Cugino's Pizzeria & Italian Restaurant

2.6
95 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Serving Steamboat for over 30 years, we welcome you to our cozy casual fine dining Italian restaurant. We welcome large parties, events and everything in between. Reservations are highly encouraged. If you have a large party please call our restaurant to book and we will do our best to accommodate. We can't wait to serve you!


- Open 7 days a week 11 am - 10:00.
- Happy Hour 4:00pm-6:00pm and 9:00pm-10:00pm Sunday through Friday
- Full Bar
- Specializing in Southern Italian Cuisine
- Full Service Catering
- Private Parties Welcome
- Reservations of 10+ guests welcome, please call to check for availability
-Reservations highly recommended

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What 95 People Are Saying
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New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

It took very long for the server to come over. The table next to us got up and left since the server did not come for over 10 minutes. Portions were small and cold and service was really bad. We had been their 2 Times in summer and it was OK. This was a very poor experience

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MH
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

Service was horrible, portions were small for the price and food was bland.

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SL
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Greeted with a friendly smile but instant confusion the hostess didn’t even realize and we were there right on time for a reservation but we want to be seated fairly quickly she wasn’t quite sure what to do so we said we go to the bar for a drink come to find out this bar is very very not stocked at all there’s minimal drinks minimal liquors there’s no wine list. We were seated after an hour with the reservation ordered food came to the table it was cold ordered wine and wanted to order a bottle of wine, She did not know any wines and once you let us taste some wines those ones weren’t available so she brought a bottle that she didn’t know the price up and set it down on the table not opened for 20 minutes and was never opened. husband ordered meatballs and spaghetti, They forgot the meatballs but when they came out the meatballs were raw. They also brought this pile of chopped up bread but they look like they had put oil on and microwaved it it was so disgusting looking The food all tasted horrible, was all cold and the service was horrible we are actually complained about the meatballs and they let us leave mid dinner with the meal comped, we didn’t eat anything but we were really trying. Waitress also forgot to place a pizza we ordered, this used to be a wonderful place but we will never return . My mom and husband also if you notice the amount of cobwebs and dirt everywhere, their napkins were placed wet on the table and so my mom actually use the wet napkin and went and cleaned off the bathroom lights and vent because how bad and disgusting they were .

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Denver
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was excellent our waiter Joey was by far the best waiter we had our entire trip. He went out of his way to be friendly and even made me a special drink with amaretto when they did not have baileys Irish cream. My family enjoyed very much the time we spent there.

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food is amazing !!

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1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food took a very long time to come out. Tasted good and cute restaurant. Would go back but they need to speed up their service. The restaurant wasn’t too busy, many open tables, and food still took about 45 minutes.

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LR
Nashville
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 1food service ambience

They did not have a table for us. Said it would be 20-30 minutes before they could seat us. Then let us know even though we might get seated in 30 min the kitchen was so backed up our food would be about 90 minutes after we were seated. Nice of them to tell us but in a small town where reservation are important and we could not find anywhere else to go. Very disappointing

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Birmingham
17 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Food was OK I got the cauliflower "steak" it was actually just a few pieces of cauliflower cut up. Tasted good. Pizza was good. Service was very slow although the restaurant wasn't very busy.

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1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

We waited over 90 minutes for our food and even requested to get our kids dinners out first if possible but the only thing they brought out were burned chicken strips. We then waited another 30 minutes for the other dinners without food at which time we decided to just leave.

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Denver
15 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal!

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Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Food was good but took almost an hour or more to get food we were told it’s a new kitchen pizza was burnt and a salad was returned for missing g chicken. Manager was nice enough but kitchen was just overwhelmed. Overheard them yelling st each other to get it together.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

They ambience was great as well as the service. We enjoyed the food and the price was a good value.

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Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was really great and the food was delicious. Portions are moderate. We were surprised that they do not have a wine list, just house wines by the glass. First wine, a Cabernet, wasn’t all that good, but the Chianti was much better.

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BF
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 2ambience 3

Very disappointing. Food took forever to come. Service was inept. Place was understandably nearly empty.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

We have enjoyed this restaurant in the past but tonight was not a good experience. Understaffed for both cooks and servers led to extreme delays.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

Very disappointing. Place was empty when we arrived. Only one person in the kitchen. Couldn’t serve half the menu because they were out of ingredients. This place needs to go. Time for a new concept and new management.

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Richmond
18 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was really nice. My only complaint is that they were out of 5 or 6 things on the menu. Food was delish!

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JK
New England
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

We had a bizarre experience at Cuginos. We went there after the other Italian restaurant we went to first had a 30 minute wait; we could walk right in here, which should have been a tip off. We sat inside and were the only diners inside; their patio was pretty well filled. Our table was missing some pieces of flatware so our waiter/the manager/the host/not sure who took items off of other set tables, which I thought was odd-clearly they weren’t expecting people to sit there. We were given menus but no drink menu. I asked for the drink menu; I didn’t receive it. I asked another person who stopped by our table (another server? It was hard to tell. No discernible uniform among the staff) about drinks and she said “we are out of a lot. All we have is red wine.” This is really strange considering this was a busy weekend in Steamboat. I decide to forgo wine. It takes us awhile for someone else to come over to take our food order. I see the bartender/chef (we saw him both behind the bar and in the open kitchen cooking ) pointing out that we need service to whatever servers catch his eye. We order and get our food in fairly quickly after ordering. Food was ok; nothing special. The chicken in my pasta dish was dry and over cooked. One of the servers (also who sat us down) comes over and says he will buy me a glass of wine and says he is the manager, which really confused us, because nothing about his demeanor suggested manager. I’m so turned off by the whole experience that I decline the wine. We pay, leave a tip that was probably too generous for the service we received and left. The best we can guess is that this place is closing soon and staff is now no-showing there and they are not reordering anything (like white wine) to restock.

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AL
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

The service was terrible--everyone we observed, from the hostess to the bartender to the wait staff was running around disorganized. We ate at Cugino's last year in the summer, and the service was fine, so maybe this is a temporary issue. After waiting 20 minutes for someone to come to our table after being seated, the waitress came to the table and instead of taking our order, said the restaurant was short staffed. I had to display discontent before she went ahead and took our order. We then waited 40 minutes for our food to arrive. We also watched two other tables walk out frustrated while waiting for someone to greet them at the table after being seated. The food itself was good, but we didn't order appetizer or dessert because we were concerned at how long it was going to take to get our food. We thought about walking out as well, but stuck it out. Hopefully, management gets this figured out, because the food is good.

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DM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Drinks brought after meal
out of 4 items on the menu
slow service
Chicken Marsala was horrible

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Denver
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 2

We had a delicious charcuterie plate at the bar. That was the best part, downhill from there. Then we moved to the dining room where we discovered the restaurant was out of just about everything, including drinks. Get this, an Italian restaurant that is out of lasagna, on the kids menu even! Then it started to rain so we moved inside. One of the waitresses pointed us to a table then cleared that table of the place settings and said she would grab the aetttings from our outside table! What?! Why do that?
Our waitress was Tessa, she was great. When she brought our drinks, she told us they were on the house. That was a nice gesture. We felt bad for her because her management put her and the other staff members at an immediate disadvantage, one where they had to explain that they were out of just about everything on the menu.
We will not be eating there again. We overheard someone saying they “eat here every time they come to Steamboat” so it might have been good at one time, just not our night. First impressions are lasting impressions.

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L
Austin
37 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We eat at Cugino’s often. Great food, great value, comfortable restaurant and we love John the owner.

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KW
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

We waited 30 minutes at our table before we received our drinks or complimentary bread. Then we waited another 40min to get our food. The restaurant was only half full. Our waitress also got three of the orders wrong. I did not like the gluten free pasta at all. It tasked like rice noodles.

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G
Atlanta
94 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is a block off of main street and has outdoor patio dining. I ordered the caprese ravioli and it was superb!! The best plate of ravioli I have ever had the pleasure of partaking! My husband had the lasange and it too, was very tasty. The portions were perfect and are accompanied by a house salad and bread as well. Will definitely return upon our next visit to Steamboat!

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SK
Denver
119 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a very nice casual dinner on Cugino's patio Sunday evening and loved every minute of it. Our favorite thing about the evening was our waiter, Kody. A super waiter with a great personality, he made our night perfect. The arugula and prociutto pizza was fantastic. We are looking forward to coming to Cugino's every time we are in Steamboat!

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Denver
7 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always. From the homemade pasta dish, to fresh and vibrant salads, to a delicious pizza for the table to share, Cugino's made it a great evening once again. John and his staff do a fine job.

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JA
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We made a reservation early in the evening. The food was very good. The service was good. We ate outside to watch the people go by and had a good experience.

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RJ
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We elected to eat outside as the weather was spectacular. There were 3 of us & we ordered a large pizza to share & side salads. We all agreed the pizza was one of the best we had eaten. Our waitress, Rose, was a delight. I would recommend this restaurant for great food & affordable prices!

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c
Denver
17 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

This place was an absolute nightmare! It was only 1/2 full and they ran out of menus. A party of 5 took over 2 hours. They weren't stocked with the simplest things, white wine, couldn't make the drinks on the cocktail list, didn't have certain foods on the menu. The waitress couldn't handle the pressure and apparently walked out. The food came out too slow, the salads prior to the meal came after the main course. We never got the starter bread. And to top it off, they left off an entree on the ticket, so a friend waiting an additional 15 min. while the rest had their food. Other tables were getting up and walking out bc they weren't getting any attention after being seating for 20 min. Would never recommend or come back. It was that painful.

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G
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I want this restaurant to be successful but they continue to struggle with the basics. We were seated with no menus-there seemed to be some confusion at the hostess stand. Not sure why there was confusion- the restaurant had about 8 guests inside and one large group of 12 outside. The place was basically empty.

After sitting for 5 minutes with no wait staff and no menus- we got up and went to another place. In the past the food has been some of the best in town- tasty, good portions and not too expensive. Unfortunately they continue to struggle with the wait staff.

Bummer-

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a great restaurant! The food was delicious and the service was good.

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TK
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Our service was awful and the server had no idea what she was talking about or doing, all of the food came out at completely different times, my $20 pasta was cold and left me feeling hungry, and my friends pizza was covered in greese and was soggy. I am very disappointed with my experience here.

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R
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Cugino's is an excellent Italian restaurant with a very good wine list. If you go there in the Summer expect a short staff but the longer wait is worth it for the dining experience. It is a little noisy but not offensively so. We sill be back.

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PB
Denver
18 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

It was off season, and it was our servers first day. In spite of a few hiccups, our meals were excellent and we were treated very well. The owner makes sure everything is just right.

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Denver
6 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

cute place, but dimly lit and menus desperately need to be reprinted. nearly impossible to read! only 1 server for entire restaurant, she did best she could, but we had to ask for bread and waters. caeser salad dressing is house made, but was too tangy and we did not like it. fresh pasta dishes were excellent though! and it was odd that they sat us next to a messy table littered with kid stuff and file folders that no one sat at or even attempted to clear up. summary: order food to go!

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C
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Total disaster of an evening. The staff was unable to keep up with all their tables - we were seated 20 minutes after our reservation. It took about an hour to get our main orders ( no appetizers ). The food was forgettable and overpriced. I have made better pasta in any given Wednesday.

Would not recommend.

Not sure why people are so impressed.

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FA
Miami
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Extremely Disappointing. They were out of a number of items. Be prepared to wait. Waited 45 minutes for our dinner salads. Waiter forgot to bring bread. Asked him twice and was told he would bring it out.....never happened. Waited another 30 minutes for our meals. Chicken Marsala was cooked with skin still on and was very salty. Eggplant Florentine was "bready". Worst meal and dining experience that I have ever had in Steamboat in past 10 years.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Dakota was a poor server. Food very avg. multiple menu items not available.

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SF
Denver
26 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I met a friend who is new to town for lunch at Cuginos, where we had a cozy spot next to the fireplace on a snowy day. Joey, our waiter, was friendly and joking around with us as we made it clear we were settling in for a LONG lunch! My friend had the calzone (enormous and apparently delicious, as she didn't offer me a bite) while I had an excellent Americano Margherita pizza. Prices were very reasonable and the atmosphere was relaxed. I'm planning another lunch date there so I can try the calzones!

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EW
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service & food. Prices were good for amount of food.

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