On Saturday, August 25, Roberto Calcagno's Basil & Barley Pizzeria Napoletana
will open, marking the end of over six months of build-out in the Briargate-area spot. To celebrate, Calcagno and his team will be holding a party with food, drinks and live music from bands like Denver's False Report
. A ticket, $20, will include unlimited pizza and dessert, plus one drink. The event starts at 5 p.m.
“I want to be very involved in our community," says Calcagno, who co-owns the restaurant with his father, Sandro. "I’m going to devote 20 percent of that profit [from the opening event] to a veteran charity based here in Colorado Springs, and it is called 'The Home Front Cares
.'” He adds that the restaurant will open for normal hours the following day, Aug. 26.
On opening, Basil & Barley will offer a selection of pizzas and other signature offerings. Calcagno has formulated a few crust choices that diverge somewhat from the traditional Neapolitan style he espouses — we're particularly excited about a sprouted buckwheat crust and a hempseed crust. For desserts, they'll be offering cannolis in house-baked shells, panna cotta, a tiramisu he says is nothing like a "coffee sponge cake," and baba au rhum, to name a few. Baba au rhum, he explains, is a yeasted cake soaked with a rum syrup.
“I’m especially proud of our charcuterie and cheese selection,” he says. “All our charcuterie is from italy... anybody tastes them, they’re going to be amazed at the quality of this prosciutto, for example, or the bresaola or speck.” The menu, he adds, will also feature a short history of each meat, baking education into each meal.
For beverages, he's curated a selection of Italian wines and built a traditional Italian cocktail menu. Expect also a variety of beers, Calcagno's preferred pairing with pizza, both local and imported from Italy. He's teamed up with Dueces Wild Brewery
for a signature house beer, brewed with basil.