Taita Peruvian Cuisine & Bar will open by the end of the month in Capitol Hill

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Lori Midson
"I've been involved with food since I was six, and I've always dreamed of having a restaurant in an old building with a wooden roof and exposed brick -- a space to create whatever I want," says Pepe Aparicio, who, along with his brother, Gianfranco, will open Taita, a Peruvian restaurant housed in a 100-year-old structure bedecked with weathered red brick and a timbered ceiling, by the end of the month in Capitol Hill, next door to Tooey's Off Colfax.

The brothers, who hail from Peru, have spent the past seven months fixing up the quarters, a long and narrow space that's hued apricot and mustard, crimson and chocolate, complementing the vivid color scheme with hand-crafted rusticated furnishings. "We spent more than a year looking for a location, and this one provided everything we wanted in a space," says Gianfranco. "My brother," he adds, "cleaned every brick one by one because he didn't want to damage them. It took him two months, but this is our dream, and we wanted to do it right."

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Lori Midson
And that applies to the menu, as well, which is the creation of Pepe, Taita's chef. "I've worked in Japan, Brazil, Peru and Argentina, and I dream about food, new combinations and new flavors, and my menu is unique in that it's based on Peruvian cuisine, but you'll see lots of other influences," he explains. "I'm mixing tradition and history with modernism and sophistication; I want people to eat food that they can't eat everywhere else," he adds.

Including, both brothers note, Denver's other Peruvian restaurants. "There are no good Peruvian restaurants in Denver," insists Pepe. "The quality just isn't what it should be. What you get in the other Peruvian restaurants here is food that you can inexpensively make at home, but the Peruvian restaurants in Denver will charge you $18 for frozen potatoes."

Gianfranco echoes his brother's sentiments. "People who have never been to Peru go to a Peruvian restaurant here and think what they're getting is real Peruvian food. They're wrong," he declares, pointing out, for example, that tilapia, a fish that Peruvian restaurants in America often use in their ceviche, is nowhere to be seen in Peru. "We don't even know what tilapia is in Peru -- we certainly don't use it."

And Pepe isn't going anywhere near it in Denver, either. Instead, his ceviches -- one of which he calls a "ceviche seafood orgy" -- will utilize halibut, mussels, shrimp and scallops, and you won't find any frozen potatoes anywhere on the compact menu that, he says, will focus on seasonality and, when possible, locality. "I only want to support local businesses; we're not using Shamrock or Sysco for anything, only local farmers, markets and purveyors, and since we're only open for dinner, I have the whole day to shop at the markets," he says.

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"Our main mission is to provide our guests with a healthy and fresh menu that draws on our close relationship with local farmers," notes Gianfranco, who adds, too, that nothing on the menu is fried. "When you eat here, you're going to get really high-quality food at a good value." And with the majority of dishes ringing in at less than $13, the brothers seemingly comprehend the idea of affordability.

And the space, which boasts a lovely bar, will also offer reasonably priced Peruvian cocktails, beers and wines, although because of export laws, none of them will be Peruvian.

The brothers are hoping to open the week of July 23. "We have our liquor license and we're ready to go, but we're still waiting on our final inspection from the city," says Gianfranco.

For more information, call 720-495-4809.


Location Info

Taita Peruvian Cuisine & Bar - CLOSED

1521 Marion St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant


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2cubo
2cubo

2cubo.com the new latin social network .. we like and support The new gourmet cuisine TAITA And the chef Jose Aparicio.. !! we are peruvians .. and also we know the wonderful skills of  chef jose..  Ceviche , tiradito,  Pisco sour  etc etc..  are the dish we are waiting cooming soon..!!!

Thanks jose and brother  for this wonderful Gift from Peru

sincerely

Jose De La Cruz

CEO at 2cubo inc

Edson Castle
Edson Castle

So Excited!! I love Peruvian food! it sounds like a different alternative for Denver. I 've been to Peru, and I could not agree more with the owner, Although the Peruvian restaurants in Denver are not bad, but they are definitely not unique or anything special...those are the typical ethnic restaurants in any US city. I will be nice to try out a well done presentation of Peruvian cuisine.

Carlabielich
Carlabielich

Me 2 , can't wait to try steam Peruvian cuisine in Denver. We need more variety in our delicious Peruvian dishes!!!

Ashley
Ashley

I can't wait to try it out!

Denverconnoisseur
Denverconnoisseur

i am so excited to try this new restaurant!!!!, i am not peruvian myself, but am familiar with the culture and cuisine , and love it !!! so excited for you guys !!! excited to see how it compares to the other peruvian restaurants in denver !!!! many successes !

alejandro
alejandro

Personally I don’t think they are criticizing anyone; they are  just telling the truth... Unfortunately there aren't any  good Peruvian restaurants in Colorado. Denver needs something unique, and more importantly  a place that really represents what Peruvian cuisine is all about.... Good luck guys and let’s get ready to show Denver what  Peruvian food  really tastes like!!!! By the way the place looks amazing :)

Cholitolindo
Cholitolindo

Wow! It seems like the last three comments  come from the same angry Peruvian restuarant (everybody knows who you are). This guy Pepe is right: Denver does not have any good Peruvian restaurants. As a native Peruvian myself, I can't wait to see what this new place has to offer. Best wishes.

Ana Payne
Ana Payne

You must not go to Peru very often, I go to Peru once or twice a year,  I have had CEVICHE from tilapia fish there and it is very delicious. I am from Peru but I moved to Denver since 1981 and the Peruvian restaurant that is down town Denver is authentic Peruvian food and putting other businesses down is not good business ethics. Criticising the competition is not good. Instead you should focus on your own business. Every Peruvian restaurant here in Colorado have their own style and are good. I am not sure how you are going to make a " Lomo Saltado or Jalea" with out frying. So good luck with that. I am not very familiar with food suppliers but they are the ones that carry rice, sugar and oils sysco and shamrock. Good luck with your local ones.Oh by the way they do not have HALIBUT fish in Peru LOL. Actions speak louder than words and good luck with your restaurant.

Carlabielich
Carlabielich

Well,well it sounds to me you are putting other Peruvian Restaurants down, if u are going to be so good and cheap, just do it and let us the consumers decide and rate u, I am Peruvian and lived in Colorado for the last 32 years and I go to Peru often, I don't miss the food cause there are EXCELLENT Peruvian restaurant here in Denver, I will go to ur place now just to check how will you do with the french fries for el Lomo Saltado & if ur going to have Jalea d Mariscos u will steam it?? And will be un Sudado, pretty funny & ridiculous ur comments about other Peruvian Restaurants!!!!!

Juanjosecharapa
Juanjosecharapa

Pepe, you sound like a real peace of work; the word pompous come to mind. Curious, how are you going to make Lomo Saltado without frying the meat? As a business owner myself, you don't criticize the competition with cheap shots, you prove that you are better. 

RenglanderRELO
RenglanderRELO

Good luck!  It's great to see new businesses coming into neighborhoods.  And with a unique cuisine it will offer some great diversity.

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