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Velvet Buffalo Modern Italian Earns Wine Spectator Restaurant Award in 2021

Downtown Beloit restaurant honored for second consecutive year

Velvet Buffalo Modern Italian, a contemporary Italian restaurant in downtown Beloit, has been honored for its outstanding wine program in Wine Spectator’s 2021 Restaurant Awards. The annual program recognizes restaurants around the world as the top destinations for wine lovers. Velvet Buffalo is the only restaurant in the stateline to earn this recognition.

“At Velvet Buffalo, we pair delicious food with incredible wine for the ultimate dining experience,” said Rocky Kitzman, general manager and sommelier at Velvet Buffalo Modern Italian. “Our impressive wine list brings guests from all over; we share this award with them and with our incredible team.”

Wine Spectator began its program to recognize the world’s best wine lists in 1981. Velvet Buffalo Modern Italian 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. To view Velvet Buffalo and the entire list of winners, click here.

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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