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Rodney Worth’s first all-Italian concept (his other restaurants include the Peasant and the Pear, and the Prickly Pear) offers unpretentious, family-friendly comfort food Italiana in ample proportions and modest prices bound to please hungry Blackhawk Plaza shoppers. The small interior is warm and cozy—especially with a glass of California or Italian red at the bar—but if the weather’s warm, head to the outdoor patio. For starters, don’t miss the perky Diablo prawns draped in garlic, chilies, parsley, and shallots in a white wine broth. Flat breads and pastas tend to shy away from bold flavor, but hot capicollo and Italian chilies lent zip to the Diablo pizza. Sandwiches are large and in charge: The satisfying Luigi, with three huge meatballs smothered in mozzarella and marinara, didn’t pull any punches. If you want something less heavy, the antipasto salad is light and refreshing—and big enough to share. Lunch and dinner daily.
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