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 chocolate-hazelnut bread pudding.

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 panini.

Frasca Food and Wine

Chef Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson and master sommelier Bobby Stuckey’s fine-dining mecca has racked up scores of accolades over the years (including a nod from James Beard). The sumptuous Friulano cuisine, extensive wine list, elegant dining room, and gracious service combine for a memorable dining experience.

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

The new location of this Uptown favorite features Andrea Frizzi’s simple Italian cuisine and an on-hand sommelier. Start with the beef candle, an aromatic bone marrow and Italian herb appetizer that melts into a dip for your table. 

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 pollo pesto panini, chicken breast with arugula, roasted red bell peppers, basil pesto and goat cheese. 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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