Mici Handcrafted Italian

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Mici Handcrafted Italian is now open in Stapleton.

The family owned restaurant has a location in Downtown Denver and Cherry Creek North, and just opened in Stapleton’s South End neighborhood this month.

Now at 2373 Central Park Blvd. and 303.355.6424.

We sat down with the restaurant’s owners, the Miceli family …

Brookfield Properties: Why did you open Mici?

The Miceli Family: In 2004, we opened Mici because we felt like we would be filling a niche in the quick, casual industry – which was really taking off at the time.

We were excited about the idea of combining this concept with our family recipes. We are passionate about our Italian heritage and the food that we grew up on and loved the idea of turning it into a business.

Brookfield Properties: Why move to Stapleton?

The Miceli Family: We realized at our Cherry Creek North location that our concept is very family friendly. On any given Friday night, our place is filled with happy children and parents having a fun, casual dinner with friends and neighbors. We found a space in Stapleton that was a good fit for our concept (customers order at the counter and the food is brought to the table).

We were so excited about moving Mici to Stapleton that the two Miceli brothers and their families moved into the neighborhood as well.

Brookfield Properties: Why should other businesses open in the neighborhood?

The Miceli Family: Adding to the variety of the community and opening in an area that fits our demographic is what attracted us. Local, small businesses are needed to serve Stapleton’s residents, who moved to this area for its urban feel. We think families want the ability to walk up the street to grab a bite to eat, get an ice cream cone or just run a quick errand.

Brookfield Properties: What makes Mici unique – what would you like to highlight?

The Miceli Family: We are two brothers and a sister who started Mici eight years ago with the support of our parents. Now, our family has grown and includes spouses that are just as passionate about Mici as we are!

At Mici, we take pride in serving our family recipes. However, as we all know, most good cooks don’t use recipes. So, before we opened for business in 2004, we had to stand next to our father in the kitchen with a pen and paper and document his every move to create recipes that could be easily duplicated over and over again to provide our customers with consistency. You will find every one of us at work, not behind a desk, but in the daily operations of our business, ensuring that we maintain our high standards of service.

One of our standards, that was instilled in us by our father and passed down by our great grandfather, is to use only the best ingredients. At Mici, we use Proscuitto di Parma and Parmigiano Reggiano in our recipes, along with other premium ingredients, while still keeping our prices affordable to our customers. We offer dine-in, curb–side take-out, delivery and catering.

We were also fortunate enough to receive three People’s Choice Awards from 5280’s Top of the Town for 2012: Best Bargain Bites, Best Italian and Best Meatball.

Brookfield Properties: What are some of your most popular menu items?

The Miceli Family: Pizzas are very popular at Mici. We make our dough fresh daily. Our pizzas cook directly on a stone, which gives our crust a great texture – crunchy on the outside and chewy on the inside.

Our Pizza di Pina is made with a blend of cheeses and thinly sliced fresh zucchini – a recipe straight from our cousin in Italy. Our DiGirolomo pizza is one that we grew up eating and is an amazing combination of flavors – gorgonzola cheese, pepperoncini peppers and pepperoni.

Our meatballs are made using our family recipe – we mix the ingredients together very delicately for a soft and moist texture and hand-roll each and every one ourselves. Our marinara and Cortonese sauces are family recipes, as well, and take hours to simmer to perfection. Our most decadent pasta and one that we grew up eating on special occasions is our Tortellini alla Miceli, which is cheese tortellini in our homemade cream sauce with Proscuitto di Parma and sweet peas.

And many customers make a special trip just for some gelato!

Brookfield Properties: Will you offer a discount for children or regular specials?

The Miceli Family: We offer a six-item children’s menu (which sells for $5 and includes a drink).

We offer lunch combinations beginning at $7.25, a 16” pizza and bottle of house wine for $25, and homemade lasagna for $8.50 every Tuesday. We also have a loyalty program, which offers “members-only” specials, free food and discounts. It is quick and easy to sign up at MiciItalian.com. Also, we offer children a piece of pizza dough to play with and have a large window into the kitchen, where children enjoy watching pizzas being made.

Brookfield Properties: What are your future plans for growth – would you like to open additional locations?

The Miceli Family: It is flattering to us when customers approach us and ask when we’ll be opening a store in their neighborhood. It is fun to think about, but maintaining quality at our existing locations is our top priority.

Brookfield Properties: Do you plan to serve breakfast at the Stapleton location?

The Miceli Family: We will be opening for breakfast at our Cherry Creek location at the end of August. We will serve LavAzza coffee and espresso drinks, frittata, breakfast panini, breakfast pizza, fresh fruit, yogurt and an assortment of pastries.

If everything goes well, we plan to open for breakfast in Stapleton later this year.

Brookfield Properties: Is there anything you would like to add?

The Miceli Family: We are very community-minded and support many, local children’s organizations, along with our neighborhood schools. The Miceli family looks forward to getting to know the Stapleton community and we hope to contribute to the growth and potential of this wonderful neighborhood! You can visit us online at MiciItalian.com.