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Velvet Buffalo Modern Italian Earns Wine Spectator Restaurant Award in 2020

Downtown Beloit Italian restaurant honored for outstanding wine list

Rustic Italian restaurant Velvet Buffalo Modern Italian in downtown Beloit has been honored for its outstanding wine program in Wine Spectator’s 2020 Restaurant Awards. The annual program recognizes restaurants around the world as the top destinations for wine lovers.

“This year’s Wine Spectator Restaurant Award program celebrates restaurants’ resilience, dedication and bravery during these unprecedented times,” said Marvin R. Shanken, Editor and Publisher, Wine Spectator. “We hope that all of our award winners and the people who make them special will find their way through the crisis to once again welcome us through their doors. We look forward to raising a glass together, and to new beginnings.”

“Velvet Buffalo Modern Italian is proud to be recognized with the Award of Excellence, an honor that we will celebrate with our employees and our guests,” said Rocky Kitzman, general manager and sommelier at Velvet Buffalo Modern Italian. “Pairing incredible wines with made-from-scratch Italian classics is what we do best - and we love doing it.”

Wine Spectator began its program to recognize the world’s best wine lists in 1981. Velvet Buffalo has won the Award of Excellence, recognizing restaurants whose wine lists feature a well-chosen assortment of quality producers along with a thematic match to the menu in both price and style.

“Velvet Buffalo Modern Italian is proud to be recognized with the Award of Excellence, an honor that we will celebrate with our employees and our guests.”

Velvet Buffalo Modern Italian adds this to its growing list of awards and recognition, including Open Table's Diners' Choice Award.

About Wine Spectator

Wine Spectator is the world’s leading authority on wine. Anchored by Wine Spectator magazine, a print publication that reaches around 3 million readers worldwide, the brand also encompasses the Web’s most comprehensive wine site (, mobile platforms and a series of signature events. Wine Spectator examines the world of wine from the vineyard to the table, exploring wine’s role in contemporary culture and delivering expert reviews of more than 15,000 wines each year. Parent company M. Shanken Communications, Inc., also publishes Cigar Aficionado, Whisky Advocate, Market Watch, Shanken News Daily and Shanken’s Impact Newsletter.

About Velvet Buffalo Modern Italian

Modern in experience and timeless in taste, Velvet Buffalo Modern Italian delivers fresh ingredients with a side of rustic charm. Our rotating seasonal menu features thoughtfully crafted dishes made from scratch that are inspired by the many regions of Italy–from house-made pasta and artisan-style bread to sustainably sourced seafood and our own spin on traditional desserts. Velvet Buffalo Modern Italian is a member of the Geronimo Hospitality Group family of brands.

About Geronimo Hospitality Group

Headquartered in Beloit, Wisconsin, Geronimo Hospitality Group owns and operates a growing

collection of award-winning, upscale boutique hotels, restaurants and clubs. Committed to

providing memorable guest experiences through its genuine service and original brands,

Geronimo properties are distinguished as destinations of choice for locals and travelers in the

cities they operate. For more information, visit:


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