Nominated for: BEST Italian
Dating back to the Old West the public has had a fascination with outlaws. From the time of Jesse James and Billy the Kid through Al Capone, John Gotti and the fictional Corleone and Soprano families we have, for some inexplicable reason, been drawn to bad guys with style.
While Chicago has its tales of Al Capone and New Yorkers talk of John Gotti, Denver's criminal enterprises were controlled by three brothers from the northwest side of town and Gaetano's figures prominently into their story. Sit back, enjoy a soft drink or a cocktail and take a moment now to discover the rich history of Denver's most colorful and notorious family and the restaurant they founded.
In 1934, Ralph and Mamie Smaldone, parents of Eugene, Clyde and Clarence, opened the Tejon Street Café on the northwest side of Denver. The year was 1947 when the three sons moved the restaurant to the corner, renamed it Gaetano's – Italian for Clyde – and began serving some of the best Italian food in town. Soon, in several ways, it was one of the hottest spots in town.
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