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Ti Amo moves to Silverthorne

Summit Daily/Brad OdekirkThe Perucchini family moved its Italian restaurant, Ti Amo, out of its Summit Boulevard location in Frisco and will reopen in Silverthorne Oct. 8.
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SILVERTHORNE – The Perucchini family moved its Italian restaurant, Ti Amo, out of its Summit Boulevard location in Frisco and will reopen in Silverthorne Oct. 8.”We think we can create something beautiful here,” said co-owner Vincenzo Perucchini of the new location on Highway 6, most recently known as Primavera and formerly Mateo’s. The new space is 1,800 square feet smaller than the Frisco location, but Perucchini said it will be better to create a romantic atmosphere he thinks is important for guests to enjoy the food. The family, which first opened a location in Eagle-Vail 10 years ago and opened another in Vero Beach, Fla., four months ago, is known locally for friendly service and traditional Italian cuisine.

Perucchini and his partner, Fiorenzo Bettoni, who is not a relative but a family friend who worked with Perucchini’s son, Massimo or “Max,” at the Eagle County location for four years, are completely renovating the new space to create a romantic setting.”It was not conceived,” Perucchini said of the place before the duo began gutting its carpet, bar and furniture. “It will be striking when finished.”Ti Amo means “I love you” in Italian. It is the name of the first Eagle-Vail location. In Summit County, the restaurant’s full name is Ti Amo Ancora or “I still love you,” and the Florida location is Ti Amo Sempre or “I’ll always love you.””One day he will decide to retire and buy a boat to be named Non Ti Amo Piú,” said Bettoni of his partner, making both men laugh. It means, “I don’t love you anymore.”

For now, Perucchini is living in Summit County and will run the kitchen at the new location. Bettoni will manage service and the bar. Originally from Bologna, Italy, he has lived in the U.S. for four years. “For someone like me coming from another homeland, it’s like finding another family here,” he said of the Perucchini family. “I know Vincenzo is the right partner to have in business; Compagno di avventura, we say,” or “the best person with which to have an adventure,” roughly translated in English.The new restaurant will have 95 seats, about half the number at the former location.



Perucchini plans to serve the same pizza but with more Italian flavor. He will also extend the menu to “lighten it up,” he said. “We don’t want to put anyone on a diet, but even in Italy people are changing how they eat. People are concerned about diet; the South Beach, the low carb, so we are offering traditional Italian cuisine and more modern cuisine.”Ti Amo will be open at the corner of Highway 6 and 10th Street for dinner only at 4 p.m. daily.Kim Marquis can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 249, or at kmarquis@summitdaily.com.


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