Chef brings southern Italian flavor to Colorado

Chef brings southern Italian flavor to Colorado

Kelly Whitaker, owner of Basta and Cart-Driver, emphasizes local sourcing and preservation

Chef Kelly Whitaker spent 10 years in fine-dining restaurants in Italy and Los Angeles before coming to Colorado in 2008. 

Whitaker opened his first restaurant, Basta, a pizzeria and Italian restaurant, in Boulder in early 2010. He followed it in 2014 with Cart-Driver, a pizza joint and oyster bar inspired by the casual roadside spots in Italy’s Campania region, where Naples is located, that sold pizza and fried sardines. (He thought oysters were more suited to the American pala

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