Tony’s Market is Denver’s oldest family run specialty food store, opened by Tony Rosacci and his family at Dry Creek Road in Centennial all the way back in 1978. Today, the store has four retail locations, a catering division, a barbecue division and a burger and pizza bistro nestled inside the store at their Broadway shop. We happened upon one of the markets the weekend before our wedding last year by chance. We had just visited my Uncle Wayne and popped into the market on Bowles Avenue in Littleton afterward, where we split a killer sandwich and an ice cold Vernor’s.
Last week, we had the honor of being invited with a handful of Denver bloggers (we were delighted to see Courtney and we met Molly from 303 Magazine and food blogger Barbara) and media peeps to visit the store on Broadway to check out their updated burger menu and take a tour with Chef Bucky Jaquess, who joined the management team for Tony’s earlier this year.
Any chef would be thrilled to work in a restaurant that has this level of talent, not to mention an in-house butcher and grocery. Together with this team and Tony’s resources, we’ve set out to make the perfect burger and pizza. We use classic, imported flour. We make our own compound butter, stock, dressings, pickles, mozzarella and bacon among other things. We do everything we can to control the process and to produce simple yet fun flavors. – Chef Jaquess
Chef Jaquess treated us to small bites of bruschetta, sliders, freshly sliced porchetta, salami and parmesan. We munched while he told us about running the day-to-day business of Tony’s and how thrilled he was to join the ranks of one of Denver’s most successful families. Afterward, he led us back into the kitchen to watch a batch of fresh buffalo mozzarella being made. After pulling and stretching it carefully and then forming it into precise rounds, the prep chef dunked the cheese in cold water and then sliced it for us to sample. It was truly divine.
Desserts are my jam, said everyone ever, so I was most excited to swing past the colorful and tempting pastry case to sample a variety of brownies. Not to name names, but Drew was eyeing the key lime tarts pretty fiercely. Key lime pie is his kryptonite.
We also cooled off in the walk-in freezer to lay our eyes upon the bags and bags of fresh oysters. Oyster Night is a weekly occurrence at the Broadway store on Friday nights beginning at 4 p.m. Stop on in to shoot some back.
Because he makes friends everywhere he goes, Drew chatted up Kevin from Baere Brewing Company, a friendly fellow who knows his hops and kept Drew’s tulip glass full all night with chilled saison.
Next month, Tony’s will be holding their sixth annual “Local Days” at all four of their locations. This year, a couple dozen Colorado companies will be on-site with samples of their edible goods while the staff at Tony’s roasts chiles and grills burgers for the public. This fab-ness will happen Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at a different Tony’s Market location each week.
- August 8: Tony’s Market at 7421 W Bowles Ave in Littleton
- August 15: Tony’s Market at 874 W Happy Canyon Rd in Castle Rock
- August 22: Tony’s Market at 4991 E Dry Creek Rd in Centennial
- August 29: Tony’s Market at 950 Broadway in Denver
See you there!
We would love to extend a special thanks to Sara from The Condiment Marketing Co. for inviting us in this awesome event. She was all, “Want to come eat free food?” and we were like, “Take us to your leader.” Thank you, Sara! More info on the new burger menu is available on Tony’s Market blog. Be sure to follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Now excuse us while we dream up our next burger adventure.