Woodland Park is home to a new eatery to sate your pasta-based cravings: Mangia Mangia (407 E. Grace Ave., Woodland Park, 687-3400), which opened in late July. Named (twice) after the Italian word for "eat," Mangia Mangia specializes in homemade dishes like chicken focaccia, spaghetti and lasagna.
Owner Julie Watson says each recipe is created in-house by chef Keith Tannenbaum, and relies heavily on fresh ingredients made daily. One caveat: "We don't do pizza or calzones, just single-pan dishes," says Watson. Prices average about $7 and $13 for lunch and dinner, respectively.
Wisdom Tea House (65 Second St., Monument, 481-8822), a purveyor of freshly baked goods made in-house, is tweaking some current menu options and adding others.
Shredded chicken is now available with the grilled breakfast burrito, joining sausage and roasted seasonal vegetables as options. Also, owner Tom Wisdom says, a new quarter-pound buffalo burger with poblano pepper and red onion has caused an increase in sightings of male customers who likely looked warily at any "tea house." Lastly, using local ingredients like Colorado peaches, and mint grown on-site, Wisdom is offering homemade sorbetto and gelato.
99 bottles of wine on the shelf
Having owned Weber Street Liquor (712 N. Weber St., 475-9533) for a year, Deven Perschke wanted to do more with the original space. So Perschke's torn up carpet and shifted shelves around, giving him room for three times the wine variety as previously available. He's also taken advantage of his closeness to Colorado College, and some known collegiate proclivities, by offering kegs, bombers and a deeper lineup of beer.
• If life has conspired to keep you from attending the previous 17, pencil in the 18th annual Colorado Mountain Winefest (coloradowinefest.com) in Palisade from Sept. 17 through 20. Events will include winery tours, winemaking classes, chef demos, jazz concerts and more. Tickets can be purchased through the Web site and range from $40 to $200. Proceeds benefit the Colorado Association for Viticulture and Enology.
• Don't miss your chance to do something good for Local Food Week, which ends Friday. If dining out, save 10 percent off Pizzeria Rustica's (2527 W. Colorado Ave., pizzeriarustica.com) special of the week, and 20 percent off local specials from Nosh (121 S. Tejon St., #100, nosh121.com).