Try this week: The Torresdale @ D’Angelo’s Italian Deli

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D’Angelo’s in north Boulder is a terrific little Italian deli. The menu (and names of menu items, and decorations for that matter) are inspired by the owners’ Philly roots and Sicilian heritage. Get meat-packed cheesesteaks, crab fries, parm sandwiches and cold hoagies that would not be out of place back on the East Coast. We opted for one of D’Angelo’s Italian sub variations on a recent visit, the Torresdale. Ham, Genoa salami, capicola and provolone are piled high and topped with fresh lettuce, tomato, oil and vinegar, salt, pepper and oregano. The bread is crusty with a satisfying chew, and the combination of spicy meats and bright vinegar is an irresistible juxtaposition.

The Torresdale, $8-$11.25. D’Angelo’s Italian Deli, 3325, 28th St., Boulder, 303-247-9000, dangelosdeli.com

Polis aims for May 15 reopening of restaurants

On April 20, Gov. Jared Polis announced hopes that restaurant dining rooms could reopen as early as May 15, pending the continued reduced spread of COVID-19. Polis said other businesses could begin reopening as soon as next week. Guidelines for social distancing within restaurants are still being determined, but it’s likely restaurants will have to adhere to strict safety protocols and six-foot distancing of tables in order to accommodate best practices. Until then, restaurants and bars can still offer to-go and delivery options (see our list of Boulder County restaurants offering these services at boulderweekly.com/cuisine/restaurant-listings).

Escoffier launches free classes

Tens of thousands of restaurant and food industry workers have been laid off, furloughed or had their hours cut as stay-at-home orders have been in effect over the last month. To help those folks come out prepared on the other side of this, the Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts, which has a campus in Boulder, announced it will offer free access to some of its online courses to hospitality staff. The resources include courses on recipe-building, certain food groups, knife skills and more. “Many culinary workers are struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic and we wanted to show them our support by sharing this relevant content,” said Miles Mitchel, Escoffier chief academic officer. “We hope they are back in their restaurant kitchens soon, but in the meantime, they can continue to sharpen their culinary skills and knowledge during this downturn.”

Colorado Brewers Guild celebrates with a virtual birthday party

From 1-6 p.m. on April 25, the Colorado Brewers Guild will host a virtual “beerthday party” to celebrate 25 years of promotion and protecting “The State of Craft Beer.” Since the pandemic forced the CBG to cancel its annual fundraiser events — Collaboration Fest and Colorado Pint Day — participation in the event will support the Guild while celebrating Centennial State brewers. Sign up at coloradobeer.org and use code: HAPPYBEERTHDAYCBG and get into the event for $5.

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