Cowboy Ciao in Montrose, CO
A new Italian restaurant in Montrose, CO, an hour and a half north of Telluride.
Cowboy chow and Italian cuisine might seem an odd combination, but the folks at Damiano’s Cowboy Ciao on North Townsend Avenue make it work. The staff is comprised of Lisa Damiano, Charley Burch and Brandt Olsen, with Chef Anthony Damiano and Rich Bischak in the kitchen.
Cowboy Chow in Montrose keeps overhead to a minimum by personally decorating the interior with the help of an artist friend to create a warm feel with a distressed paint finish on the walls. The tablecloths are long strips of brown paper, and the window treatments are sheets of burlap tied with a lasso. On the walls are several large black and white photographs of Italian scenes, interspersed with authentic cowboy artifacts and a few framed newspaper articles about Chef Damiano.
As former executive chef for the Russian Tea Room in New York City, Anthony Damiano knows Italian and cooking and this is no ordinary cafe on the north end of Townsend Avenue. Cowboy Ciao’s food is comfort food that combines an Italian flair for a great taste – all ingredients are fresh, including seafood flown in by a local distributor.
Dinner is only served on Friday and Saturday nights from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. Daily breakfast and lunch or brunch is served as well where sausage gravy and biscuits keep the Italian, cowboy theme, combining Italian sausage and a roasted garlic!
Burgers on the lunch menu range from the 16-ounce, kickass burger to the cowgirl sod buster made of provolone cheese, cilantro-whipped cream cheese, lettuce, tomato, sprouts, cucumber, onions and avocado served in wheat berry bread and finished with a roasted tomato bruschetta dipping sauce. Omelets are made to order, with other menu items include such as Bananas Foster French toast and turkey cranberry pesto panini served with sliced roasted turkey breast, cage aged Gruyere Swiss and candied cranberry pesto.