Jovanina's Broken Italian

4.8
558 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Jovanina's is now OPEN and following state and local guidelines for safe and healthy food service! We can't wait to see you! If reservations are not available online it is because we have a max capacity during this time.

Jovanina’s offers a fresh, modern take on Italian cuisine sourcing the best local and regional ingredients by the season. Handmade pastas and our rustic, wood-fired ovens are the heart of our menu. We provide vibrant, vegetable-forward dishes, seafood, steaks, and chops, presented in a spirited, inviting setting. We pride ourselves on hospitality and consider ourselves amongst the best of Denver when it comes to taking care of our guests. Our bar is focused toward classic crafted cocktails, barrel-aged spirits, and seasonal liqueurs. We offer a local beer selection and an extensive wine list housed in our wine cellar Sotto Voce.
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vipMikeM
Salt Lake City
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

It was just OK. Not bad. Not great. We had higher expectations. Probably overpriced for the food quality and presentation.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Gluten-free pizza & All Saints Syrah I have ever had at a restaurant. The history behind the restaurant’s original beginning was fascinating & the staff genuinely cared about their guest’s experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our anniversary here and it was incredible. The attention to detail was great. They started our meal off with a surprise champagne. The service was perfect without being too overbearing. Food was great as well! We will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendsgiving was perfect here. Everything was delicious and the team is incredible.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service and vibe were stellar — the cocktails were also superb!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ate the most delicious pasta I have ever had.

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MicheleC
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening, late night dinner with delicious food and drink. The staff were gracious despite our being late for our reservation, and taking our time with our meal!

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AmandaG
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we had was incredible, but the Elk Bolognese and the Mushroom Gnocchi were out of this world. The staff was very attentive and accommodating. Definitely not a "cheap" meal but worth it for a special occasion.

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NYCtoCAinCO
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Unbelievable night celebrating! From the incredibly thoughtful and private table to the sweet staff and great menu and wine list, had the best time. Would definitely reco to anyone, and suggest the downstairs over street level (didn't see upstairs) for the dark, moody Italian vibe. Thank you to all!

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AndrewG
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was excellent. Service was very good. It’s drafty near the front door. Request seating away from the front entrance.

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SamanthaS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the Thursday night special of a bottle of wine and the charcuterie board for $35!! Food was wonderful, great atmosphere! Will be back!

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CarlH
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went before a Denver Nuggets basketball game - service was friendly and efficient, food and wine were delicious, and we were able to get to the game right on time - will definitely return.

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thud
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was an exceptional dining experience. The restaurant has great ambiance and the food was fantastic. The scallops with saffron risotto was amazing as well as all the pasta dishes. Dessert was great too!

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vipMariana
Indiana
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and delicious food. The host and our waitress were very nice,polite,and professional

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vipluvtequilatasting
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

My husband and I booked this restaurant to celebrate a birthday and I have to tell you it was very romantic the ambience was lovely with all the candles we dined downstairs. we were greeted by the server who brought us champagne to toast as soon as we sat down. We started with the oysters on the half shell for an appetizer and then decided to try the kale salad, much to my surprise it was fantastic ! Chopped really fine and tossed with crunchy Parmesan. For the main entry My husband had the Elk bolognese and I had the scallops on a bed of risotto! Both were Delish . A lovely evening indeed . Only recommend getting new chairs downstairs - very dated with wood seats and not up to par with the price tag for the meal. Call me if you need help- I am a factory rep for several manufactures that make restaurant seating !

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vipJenny
Denver
32 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Chartucurie was great. Both my pasta (not very warm except in the center) and my mom's paste was too al dente, and hubby's pasta was so soft it could have been fed to a baby. Daugher's gnochi was fair as was her hubby's short rib.

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BC3Lady
Denver
31 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Beet salad excellent! Also ordered carrot appetizer; good but expensive and too small to share among the 4 of us.

Boys had the meatballs and elk bolognese which were excellent. They raved. Girls had the Amatriciana. Just OK; very plain tasting.

A must order is the focaccia bread. The mustard seeds with the butter were amazing!

If you don't like your pasta (very) al dente, stay away from the pasta dishes.

Service was superior. Very knowledgeable and personable and efficient.

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BigChiefMountain
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jovanina's is a great place to eat on the way to the Nuggets or Avs games. Great food and service. The pasta is house made and very special. We love supporting our local restaurants and this one is a gem!

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vipBrucor
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful evening here with friends. We are originally from Néw York, and this is by far the best Italian food we have had since moving to Denver!

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MichaelB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific food, helpful wait staff, and wonderful ambience. A new favorite of our & real gem of the Denver eating scene!

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vipPanosh
Denver
16 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

I met three girlfriends for a fun night of reminiscing about earlier times together. Our waitress came to our table and began talking about what was available and what wasn’t, which was extremely confusing. I order iced tea and after awhile she returned to tell me they had over brewed the tea and it was unacceptable to serve. That was confusing in and of itself. We ordered four glasses of wine and the Charcuterie Board. The wine arrived and then a 9” plate with two pieces of bread, four pieces of aged cheddar cheese, four pieces of blue cheese, two pieces of Brosuttio, two pieces of Pancetta, a golf ball sized of Brochetta , some almonds, some kind of cherry preserves, and pickles. So disappointing!!!!!! Poor food and extremely poor wait staff. I do not recommend this restaurant to anyone.

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vipDiningDuo
New England
22 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely outstanding! We ordered one elk bolognese to share and had to order another it was so good. The servers were fantastic and helped each other. The wine was delicious. We had a great night. Thank you!!!

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vipAmyA
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress (Maria?) was very hospitable and friendly. Prosecco was provided to help celebrate our anniversary and we were sat in a romantic part of the restaurant. Overall a great first experience and we will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Date night

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paipobill
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Other than the fact it is always booked, it is the best restaurant in Denver.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was maybe one of the best meals I’ve had in Denver! We had a group of 4 and each tried different dishes every single one was absolutely amazing. The atmosphere, drinks, food and service were all outstanding.

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eliseg
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stunning ambiance celebrating a new job. wine, pasta, and bread were incredible!

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vipKimberlyB
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good place for some wine and a nice dinner. It was a little loud in the basement so it was hard to hear the waiter.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience great advice. Food was delicious and fair priced

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KevinH
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great the carrots and focaccia are amazing. Elk Bolognese was great as well

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Emily
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here for a group birthday and had a blast! Charlie is the best!

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vipJLouise
Denver
52 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The dining experience we had at Jovanina's Broken Italian was a complete joy! The food, service and atmosphere is superb! Highly recommend.

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KimR
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was one of the best dinners we’ve had in a long time! I am a picky diner and customer and the food/drinks/service here was all excellent. 10/10 would recommend and will be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience5

Really overpriced average to subpar food. Cacio e Pepe was under-seasoned and oysters were served garnished

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vipmarP
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food was excellent - however I wish their pizza oven was working and that their menu reflected the one shown online. Prices were very fair for food/wine and appreciated the menu suggestions given by Mallory our waitress. Mallory was very professional, friendly and helpful. Thanks for a fun night .

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DarcieR
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Went for the Wednesday specials. Oysters were small but were good. Not sure why they added fennel and basil to them. Had to wait a long time for a beer. It came right after the wine. Asked about olives and the waitress just brought a blow of them without asking and charged us. Entries were really overpriced. Will probably come back for another Wednesday for the oysters but there are lots better Italian places that are lots better. Good Luck!

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vipSuzette
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fabulous!

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PZim
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals I have had in Denver. Great spot for a date night

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vipOpenTable Diner
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great food-pasta, wine and focaccia-yummy! The service was wonderful! We sat in the lower level and it was a completely different experience. Dark with candlelight. Next time, I think we’d prefer the upstairs.

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OpenTable Diner
Boise
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Jovanina’s for our Anniversary, and literally could not have been more pleased. Some of the best food I’ve had in a long time, and the service was unparalleled. I can not recommend this place enough!

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