Cattivella

4.7
955 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Award-winning Denver chef Elise Wiggins welcomes you to Cattivella, wood-fired Italian in the Eastbridge project in the Stapleton neighborhood where she lives. Cattivella translates to “naughty girl”. Chef/Owner Wiggins brings decades of restaurant experience to Cattivella including a 12-year stint as Executive Chef of Panzano named Best Italian by Westword and winner of multiple awards for food and service from The Denver Post, 5280 magazine, The American Culinary Federation and The American Automobile Association. She makes an annual pilgrimage to Italy to work with Italian chefs and learn the classic techniques and ingredients that she employs at Cattivella. An exhibition kitchen is the star of the show at Cattivella and focuses all attention on a wood-burning pizza oven, a wood-burning grill and the graceful dance of the Cattivella cooks.

Support Cattivella during COVID-19

Offers

  • 4-6 every day & all day on mondays

    Multiple dates available

    Tue - Sat 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Come try our happy hour....huge portions for super cheap!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 955 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.6
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JeffreyY
Denver
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal and service. The ambiance was great as well. A new go-to for sure

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KatrinaK
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Rabbit Gnocchi was exquisite as always, I highly recommend this dish. The texture and flavor profiles are unlike any dish I’ve ever had. The oysters are also a must when you visit Cattivella.

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AdriannaI
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

will definitely be going there again. the happy hour was a bargain

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jjjbbb
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Waited too long for service and food wasn't all that great. We were at the restaurant for 2 1/2 hrs. when we only should've been there for 1.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Cativella it was wonderful food great service always our favorite

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CindyH
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was pricey and entrees did no include a salad, soup or bread.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and amazing service.

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AlessandraO
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food! Everything we had from the oysters to the pasta, pizza and desserts were over the top. We had a great server and the owner and chef came around which made the overall dinning experience so much better. This is our new favorite spot and will be back all the time!

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vipCurt
Denver
18 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

5 stars
The food and service were impeccable! Sit at the "bar" overlooking the the kitchen if at all possible. With food personally served by the head chef, it was amazing.

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vipGailT
Denver
83 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Cattivella has become my favorite restaurant! The food is wonderful & different, & the service is exceptional.
I plan to introduce many of friends to Cattivella!

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great. Great food. Casual

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DanielS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Dined inside. Tried the Rabbit Gnocchi and it was very good but quite rich and the tarragon was strong.
Lamb ragu was earthy and excellent.
Pizza was ok. Cheese with arugula. Nice meal overall

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Mardi Gras celebration was traditional and excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food good service good restaurant good

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ErinM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience3

Dissappointed with my first time at this restaurant, however it was Valentines Day dinner. I would like to try again on a non-holiday.

Reservafioms at 8:30. Very slow service (they were very busy). It took 10 minutes for the waiter to come to our table for drink orders after we were sat. I wanted the gnocchi so badly but I ordered and they were out. The waiter apologized for not saying this earlier. I ordered a dosh from the menu that showed a cured egg on top instead. My husband's meal came out as well as a pizza for my son however I added chicken to my meal and they said it wasn't ready. Waited about 10 addiotnal minutes for my food to arrive. My husband's dish was great. When my food came, it was completely different than what the menu showed and said it was. Essentially I got grilled chicken and cheese noodles. It was edible but not what I asked for or wanted. The waiter was very nice and offered a free dessert even though I did not complain. With drinks the meal was over $100 which would of been ok if everything went well.

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Shannon
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Had a lovely Valentine’s dinner!

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MissyC
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I just love this place so much 🥰 the food and service are always amazing. Perfect date night restaurant.

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Heather2282
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our most favorite restaurant in Denver!! Seriously, RUN, don't walk to Cattivella - you will not be disappointed.

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vipMike
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great neighborhood restaurant. A little pricey, but excellent food.

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SoundsoftheSuburbs
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Very good food, small portions, skimpy drinks, unremarkable service, and grotesquely overpriced.

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vipRJean
Denver
58 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

love this place. wish they had alittle bigger space, as it feels cramped, but they did space people out on every other table. outdoor dining will be nice this summer. Wonderful service, everything is fabulous. jWe shared the goat cheese flatbread. Wow! That could have been our dinner! So good! We shared a salad which is plenty for 2. I had the ribeye which is alittle pricy, but really wonderful. Enough for a leftover dinner. My boyfriend had the lamb bolognese which was outstanding. Huge chunks of lamb and great housemade pasta with more of a broth than a heavy sauce. We had the molten chocolate dessert, again enough for 2. And every bite was heaven! our special to go place for celebrations!

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AlexaG
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love going to Cattivella. I feel like it's an underrated gem in the Denver dining scene. I got the pasticcio and my partner had the lamb ragú; both were excellent. I'll continue coming back here

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always hits the spot w the food and service

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Cattivella for my boyfriend’s bday. It was wonderful as always. Great food, drinks, and service. We usually end up here at least once a month. Don’t miss out!

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LeslieY
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dined here last Tuesday with some good friends visiting from Gunnison.
Having sold my Italian restaurant last September I am thrilled to find a restaurant with delicious authentic Italian fare. Alex, our server was a delight and very attentive. His recommendations for the wine and entrees were spot on. Like General MacArthur ... We shall return!!

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vipdavem
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of our favorite restaurants. Always a great experience!

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vipmarkm
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food

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NeilW
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We requested outside seating to try to be safe in a pandemic while still supporting a local restaurant. It was cold outside and we were the only ones sitting outside. They fired up two heaters for us, then ignored us for 15 minutes out in the cold. We left.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing food and service! Best Italian in east Denver!

JM
vipJaneM
Denver
22 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure to eat at Cativella. We had the meat and cheese plate which is ALWAYS good! And of course, sausage pizza. The waitress was perfectly attentive! Thank you!

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vipPiper
Denver
18 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! Although the menu is not large, everything we had was fantastic!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Lovely food and really good service. Good wine selection. It’s tucked into a strip mall in a big box restaurant type structure, so it lacks charm and ambience...but there is easy parking and it’s large so...trade-offs?

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Amber
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Happy Hour when it’s warm outside for CO winter is 100% worth it

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zwaikkki
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great neighborhood restaurant with character and ambiance.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, great food. I had the lamb ragu, hearty and perfect for winter. The staff was attentive and polite.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favorite restaurant in Denver. The chefs are amazing and the food is perfect all the time!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sit at the Chef’s counter. You won’t regret it.

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vipEnjoysgoodfood
Montana
15 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cattivella has an awesome happy hour menu, drinks and food! The service was equally good. I will go there again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve been going to Cattivella for years. Never disappoints! So happy to have this place in our neighborhood! Great staff and one thing I admire the most...the owner is actually there and works like she is part of her own staff!

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vipNew2Den
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious meal and friendly, excellent service. We came for Happy Hour and enjoyed a great meal at great value.

FAQs

Cattivella offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (303) 645-3779.

Cattivella is rated 4.7 stars by 955 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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