Little Nell announces 'Element 47'

By Aspen Skiing Company
Real AspenSeptember 4, 2012
Plans are underway to remodel The Little Nell’s famed Montagna Restaurant in the fall of 2012, with the award-winning restaurant re-emerging as Element 47 on Thanksgiving Day.

Element 47 is silver on the periodic table, a precious metal firmly tied to Aspen’s past. The City of Aspen was founded as a mining camp during the Colorado silver boom of the 1880s.

Element 47 is set to open in November.
Photo courtesy of The Little Nell

New to Element 47, and a major departure from the current prix fixe menu format at Montagna, guests will choose from a menu separated into four distinct “elements” labeled Garden (vegetable dishes), Sea (fish), Sky (poultry) and Field (beef, game, etc.). Each quadrant will include appetizers, sharable items and entrees. Colorado agriculture will be the focal point of Chef Robert McCormick’s menu, drawing from local produce and livestock as well as sustainable seafood from both the East and West coast.

“This remodel will help us create a more approachable and inviting dining experience where guests can join us for just a few small plates or a multi-course dinner,” said Sabato Sagaria, food and beverage director at The Little Nell. “The décor will be contemporary and warm, and our commitment to sustainable, local food and drinks will be stronger than ever.”

The Little Nell hired 2012 James Beard Restaurant Design award-winner Bentel & Bentel to spearhead the renovation. Design elements include a fortified connection between the vibrant bar scene to the dining room, a focus on large-scale artwork, a glass wine wall incorporating the restaurant’s Wine Spectator Grand Award-winning cellar and lighting that will provide a distinct look for each meal period. The space will also include natural elements such as stone, sumptuous wood, blackened steel and rich leather seating softened by luxurious fabrics and wall coverings.

The restaurant will close Sept. 10 for the renovation, with the final dinner service on Sept. 8. From Sept. 5-8, the restaurant will be offering a special three course menu for $58, as well as 15 percent of all wine. Live music will be provided by Steve Peer on Saturday, Sept. 8, as a final goodbye to Montagna.


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