Jovanina's Broken Italian

4.8
505 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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vipHlg1234
Denver
31 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our time here. Great food and service!

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vipArielleD
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great gluten free pasta options!

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BeccaH
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The overall ambiance was unique and definitely worth visiting. Cannot give enough stars for the service. Jenna was fantastic and made our birthday dinner extra special.

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vipbos10sy
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food was so great!! Truly an exceptional experience for our group.

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vipMarcelaP
Denver
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING! Food, service & ambiance is top notch!

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, personable wait staff, and great drink menu paired with trendy lower level ambience. What more could you ask for?

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an early dinner before a show at the Pepsi Center and everything was great! Staff was attentive and food was delicious. The carrots were outstanding! Will definitely be back!

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meganh
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was so great and the service was super also! They make it all from scratch and you can tell!

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vipdgpaynejr
Denver
31 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, good wine, good food. Love sitting downstairs. Miriah was very helpful.

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JennaT
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and ambiance! The drinks were also delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The wine menu has a variety of wines from all over the world. The food was delicious and creative. Of course the dessert was to die for. The ambiance was great for a birthday but could also be great for a group gathering.

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vipKeithK
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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vipBillL
Chicago
52 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was one of the best overall meals I've had, and the best pasta I've had outside of Italy. Service was great, good bar. The only negative was the Nutella lady fingers had been in the refrigerator either uncovered or too long and picked up other food flavors. I'll definitely return.

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vipDenverFoodie
Denver
20 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience5

We found this place confusing. When making a reservation, a credit card deposit is required. However, I couldn’t find any cancellation policy on Open Table nor the restaurant’s website. I’m not in the habit of canceling but I couldn’t even figure out what I agreed to. Apple Pay only said “amount pending”. While dining, I inquired about it and was totally satisfied with the policy, but why the mystery?

Moving on, we honestly found the food lackluster. Not inexpensive and not great. The Caprese had bland mushy tomatoes with oddly liquidy cheese, and $38 halibut should be cooked properly, not dry and sour from citrus. Without asking, the manager removed the appetizer from our check when he noticed we didn’t eat much of it. Well done and much appreciated.

Anyway the atmosphere was lovely. Historic, well designed and comfortable. The drinks were excellent. We spoke to several staff members who were all quite friendly - with the exception of our server. He acted bored and put out by us. On several occasions I politely tried to get his attention to order another drink, gained eye contact and a nod, but he never returned to our table. We would have easily had 1 or 2 more rounds if given the opportunity, but I won’t fight to give you money.

Truly we wanted to love the place. We did love the atmosphere and 98% of the staff we encountered. But the vague cancellation policy, substandard food and disinterested server just weren’t good enough. In all likelihood we won’t return.

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Gabb
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food with a super cozy ambiance! Would recommend it strongly!

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vipJamesB
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Courtney gave great service. Ambiance was awesome! I thought the food was tasty and loved the variety. Carbonara salty and under cooked noddle but still good. Would love to see more share plates/starters/veg. Would def like to come back and want to support! Keep up the great work.

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DanielleG
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my parents for dinner last night and it was simply fantastic. The service is top notch and my mom couldn't stop raving about her bucatini.

This is our 2nd visit back and it will not be the last!

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience at Jovanina’s was amazing! Great wine, service and food! The bread was delicious. The atmosphere was perfect. Would 100% recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous experience!!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was very attentive and the food was incredible. Will definitely be adding this to our rotation of favorite date night spots.

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Leslue
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We just loved it!! Great food, great drinks, great service and great ambiance! Highly recommend!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Great new spot in Denver. The styling is one of the best in all of Denver, and you’ll feel transported.

The short rib and chicken parm were fantastic, but the tiramisu left a lot to be desired. It tasted like a cheap store bought option. Highly recommend the barrel aged old fashion as well

Sit upstairs vs downstairs, unless you like the Adam’s Family.

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Julietta
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. We had a lovely evening chatting over great food. The drinks were amazing, my partner had the Rob Roy and I had the Old Fashion. Highly recommend finishing the dinner with an espresso.

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JillanneD
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious homemade pasta! Vegetarian and meat options. Amazing cocktail list. Comfy and classy atmosphere. Attentive service and overall great experience! So glad we found this little gem!

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and perfect for groups to do family style with different pastas!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Extremely well run restaurant and excellent food. Best Italian in Denver

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian Restaurant in CO, the ambiance was amazing.

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KimL
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We dined there for our anniversary. Once the basement filled with customers, it was so loud and dark that we couldn’t hear each other or our server. I think if we had sat upstairs it would have been a little less chaotically loud. The food was different. The service was very good.

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vipJacqueline
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent food, great service, very romantic atmosphere.

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vipmdub
Charlotte
11 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Second time visiting - excellent! Obviously my first visit wasn't a fluke

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vipAliciaB
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our family had a nice send off for our college student -- everything was perfect; the food, service and ambience. Had never been and now can't wait to go back!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We picked Jovanina’s as our pre-Comedy Works dinner restaurant and couldn’t have been happier. The food was outstanding and the staff friendly and professional. We will definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat downstairs, it was SO cool. The upstairs is more hip with music and modern, the downstairs looks like you entered the 1920’s or something. Dark, quiet, candles everywhere. It was amazing. The pasta was the best I’ve ever had.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely evening and the food was just… wow. Wednesday they have really good wine deals!

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Elisha
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was fantastic! Great food, great service, great vibe! Definitely will be going again!

Wednesday’s $1 oysters are the bomb!

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vipUTkw
Austin
37 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

1st time trying this place and I will definitely make it a regular spot. Loved the downstairs dining space and the food and drinks were really great. Fresh made pasta and awesome service as well. Great for groups and special occasions

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Casey
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Food is absolutely fantastic, servers are all incredibly knowledgeable. It's a little bit more of a treat for most people budget-wise, but if you want homemade pasta go here!

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vipTriumphCapitalDE
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience1

Salty bad Italian food.

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JDJd
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I really have no thoughts to share other than this was a complete and enjoyable experience for us and I cannot recommend this relatively quaint dining experience any more highly.

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Ayla
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience at jovaninas

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Jovanina's Broken Italian is rated 4.8 stars by 505 OpenTable diners.

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