A taste for fire

Eclectic American Bistro opens in Olde Town Arvada

Crystal Anderson
Bar manager Todd Dickler, sous chef James Wamboldt, general manager Christina Hunt and executive chef Rob Rotella, left to right, make up the executive and creative team behind Fire and Ice Bistro, in Olde Town Arvada.
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At the bar, guests can sip a variety of flaming and nitrogen-infused drinks, as well as a pint of Colorado craft beer.
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Arvada’s newest bistro creates a fusion of the elements bringing a fiery flavor to a cool palate.

A little under a month ago, the Fire and Ice Bistro, 5515 Olde Wadsworth Blvd., took over the former Woodburns Deli with a flair for show. Created by Executive Chef Rob Rotella, and Woodburn owners Rick and Debbie Reeves, Fire and Ice provides a cool, modern ambience for those who enjoy a Denver-type establishment with a fiery bit of spice, not for the faint of heart.

“I wanted to create something that was going to be using some of the elements,” Rotella said. “That’s why we have liquid nitrogen drinks, frozen things ... We’ll have the fire side, which is basically a lot of fire drinks and we’ll flame some of the dishes tableside as well — the inspiration is kind of crazy.”

A farm to table restaurant, the 1,900-square-foot bistro serves mainly American fusion entrees, such as the Fire and Ice Burger or Pyro dish, with some Asian and Mexican influences. Many of the entrees revolve around fire, and use Hatch peppers, scorpion chili and ghost chili to add flavor and heat to the dish.

“It’s not contemporary diner-style food, everything has a bit of a flavor punch to it and we try to do a lot of different flavor profiles too,” Rotella said.

With a multitude of fresh, local ingredients, both on and off the bar, bistro customers and chefs alike aren’t limited in terms of creativity.

“I love that I can be creative,” said sous chef James Wamboldt. “If there’s something that I want to try, I can throw it together, and if it works, he’ll let me run it as a special.”

Along with the fusion on the table, Fire and Ice also offers a variety of ice-cold beverages for their customers. With 10 Colorado craft brews on tap, nitrogen-fused and flaming drinks, create your own adult milkshakes, the bar menu is frozen in flair.

To be inclusive and health-conscious, the bistro accommodates individual dietary needs as well as desires, willing to make custom entrees, deserts or drinks a customer might be craving.

“This is really something that Arvada doesn’t have, this kind of vibe,” said Christina Hunt, general manager of the restaurant. “It’s lively, warm and inviting.”

Open for lunch and dinner daily, the restaurant offers a variety of options to salivate and, possibly, scorch the palate.

“We’re going to be hot,” Rotella said. “It’s going to be one of the happening’ places, and we’re going to blow Arvada out.”

For more information or to see a menu, visit www.fireandicebistroco.com.