“Massimo Ruffinazzi, who was born and raised in Casteggio, Lombardia Italy, was chef/partner at Il Fornaio, an Italian restaurant that once occupied prime real estate in LoDo, before it shuttered (the Tech Center location still stands) and was resurrected last year as Big Game. Il Fornaio has always been lauded, if, for nothing else, its breads, and Ruffinazzi is a bona fide bread-head and consummate counterman, turning out loaves of love at Maci Cafe, his groovy java and sandwich cafe in Highland.”
— Lori Midson
Since Massimo Ruffinazzi, who was born and raised in Italy and then was a chef/partner at Il Fornaio, took over the Shangri-La coffee house in LoHi three years ago, he’s given neighbors plenty of reasons to hang out there. Great coffee, for starters, as well as homemade breads, salumi plates and salad. And now he’s truly making the place his own. The interior has already gotten an update — but the menu still features that same unbeatable lineup, including the town’s best panini!