The Best Italian Restaurants in Denver

Denver is one of the most popular cities in America. It has plenty of things that make it a desirable place to live and work: great sports teams, excellent art, and unrivaled outdoor recreation opportunities. One other thing that draws people to Denver is its dining scene. The town is packed with restaurants specializing in a huge range of cuisines—from local American eateries to authentic ethnic mom-and-pop cafes. Denver's restaurant scene has endless options. So, when it comes to pizza and pasta where are the locals going? Welcome to our Tastemaker Lists. We’ve sorted through our data to discover the real tastemakers, the diners who always know the greatest places to eat in the city. Here’s a list of where those people are going for the best Italian food in the Mile High City.

The OpenTable Team
Restaurants:Piatti - Denver, Venice Ristorante & Wine Bar, Panzano
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Italian
Neighborhoods:Cherry Creek, Downtown / LoDo
Party Size
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Date
Time
7:00 PM

Piatti - Denver

$$$$·Italian·
Cherry Creek
2,444 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion

Piatti, located in Denver's idyllic residential area Cherry Creek, is one of the best Italian restaurants in Denver. This traditional Italian eatery serves everyone's classic Italian favorites, from p...

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Special Occasion in Denver
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Venice Ristorante & Wine Bar

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown / LoDo
3,048 reviews
  • Notable Wine List
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic

Oenophiles rejoice! Venice Ristorante and Wine Bar has excellent Italian food, but it's also one of the best wine bars in the area. This classic Italian spot is upscale, so picture white tablecloths a...

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Notable Wine List in Denver

Panzano

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown / LoDo
5,348 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Notable Wine List
  • Fit for Foodies

This excellent Italian restaurant in Denver focuses on Northern Italian cuisine. The chef is creative here, so diners can try something brand-new, like beet-green ricotta ravioli and black pepper fazz...

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Notable Wine List in Denver

North Italia – Denver

$$$$·Italian·
Cherry Creek
3,017 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Lunch

North Italia is another of the best Italian restaurants in Denver. This Italian chain eatery does not disappoint with its Denver outpost, serving a large menu of Italian favorites like pasta bolognese...

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Italian in Denver / Colorado
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Quality Italian- Denver

$$$$·Italian·
Cherry Creek
1,796 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date

Quality Italian is a beautiful restaurant with soaring ceilings, chandeliers, and an impressive central bar in a distinct art deco style. Want Italian food that feels updated, with a focus on seasonal...

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Italian in Denver / Colorado
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Odyssey Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar

$$$$·Italian·
Central
2,193 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Romantic

Another spot in Denver where wine lovers will be happy eating Italian food is Odyssey. This restaurant and wine bar is casual through and through, so no need to dress up for a meal here — diners simpl...

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Best Value in Denver / Colorado
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Il Posto

$$$$·Italian·
River North (Denver)
993 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic

Il Posto describes itself as “hip.” Head to this industrial-feeling restaurant for a dining experience that is as much about the food as the people-watching. The menu here is all of the Italian penins...

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Shells and Sauce

$$$$·Italian·
Cherry Creek
2,585 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Authentic
  • Casual

This is one of the most friendly and laid-back Italian restaurants in Denver. Shells and Sauce is a place where families can come with kids to relax and enjoy a delicious leisurely meal. Diners can en...

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Neighborhood Gem in Denver / Colorado

Spuntino

$$$$·Italian·
Highlands
1,165 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion

The motto of Spuntino is “Global Mind, Colorado Body, Italian Soul.” This sums up the menu well, since the options are mostly Italian with international influences, and they are made with only local a...

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Italian in Denver / Colorado
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Sforno Trattoria

$$$$·Italian·
Boulder
637 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem

Diners at Sforno Trattoria will have to pinch themselves to remember that they aren't actually eating in an old, cozy eatery in Rome. String lights adorn the ceiling, the walls are made of plaster, an...

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