Foodography: Wooden Table opens today in Greenwood Village with Brett Shaheen, former exec chef of Osteria Marco, behind the burners

Lori Midson
"I'm making things that I want to eat, food that's fun for us to make -- and not pretentious -- and food that we're proud to serve," says Brett Shaheen, the executive chef of the Wooden Table, a new Italian restaurant that opens today at 2500 East Orchard Road in Greenwood Village.

Shaheen, who's spent the last four and a half years working alongside Frank Bonanno -- "I wouldn't be doing this without Frank," he admits -- at Luca D'Italia and Osteria Marco, where he was the executive chef, teamed up with Jane Knauf, a former executive at the Magnolia Hotel, to open the Wooden Table. Earlier this week he held a staff tasting, which he allowed me to crash.

I love both Osteria Marco and Luca, and after sampling more than a dozen of Shaheen's dishes, it's clear that he's confident running his own show. "I didn't want to work for other people any longer," he admits, "and I knew that I could open a restaurant that was really good."

Behold our photo gallery of the terrific foodstuffs coming out of Shaheen's kitchen.

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Arugula and fried oyster mushroom salad with fennel, shaved Pecorino and a truffled vinaigrette.

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Frutti de mare crudo: shrimp, scallops, marinated baby octopus and tonnato wreathed with fresno chile oil.

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Chicken liver mousse smeared on crostini topped with currants and paired with ropes of red peppers and pickled chiles.

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Fresh, housemade mozzarella with roasted shallot-dressed panzenella salad mixed with grilled pesto croutons, tomatoes, capers and fresh basil.

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Parmesan and housemade mozzarella and ricotta ravioli slicked with tomato sauce fragrant with fresh basil.

Location Info

The Wooden Table

2500 E. Orchard Ave., Greenwood Village, CO

Category: Restaurant

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Wow, what great photos. While they capture the essence of the dish, they are works of art in themselves. These snaps make me want to eat the food, as well as frame the picture! Really amazing! Thanks!

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