Jovanina's Broken Italian
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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Rosemary Mascarpone + Fresh Ricotta + Sage Salt
Cacio e Pepe
Bucatini + Pink Peppercorns + Pecorino Romano + Butter
Warm Olive Oil Cake
Fresh Berries + Meyer Lemon Yogurt + Cinnamon Crumble
Everything was fabulous!
One of the best meals I have had in Denver. Great spot for a date night
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.
Had a great time for my husband's birthday at Jovanina's! We were a party of 5 and the atmosphere was intimate and fun. We were seated downstairs at Sotto Vocce which has great ambiance. The staff brought us some complimentary champagne at the beginning of the meal and limoncello at the end which was really thoughtful. The cocktails are excellent! Particularly enjoyed the jungle bird and negroni. All of the food was also excellent. Favorites included the cacio e pepe and the short rib. Wednesday night oysters were also a hit.
My husband and I visited Jovanina’s for the first time to celebrate our two year anniversary.
Going forward, I want to spend every special occasion at Jovanina’s. From the minute we arrived, the hostess was pleasant and sat us immediately.
Our server, Mallory, was a gem and very helpful in guiding us through the menu.
Finally, the food blew us away. Please don’t ever take the elk bolognese off the menu. Best I’ve ever had.
What a wonderful Mile High discovery!
The food was incredible if a bit pricy. Great for special occasions, dates, or just when you’re feeling flush and crave REAL Italian food!
My husband and I visited Jovanina’s while we were in Denver. The atmosphere was beautiful yet cozy. Throughout our trip we tasted oysters everywhere we could. And Jovanina’s had our agreed upon favorite - Prosciutto Herb Butter. We also shared the Elk Bolognese and Short Rib. Both were excellent. Jovanina’s was by far our favorite restaurant we tried on our trip.
My adult children arranged this place for my birthday. It's a definitely a go to. The restaurant atmosphere is beautiful and inviting. The waitress is very friendly. Amazing food!
Amazing place! The ambiance, food and service is superb. All of our dishes were sooo delicious and top quality. Service is always the best!
They treated us great on our anniversary. Top notch service, and delicious food.
Food was good but nothing spectacular. Pricey - $26 for a vegetarian pasta dish? Went there for the specials advertised on their website for thursdays but when we got there specials were not offered.
We loved Jovaninas Broken Italian! Food was phenomenal and the atmosphere was so fun. I will definitely recommend this as a must go to spot in a Denver and will be back again!
Every aspect of the experience was exceptional except for a minor delay in a replenishment of the fantastic bread! Server was knowledgeable, made great wine recommendations, and attentive. Very much enjoyed the overall experience.
Jovanina's Broken Italian has been on my radar for a while. It closed during the pandemic, so I figured I had to go with this second chance. A friend was in town and I wanted to impress. Impress I did as we all ordered something different and they were all fantastic! Service was great and nice bottles of wine in stock as we 'tested' two. This place is a bit high end, so not an everyday event, but I suspect I will be back.
Amazing food and staff for our anniversary dinner! Definitely try the cheese plate.
We really enjoyed our time here. Great food and service!
Great gluten free pasta options!
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.
The service and food was so great!! Truly an exceptional experience for our group.
AMAZING! Food, service & ambiance is top notch!
Delicious food, personable wait staff, and great drink menu paired with trendy lower level ambience. What more could you ask for?
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!
I am in the wine industry and work with/dine at great restaurants ALL the time, and this was some of the best Italian I've had in actual YEARS. So great, I made a point to come back for a 2nd visit before my vacation ended so I could bring 2 other friends that were also visiting to check it out.
The food was so great and the service was super also! They make it all from scratch and you can tell!
As always, good wine, good food. Love sitting downstairs. Miriah was very helpful.
Amazing food and ambiance! The drinks were also delicious.
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.
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.
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.
Delicious food with a super cozy ambiance! Would recommend it strongly!
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.
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!
Our experience at Jovanina’s was amazing! Great wine, service and food! The bread was delicious. The atmosphere was perfect. Would 100% recommend.
The service was very attentive and the food was incredible. Will definitely be adding this to our rotation of favorite date night spots.
We just loved it!! Great food, great drinks, great service and great ambiance! Highly recommend!
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.
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.
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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Jovanina's Broken Italian is rated 4.8 stars by 521 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.