Ice Rink, Beaver Creek
Toscanini’s airy dining room, overlooking the ice skating rink, allows for some of the best people watching in Beaver Creek. The open kitchen and pizza bar provide a bit of energy, while the classic linens and farmhouse armoires make it feel upscale Tuscan country.
Chef Charles Hays’ menu is extensive but selective. Summer salads, hand-tossed pizzas, exotic pastas and abundant cuts of meat fit together nicely. From the antipasti to the entrees, the fare is classic with the occasional twist. Those twists can get fanciful, as with the bruschetta with smoked mozzarella, and the pork loin rubbed with garam masala.
Toscanini’s young staff is by no means inexperienced. The global list with Italian emphasis includes a large selection by the glass. Don’t hesitate to ask for pairing advice.
The spinach salad is downright sexy. A smattering of candied orange zest gives soul to the bright dressing, greens and creamy goat cheese. The proscuitto-wrapped polenta is a favorite, pan seared and served with a creamy mushroom medley. The lamb chops are colorful, resting atop a red pepper risotto dappled with fried artichoke hearts.
Limoncello, limoncello, limoncello. There’s no better example of this classic Italian quaff than what Colin Baugh, manager, makes at the restaurant. It packs the sort of citrus wallop that should be synonymous with summertime. Try it chilled, or dive into one of Toscanini’s feisty limoncello margaritas. Cheers.