Cattivella

4.5
1273 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

    Mon - Thu 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 1273 people are saying
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MeiA
Cleveland
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Good ambience. Was fun watching the kitchen. We sat at the counter. Food was above average from the Italians we have had before across the country.

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DonY
Denver
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Many flies distract us from focusing on our dining

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EleonoraS
Denver
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food2service5ambience4

Food was burnt , the table was very sticky. Atmosphere is nice but wouldn’t go back

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was exceptional. Very attentive, bar staff brought over drinks when ready. Sever was knowledgeable and friendly. The desserts were delicious as well as the pasta dishes. Everything house made I would definitely come back when in town.

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chocolate12
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cattivella is a true dining experience! The food, service and ambience is always outstanding. My favorite dishes are the Trenette, the mushroom pizza, fig and arugula pizza and the lamb ragu. Try the crustata for dessert.

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DanC
Denver
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So good! Order everything and share it all with your fellow diners. Can't wait to get back!

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happydiner
Denver
32 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

No secret here. Cattivella is outstanding for foodies, date night or any reason to go out to eat. Monday happy hour is the best deal going for them.

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vipTonyS
Denver
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always absolutely amazing at every touch point! Couldn't recommend any higher! The Chef and Owner, Elise Wiggins, is truly a gem for Denver!

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HeidiT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I live close by and this is one of my favorite places in the area! Food is outstanding and the happy hour deals can't be beat.

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amyp
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great atmosphere. We sat at the 'bar' and were able to watch all the food being prepped....dinner and a show

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WilliamR
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic!! The Pasticcio and garganelli were cooked perfectly and the taste of Italy truly came thru!
Service was quick and the staff exceptional.

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SarahS
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

We love this place, and go quite often. They have AMAZING happy hour deals. We brought my parents, and it was too loud for us to have a conversation. It really bothered my parents. Other than that, fantastic. We received a complimentary dessert for my daughter’s 9th birthday and food was delicious!!

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Steve
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great Food! Busy place though, noise level can get ramped up.

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Tonyd
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our 4th time coming back this summer. We don’t even live in Denver and we go out of our way to eat here when we visit. One of my favorite restaurants… if we lived in Denver, I’d eat here once a week and rotate through the entire menu.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

kitchen staff strives for perfection and it shows…

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TammyS
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food, slower service, I expected a little fancier.

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Nikkid
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience5

We were pretty underwhelmed by the food. We had a nice time but our food just wasn’t very good. We had a hair in one dish which we understand happens but also all food came out a little cold and pasta was really undercooked. Didn’t say anything as we were celebrating and we used to love coming here but will probably try somewhere else in the future.

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Beth
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great happy hour specials! Perfect place to celebrate an anniversary. Will be back!

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vipLuv2dine2
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Initially seated outside which was subject to loud music from a neighboring restaurant. Moved to a table outside at the front of the restaurant with no noise and well spaced tables. All courses were excellent including char grilled oysters. The large pizza, pasta and tiramisu. Service was fine although it did take a few minutes to get our check. Would definitely recommend.

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AlexM
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Happy hour all day on Mondays can help keep the cost down, but otherwise unremarkable food at the price of somewhat better food. Nice patio though, and I had a friendly server.

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GrandmaA
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience3

The food is always good, but the service is what keeps us coming back. The staff always makes us feel like we are their special customers. They are well-trained and personable. A big shout -out to our favorite waitress, Elvie. And for a fun experience, ask to sit at the counter to watch and interact with the people preparing the food: what hard workers!

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LysaS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome restaurant. Service was friendly, food was great.

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Beth
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been eating at Cativella for a few years now, and absolutely love it. The chef is so very talented. If you head in for Happy Hour try their Naughty Girl Gimlet, it is fantastic.

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JenniferG
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

My husband was a chef for 15 years and that can make finding restaurants we enjoy a challenge; however, we are looking forward in returning. The food was delicious! Pasta is made in house. The Lamb Ragu is a must! Kimberly was our server and wonderful.

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LoriS
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was a great different take on traditional Italian. So good.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

LOVE THIS PLACE…. Could be a bit less noisy.

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MEols
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The charbroiled oysters never disappoint. The pizzas are excellent. The craft cocktails are very good but can be inconsistent. My first Naughty Girl Gimlet was on point, second one not so much. Staff is attentive.

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JimW
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience1

I want to be fair but also give a head's up to others. This place is in Stapleton so I should have known there would be more children than I'm used to eating around in the downtown Denver area but...the kid behind headbutted me twice, families received much better service than we did as a couple and overall the employees were much more concerned about clearing unfinished plates than taking our order. The manager did comp our food when we decided to leave after the salad course and I let her know my concerns. Thank you! The oysters we did have were delicious and I was looking forward to eating the main course but we never had the chance to order as the servers were busy with the large family tables. We left and went to Benzina which is AMAZING so I would recommend you go there unless you have kids then this may be your fancy alternative to Chucky Cheese.

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vipnycfoodie
Washington DC
113 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good food
Good wait staff
Parts of the dining were not well kept
Open kitchen needs to be immaculate if customers can view cooking
Salad chef picking up lettuce with his bare hands!

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Paul
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

This was our first time. Enjoyed the food and service. My two constructive comments are 1) the tables were too close together and 2) the music was too loud.

We will be back and try the pizzas.

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WendiW
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food is always delicious but tonight seemed very unorganized and overwhelmed. Meal took over 2 hours from start to finish. Took about an hours just to get calamari and salads. After food finally served, got dessert which was hastily done and very messy on plate.. not up to standards of this restaurant which is usually perfect.

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KarinH
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience4

We have loved Cativella since it opened. We saw that Monday had happy hour all day, not normally a night we eat out, but it's one of our favorite restaurants in Denver and we live nearby.
Our server was often missing and our happy hour went over two hours. The food was mostly great, but did not love the chicken liver paté. It was fine, but not amazing. This pandemic has been hard on restaurants and we know much of the staff is new and young. The kitchen still worked hard!

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Northfieldr
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Our anniversary dinner with friends (5 years). Thoroughly enjoyed the happy hour all night and we were not the only ones - it was packed by 7pm on a Monday! Thrilled to be outside and great ambiance, food, and Chianti 👍🏼

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Lauren
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is amazing - everything my friend and I got was delicious. I got the Lamb Ragu - I 100% recommend it. It is a little pricey; however, it is definitely worth a date night - whether with your significant other or a friend.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding food and service!

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MarkM
Orlando
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Elise and her team are exceptional. Every dish is prepared right in front of you and every dish has her love for Italian food. Every server is friendly and attentive. Highly recommended!!!

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MattS
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Pizza was disappointing. It was essentially just pizza dough. The sauce and toppings were barely present. Felt like I ordered a dough entree.
Caesar salad was also a let down. It was a whole heart of romain that had been grilled. When i order a salad i’m not looking to have to cut up the lettuce myself. The dressing also seemed to have too much lemon juice in it for my taste. It was more sour than creamy.
In my opinion the food was very overpriced for what I paid for. Felt like I paid more to get less.

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vipYosh
Denver
33 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food is very good! Enjoyed dining outside and had a very enjoyable evening.

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Jeff23
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Creative Italian menu. Attentive staff. Great indoor/outdoor eating environment.

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Dustin
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Food was really good, and service was fantastic. When our waitress accidentally spilled a glass of wine on one of our friends (the table was uneven, so it wasn't her fault), the manager gave us his card and said they would reimburse for any cleaning expenses. That is service you don't see much of these days!

FAQs

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

Cattivella is rated 4.5 stars by 1273 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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