Cattivella

4.5
1240 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 1240 people are saying
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WendiW
Denver
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
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 a day ago
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 a day ago
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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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding food and service!

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MarkM
Orlando
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
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 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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

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Jeff23
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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ELAINE
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Good restaurant , good food , and service. I’d recommend it

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TylerB
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience, amazing food. Our waitress was wonderful, the atmosphere was great. Wonderful place for date night.

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Amie
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed Cattivella for the first time last night. Food was delicious. Service was fantastic. Happy hour was also awesome! Can't wait to come back again!

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vipRandallJ
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food, great and friendly service. Also a nice, fun atmosphere. Large patio area is nice too. Just wish they offered a couple entrees for vegetarians. The menu is very meat and cheese heavy.

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DanO
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cattivella is always amazing. Food. Service. Atmosphere. It's all there. Not to miss.

JW
JonathanW
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Happy hour food in Denver!
The energy behind the counter is awesome.

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Goodheart
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything great. Only issue was 2-3 annoying flies. You have open doors to the patio - which is great - but the flies were annoying.

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RobertS
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The idea of Rabbit Gnochi may be something you think you should avoid, but I think it's one of the most delicious dishes served at Cattivella. Try it, it is amazing!

MB
vipMikeB
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience2

Chicken was overcooked and dry. Tortellini in the Pasticcio was undercooked. Standard seating and still heavy fly and wasp traffic bothering us.

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TracyW
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

I love this restaurant, but my "medium" steak came back very well done, and we were swarmed by flies (alfresco dining). Still a great place though.

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vipDanG
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Charbroiled oysters were outstanding. Alex our waiter was exceptional!

A great evening out.

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COURTNEYF
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food is delicious, though they appeared to be out of a lot of menu favorites which was frustrating - food and wine. However, it was delicious and we will be back!

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vipPaul
Denver
84 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is always amazing. Great experience sitting at the counter, amazing food/wine service. Thanks chefs!

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vipEmsEats
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always a wonderful neighborhood spot- was great to see it busy and all the servers jumped in to help with the rush so we were well taken care of. We love the patio seating.

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vipChrish
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

The service was very good but the food was below par. In particular that was a level zero quality Burrata. It didn't look anything like burrata and was just messy liquid at the bottom of the plate. The gnocchi didn't have the right texture so it really through off my date and she couldn't eat it. The gnocchi was very pasty. My dish was the best thing we ordered and it was just okay. The wine was very good.

No complaints about the wait staff or the ambience but I expected a lot more after having somebody recommend the place.

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ColetteC
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I highly recommend sitting at the counter so you can watch all the action in the kitchen!

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Jmldenver
Denver
20 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve been fans of Cattivella since it opened and the food and service has only gotten better in the last few years. It’s a Central Park neighborhood gem. The Sgagliozze appetizer is amazing and the gluten free pizza and pasta is a real treat for those of us who have to avoid gluten.

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BillyT
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The burrata and gnocchi were delicious and their outdoor seating was exactly what we wanted.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place, excellent food and service we will be back!

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BigOl
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great ambience and food!

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MKors
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Frankly, uninspired and overpriced. Perhaps a good option for happy hour. $26for a pizza that was good but not memorable is a bit much. I had high expectations for the crust and it was underwhelming at best. On the reservation they ask if this was a special occasion (and it was). For 3 people we were offered a high-top table for 6 next to the door in the most trafficked area. Really?

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vipHappyFoodie
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Too loud - service was great. Food was wonderful. Just noisy.

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LoisN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The great food that Cattivella is known for, in our experience, is inconsistant. The pizza is always freaks and hot.

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vipGordon
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We drive from Wash Park just because the on-grill Oysters are the BEST! The pizzas as well! AND meatballs too! Most everything!

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Patsy7
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable. Food and service is always excellent. It is our favorite place to dine. We highly recommend you try it if you have never been there.

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Ambrose
Denver
14 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Casual atmosphere but fine dining! I've been to Cattivella three or four times now and I'm never disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Overall I had a great dining experience and the staff was friendly. There was a small hiccup where my order was taken to someone else and that held up my food order but my waitress and her team rectified it quickly.

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Kitt
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Cativella and it’s neighboring restaurants create a festive atmosphere. Upon our request, the friendly hostess made a effort to seat us outside. We did not have to wait long for our food. We recommend the rotisserie chicken. It was wonderfully flavored and very tender. We only wished that there were more dishes with vegetables available.

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DenverDiner
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience4

Nice environment, but the food and service left quite a bit to be desired

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vipTommy
San Diego
21 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Poor timing of entrees, hot pasta and cold pizza. Pasta swimming in pesto…where’s the noodles. Bartender doesn’t know the difference between a dirty martini and regular one. Third time dining here, progressively worse.

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SandyP
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience4

It was our first visit. Had read good reviews. We were in the area after an event around happy hour and thought it would be a good way to try it out. The service was lovely and efficient. Unfortunately it went downhill from there. Here are some specifics of the food:
1) We started with an appetizer--Ricotta salata crostini. Soggy, chewy, garlic laden crostini with near flavorless ricotta salata (yes, I know it's supposed to be a mild flavor). The fussy decorative micro edibles did nothing to enhance flavor. The wait person noticed and quickly removed the appetizer. So OK, sometimes there's a blip. Move on to ...2) Grilled Radicchio salad: Barely grilled or charred, very tough radicchio (yes, I know it's supposed to have structure, but needing a steak knife to cut?? The whole thing was heavily coated in I assume olive oil that lent almost zero good quality olive oil flavor. Just a big oily bland mess with a few tiny olives and shaving of cheese. I ate a few bites and found it unpalatable and pushed it aside, but I didn't want to bring it, too, to the attention of the wait person. Seems like we're trouble-makers. But it deserved to be sent back. But now it's starting to add up....3) My husband loves thin crust, wood-fired sausage pizza and we've eaten some of the best. We needed a magnifying glass to detect a sparse sprinkling (literally) of sausage--no detectable sausage chunks. It was flat and plain and underwhelming. This should be an insult to the restaurant that seems to take pride in its Italian cuisine chops. He ate that, I tried the chewy/tough crust, because well, it was the least bad item. After this zero-for-three food items we grudgingly paid $56 and left with literally a bad taste in our mouths, very disappointed. That's not a huge food bill to the restaurant but it's a meaningful amount to spend on inedible food. I wish now we would have told the restaurant at the time but we thought it better to quietly leave.

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vipDave
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When is the Calimari coming back?

FAQs

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

Cattivella is rated 4.5 stars by 1240 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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