Campo di Fiori
The concept at Ti Amo is easy to grasp. “We’re about serving quality, clean, simple Italian cooking,” said owner Steve Negler. “It’s been our mainstay since we’ve been here. When people ask us what’s in our recipes, they’re always surprised at how simple they sound.” And do they mind sharing those recipes? “Oh no. As everyone knows it’s not the recipe, it’s the love in the recipe.” To make sure he’s in touch with the cuisine at Ti Amo, the dedicated Negler makes a point of traveling to Italy every other year. The bulk of the items served at Eagle-Vail’s Ti Amo were created by the Perucchini family, who comes from Verona. The restaurant’s most popular items are the gnocchi principessa with gorgonzola, the pollo alle fragole with sauteed strawberries, and the piccata divatello, a veal scallopini with lemon, capers and white wine. “It’s my personal favorite ” simple, light, but it’s all about the love!”
Campo di Fiori on Vail’s Meadow Drive is one of the busiest, most lively rooms in the valley. A full house is the norm at this Italian eatery, but the food and service seem to thrive on crowds. Giuseppe Bosco has been the general manager for 4 years. “I love this town, and the restaurant is just a magic place,” he said. “Our kitchen is so truly expressing what is really italian food.” Slightly west is traMonti, a Northern Italian restaurant located in Beaver Creek’s The Charter. The dining room is romantic, making each table feel buffered from the rest. Owner Jerry Weiss is a warm host, and loves serving the old favorites (lobster ravioli) and new items (olive-oil poached grouper) to happy diners. The bar is a fun place to sit and drink, whether or not you’re nibbling or simply indulging your taste for Barolo.