Jovanina's Broken Italian

4.8
521 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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vipSuzette
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fabulous!

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PZim
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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 4 days ago
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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AnnaV
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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Gina
Denver
14 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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!

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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KymmyK
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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CynthiaA
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place! The ambiance, food and service is superb. All of our dishes were sooo delicious and top quality. Service is always the best!

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JasonD
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They treated us great on our anniversary. Top notch service, and delicious food.

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KKitty
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

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.

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vipEricaab
Denver
16 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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!

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CathyG
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

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MarkM
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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PaigeS
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and staff for our anniversary dinner! Definitely try the cheese plate.

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vipHlg1234
Denver
31 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipArielleD
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great gluten free pasta options!

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BeccaH
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2021
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
8 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

MP
vipMarcelaP
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING! Food, service & ambiance is top notch!

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
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
6 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
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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MaryLiz
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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meganh
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2021
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 on September 21, 2021
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
10 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.

JD
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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Jovanina's Broken Italian is rated 4.8 stars by 521 OpenTable diners.

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