Ristorante Lo Stella

4.5
575 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Authentic
  • Creative Cuisine
"Lo Stella" Ristorante is the oldest and most successful family owned restaurant operation in Portofino, Italy. It is one of the country’s most renowned historic family owned and operated restaurants for more than 167 years. Now, downtown Denver is home to this historically famed Italian restaurant, led by the 8th generation family member, Alessandro Polo.
At " Lo Stella" Ristorante you will find the original recipes from previous generations like Pesto sauce, Bolognese sauce, marinara, fish ravioli, vegetable ravioli, pappardelle, tagliatelle, pizza and a lot of Colorado meat and fish products cooked in our "ligurian" style.
Lo Stella Ristorante has also had 25 years of great success in Tokyo, Japan until 2013 when Alessandro decided to move to Denver to open this authentic Italian Restaurant.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Mon-Sat 4pm-10pm
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Phone number
(303) 825-1995
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Luca Pascarella
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
11th and 12th
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Public transit
Bus 52 stops right across the street
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 575 People Are Saying
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LD
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Each of our meals was amazing. The Tricolore salad is always a must, and all of the pastas are amazing. It’s alwsys fun to watch the kitchen at work. This is a true, authentic neighborhood gem!

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P
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great authentic food and service. Come hungry and save room for dessert .

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M
Denver
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great service and amazing food like only few restaurants i know in the US

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JP
Denver
24 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this restaurant. Always great service and food.

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ML
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my favorite Italian restaurant in Denver. Very authentic.

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g
Denver
19 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Service was slow - which we thought was unusual considering how early it was and that it was a Tuesday. Not surprisingly, service went down hill as more folks and larger parties rolled in. Despite the lackluster service, the food was good but the choices for wines by the glass were disappointingly limited. Overall, not bad but also not great. For the price point, we were hoping for a better experience.

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OT
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

What a wonderful dining experience! My sister and her husband were visiting from Kansas City. My husband and I wanted to take them somewhere special and Lo Stella lived up to the occasion! None of us had been to the restaurant before but we will definitely return! We ordered three pasta selections: the fish raviolis with a creamy shrimp sauce (my favorite), the walnut ravioli (also yummy!!!) and the pesto gnocchi which was the best gnocchi I’ve ever tried!!! The pasta dishes were so fresh and the selections were simply delicious! We tried two appetizers: the cheese and meat sampler which was divine, and the mussels which were in a light, garlic sauce and cooked to perfection!! We all raved about how much we enjoyed the entire evening! I travel frequently with my work and eat out often. (Italian is my favorite). Lo Stella is now at the top of my list for Italian dining!

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BG
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

GREAT tastes like your in Italy (real italian food)!

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CD
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been to Lo Stella several times and it always delivers a Italian food experience! The food, service, and atmosphere are all amazing! Go to Lo Stella for a date night, friends outing, or even a family dinner...highly recommend!

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OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lo Stella is a wonderful neighborhood spot. Warm, but lively with authentic homemade Italian food. It always feels like a great find.

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J
Denver
143 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We have heard favorable things about Ristorante Lo Stella from friends, and so were looking forward to giving it a try. Before we went, though, I scrolled through the reviews on Open Table and while almost all were positive, the ones that were not gave me pause. I'm glad we decided to go ahead and honor our reservation because, quite honestly, in retrospect the bad reviews were baffling. Most had to do with portion size. I'm not sure what those people expect in terms of serving size because our portions were very generous, as were those on the plates of the people seated at adjacent tables.
We started with the salumi board, which could have been a meal in itself, and then had the tagliatelle w/Bolognese sauce for our entrées. For dessert we split an order of the lemon cake. We were stuffed! Everything was quite tasty; we look forward to a return visit.

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F
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lo Stella is our go-to restaurant before we see a play produced by Curious Theatre. The pasta, sauces, and salads are always top quality.

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Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly service, very good food, have been there multiple times and have never been disappointed! Highly recommend it!

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JR
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food!

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M
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastico! As usual. The gnocchi was fresh and light and the pesto was authentic Ligurian. I also loved my Aperol Spritz. And the service was gracious and spot-on. I love Lo Stella! Grazie, Leo!

—Melissa

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DF
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the personal attention from the owner. Food is excellent and the ambiance is terrific. Love it prior to theater or after Friday nights at DAM.

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L
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, the Tagliatelle was excellent,the Vitiano excellent. Ibelieve Lo Stella is the best Italian food in Denver.

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BM
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great staff and food is really good.

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f
Denver
89 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

to costly for the small portions..pasta overcooked

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DA
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Attentive service, nice wine list, authentic food.

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JB
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve been to Ristorante Lo Stella several times and it is consistently very good. I only wish there were more selections on the menu. Then I probably would go there more often.

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DT
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We had a lovely evening. The food was fabulous. We started with the taliere, which had a lovely selection of cheeses and meats. Fresh, homemade pasta made the tagliatella great, and loved grandma’s recipe for the bolognese. The scaloppina di vitello was cooked perfect. Waitstaff was informative, efficient and fun. Highly recommend this place and will definitely return.

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BG
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This was our 2nd time there before The Curious Theatre & it was excellent. Being that it was a holiday weekend and a Friday night, it was much more crowded than the first time we went, but they were able to handle the crowd quite nicely.

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s
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Love this place but getting food out was a challenge. Great waiter.

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KM
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had dinner as a family and split four of the five pasta options family style among four people. The seafood ravioli was by far the best. Everything else was very good.

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Denver
11 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great space—great food!

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s
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Lively scene. Nice menu. Very noisy so it was difficult to converse. Food was lukewarm.

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IY
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Love this place! Service is wonderful with warm personality. Pastas are excellent. Who doesn't love a meat bolognese. Gnocci and Ffsh ravioli dishes are also great. Mixed on the entrees and on the small side.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wife’s birthday.

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Denver
26 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Authentic delicious Italian restaurant I’m so glad we got to find this gem. From appetizers to desserts every single item on the menu is made fresh from scratch.

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Denver
25 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The only authentic Italian restaurant in Denver

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k
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food! Great gluten-free pasta option. Would like them to get a gluten-free bread, however. Just a suggestion!

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had never dined here before and we all (6 of us) loved it. We will definitely be back. Our waiter was extremely knowledgeable and professional. The food was very good
Great atmosphere as well

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DL
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Real Italian cooking right here in our neighborhood - Chef/owner and many staff are from Portofino, Italy, "8th generation restaurant." On this occasion, 2 of us had the branzino - Mediterranean sea bass - one of my favorites. The simple preparations in northern Italian style (Ligurian) enhance flavors rather than obscuring them - a plus is the sauteed spinach side, plus a little salad. If you want richer selections, there are pastas and pizza, too. The service is attentive, though on occasion it can be slow, especially if they get slammed with a lot of people at once. It's a neighborhood vibe, and run by people who really want you to have a good experience and a delicious meal.

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BB
Denver
102 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place to go after an afternoon visit to the Denver Art Museum. Nice atmosphere, informed servers, wonderful NYC-style Italian fare that all four of us enjoyed....especially the seafood salad (for two easily), tagliatelle bolognese, and a fabulous Multipulciano wine. We'll surely return soon, plus pass along word of this treasure of a find.

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Denver
24 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Heard a lot of good things about this restaurant and gave it a shot. They know how to make you feel home from the moment you walk in the door. Got to talk to the floor staff about the history of the restaurant in Portofino and to the chef who is very knowledgeable and tried to accommodate my requests (as long as they don’t go against tradition he said)
Food was great impeccable service and the wine... Amarone is delicious! I will definitely be back see you soon fam

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w
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, ambience and service. Genuine food served by a family with a restaurant in Italy.

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M
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best Italian Restaurant I have ever been in Denver for sure. But for Sure you need to know what Real Italian food is! I go almost every month!

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LS
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Diffident, stand offish server who refused to customize anything and who delivered one entree which was not initially cooked properly, after everyone else at the table had finished. Barely apologized and didn’t comp anything, not the meal, not dessert, not even coffee. Good customer service is everything. Doesn’t matter how good the food is.

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LS
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is legit, authentic, Italian food. You will not be disappointed by their homemade pasta, their extensive wine-list, or their charming atmosphere. I have never had a bad interaction with the wait staff here - they are so good to their customers. Plus, their portion-sizes are ideal - you leave feeling "perfectly full," without any excess weight or heaviness, even though pasta can sometimes make people feel that way. 10/10 recommend this place.

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