Spago at the Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch, Avon, Colorado
Avon , Colorado
Tel: 970 343 1555
Concierge.com's insider take:
Opened in December 2007, Wolfgang Puck's first ski resort outpost is the area's hottest (and possibly priciest) ticket. Helmed by longtime Puck executive chef Mark Ferguson, the 126-seat restaurant (with an additional three dozen seats in the bar and lounge area) was designed by Tony Chi to mix and match the Ritz-Carlton "ritzy-rustic" local stone and wood themes with playful touches such as faux-cowhide-covered chairs. The mood at night might be casual and playful (trim blondes in jeans, fab furs, and Uggs; tables of children digging into fries), but the food coming out of the big open kitchen is definitely serious. Puck fans will recognize menu classics such as his agnolotti with seasonal fillings (perhaps pumpkin and Mascarpone in sage butter) alongside pan-roasted venison and other ski country favorites. At dinner, you would be remiss if your table didn't sample the spicy tuna tartare in sesame-miso tuile cones, the pan-roasted duck breast, and the grilled Japanese Kobe New York strip, served with an addictive wasabi potato purée.
Open daily 11:30 am to 2 pm and 6 to 10 pm. Closed mid-April to late May