As a leading restaurant in Boulder, we are aware of our responsibility to research environmentally conscious methods of procuring all of the fine food we serve here at Ristorante L. This includes using local ingredients whenever possible, and supporting ecologically sustainable businesses.
The word “localvore” is one that will be seen more and more as consumers become increasingly aware of their impact upon the environment. A localvore is someone who eats only locally-grown and produced food, committed to eating and learning about food grown within their food shed. Localvores recognize that there are multiple benefits of eating food grown close to home. The informal movement has sprouted in the past five years in response to a food supply that has become increasingly global and sprawling. At Ristorante L, our chefs are making every effort possible to ensure that Ristorante L is a Restaurant that Localvores will be proud to dine in.
There are, of course, some ingredients that cannot be found in Colorado. When forced to go outside of our area, you have our commitment that we research each and every company we support, using only the most ecologically sustainable companies doing business. When it comes to seafood, our chefs consider many factors when choosing whom to operate with. We are constantly looking into the sustainability of the resources; the possible toxicity of the fish, going as low on the food chain as possible; and the methods used in catching or raising the fish.
Ristorante L also practices the same basic “green” efforts that most of us use in our home: we recycle and compost in our kitchen, and are very conscious of waste throughout the restaurant, reusing before we need to recycle. We minimize our use of electricity by allowing natural light to fill our restaurant whenever possible; we use compostable sugar-cane to-go containers; we use a small, locally owned coffee provider; our dishwashing unit is designed to lower the use of water and energy, and reduce the chemicals and waste released to the environment; our bathrooms use flushless-urinals, and all water flow is regulated by low-use sensors.
Ristorante L is committed to operating a business that does not negatively impact our environment, while still delivering the highest quality product and service that you have come to expect from a local, family owned Boulder restaurant.