In the Gazette's dining review of Rocco's Italian Restaurant in today's paper, food critic Dave
Phillips Philipps (aka Nathaniel Glen) opens with the following:
One of the few good things about the economic infarction of the past year or so is that few new restaurants bothered to open. Before the Dow dove like a seal, a Colorado Springs reviewer could count on at least three new places to eat a month. Now, we are lucky to have one.
As one of the Indy's food critics and editor of our Appetite and Side Dish columns, I'd like to formally disagree.
We've noticed a surprising number of new openings over the past few months, considering "the economic times," as everyone likes to say. If you take a look at our Appetite archives, you'll find lots of spots that have opened recently.
I can also say that looking ahead, our Appetite calendar includes five other newly opened places.
So, "lucky to have one"? Not by our math.
We, like our dining colleague at the Gazette, definitely relish "a chance to revisit the overlooked, the underappreciated, and the local hideaways that are happy to operate below the radar," as he later writes. But we feel all the newbies deserve the chance to be featured. If the Gazette shares this sentiment, we'd encourage
Phillips Philipps to nose around a bit. Like a seal.