A couple of weeks ago, Mike and I took a road trip out to Steamboat Springs, Colorado. I had scheduled some photo shoots out there and we decided to stay a few extra days to enjoy the mountains together. Traveling is one of my favorite parts of my job, especially when it takes me to Colorado. Sit back and let me tell you all about a delicious spot called, Mazzola’s.


Mazzola’s is a part of Rex’s Family of Restaurants and has been around since 1970. It’s located right in the heart of Steamboat Springs, Colorado. The red awning and old windows are very charming. As you walk in, you immediately head downstairs to the restaurant and are greeted by a very friendly staff of people. There are windows and warm lights throughout the space to give it a cozy and fun dinner spot ambiance.

The bar is on the right and straight ahead are several hightop tables and additional booths that lead you to an open dining area in the back. Whatever your seating preference is, they have an option for you. As usual, Mike and I bellied up to the bar. We love the social aspect of being able to talk to the people who work there so we can get local tips on things to do and see while we’re in town.

The Food

Chef Ricky’s menu has something for everyone whether you’re on a date night or out with your family. The food is nothing less than phenomenal and they take Italian dining to a very creative level. The menu items I shot in order of appearance included: Lamb Bolognese, Chicken PiccataSicilian Mussels, Minestrone and Lobster Scampi.

Is your mouth watering yet? You can see more of their menu here.

Mike and I decided to stop in for a drink the night before my photo shoot so I could say hello and scout out the space and light. We weren’t planning to stay for dinner, but we did. The sights and smells of delicious food “made us stay.” We split the Bruschetta Pizza, which was so fresh and tasty. Next time we’re in town, I have big plans for myself and that Lobster Scampi.

Whether you’re living nearby or visiting Steamboat Springs, I highly recommend checking out Mazzola’s. They have happy hour in the bar everyday from 5-6, so at least stop in for a drink like Mike and I did. You’ll probably end up staying for dinner too.


All images © Regan Baroni 2016.

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