Food so good, you can taste the passion!

Mutu’s Italian Kitchen is the vision of Chef/Owner Rustin Newton and has become an icon in the culinary landscape of Durango since November 2005.


Located in the heart of historic downtown Durango, Colorado,  Mutu's offers a bountiful menu, thanks in part to partnerships like Southwest Farm Fresh Co-op that provide fresh, local ingredients. Our menu consists of classic to contemporary dishes from all over the Italian landscape and fresh, homemade bread is baked every day and our signature house-made sun-dried tomato and basil butter is so good, it leaves customers asking for more!

Mutu’s is active in our community by supporting many non-profits and charitable organizations. 




Before Rustin made his way to Durango in 1998 to raise his family, his resume included:

  • The Arizona Biltmore; a 5 Star and 5 Diamond Resort 

  • Chef and instructor at the California Culinary Academy

  • A silver medal awarded at the '96 Culinary Olympics as a member of the Western Regional Culinary Olympic team in Frankfurt Germany. 

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