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Silverthorne dining: Sauce on the Blue (sponsored)

Lauren Glendenning
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It’s cold outside, but is there anything more warm and comforting than a bowl of pasta so delicious it can transport you to a cafe in Italy?

In Silverthorne, you can have just that at Sauce on the Blue, where homemade cooking feels like you’re eating in an Italian grandmother’s dining room, not in Colorado’s high country. In 2018, Sauce on the Blue claimed 12 Best of Summit awards including best Summit County restaurant, best Italian restaurant, best bar and best après ski. In a nutshell, the locals love this place.

It’s easy to see why when friendly service meets a cozy atmosphere where couples, families and groups of friends all feel completely welcome. With lunch service beginning daily at 11:30 a.m., it’s also the perfect place for which to head right after your powder-skiing legs give out for the day.

“We have some excellent carb-loading food and a great craft cocktail list,” says Tim Applegate, managing partner at Sauce on the Blue. “I believe we have the largest whiskey selection in Summit County by far.”

It’s thanks to Applegate’s own personal passion for whiskey and bourbon that Sauce on the Blue has 120 American whiskeys on the list, including all the popular Colorado distilleries.

Eat the carbs

Après-ski deals include inexpensive yet totally respectable wines by the glass ($4), plus ½ price 10-inch pizzas and $6 small plates — tasty bites like calamari, gorgonzola filet mignon tips, bruschetta, pasta, fried raviolis, fried artichokes and crispy Brussels sprouts — every day from 3 to 5:30 p.m.

Home Bolognese — a classic, hearty sauce made with beef, pork, red wine and fresh basil — is a staple comfort food anytime of year, but in the wintertime it’s practically mandatory on a frigid day.

“One of our most unique dishes is the penne alla Gorgonzola — it’s a rich sauce, but what’s nice is that it’s not overwhelming. We put grapes in the dish and they just melt and give you this beautiful sweetness against this rich cheese, along with the spinach, chicken and penne noodles,” says Nicole Trombetta, general manager at Sauce on the Blue.

Some of the classic dishes include spaghetti marinara with homemade meatballs or spicy Colorado Italian sausage, a ravioli special that changes daily, linguini and clams with spicy white or red sauce, chicken marsala, and chicken or eggplant Parmesan.

Sauce on the Blue has a reputation for it’s killer pizzas, too. Homemade dough a pizza sauce complement any variety of meat and vegetable toppings for traditionalist, but some of the specialty pies are not to miss — especially the “Supremo” with applewood smoked bacon, sausage, wild mushrooms, caramelized onions and roasted peppers.

The “Carnivoro” is a meat-lovers pie with sausage, pepperoni, meatballs and bacon, while veggie-friendly pies include the “Organic Arugula” with tomatoes, red peppers, goat cheese, roasted garlic and basil. Sauce on the Blue can make gluten-free pizzas, and diners can also substitute zucchini ribbons for any pasta dish.

But hey, it’s wintertime in Summit County. While no one will judge you for making healthy choices, you might have a lot more fun after your adrenaline-pumping adventures if you just eat the carbs.

Menu highlights

Pasta dishes such as penne gorgonzola with chicken, rigatoni and sausage, spaghetti and meatballs, and classic pasta Bolognese

“Social Hour” specials from 3 to 5:30 p.m. daily, including ½ price  10-inch pizzas, $4 wines by the glass, $6 appetizers and more

Chicken marsala

Chicken or eggplant Parmesan

Linguini and clams (white or          red sauce)

Specialty and traditional pizzas

Appetizers such as spicy fried raviolis, fried artichokes, fried eggplant tower, crispy Brussels sprouts

Sauce on the blue

358 Blue River Parkway, Silverthorne


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