Italian

The Wooden Table

Hand-crafted wooden tables, hence the name, set a welcoming tone at this elegant restaurant. Dig into the Veal Osso Buco, a braised veal shank served with potatos, parsnips, hedgehog mushrooms, toasted pine nut gremolata, and a fresh horseradish puree. 

Pizzeria da Lupo

This Boulder hotspot offers simple Italian fare in a funky space (think hand-tiled mosaic floor and chandeliers). Order the saliche pizza: fennel sausage, rapini, ricotta, and house-made mozzarella.

Basta

This wood-fired eatery offers straightforward flavors and good wine. Try the "cart-driver" pizza with house-made sausage, rapini, mozzarella, fennel pollen, and chiles. Save room for the organic tiramisu.

Osteria Marco

This casual tavern features deep-set wooden booths, a spacious bar, and simple Italian cuisine. The menu lists approachable eats such as fresh house-made mozzarella, paper-thin cured meats, rustic pizza, and stacked paninis.

Frasca Food and Wine

A respect for honest ingredients coupled with innovation and technique helped skyrocket Frasca chef Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson to one of Food & Wine magazine's Best New Chefs. That was in 2005, but the accolades continue to pile up with nods in Bon Appetit, Gourmet, the New York Times, Esquire, and James Beard. Master sommelier Bobby Stuckey uses his finesse to oversee staff and charms diners in the elegant, understated dining room.

Arugula Bar e Ristorante

This upscale Boulder restaurant serves natural, contemporary Italian cuisine. Try the Colorado bison bolognese with orecchiette pasta, fresh herbs, and shaved Grana Padano. 

Il Posto

At this neighborhood haven, each server has sommelier status and the menu changes daily. 

Il Fornaio

Specialties include house-made pasta, wood-fired pizza, grilled fish, authentic risotto, rotisserie meats, and artisanal breads.

Pino's Pizzeria & Wine Bar

Fresh and original Italian staples. Try the nine-topping King pizza or the Diavola. Enjoy more than 50 wine options, hand-picked from small wineries in Italy.

Three Sons Italian Restaurant & Bar

Hasten to this restaurant for classic Italian fare, like the rigatoni pomodoro with crumbled sausage. Be sure to try one of their unique drinks, such as an Italian margarita or a lemoncello martini.

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