La Dolce Vita 6

Via Perla: Italian Hospitality 
in the West End

Pearl Street is bustling with life on a Thursday evening as I make my way to Boulder’s new Italian hotspot, Via Perla. Bordered by both 9th and Pearl streets in the heart of the West End, Via Perla is flanked by an outdoor patio perfect for Pearl Street people-watching over artfully crafted Italian fare.

I spoke with Owner Peg Romano, no stranger to the Boulder restaurant scene, as we enjoyed bites of an array of menu items straight from the kitchen prepared by Head Chef Martin Woods. Alongside her husband, Romano operates the famed Med as well as Brasserie Ten Ten.

“This is our town,” Romano states, heartfully putting into words how connected to Boulder both she and her husband feel. She goes on to describe the great people she has met as a result of being in the restaurant business. “We love entertaining our friends, neighbors and all of the visitors to Boulder. We feel very fortunate and proud,” Romano remarks about her years in the restaurant industry.

Italian hospitality. It’s real. Though not Italian by birth, various travel experiences allow the Romanos to offer dishes reminiscent of their many family trips to Italy. Menu items such as Tonnarelli Cacio e Pepe ($13) and Tortelli Di Ricotta ($15) add Italian flare to the lunch menu with house-made pastas and ricotta. For dinner, the Gnocchi Al Pomodoro ($16) is a must-try, as is the Pesce Al Limone ($31). The menu changes weekly or at chef’s discretion.

“It’s nice to feel you have traveled a bit when going out for dinner,” Romano explains of the undeniable authentic Italian influence in nearly every dish.

Jet-setters and homebodies alike can appreciate the focus on experience that comes hand-in-hand with dining at Via Perla. The Romano family has created a true downtown gem, for now sparkling and new, but forever timeless and authentic.