Italian

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. Check out Cart-Driver, the new (but smaller) Denver outpost.

Osteria Marco

A casual tavern with 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 like bison Bolognese.

Il Posto

A neighborhood haven where 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.

Mangiamo Pronto!

Order a simple and fresh salad, pizza, or panini at this bistro. Try the grilled pollame panino with pulled chicken breast, baby arugula, black currants, and house vinaigrette. Stop in before work for a veggie frittata.

Mamma Mia Trattoria

Enter a classic Italian eatery and try the roast beef carpaccio with arugula and marinated Roman-style artichokes. Pizza lovers will dig the hand-tossed pies with scratch-made sauces.

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