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DiFranco's, Denver, CO

DiFranco's

4.8
4.8
42 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Despite its small stature, DiFranco’s in the Golden Triangle / Cap Hill offers a largely satisfying menu of Italian cuisine options. The interior of the restaurant is rather simple with small, sleek chairs and tables that offer you a place to relax while you await your scrumptious meal at Di Franco’s.

Highly recommended menu options include the caesar salad, spaghetti and chicken parm, a seasonal pasta and the pizza logs. All the foods are made from a careful selection of delicious ingredients and spices. The flavors are reminiscent of Italian home cooking with an elevated twist. Visit DiFranco’s and satisfy your hunger with some amazing Italian cuisine options.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Organic, Contemporary Italian
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (720) 253-1244
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Owned/operated by
    Latinx or Hispanic, LGBTQ+, Women
  • Executive chef
    Ryan DiFranco
  • Catering
    We're available to cater your next event... please visit our website at www.difrancos.com/catering for options
  • Private party contact
    Ryan DiFranco: (720) 253-1244
  • Neighborhood
    Central
  • Cross street
    Located closest to 9th and Lincoln
  • Parking details
    Private Lot
  • Additional
    Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Farm to Table, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 42 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

42 Reviews
  1. maryw

    Denver

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Very small and cozy. Just order at register. Great food, great service!

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always delicious, friendly staff, and good prices. Highly recommended!

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  3. HHendry

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great little place! Staff was so nice and everything is made from scratch. It was so delicious.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing small Cafe, great date spot. Amazing food.

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  5. Brandon

    Orlando

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    DiFranco’s food is delicious, from the salads to the cannolis. Everyone who works there is so kind, and the Wednesday date night special is such a great deal for an outing. When it gets busy, you can end up sitting pretty close to other people, but that isn’t a big deal to me. I could hear my partner just fine. If that does bother you, I’d recommend trying for an earlier or later dinnertime because then it’s less crowded and reservations are more staggered.

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  6. LucasM

    Denver

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Honestly, I am not sure exactly what I expected when I went in. It was the start of a date night and was mildly surprised by the small space. Ordering was done at a kiosk at the front where other customers can pick up food or order items to go from the small deli. That said, it was a cute little space and the lady at the kiosk (whose name I did not get, I am afraid) was delightful and friendly. The pizza logs were delicious, my date loved her penne, and I enjoyed my stuffed shells. The Italian sausage was a bit too peppery for my preference, but not enough to ruin the meal by any means. Overall a pleasant surprise and worth keeping in mind for another night.

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  7. JasonS

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great little counter service Italian joint. Delicious food + gluten free options all over the menu.

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  8. CherylV

    Denver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Hidden gem! What a pleasant surprise. DiFanco's dining experience was wonderful. The food is excellent and free parking was nice. I will definitely be back!

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Yum! Everything we tried was exactly as it should be and quite delicious. The service was impeccable.

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  10. Craner

    Denver

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    GREAT Italian food, fun and energetic atmosphere. Has been a favorite of ours for years, first time back to eat in since COVID. Love the food! Metal seats were not so good for my back.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Wow what a great place. Maybe the best gravy EVER!

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  12. GatorGrl

    Denver

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is a fantastic, family-owned Italian restaurant. The food is outstanding as is their own bottled wine. Everyone was very friendly and created a very warm and welcoming atmosphere. Wonderful place for a date night!

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  13. JordanR

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The staff was friendly and the food was incredible. The value for the price is outstanding for this city.

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  14. JeannaB

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great little place with delicious food. The Vodka sauce is especially good. The excellent service makes it even better.

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  15. HeidiL

    Denver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We loved our first visit. The food was delicious, excellent authentic Italian dishes. It's nice that vegetarians & gluten free diners have many choices. The staff were wonderful!

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  16. TracyH

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food is fresh, flavorful and well presented. Difficult to have private conversation. Loud and seating close together, but it allowed for friendly chitchat and a sense of family and community between tables. Staff is amazing.

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  17. Alexandra

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Friendly, warm environment. Delicious Italian cuisine!

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  18. ReedM

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had italian family visiting. They made room for a party of 6, everything was awesome

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  19. AdamP

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Authentic neighborhood Italian food and atmosphere. Dinner was amazing prior to our evening at the theater.

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  20. Sparky

    Denver

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Super friendly atmosphere, the best Italian food I have found in Denver, and the daily specials are seasonal, fresh, and burst with flavor. Traditional menu items are also delightful.

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  21. Sparky

    Denver

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome, awesome, super fresh and hot food. It’s stove to table, high quality ingredients; with delicious seasonal options. If you are looking for the modern equivalent of that special delicious hole in the wall restaurant that serves “the good stuff” go to DiFrancos it is the modern and clean version of THAT. Also the staff really cares, is super personable, and very friendly. Totally 6 stars if I could give them.

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  22. JacobS

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place came recommended as Celiac friendly and did not disappoint! No cross contamination, and probably the best gluten free bread I've ever had. My fiance enjoyed gluten free pasta and meatballs as well. While I don't have Celiac disease, the regular pasta and bread was also delicious! Though they had gluten free dessert options, we were both too full to continue eating. We will be returning!

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Everything was fresh and made in house. I would recommend checking this place out

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  24. FoodLove

    Denver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2015

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I love stopping in for the daily lunch special or picking up a couple of sandwiches to take home for dinner. I never cared for penne a la vodka until I had it here and it was amazing. I love the great quality and freshness of everything they serve.

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  25. LindaH

    Denver

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2015

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Restaurant had a casual style and not the most comfortable looking chairs but turned out to be just fine. Small and noisey but obviously a neighborhood favorite with a loyal local clientele. Food was excellent and all 4 of us raved about the entire meal. Home made pastas were great. The nutella gelato was absolutely fabulous for dessert. They also have a fun wine list with some of the less expensive bottles of wine a very good value. We would all return for another meal.

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  26. Funybusnez

    Denver

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    I wish this place had more separate tables. They only have two tables that are private & then one long communal table on high stools. But if you can be the first one in there & grab a private table. They have $15.00 bottle of wine during happy hour. Good vibe.

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  27. NicoleD

    Denver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was really good. The setup kind of threw us off, it was a weird mic of cafeteria vs. regular dining. The food more than made up for it. We will be back!

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  28. WashParkFoodie303

    Denver

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2014

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    If you are near downtown Denver, stop here for lunch or dinner. It is hands down the best Italian restaurant in the city. Chef Ryan is a whiz in the kitchen and you can tell it by his creations. The menu is seasonal, and changes but you will always find something to eat. It is a small space, but very inviting. Don't let the community table worry you. There is still plenty of space to sit down and enjoy your meal; plus you get to meet new people.

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  29. JohnP

    Denver

    19 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on October 4, 2014

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 1
    Some of the very best Italian food I've had, but DiFranco's suffers in this location. One of the reasons I don't like community tables is that I'm most often compelled to hear in detail the conversations of all those around. It's like being in college all over again; you just want to finish eating and get back to the library. But it bears saying again: this is some seriously good food at modest prices. I'll be back for carry out.

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  30. amade

    Denver

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2014

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    I so wish more people knew about Difranco's. The Italian food really is spectacular - I've never had a dish there I didn't love. Their noodles are homemade and their desserts are superb. I wonder if the location (located in the Beauvallon building) has something to do with not as many people knowing about it. Definitely go check it out if you are looking for really delicious Italian food.

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  31. GoldieFoodGeek

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 23, 2014

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Wife and I tried DiFranco's, and we were happily surprised. The atmosphere is super casual (almost like an "urban-chic" lunch counter), but the service was attentive and the food was excellent! Clearly, much care was taken to source quality, traceable ingredients. We ordered off of the Denver Restaurant Week menu, but we'll be back to try some of the things we eye-balled on the regular menu.

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  32. sarajanelle

    Denver

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2014

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I never walk into a restaurant expecting to be blown away by the food. I can honestly say my meal was top five best meals I've had in Denver. I had the ravioli with sweet corn and braised beef and it was truly phenomenal.

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  33. Samantha

    Denver

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2014

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I went here for the first time for their Wednesday Date Night Special - which included a salad, entree, desert and bottle of wine for two. We made a reservation which helped because they were definitely busy! The menu is relatively small but the food was spectacular! Everything is made fresh there and you can definitely tell! I got the chicken parm sandwich and my BF got their beef and corn ravioli - both were delish. And the wine was good too! The staff was very friendly, overall I would highly recommend it. The place can get loud when busy because it is small but that is what makes it charming. So if you can't share a table with people and deal with a crowd, come on a different night.

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  34. rlee0206

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2014

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful place located in the heart of downtown Denver. Loved their decor and food! Loved how small and cozy the restaurant was.

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  35. Libbiford

    Denver

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2014

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Atmosphere is casual but food was excellent when I three friends dined here during restaurant week. A glass of wine was included in the $30 3 course fixed-price menu, which I haven't seen at other places. Food was colorful and quite flavorful with reasonable portion sizes, server pleasant.

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  36. NancyF

    Denver

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2014

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Food and service were good. Enjoyed the Wednesday Date Night offer of salad, entree (pasta or sandwich), dessert and bottle of wine for $40. Order at the counter and they bring the food to you. My reservation for 4 got me 1 end of the large common table with bar stool type seating. Upscale deli atmosphere; extremely noisy which made conversation difficult.

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  37. valentinedate

    Denver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2014

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    We enjoyed the food, but were disappointed in the ambience and price. Our bill came to close to $50, and for that higher price, we were expecting to not order at a counter and would have preferred a private table. The space was also very noisy, which made communication with my husband difficult, especially since we were sitting at the large table, surrounded by other diners who were not part of our party. The salad and pasta dishes we ate were tasty, but the experience was lacking.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Boise

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2014

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I had heard about the Wednesday night date special and thought what better way to treat my significant other to a nice dinner. I was very pleased with the entire meal, from start to finish. We were greeted by a super friendly staff person who quickly took our order and answered all the questions we had about the menu. The meal was very pleasing as well; the food tasted fresh, the flavor was wonderful, and the wine was well enough for it being included in the date night special. Overall I would recommend this experience to anyone and everyone!.

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  39. BaileyT

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2014

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    great, GREAT food - good diverse menu. Ambiance is very casual, and any party larger than 4 will be sitting at a communal table. Great for a spontaneous stop, but not the best when trying to celebrate something special or make dinner the occasion of the night. The counter service makes the meal go too quickly

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  40. OTfun

    Denver

    54 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2013

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful pastas, good for a group or alone.

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DiFranco's is rated 4.8 stars by 42 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for DiFranco's

955 Lincoln St, Denver, CO 80203

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Located closest to 9th and Lincoln
  • Neighborhood
    Central
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Organic, Contemporary Italian
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Private Lot
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    Latinx or Hispanic, LGBTQ+, Women
  • Executive chef
    Ryan DiFranco
  • Additional
    Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Farm to Table, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (720) 253-1244
  • Catering
    We're available to cater your next event... please visit our website at www.difrancos.com/catering for options
  • Private party contact
    Ryan DiFranco: (720) 253-1244
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