steamboat Springs, I highly recommend checking out Mazzola’s. They have happy hour in the bar everyday from 5-6, so at least stop in for a drink like Mike and I did. You’ll probably end up staying for dinner too.
Thanks for inviting me for the photo shoot, Mazzola’s team! We can’t wait to come back!
All images © Regan Baroni 2016.