The Best Italian Restaurants in Denver

The OpenTable Team

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.

Restaurants:Piatti - Denver, Venice Ristorante & Wine Bar, Pizza Republica - Denver Downtown
Price Range:$$ - $$
Cuisines:Italian
Neighborhoods:Cherry Creek, Downtown / LoDo

Piatti - Denver

$$$$·Italian·
Cherry Creek
2,495 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
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 ItaliRead more
97% recommended
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Venice Ristorante & Wine Bar

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown / LoDo
2,599 reviews
  • Notable Wine List
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
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 pictureRead more
92% recommended
Notable Wine List in Denver

Pizza Republica - Denver Downtown

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown / LoDo
633 reviews
  • Notable Wine List
  • Good for Groups
  • Fit for Foodies
Diners exploring the heart of town can stop in here for a wood-fired pie, or relax with a glass of wine from their extensive wine list. Diners say that the char of the crust's bottRead more
92% recommended
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Panzano

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown / LoDo
5,343 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
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 aRead more
87% recommended
Notable Wine List in Denver / Colorado
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North Italia – Denver

$$$$·Italian·
Cherry Creek
2,692 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
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 Read more
97% recommended
Italian in Denver / Colorado
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Quality Italian- Denver

$$$$·Italian·
Cherry Creek
1,446 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
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, withRead more
86% recommended
Italian in Denver / Colorado
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Osteria Marco

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown / LoDo
5,011 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
Osteria Marco is cozy and casual, with dark brick walls and wooden tables and chairs. Diners shouldn't let the low-key ambiance fool them, as the food here packs an impressive puncRead more
89% recommended
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Bar Dough

$$$$·Italian·
Highlands
1,099 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
Bar Dough definitely feels like a neighborhood joint. Lots of regulars eat here and greeters know them by name. In terms of Italian food, this spot is a straight shooter, and the cRead more
96% recommended
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Chow Morso Osteria

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown / LoDo
479 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Anniversaries
There's no doubt that Downtown Denver restaurant Chow Morso Osteria is a winner when it comes to interior design. Picture: gorgeous wooden ceilings, intricate chandeliers, and plusRead more
93% recommended
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Barolo Grill

$$$$·Italian·
Cherry Creek
3,295 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries
A dark, candlelit atmosphere and well-spaced tables make Barolo Grill one of the most romantic Italian restaurants in Denver. The menu features Northern Italian cuisine, but the reRead more
97% recommended
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Coperta

$$$$·Italian·
Uptown
1,164 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
The menu at Coperta focuses on the food of Rome and Southern Italy. This means that the menu has a seafood focus, and a wine menu specifically from that region. One of the best parRead more
88% recommended
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Odyssey Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar

$$$$·Italian·
Central
1,833 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
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 mealRead more
96% recommended
Best Value in Denver / Colorado
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Il Posto

$$$$·Italian·
River North (Denver)
763 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
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 oRead more
82% recommended
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Shells and Sauce

$$$$·Italian·
Cherry Creek
2,452 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
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 leisurelyRead more
92% recommended
Italian in Denver / Colorado
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Spuntino

$$$$·Italian·
Highlands
905 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
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 maRead more
98% recommended
Italian in Denver / Colorado
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Sforno Trattoria

$$$$·Italian·
Boulder
437 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Authentic
  • Romantic
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 areRead more
90% recommended
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CUCINA Colore of Cherry Creek

$$$$·Italian·
Denver
1,436 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Fit for Foodies
Another great Italian spot in beautiful Cherry Creek is Cucina Colore. This casual trattoria and bar is family-friendly, so expect a chill, no-frills vibe. Cucina Colore also has aRead more
94% recommended
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LIBERATI restaurant & brewery - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Contemporary Italian·
River North (Denver)
158 reviews
  • Fun
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
Liberati is a newcomer to the Italian dining scene in Denver. Owner Alex Liberati is Roman-born and raised, and he decided to move to Denver and open an eponymous brewery and restaRead more
91% recommended
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