Panzano
Panzano

Panzano

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.panzano-denver.com/
  • Phone: 3032963525x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 6:30am - 10:00am; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 8:00am - 2:30pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Organic, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Elise Wiggins
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Panzano boasts several large spaces for events and offers on and off-site catering for groups of 20 or more.
  • Special Events: We have space for your next event, private rooms for groups from 10 to 150 people. Please see our Private Dining Page for more information!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Champa St.
  • Public Transit: We are located just 3 blocks from the RTD Light Rail lines D, H and F
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Panzano offers $6 valet parking for up to 5 hours. It is located at the Hotel Monaco on Champa Street between 17th St. and 18th St.
A word from Panzano
“Chi mangia bene, vive bene" (Those that eat well, live well)



Award-winning Panzano and Chef Elise Wiggins offer the best in contemporary Northern Italian cuisine featuring local, organic, sustainable ingredients with uncompromising service and an award-winning wine list in a stylized urban setting inspired by the Italian streetscapes and terracotta tile roofs of Renaissance Florence.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Panzano reviews from OpenTable diners
302 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.4
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (187)fit for foodies (186)romantic (114)notable wine list (104)good for groups (88)great for lunch (62)neighborhood gem (58)hot spot (54)vibrant bar scene (45)great for brunch (43)late-night find (19)kid-friendly (8)scenic view (6)great for outdoor dining (3)Show More
  • Fantastic on every level
    SusanC
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    The appetizers, main course and desserts were all first class. I have Celiac, and they have a fantastic gluten-free selection. They are very aware of what it means to have to be truly gluten-free, and they go out of their way to be accommodating. They even have gluten-free bread that was fantastic (a rare find indeed)! The service was first class, and the attention to detail was impressive. I definite "must return" for me. I recommend Panzano without a doubt.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistently outstanding!
    slwilliamsVIP
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Panzano is that rare restaurant that stays consistently great, rather than resting on its reputation. A recent visit reminded me why I love this place so much. Sitting at the exhibition kitchen watching Chef Vincent leading the line is a lot like watching the conductor of a great orchestra. There's no drama in this kitchen, just the sense of camaraderie and mutual respect that's established by good leaders like Chefs Elise and Vincent. The grouper over spätzle was simply sublime, one of the best meals I have ever had (anywhere, including outside the US). The superb food is amply complemented by the attentive yet non-intrusive service, and the sommalier (Dan) can and will answer any questions and recommend a wine that is just ideal. Kudos!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • On the higher $$$ side but expected
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Service is great. Food and selection were good although my wife didn't care for the meatballs. Probably a little too spicy. Expect to fork over $60 plus per person.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nothing to rave about
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Bread was stale...soup/entree cold and tasted like it was from leftovers 4 days ago...can like quality smothered in spices to cover up overall bland nondescript flavor..what we looked forward to was a big disappointment....should have dined at our hotel across the street!!
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    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • An Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Great Italian food with some unique items - brussel sprouts and pestici (SP?) spicy meatballs with cheese stuffed pasta backed and served in a crock. Great bread selection too with sundried tomato tapenade.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch before the show
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    As a party of 6, we met for lunch / brunch prior to an afternoon performance downtown. Our menu items - mostly breakfast fare- were well presented and creative. Eggs benedict served on grilled polenta was a refreshing variation on the classic, and quite good. Service a little slow, but the dining room was busy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food. Poor Host Service
    VisitingDenver
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    This would have been a 5 star review, except we waited 40 minutes to be seated, and we had a reservation! The host checked us in, told us that it would just be a little wait while they were waiting for people to clear out of a couple tables...we were told to grab a drink at the bar and they would come get us when our table was ready. 35 minutes later, no one had come to get us, and we saw other parties walking in off the street (with NO reservation) being seated. My husband went to inquire at the host stand, and we didn't even get an apology. The hostess simply said "The other guy working the stand must have forgotten about you!" If it wasn't for our excellent waitress and delicious food, I would have walked out. Terrible host service.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic fare
    Raferjack
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    This was our first time dining here and we had a great time. The drinks were good and our bottle of wine was a good choice by our server to accompany our meal. The brussels sprouts appetizer was outstanding and the calamari was delicious. The veal, scallops and the spicy meatballs entrees were all very good. Excellent food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service/food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Everything is home made and fresh baked! Amazing.. Dmitry, our server was very personable and was extremely knowledgeable about the menu! Great experience
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • TIme2dineVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    It's been some time since I've been to Panzano. The last time was many years ago and it was very good then. I was hoping things were still outstanding since I was bringing some out of town friends and I was not disappointed. The service was excellent as was the food. All in all the restaurant was excellent & we all had a wonderful time. I would highly recommend it and I won't wait so long before returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner
    Nika
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Staff was friendly, food was mediocre. Nothing special. Decent wine list.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Overly Notable Wine List
    LyndaTravels
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Very good food, very good service, but, come on, , , you MUST be able to find a few bottles of nice red wine that you can offer for $35 - $40 a bottle. We ended up getting a glass of wine apiece. Which was very good, but we would have bought our usual bottle of wine if there were reasonable choices on the wine list. The Barolos offered were from roughly $235 - $375 a bottle! Really? We just got back from the Piemonte region where we bought excellent Barolos for €55. We sent cases home for €135 a case. That just doesn't justify charging $235 and up for a bottle of nice wine. Find a distributor who will provide some second tier product that your customers can both afford and enjoy. Italian wine is meant to be enjoyed with food.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wierd, unflavorable Italian
    Orcas
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    A great disappointment as the reviews both on line and personal were good. Waiter recommended the Brussels sprouts which didn't taste like Brussels sprouts at all but some bland fried food. We also had the spinach which didn't taste like it had ever seen garlic. I thought this was an Italian restaurant. The pasta dish's sauce was on the sweet side. The eggplant was good; the only really edible dish. Strange that when we left a good part of the appetizers uneaten, they didn't ask what we thought. It is a busy place so perhaps we just ordered poorly. The good news was that the wine by the glass was very good.
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  • Well worth it!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Fabulous food....but the staff is what makes this place amazing!!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Date Ever!!!
    BestDateEver
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    My wife and I went there for our 2nd year anniversary and out waiter José was the absolute best and we also met the chef and everything was just so good and perfect for our first date in Denver (just moved here) and our 2nd anniversary. Panzano helped my wife and I fall in love all over again. Thank you, Panzano!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Panzanos is our favorite restaurant downtown. The grilled Cesar salad is always a winner! Service was a bit slower than usual when the dining room did not seem busy but other than that another great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch with Bravado
    Rick
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    We enjoyed the brunch at Panzano, both the food and the service. The steak & eggs were perfect. The endless Bellini's were tasty. The service made the difference. Our server had a great personality and he made sure we were well taken care of. My daughter is a server and she was impressed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Happy Birthday Mom!
    KCTravelerVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We took mom for a special Birthday dinner, and you accomodated 1 carnivore, 1 vegetarian and 1 raw vegan VERY adeptly! We especially loved the 'white glove' delivery service from the evening's Chef (Vince I think?)! Very well done, and we will be back! Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Highs and lows
    tweety
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    There were some really delicious items at Panzano, but others were mediocre. I had the tasting menu and three of the five were very good, but the other two were just average. The mushroom crepe, grilled ceasar, and tiramisu were delicious. Then my friend ordered the special, which was delicious. However, my two other friends didn't like their dishes, the eggplant parmesan, much at all. The service we received was very good... knowledgeable about the food and the wine. The wine he suggested was spot on for my dish, and I would order it again.
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    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome food and service!
    Daniel
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    This place is a gem! Every time the exceed my expectations. We had a lot of special orders and our server Kasey handled it with ease. Chef Aaron even came to the table to make sure our food was as we wanted it. It was delicious and amazing. We will be going back every Saturday for brunch!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Happy hour prices were great and service was wonderful and friendly at the bar. Vibrants…Dinner dining was quiet and delicious
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    LadyLawyer
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    After a tasting tour of Denver, which was an unexpected foodie town, this restaurant (located at The Monaco Hotel) remained our favorite. Excellent service, fresh ingredients and baked goods, fun conversation and lively bar area. Perfect for any occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding food and service
    CLC127
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    This was an anniversary dinner, which I indicated when I made the reservation. They sat us in a window booth, brought us champagne, and a nice card with best wishes good for a comp dessert on our next visit. Our server was fantastic and attentive and the food was well above other italian restaurants we've tried. From the cocktails to apps to pasta to salad to dessert... Delicious! We will be coming back for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • High end perfection
    Cosmic
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Amazing flavors and sincere staff made this a nice escape from the everyday process of eating out. For the ptice, we'll keep this in mi d gor spacial occasions.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent experience
    jaireviewsVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    2nd time here, Panzano is an excellent experience. Food and service are wonderful. First time was at dinner. Lunch was just as tasty. Will be back many times.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite restaurant in Denver
    CMcA
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    We LOVE this restaurant! The food is fantastic, but I think that our favorite part is Jose. Our server remember us and we only visit every six months (our son goes to school in Denver)! Love the atmosphere too. Make reservations-- even on a Tuesday night, the place is busy. Highly, highly recommend!
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    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Frenzy on steroids
    alphaomnivorebruekline
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    The menu and wine list were enticing and the execution of both were excellent. The service was unobtrusively attentive. But good Lord, did the designer never hear of sound absorbing materials? The cubicle layout has real potential for isolating patrons from the some of the hubbub, but given that this venue is the epitomy of the afteroffice hotspot, higher partitions and hanging tapestries are needed at a minimum. Really. Even the Barolo got a headache!
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • spaghetti carbonara?
    lodocouple1
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    So disappointed that they changed the recipe for what was once the best carbonara in Denver.New version too salty and with bacon? Rest of meal and other dishes fine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Northern Italian Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Went with a group of 12 customers and all were in agreement that Panzano is exceptional!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Opentable Points Were Adjusted
    M2M2VIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    I consider this one of my favorite restaurants. The food and service has always been top rated. However, I had booked the 1000 point table specifically because we enjoy the early quiet dining time and we get bonus points. Since we were caught in traffic early on, I called the restaurant 30 minutes before to let them know we could be a few minutes late. The host was trying to be polite, but cancelled our 5pm booking and placed us at 5:15 so it cancelled out our 1000 pt. table. I was very disappointed since we were only 10 minutes late.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic, as always!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The food at Panzano is amazing! From the roasted brussells sprouts (which you simply MUST try!) to the roasted beet salad to the "absolutely to-die-for" scallops. Our server, Melissa, was the best! She helped us with cocktail and meal selection and brought us the most amazing desserts we didn't know we wanted! As a side note, ALL Panzano desserts can be made gluten-free except the tira misu. All in all, a magical dining experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    The Brussel sprouts were amazing. Great pasta dishes too. The service was outstanding. Next time I am in town I will definitely go back.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PickyeaterVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Don't miss their Happy Hour! Great food and drink deals. We followed with dinner in the dining room. It was delicious! Really loved the pasta with lamb ragu. We will definitely go again.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not what it used to be...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Many pleasurable meals have been had not so this time Reservation was not seated timely food was over heated/cooked poorly due to poor timing will not return
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  • Foodieguy
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Food and service were grat as usual. Normally go there for business lunches and occasional business dinners. Wine list is very good but overpriced compared to similar restaurants such as Venice. Wine I chose was $115, and goes for $90 at Venice.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Can't say enough about the food and service at Panzano. We had a Saturday night 6:45 reservation for 7. Prime time, large group, right? The service and timing of drinks, apps, entrees to dessert and coffee was impeccable. Our group had several pasta entrees, a veal dish and the New York Strip special. Everyone was happy with their meals.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We had fun
    Ronnie
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Great restaurant overall. Lovely dining room and bar. A bit pricey for Italian food.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Panzano? I want to move to Denver!
    dontclearplatesoneatatime
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We chose Panzano based on organic notes on their website and on OT reviews. We're so glad we did. Our server was top notch, and that alone makes dining here such a pleasure. As is our usual plan, my friend and I chose to split one appetizer (brussel sprouts), one salad (grilled caesar), one pasta (the special, with shrimp and veggies), and one entree (scallops). All portions were so fresh and tasty and suprisingly plentiful. As other posters have said already, please do yourself a favor and order the sprouts. I could have made a meal on just those. Also please note the tasting menu is just that... a tasting menu. You will leave hungry if you go that route.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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  • birthdaytreatVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We ate dinner here via the daily happy hour with another couple, though in retrospect, we would have preferred to eat in the dining room. Happy hour (2:30-6 pm) prices are very reasonable, the service is superb, and the food is very tasty and elegantly prepared--but the plates are indeed small, and if you're hungry, you'll need to order at least 3 small plates. We'd like to come back for dinner seating...
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently outstanding
    PDInLoDo
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Solid; consistently very well executed Italian fare. Great for happy hour or dinner
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.