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Homegrown Tap & Dough (Arvada)

303-284-6087
Head here for Italian food with some Colorado charm. Pick from salad, pasta, and—of course—pizza options. Try the burgers, which feature Harris Ranch beef on Grateful Bread buns. Also try the Washington Park location.

Barolo Grill

303-393-1040
Barolo Grill's waitstaff takes an annual trip to Italy to learn about the cuisine. That dedication to authenticity translates to the food and wine menus, too. Try the agnolotti del plin, or opt for the chef's tasting menu with optional wine pairings for the full experience.

Saucy Noodle Ristorante

303-733-6977
A family-owned restaurant since 1964 serving simple, traditional Italian food. Enjoy a generous portion of pasta with one of the three house-made red sauces or a delicious pizza like the margherita. Be sure to try one of the specialty giant meatballs.

Chow Morso

303-952-7819
A more casual offshoot of Denver's popular Barolo Grill, Chow Morso serves Italian street food and fresh pastas. Dig into the fritto misto and beef agnolotti with sage brown butter. Finish with the house-made pistachio gelato.

Spuntino

303-433-0949
Enjoy the locally sourced menu at this Italian-inspired spot. Try the seasonal pasta or any dish with goat. Don't miss the house-made gelato for dessert.

Tavernetta

720-605-1889
The team behind Boulder's acclaimed Frasca Food and Wine offers the same attention to detail and hospitality at their more casual Denver restaurant. The charming space is home to dishes from across Italy and a deep wine list. Try the "pollo girarrosto," a whole rotisserie-roasted chicken for two served with potatoes and escarole.

Roma Cucina e Piazza

303-449-1787
Enjoy the robust flavors of authentic Italian cuisine. Try pizza from the wood-fired oven, house-made pasta, fresh seafood, and tiramisu.
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Coperta

720-749-4666
Warm up with comforting Italian fare at this restaurant, which celebrates the cuisine of Rome and Southern Italy. Sit at the mozzarella bar and top the house-made cheese with your choice of garnishes like olives, peppers, pesto, and marmalade.

Farro Italian Restaurant

303-694-5432
Get a taste of Northern Italy at this casual, neighborhood-oriented restaurant with dishes like sausage and peppers, and grilled salmon filet with spinach risotto.

North

720-941-7700
This restaurant offers a variety of made-from-scratch Italian meals, from inventive pastas and to vibrant pizzas. Try the Bolognese or Short Rib Radiatori.

Mamma Mia Trattoria

303-963-5305
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.

Edgewater Inn

303-237-3524
This inn has been family owned and operated for more than 50 years. Try the Howdy Pizza, a combo of sausage, green peppers, mushrooms, and jalapeño peppers.

Lechuga’s Italian Restaurant (Lakewood)

303-238-1037
An offshoot of the Highland location, this old-school Italian restaurant serves dishes such as savory cannoli (dough pockets stuffed with sausages and meatballs) and buckets of spaghetti and marinara sauce. Multiple locations.

Café Mercato

303-366-1315
The menu at this Lowry restaurant is based on Sicilian cuisine with house-made pastas and sausages. Enjoy wood-fired pizzas and dinners along with a glass of wine from an extensive list. Drop in on Sunday for brunch.

Parma Trattoria Mozzarella Bar

303-284-2741
Serving pastas, paninis, seafood, and pizzas with inspiration straight from Naples. Try the chef's favorite: the white pizza made with arugula, prosciutto, shaved parmesan, and extra virgin olive oil.
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Bar Dough

720-668-8506
Tuck into wood-fired pizzas and comforting pastas from chef-owner Max Mackissock and executive chef Carrie Baird at this casual gathering spot.

Brik on York

303-284-6754
This modern wine bar features Neapolitan pizzas baked in an imported oven, antipasti platters, and seasonal small plates like wood-fired Brussels sprouts and grilled artichoke. Don't miss the regional wine pairing dinners.

Sarto’s

303-455-1400
This authentic Italian restaurant serves house-made pastas, soups, and more. Stop into Sarto’s Pantry—the adjacent market—for grab-and-go sandwiches, salads, and pizzas.

Stefano’s Bakery & Deli

720-287-2062
Hot and cold sandwiches and calzones prepared with Italian bread baked fresh daily. Try a sandwich with capocollo, mortadella, sopressata (cured salami), and provolone.

Grammy’s Goodies

720-373-8432
After years of working the festival circuit, Grammy's Goodies has hunkered down at a brick and mortar to continue dishing up Italian mainstays like lasagna, garlic knots, and Sicilian pizza. Don't leave without one of the sweet treats baked from the owner's grandmother's recipes.

Spatola Italian Restaurant

303-477-4820
The owner of Dolce Sicilia brings his authentic Italian cuisine to Highland. Start with the crispy arancini (fried risotto balls stuffed with cheese) and don't miss the pasta carbonara.

Cafe Jordano

303-988-6863
This authentic Italian spot offers generous portions of good food (try the gnocchi). A relaxed atmosphere and moderate pricing make it perfect for family dining.

Portofino Pizza & Pasta

303-841-9900
With classic items like garlic knots, calzones, and caesar salad, you'll think you're in a pizza shop in Manhattan. Try the house-made meat lasagna and fresh mozzarella at this family-friendly restaurant.

Mangiamo Pronto!

303-297-1229
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.

Marcella’s Ristorante

720-484-5484
The menu at this Italian cafe offers pizza, pasta, and fabulous cheese and charcuterie platters. Try the signature braised veal meatball with tomato sauce.

Pino’s Place

720-761-9917
This Tuscan-inspired Englewood eatery offers comfort food staples. Start with an order of the meatballs and move on to a classic pizza or pasta dish. Indulge in the panna cotta for dessert.

Salati Italian Street Food

303-307-1695
Rooted in Italian tradition, this welcoming hot spot offers local brews and street food options including prosciutto grilled flatbread, carpaccio, and pork puttanesca.

Postino

303-433-6363
This wine bar offers an approachable list of vinos paired with casual fare, including bruschetta, panini, and small plates.

The Wooden Table

303-730-2152
Hand-crafted wooden tables set a welcoming tone at this elegant restaurant. Dig into the veal osso buco, a braised veal shank served with potatos, parsnips, hedgehog mushrooms, pine nut gremolata, and a fresh horseradish purée.

Parry’s Pizzeria & Bar

303-683-0600
Enjoy authentic New York style pizza such as the Manhattan Pesto pizza or the Upstate Chicken, a buffalo chicken pizza. Choose from 50 craft brews on draft, and for dessert try the School Yard, a deep-fried peanut butter and jelly sandwich topped with vanilla ice cream, fudge, and caramel.

Angelo’s Taverna (Littleton)

720-532-1389
This neighborhood nook dishes up a selection of raw and fried oysters alongside elevated Italian cuisine. Try the lobster gnocchi served with leeks and a lobster tomato sauce. Multiple locations.

Locanda Del Borgo

303-388-0282
This modern setting offers authentic house-made pasta and entrées such as sea bass cooked on a wood-burning grill.

Pantaleone’s

303-757-3456
Since 1985, this casual, family-friendly restaurant has served up Italian classics like pizza, lasagna, and spaghetti. The owner/chef is Greek, so also try the Greek salad.

Brio Tuscan Grille (Cherry Creek)

303-329-0222
This restaurant satisfies with Italian as well as steak house fare. Begin a meal with roasted red pepper bruschetta, then dig into grilled salmon fresca, carbonara, or filet mignon. The large banquet room can accommodate parties of up to 60.

Mici Handcrafted Italian (Downtown)

303-629-6424
A perfect combination of family recipes and modern style. Serving salads, pizza, pasta, panini, and more in a quick and casual atmosphere. Dine-in, carry-out, delivery within three mile, and catering.

Angelo’s Taverna

303-744-3366
This neighborhood nook dishes up a selection of raw and fried oysters alongside elevated Italian cuisine. Try the lobster gnocchi served with leeks and a lobster tomato sauce. Multiple locations.

Sforno Trattoria Romana

303-449-1787
Like its sisters Bacco Trattoria and Parma Trattoria, Sforno serves hearty, family-style Roman fare. Try the house-made paperdalle bolognese or the bison ossobuco alla Romana, served with house-made gnocchi.

Carelli’s Restaurant

303-938-9300
Casually elegant contemporary ristorante serving classic northern and southern Italian dishes. In-house creperia bar features made-from-scratch desserts.

Arugula Bar e Ristorante

303-443-5100
This upscale Boulder restaurant serves natural, contemporary Italian cuisine. Try the Colorado bison Bolognese with orecchiette pasta, fresh herbs, and shaved Grana Padano.

Bar Red

303-573-0223
Stop in at this modern Italian spot for lunch or dinner, and stay late for cocktails and more. Try the prosciutto di parma pizza and sip on a signature cocktail after your meal.

Piatti Ristorante & Bar

303-321-1919
This Cherry Creek North staple serves multiregional Italian food with flair. Fresh pastas, game, fish, and poultry round out a menu that uses fresh, local ingredients.

Pizzeria da Lupo

303-396-6366
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.
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Cattivella

303-645-3779
Former Panzano chef Elise Wiggins offers rustic, wood-fired Italian fare from a sprawling chef’s counter. Go for grilled oysters, seasonal pizzas, and house-aged steaks.

Via Baci

303-790-0828
Fast-casual restaurant offering wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas, entree salads, and undiscovered Italian wines. On Sunday kids eat for $2.

Osteria Marco

303-534-5855
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.

Nonna’s Chicago Bistro

303-399-2000
This quaint bistro offers a dose of Chicago and Italy in a cozy, Tuscan-style dining room. Favorites include the delicate marinara, homemade meatballs, and rustic ciabatta. Don't miss the live musical entertainment.

Shells & Sauce

303-377-2091
Italian-American food with flair. The cozy dining room is decorated in warm Mediterranean style and complements the lively flavors in the dishes.

Il Posto

303-394-0100
The new location of this Uptown favorite features Andrea Frizzi’s upscale Italian cuisine in sleek, urban environs. Don't miss the seasonal risotto.

Brodo Italian Scratch Kitchen

303-953-1121
Enjoy Italian comfort food from the founders of the Wooden Table. Choose from a collection of pastas such as the house-made tortellini with herb goat cheese, or try the mussels cooked in garlic and white wine.

Mangia Bevi Cafe

303-763-1980
Snack on sweet potato fries or a Rusty's Sicilian burger, grilled salmon with onions and mushrooms, at this Italian cafe. There is an atmosphere to please everyone, grab a seat at the bar and see the kitchen or watch TV while you dine, or sit in a comfy chair by the fireplace.

Ristorante L

303-442-1300
The menu boasts Italian classics like salsiccia pizza with house-made fennel sausage, sea scallop risotto, or veal parmigiana.

Luca

303-832-6600
Convivial hospitality and exquisite Italian dishes greet you at this sophisticated spot. Favorite dishes include the pappardelle Bolognese and the house-made Burrata cheese.
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Dio Mio

303-562-1965
One thing you can count on at Alex Figura and Spencer White's new fast-casual Italian eatery: pasta. Try approachable takes on traditional plates such as cacio e pepe with pink peppercorns.

Lo Stella

303-825-1995
Lo Stella is the sister restaurant to the acclaimed original of the same name in Portofino, Italy. Don't miss the authentic, ingredient-driven Italian dishes like house-made ravioli with walnut sauce, or the scratch-made desserts.

Trattoria Stella

303-458-1128
Dine on homemade pastas and other delights at this colorful Italian restaurant. Take the kids before 6 p.m. and you'll get their meals for $2.

Via Perla

720-669-0100
Although related to Brasserie Ten Ten and the Mediterranean Restaurant, Via Perla is its own breed, serving Italian cuisine inspired by the many regions of Italy. Specializing in house-made pasta, go for the tagliatelle Bolognese or ricotta gnocchi with tomato sugo.

Carboy Winery

720-532-1389
With wine offerings including Sauvignon Blanc, rosé, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Sauvignon and shared plates such as charcuterie and salmon crudo, this winery (which is connected to the Littleton location of Angelo's Taverna) is the perfect happy hour spot.

Brio Tuscan Grille

303-662-9727
This restaurant satisfies with Italian as well as steakhouse fare. Begin a meal with roasted red pepper bruschetta, then dig into pasta alla vodka, filet mignon, or shrimp Mediterranean.

Trattoria Stella

303-320-8635
Dine on homemade pastas and other delights at this colorful Italian restaurant. Take the kids in before 6 p.m. and get their meals for $2.
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Frasca Food and Wine

303-442-6966
Chef Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson and master sommelier Bobby Stuckey’s fine-dining mecca has racked up scores of accolades over the years (including nods from the James Beard Foundation). The sumptuous Friulano cuisine, extensive wine list, elegant dining room, and gracious service combine for a memorable dining experience.

Blue Parrot

303-666-0677
This fourth-generation Italian restaurant opened in 1919, and it's been churning out favorites like the spaghetti with red sauce ever since.

Firenze a Tavola

303-561-0234
Parisi's answer to upscale Italian, this restaurant is located downstairs of the popular Berkeley spot and offers a savory Tuscan experience.
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Basta

303-997-8775
This wood-fired eatery offers straightforward flavors and good wine. Try the tuna panna cotta if it's on the menu. Save room for the rich and creamy tiramisu.

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