Cugino's Pizzeria & Italian Restaurant

3.5
68 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Casual
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Cozy
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
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Pizzeria
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Hours of operation
Daily 11:30 am–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(970) 879-5805
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
John Gamradt
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Catering
Catering for large or small parties available. Please send any inquiries to cuginossteamboat@gmail.com for more details.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Lincoln Ave
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Parking details
Street parking is available.
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Public transit
Bus Stop at 7th street
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 68 People Are Saying
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JA
Denver
1 review
4.0Dined 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
5.0Dined 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
1.0Dined 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
6 reviews
1.0Dined 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
5.0Dined 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
1.0Dined 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
7 reviews
5.0Dined 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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Denver
15 reviews
4.0Dined 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
4 reviews
3.0Dined 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
8 reviews
1.0Dined 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
1.0Dined 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
2.0Dined 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
21 reviews
4.0Dined 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
4.0Dined on March 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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

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Denver
1 review
4.0Dined on March 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food, just a little small on the portions for the price.

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MH
1 review
1.0Dined on March 21, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Service: arrived 6:45, didn't eat until around 8pm. Asked server twice for water without ice; had to get it from the bar myself. House wine was plentiful. Family-style salad was a good idea, but it looked like they'd just dumped it out of a bag that had been sitting around all day - top greens were so wilted it was not edible - set a pile of limp greens on the table hoping someone would notice; hard to believe someone would serve it. Had clam linguine - I spat out one of the clams as it had turned. Woke up at midnight with very bad guts - the whole meal went through me in an hour. Very unpleasant. Will not go back.

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Dallas
2 reviews
5.0Dined on March 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Much better than I expected based on some prior reviews. Nice ambiance. Service wasn’t the greatest but they seemed short handed and our server did the best he could. Food overall was excellent. Good selection for kids. We had fried artichokes which were very good. I had chicken involtini and would recommend.

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LR
Chicago
1 review
3.0Dined on March 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

The complimentary tiramisu at the end of the meal is always a treat. The ambiance is normally very nice, but unfortunately at our last visit we were seated next to a party of 15, 8 of whom were boisterous young children left on their own at one end of the table. We felt like we were sitting in a school cafeteria. It was difficult to carry on a conversation. Not so great for a relaxing dinner, but good for families, I guess.

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LI
Cleveland
9 reviews
3.0Dined on March 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Portion of lasagna was very small. Salads never showed up, until after meal. Chicken toscano was good. Place was understaffed, making service slow.

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New York Area
1 review
3.0Dined on March 13, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

The food was delicious, but it was an off night for service. If you’re not in a hurry, great place to take kids.

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AZ
1 review
2.0Dined on March 11, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

The food was good. The service was very slow. Took over an hour to get our food. There were 9 of us. Server brought our food out plate by plate instead of all at once. Not worth the price or time.

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LW
Houston
1 review
5.0Dined on March 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a large party. They were very accommodating. Few little hiccups (appetizer forgotten but comped). Overall great. Food very good. Kid friendly. Staff very helpful. Will definitely be back!

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AM
Denver
8 reviews
4.0Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great pizza/Italian Place. Very nice they take reservations. Good service and ambiance - great place for large groups.

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L
Austin
23 reviews
5.0Dined on February 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

As usual the food was fabulous, it was an early lunch and enjoyed that it wasn’t very crowded at that time. Of course it filled up but it did not impair our service. Great place for lunch and dinner.

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M
New England
3 reviews
4.0Dined on February 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We went to Cugino’s last week and had a great dinner! Started with the mussels and calamari, which were delicious. I had the homemade pappardelle with bolognese sauce and my husband had eggplant parmesan - we both really liked our dishes. Girls had pizza which was very good. Waitress was attentive, friendly and knowledgeable. Overall great food and dining’s experience!

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AC
New York Area
15 reviews
5.0Dined on February 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Absolutely amazing pizzas. Good wine list. Friendly staff.

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AC
1 review
5.0Dined on February 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My boyfriend and I were in Steamboat for vacation. Our dinner at Cugino’s was our last night there. The server was so great. Friendly and helpful. The focaccia bread he brought out before the meal was AMAZING!!! I’ll be dreaming of that bread for a long time. Our pastas were so tasty and well presented. We left with smiles and full bellies. I would recommend Cugino’s to anyone. If not for living in Florida I’d go there quite often.

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San Diego
6 reviews
5.0Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s nice to have a consistently good Italian restaurant in Steamboat

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K
Atlanta
1 review
2.0Dined on February 23, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 3

The service was friendly, but they seemed overwhelmed and forgot a few items of our order. They were also out of servers food items including French fries.

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Phoenix
1 review
5.0Dined on February 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The owner is so nice!

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SW
1 review
5.0Dined on February 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and got us in at the last minute. Great restaurants!

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Denver
1 review
1.0Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Our family of six waited 90 minutes for our food. This is the second time we have had this experience at this restaurant. Many other tables were also waiting a very long time and complaining. Our server said the kitchen “had a hiccup and had to remake several dishes.” We will not be returning.

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S
Chicago
4 reviews
3.0Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Was on vacation with the family and decided to try it. Overall it was just so so . I felt very claustrophobic in the restaurant I realized how many tables and chairs were crowded around. My son and I had the Calzone and was not special but also not bad. My wife had the Philly cheese steak sandwich which did not come with nor could you get Au Jus. How can an Italian restaurant serving that not have Au Jus? Overall just ok.

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G
Washington DC
1 review
1.0Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Quite honestly, the worst dining experience I’ve ever had. It was so bad the restaurant gave us a free meal. I can’t see us ever returning. It was a birthday celebration and the birthday girl had to leave before the food ever showed up because it had taken two hours and she needed to take her 14 month old home to go to bed.

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Denver
2 reviews
1.0Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Awful service! We had a reservation and arrived 5 minutes late because we couldn't find parking. We were seated immediately and next to the fireplace which was nice. That was the only thing that was nice that evening. Our waiter took a few minutes to come over and introduce himself and take our drink orders. We only wanted water.

Our waiter disappeared for 20 minutes as he was attending to another table, much larger group, drinking bottles of wines. Doesn't take a genius to understand why he "disappeared." He eventually takes our order, brings bread 5 minutes later and we wait for our food. We waited for over 45 minutes, and our waiter even walked by, saw the dirty dishes and empty cups but didn't bother to clear the plates or refill our cups. He actually gave a look that said, "Im not picking up anything right now and walked by us.

Another family sat 5 minutes after us, had a different waiter, and was eating in front of us as we waited for our food. They had appetizers, drinks and entrees as we waited and stared at each other. During all of this waiting, the stupid waiter came over to speak to us about our plans for the weekend to distract us from the fact that he simply forgot to put in our order.

My partner eventually speaks to the manager. The manager comes over 5 minutes later with the waiter and our food. In that moment, we decided to leave. We sat at a restaurant for over an hour, to eat bread and drink water. The manager didn't even apologize and let us walk out. He shouldn't be a manager nor does he act like one. He's unprofessional. Awful service. Whether we order drinks our not, we shouldn't be ignored and treated differently. Thanks for ruining our Valentine's Day dinner.

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Savannah
6 reviews
5.0Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

So many large parties is a draw back for this family of four but the food is yummy! Meatballs over polenta is my favorite!

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1 review
5.0Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was AWESOME!!

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PP
St. Louis
6 reviews
2.0Dined on February 16, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Waited 30 minutes finally got a small glass of overpriced wine. Out of five dishes. 630 pm? Waitress was polite but poorly trained and over scheduled. Staff was robotic and downtrodden. We left (never done this in fifty years.) and went to Aurum across the street. Had a fabulous meal with outstanding service. Staff was happy and friendly. Day and night.

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L
Denver
2 reviews
5.0Dined on February 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

A bit noisy so I’d suggest not for a quiet occasion

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Greensboro
2 reviews
5.0Dined on February 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food here is amazing. We were 6 family members here to ski. A good hot comfort meal was on the agenda. The calamari are so lightly crusted and fried to perfection. I had the Eggplant Florentine which was full of flavor. The pizza was excellent, thin crispy crust with fresh ingredients. The atmosphere was quiet, cozy, welcoming with a great fire, albeit a little too warm. Service was excellent. Recommend a reservation but would definitely go back again and highly recommend!

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