Cattivella

4.6
1092 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.

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Offers

  • 4-6 every day & all day on mondays

    Multiple dates available

    Fri - Sat 3:45 PM - 9:45 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 1092 people are saying
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4.4
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Noise · Moderate
87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Joel
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect evening! Food and service were perfect. Will be going back soon. Thanks everyone!

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BFMc
Denver
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Super, as usual. We love the happy hour choices, food and drink.

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ColoradoWineGuy
Denver
31 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wife & I were researching & looking for a fun, interesting new spot to host 2 sons-in-law & our daughters for a Fathers' Day gift. First time at Cattavella's based on reviews online on a very busy Weds. nite. Exceeded all expectations from entry, immediate greeting at Maître d' stand, seated promptly at the "Counter" per our request. Russian born server, "K" was attentive and fun, Logan was manning the dessert prep area with total control over what could have been chaotic number of orders, rest of kitchen staff worked like a 'well-oiled' team...it was a great, fun show to watch. Regardless of how busy they were, each Q&A exchange was polite with our many questions of the kitchen staff. We had incredible food starting with brilliant Burrata(ask for some honey), show stoppers: creative Carne Cruda, generous Prociutto d'Parma, finishing off our meal with an incredible thin crust Mushroom Pizza, & delicate, flavor-packed Vincigrassi lasagna with very few leftovers in hand on departure. Sadly, we elected no dessert... will save room next time when we are not trying everything possible... Our Montepulciano d' Abruzzo from Contessa was perfect after cocktails... Would like to see some additional Super Tuscan reds by the glass from Maremma, and some whites like Verdicchio and Vernaccia, but the wine list is fine and the food is spectacular as is the Service... Treat yourself... Mangia... Mangia!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good variety and quality of food on menu. Packed and probably under-staffed given the number of tables but the waitstaff was very good.

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VSMD
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food4service1ambience2

I was so excited to try this restaurant based on all the great reviews. I was very disappointed by my experience here. While the food was great, the service which was essentially non existent was so poor that it significantly detracted from the experience.

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Foodisgood80206
Denver
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Not a fan of the new carbonara, but that might be personal preference. Service was slower than usual last night.

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KLS1
Denver
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Service was very poor. We did not even receive water for 10 minutes and no waiter until we flagged one down. It was as if everyone was busy and they hoped that someone else would take care of us if they ignored us. This is the second time this has happened. The food remains very good and ambiance is OK for location.

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CatherineO
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent! Nice evening and the restaurant was very accommodating despite half of our party being about 45 minutes late, although it probably helped it was Tuesday evening.

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Bobby
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We sat for 15 minutes on the patio with no server. I went in and asked. Took another 10 minutes for a server to arrive. We ordered drinks and waited 20 more minutes and nothing arrived. So we left.

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JeffS
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Sat outside and enjoyed the passing people. Drinks were great! Good Old Fashioned and Cosmo. Friends LOVED the Italian sodas. Thanks to our server for the recommendation.
Shared a "bunch" of starters and all were very good. Lamb Rague was superb as were the scallops. Younger generation loved the pizzas. Tiramisu is one of the best.
Great food and truly a good value!

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vipHilaryA
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing!

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RandallJ
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Good atmosphere, very good waitstaff. Our server was very efficient and friendly. The flatbread with burrata app was excellent. We just had pizza for the entrees, which had a nice crust but were pretty average otherwise. They have some interesting, creative dishes for the majority of people (i.e. meat eaters), but it would be nice if there were a couple more options for vegetarians as well.

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BarbaraL
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Neighborhood Gem! Chef Wiggins was in the house, greeting everyone, and ensuring the team was at its best. The staff helps each other out to deliver a smooth dining experience, and the food is wonderful!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a favorite - so many great food options, wonderful service, nice outdoor patio.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve been to Cativella many times for many occasions and haven’t been disappointed. The menu changes seasonally, but there are items that always stay. The food is alway creative and excellent. The owner Elise is a gem. She’s always around helping the staff and greeting and talking with customers.

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Kaci
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was an amazing dining experience. We love the head chef and their staff.. Super friendly and knowledgeable on suggesting food items! It was our second time dining there and can’t wait to go back again!! Cattivella is a must try!

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lrwoolie
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went during Happy Hour and enjoyed the entire experience. We chose to sit inside because it was windy outside, but it is very open and airy. Awesome food and drinks and the service was terrific. We will be back!

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vipLclibr
Denver
27 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Another pleasant evening at Catavella. This restaurant never disappoints with consistently excellent food and stellar service.

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SusanneC
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Very chaotic service. Food ok. Disappointing

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EllenMB
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were perfect. We stayed for 3.5 hours! Yikes! Thanks for helping us feel so welcome and nourished.

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FltoMN
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very good! Course a bit rushed for my taste.....very tasty drinks!

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KarinH
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our family loves Cativella! It was the perfect choice for a 51st Birthday celebration with our good friends. We had several rounds of Old Fashioned cocktails, they were yummy. Our server, Vitale was on-pointe all night! He was so much fun, uber professional and kept the food and drinks flowing all evening. Happy Hour allowed us the opportunity to try so many dishes, from ceasar salad, meatballs, pastas; (potato gnocchi, rabbit gnocchi and lamb ragu), pizzas; (salume and sausage), garlic bread, and three desserts; (tiramisu, a souffle type chocolate cake, and a berry pie)-all were fantastic! The char-grilled oysters stole the show however, we loved them, ordering 4 dozen in total!! It was a great night. Thanks to Vitale, Elise Wiggins and Zuri Risendez for making it so special.

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Kris
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Very authentic Italian menu selections. You could taste the care and craft in each dish. Looking around at other tables, you could see the dishes that looked to die for! We will definitely be going back for more! The patio was comfortable and had a great ambiance. Great for date night or grabbing a bite to eat with friends! The staff was friendly and attentive. Il cibo era fantastico!

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LeeH
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

VERY disappointed with my personal experience in this establishment. We were seated promptly and served water but then remained seated for 20min.+ without being acknowledged or asked for any beverages. My wife witnessed other tables seated after us and served drinks as well orders being placed. At this point we decided to get up and leave. I called later to speak with the manager and the person who answered the call rudely asked what I wanted to speak with them about . I told them I wanted to complain, they then put me on hold for which seemed like an eternity. when the manager picked up the line I'm fairly sure she said her name was Lyndsey. She was friendly and asked what my complaint was. she wanted information about my experience, reservation time,where we were seated exactly and how long we were there for before we left. She wanted to remedy the situation by presenting me with a gift certificate. I told her I didn't want a hand out and that I was looking forward to enjoying dinner there with my family and had driven there from Greenwood Village. She was very adamant about making up for our misfortunate experience. She offered for me to come back and pick up the gift certificate but when I refused she said she would mail me one at which time I gave her my mailing address and ended the call.. will find out in the future but am skeptical as what value can replace loss time and 1st time experience not to mention how would they know how much my check would total

KJ
KennJ
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Able to accommodate our large patty at last minute.

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Wilma
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The Fig flatbread and the Mushroom pizza were great!

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AaronG
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Crowded midweek, tells you everything you need to know.

WM
vipWilliamM
Denver
33 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great menu choices, had trouble choosing both starter and main.

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ReneeA
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The seats at the bar are the BEST! You will not be disappointed to watch the well-orchestrated chef and staff prepare the most incredibly delectable and visually appealing dishes

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bruceg
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience1

ask for a table where we could talk.....seated right next to the kitchen....Sucked!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an A+. Service is world-class.

MB
MarkB
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed our evening! The atmosphere is casual yet classy. Well done, everyone.

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Greathideaway
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

65th birthday dinner of friend

GK
GregK
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great. Portions a bit small. Smell was fabulous

KG
KaliG
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great good and drinks for our anniversary celebration

LW
LaraW
Denver
21 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Happy Hour Menu with lots of delicious options and great cocktails! The outdoor seating is highly enjoyable and servers are attentive.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience2

Waiter apparently lost our order and only decided to check in on us after an hour.

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ConnieK
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Service was a bit slow. Food was very good- not quite excellent but a nice spot to enjoy dinner

CG
vipCGOAD
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Food is excellent. Service at the table need improvement.

FAQs

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

Cattivella is rated 4.6 stars by 1092 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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