Café Jordano has been in business for 18 years in a store front on Jewell Dr. in Lakewood, Colorado. The restaurant has since won many awards for its authentic Italian food. Café owner Elisa Heitman serves her dining guests the same Italian dishes that she grew up eating when she lived in Italy as a young child. Elisa emigrated to the United States when she was 17 with her first husband in 1979.
Make no mistake about it–you won‘t be dining on rabbit food when you eat here. The Italian cuisine served up at this eatery is known to be rich. In fact, food writers in the area have jokingly nicknamed the restaurant, “a cardiologists worst nightmare.” Owner Elisa concedes that she spends about $24,000 a year on whipping cream alone. Of course, there is a healthy choice section on the menu for customers who are watching their fat intake.
Lunch is served Monday through Friday from 11am to 2pm. Dinner is served from 5pm to 9 pm Monday through Thursday and from 5pm to 10 pm on Friday. Be prepared to wait to be seated as this popular restaurant does not take reservations. To reduce you wait time, try to avoid arriving at opening, or during peak times. Restaurant patrons agree that the food is well worth the wait. The casual atmosphere means that you will not have to worry if junior makes a mess at the table or doesn’t use his best manners.
While visiting, you might want to try Elisa’s favorite dish: chicken covered in garlic and olive oil sauce with feta cheese, spinach and white beans. If you want to try something different, you can substitute shrimp for the chicken. You also might want to try one of Grandma’s homemade soups. Other dishes include gnocchi, tortellini, manicotti, Sicilian lasagna and cannelloni. There are also hearty vegetarian dishes, panino, healthy low fat dishes, and a children’s menu.
You can purchase a glass of wine to sip with your dinner or order a cappuccino, or espresso. If you are especially hungry, order a side dish of meatballs or Italian sausage with you meal.
Most entrees are reasonably priced. In fact, most of them are under $12, making it a great place to take the family for a nice, affordable sit down dinner.
In order to get directions to the dinner or to see the menu before you go, simply stop by the website at http://cafejordano.com or call303-988-6893.