The first time my husband and I stumbled across this quaint Italian restaurant and market was the summer of 2015 when we journeyed to Durango for a weekend getaway. Much has changed since that first visit including the layout and interior decorations.
While on our visit to Durango this past December we knew that Guido’s was at the top of our list for a bite to eat. Our last night in town we decided we would walk from our Airbnb to Guido’s (1201 Main Ave. #102) for a scrumptious last dinner on our vacay. However, after some 20 blocks of trudging our way through the cold, we got to the restaurant and they told us we had gotten there too late and the kitchen had already shut down. Bummer! We decided we would go back the following day for lunch before we left back to Abq.
And booooyyy were we glad we did!
After an unlucky spell the previous night, we got there a few minutes before they opened and they sat us while they were busy preparing for the day ahead. The outside of the restaurant is little unusual- it’s relatively far from other restaurants on Main St and on the bottom floor of an apartment building. The interior had changed since we last ate here from a quaint Italian market to a more upscale restaurant (perfect for date night… or date lunch). Lanterns hung from the ceiling all while natural light beamed through the windows to lighten up the dark space.
After perusing the menu, CJ and I decided that we would start with the Garlic Bread. It wasn’t quite what we were expecting… though still incredible. It comes out crunchy (we were expecting something similar to Olive Garden breadsticks I suppose) and already doused in oil and herbs.
Within minutes of being served our appetizer we had cleaned off the plate and were eager for our main dishes. CJ decided on the Lasagna Bolognese as his main course while I chose Guido’s Ragu. Our early arrival to the restaurant meant the kitchen got our food out quicker…. not long after we polished off our appetizer, our entrees were being carried to our table. As our waitress set CJ’s lasagna and my Ragu in front of us our eyes widened and mouths began to water. Mmmm…. the aroma filled our noses as we prepared to chow down.
*Lasagna Bolognese pictured on the left….Guido’s Ragu pictured on the right*
As I took my first bite my mouth began a happy dance as it experienced the melt in your mouth combination of the cheese, the sauce, and the noodles. Nothing quite compares to a good homemade pasta… it truly is a comfort food. Unfortunately our plates did not stay full for very long… though our stomachs did. After licking our plates clean we headed over to the corner of the restaurant that showcases Guido’s Italian Market. In 2015, this Italian market seemed to be the main attraction of the building, however, it now seems to have been pushed to the side to make way for the growing popularity of the restaurant itself.
Guido’s imports certain Italian foods such as sauces, cheeses, meats, and even anchovies from Italy to Durango for those who wish to purchase them. I decided on a few sauces, an imported olive oil, and a few packages of pasta to take back home. On our journey back to Albuquerque we raved about what a delicious last lunch we had in Durango, and how we were happy we were able to get in for a quick meal. Guido’s is probably our favorite Italian restaurant and we hope to come back sooner rather than later. We will definitely be back the next time we’re in Durango!
1201 Main Ave.
Durango, CO 81301
HOURS OF OPERATION
Open Mon – Sat
Deli: 11:30 am-5:00 pm
Lunch: 11:30am-5:00 pm
Dinner: 5:00 pm-9:00 pm
Happy Hour: 4:00 pm-6:00 pm