Latigo opens in Ballpark

Chef Ignacio Leon is bringing his sophisticated take on traditional Mexican cuisine to Denver's Ballpark neighborhood.

Latigo, which recently opened at 22nd and Blake streets in the space once occupied by Zi South, will offer lunch and dinner daily.

"I am thrilled to have the opportunity to showcase authentic Mexican food in one of Denver's liveliest neighborhoods," Leon says. "Latigo's approach will be simple: to deliver fresh, high-quality cuisine that remains true to the traditions of Mexico."

Trained in Mexico City, Leon is best known for the restaurants he established with brothers Cesar and Roberto: Paxia, a contemporary Mexican bistro in Denver's Sunnyside neighborhood, and the taqueria chain Los Carboncitos, which has locations in Denver and Aurora.

Latigo will be larger and more upscale than Leon's previous efforts, with seating for 300 and a 25-seat patio. The name Latigo plays off the ropes that were a part of the space's original interior and refers to the sturdy leather strap used to secure a saddle.

Leon will offer classic dishes like Clayudas, an Oaxacan specialty that resembles a Mexican pizza, and Pescado Veracruz, a seafood favorite that features a sauce of olives, tomatoes and jalapenos. Much of the menu will be based on Leon family recipes, which Leon mastered cooking in his mother's kitchen.

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