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Jovanina's Broken Italian, Denver, CO

Jovanina's Broken Italian

4.7
4.7
777 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 27 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (720) 541-7721

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Private party facilities

    With an expansive three-story space, Jovanina’s Broken Italian’s event spaces are designed to curate bespoke experiences for all parties, offering something unique and different for every guest.

  • Private party contact

    Tim Sypasong: (855) 421-4251

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / LoDo

  • Cross street

    15th St

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Denver

    Best Ambiance

  • Denver

    Romantic

  • Denver

    Italian

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  1. KS

    KaraS

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food and service were both great! The music selection and volume did not match the downstairs atmosphere. That’s the only thing I’d change about the experience.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect food, perfect setting, our waiter, Casey, went above and beyond! I adore this place, pre pandemic - present day. My only request….bring back Sunday supper!
  3. LC

    LorettaC

    Denver

    14 reviews

    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience5
    7:15 reservations. We were on time. No waiting. Good so far. A table in the fun eclectic basement as we asked, but right at the bottom of the steps. Distracting every time diners arrived. Perhaps don’t out a table there. An hour after ordering, the food finally arrived. When it did, the server did not know who ordered what. Elk Bolognese sauce very good and served over noodles of varying thickness which may have been the reason they were either overcooked or very hard. Not al dente, hard. The meatballs were good, but again, the fat homemade noodles were undercooked. . The pasta with sweet corn was bland, undistinguishable from a mild alfredo. Boring. All the dishes were warm, not hot. Waiter was okay but not what a restaurant of this price level should have. Wine was lovely Because the food took so long, we did not have time to wait for replacement meals, so we just ate what was served. We could not enjoy dessert and coffee before the 9:30 show we had tickets for. With so many other fine dining options in Denver, we won’t be back.
  4. MM

    MandM77

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our experience was excellent. Our server was outstanding. We will gladly go back.
  5. B

    Blair

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and celebrated our initial wedding dinner with family here and even now have setup a tradition of celebrating at Jovanina's for our continued anniversaries. The staff, both kitchen and service, deliver beyond expectation each time and the quality is beyond superb. I cannot recommend this place any more highly.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and great atmosphere!
  7. AD

    AshleyD

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A great location to celebrate a birthday or special occasion. I love the ambiance in the wine cellar.
  8. EK

    ErinK83

    New York Area

    69 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    69 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful gals night and Patrick took wonderful care of us! It was an amazing meal!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing staff! The food was by far the best I I’ve ever had !
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous experience. We got sat in a beautiful booth downstairs, which was swanky and eclectic. The food was absolutely fantastic, we got the elk bolognese, pesto pasta, charcuterie, and of course dessert. Would recommend this place to anyone who enjoys an intimate setting with good ambiance.
  11. RH

    RobH

    Denver

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and fantastic staff make for pleasurable dining experience!
  12. LC

    LucyC

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the ambience here. We celebrated our anniversary and the service was phenomenal.
  13. AD

    AliciaD

    Denver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Jovinina’s is an absolute gem and superb addition to dining in LoDo. We’ll be back!
  14. A

    April

    Denver

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The food was delicious, but the homemade pasta in one of the dishes was a little chewy. The burrata salad was so good, as was the meatball bucatini! We were sat downstairs, which was a fun vibe, but it was very loud and difficult for my group of 4 to hear each other talking across the table. Overall I really enjoyed our experience and will definitely come back!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    The food was delicious, I recommend the elk bolognese like others. Request a table Upstairs where it is bright and energetic. We had a table downstairs where it was dark and loud. Upstairs looked more family Friendly as it was my wife and 12 year old. Service was good but not exceptional in any way.
  16. CE

    ChrisE

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A very nice find a few blocks from the more touristy spots. Food and service was excellent
  17. MB

    MadisonB

    Denver

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall1food2service2ambience5
    I’ve been to Jovianina’s a few times and it’s gotten progressively worse over the years. The food is small and over priced. I got the cacio Pepe which was just buttered noodles for 30 bucks! No pepper ? Our waitress was not friendly or helpful. She never asked how our meal was, knew nothing about the menu and was never around to order. I was a diehard fan and even took my foodie friends but we all agreed it is not a place to go back to.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service was absolutely immaculate. We really enjoyed the elk Bolognese, scallops, calamari, and olive oil cake. We could tell great care went into the preparation of each and every dish.
  19. M

    Mrs5280

    Denver

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience3
    Food was maybe a B/B- what really stunk was on a hot 100° day, we were sat 1.5 ft. from the wood fired oven and just melted the whole time.
  20. M

    Maxwell

    Milwaukee

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience4
    Very cool, fun bustling restaurant. I’ve never been to Italy, but it felt like that’s what it may be like. The food was good. We got a pizza and a pasta. Both tasty, but the Cacio E Pepe sauce was soo thick you could not twirl it. Not sure if that was the intent. We ate the whole thing though! We also did the wine flight which was very nice. I have never seen that before, but I wish more places did that. Outside of the server seeming annoyed with us, this was a great place. We would recommend this place. We were just visitors so if we come back, we will most likely try another place just to get more of the Denver experience.
  21. I

    Isaac

    Denver

    18 reviews

    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Love the space, especially the lower level. Foccacia was wonderful. Mains were good but too salty
  22. LP

    LeslieP

    Dallas

    47 reviews

    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    The atmosphere is energetic and trendy. Service was a bit slow but our waitress comp’d our dessert to make up for it. Good food, almost great. Would definitely recommend and go again.
  23. G

    Gail

    Denver

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wow! That bolognese was bonkers. Scallops as soft and melty as room temp butter. Cocktails expertly crafted and oh my - the wine list is Incredible. Two different vibes from upstairs to down: bright and energetic upstairs while downstairs was a bit more moody and bustling. 5 out of 5 would recommend!! Can’t wait to dine again.
  24. TD

    TheDTCDs

    Denver

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have been wanting to try Jovanina’s since we moved downtown late last year. We tried it last night for our anniversary. They were very accommodating (started downstairs and asked to move upstairs) and considerate. The drinks were great (other than a $3 charge for a large rock which seems petty). Food was really good - pass on the prosciutto wrapped scallops- they were very good but the value just isn’t there for the four scallops on the plate. Husband had the pork chop and that was outstanding. If you can request the front window seating for a party of two I would recommend it.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Good food, cocktails, and wine list. I had the elk bolognese, which was really great. Staff were quick, helpful and friendly.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love it! Great find for our Anniversary but already planning a return in the near future.
  27. EJ

    ElleJay

    Cincinnati

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Our server Everett was great! He was attentive and knowledgeable. We enjoyed the burrata salad, frito misto, the elk bolognese and the Colorado lamb entree. Everything was fresh and flavorful, ( house made pasta in the bolognese was a little gummy and overcooked, but it tasted fantastic). We split a piece of olive oil cake for dessert and it was light and tasty. The fruit and scoop of gelato accompanying the olive oil cake perfectly enhanced the dessert. Great experience at Jovanina’s Broken Italian.
  28. s

    stevan

    Denver

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Really good food just a few things That I feel could of been improved on for the price point. The meat and cheese charcuterie plate should come with way more bread. I should have to pay extra for more. Also more pickled veggies It seemed like they held back which was strange for a 30 dollar plate. The food was very good. High quality fresh ingredients. I got the elk bolognese and it was delicious. The pizza was also very good. I would go back again.
  29. w

    wjb1761

    Denver

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible from start to finish! Warm, welcoming, and knowledgeable staff. The food and drinks were delicious. It’s always amazing.
  30. JT

    JanetT

    Tallahassee

    14 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience5
    Was recommended this Italian place for dinner. Restaurant if overall very pretty, however the menu is small and selections mostly are not your typical”Italian “ bolognese is with elk and the pasta is very homemade, squid is option as well, along with a few other selections. It was hard to choose simply because nothing seemed appealing. They do offer pizza, which looked ok. The servers were very busy with a larger table so we sat a bit longer then expected. Would I recommend for “Italian “ probably not.
  31. SB

    SydneyB

    Denver

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is a hidden GEM in Denver. Do not skip out on this place. Everything I have had from there has been divine. The Cosmopolitan is earthy and delicious and the fresh rosemary garnish enlightens your senses as you drink it. Dishes I've tried and loved: - Focaccia break with olive oil butter O-M-G - Spanish Octopus - Oysters - Caesar Salad - Roasted carrots (so so so good) - burrata - delish - squash calabrian chili pizza - sausage pizza - Elk Bolognese (an absolute MUST HAVE) - Buccatini meatballs - Olive Oil Cake for dessert - Affogato - is there anything better than espresso and ice cream? Seriously you must eat here.
  32. SL

    SushiLover

    Charleston

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Had a business dinner with a colleague I'd never met. We got premiere service from the sommelier, and the manager stopped by to refill our wine and water multiple times. Loved the food! Loved the ambiance.
  33. J

    Juliet

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food, fairly authentic, and awesome service! I wish the music was a little quieter, but overall a fantastic experience.
  34. AD

    AmberD

    Denver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I mentioned in the reservation notes that my husband and I were celebrating our anniversary. They sat us in a quiet corner of the restaurant and brought us 2 complimentary glasses of prosecco. Every staff member we talked to wished us a happy anniversary. The service was wonderful, the food was delicious, and they made our anniversary extra special! We will definitely return!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Good food good service.
  36. AM

    AlanaM

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely awesome experience! We were seating at the "tunnel" table for our anniversary dinner, which was the coolest seat in the restaurant! Our waiter had incredible recommendations. We started with the Focaccia bread, had the delicious calamari dish, and then the pork chop and scallops for our mains. The cannoli's were fresh and delicious! We loved every single bite! We also really enjoyed the craft cocktails! We can't wait to go back!
  37. KL

    KatieL

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for a birthday dinner! Was treated so special while we were there! The food and cocktails were delicious. I cannot wait to come back!!
  38. D

    Dave

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sotto Voce (their intimate, downstairs dining area) is an amazing environment, and all the staff was very friendly and accommodating. Must visit!
  39. JS

    JeremyS

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From the minute we arrived for our anniversary dinner everything was excellent! From food, to our table, to service and ambiance, it was an amazing experience.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had such an amazing time & the food was phenomenal!

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Jovanina's Broken Italian is rated 4.7 stars by 777 OpenTable diners.

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Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 27 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Options

  • Order online
Google Map for Jovanina's Broken Italian

1520 Blake Street, Denver, CO 80202

Additional information

  • Cross street

    15th St

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / LoDo

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (720) 541-7721

  • Private party facilities

    With an expansive three-story space, Jovanina’s Broken Italian’s event spaces are designed to curate bespoke experiences for all parties, offering something unique and different for every guest.

  • Private party contact

    Tim Sypasong: (855) 421-4251

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