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Date
Sat, 4/21
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7:00 PM
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Ristorante Lo Stella

4.5
533 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Authentic
  • Good for a Date
"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 533 People Are Saying
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4.6
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4.5
service
4.5
ambience
4.3
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 7 days ago

I love this Ristorante. With my family being from Italia Ristorante Lo Stella It is a close to ethnic Italian food that you are going to find in Denver. The owner and waitstaff are extremely friendly.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

After two visits to Ristorante Lo Stella the experience has been great. Really love the atmosphere. They have a very good variety of menu choices, a good wine sellecton and very good service. A family owned pride is very evident. Happy to recommend it to my family and friends.

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2.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Disappointing. The pasta was slightly undercooked, for my taste. Rather than asking how would I like it cooked, they told me it was the way it was supposed to be and replaced it with an identical replacement. The service was inattentive. Servers left chairs in the middle of aisles, with others just walking around them rather than placing them where they should be.
The pesto was excellent, as was the tiramisu.

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2.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Sorry, but nothing impressive at all. Setting is way to plain for the price point, and we are used to eating on expense accounts so money is not the object here. And the food was not "notable;" service met minimum requirements, but can't say it was out of this world. Sorry, but when compared to Panzano's, Barolo's, Osteria Marco... Lo Stella is not up to par... Sorry to say so....

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4.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Lo Stella has authentic Italian food. My husband had the bolognese , and it was delicious. Everything including pasta and desserts are homemade. Definitely worth a visit, for real Italian food!!

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

If you are looking for an authentic Italian restaurant with good food, look no more - Lo Stella fits the bill ! This restaurant in the Golden Triangle neighborhood is just the right size . It has a lively vibe as the restaurant fills up with the dinner crowd, yet it remains cozy and warm, so the guests can enjoy the conversations at their own table. The wait staff is efficient, knowledgeable, pleasant, and very helpful in describing a menu item or recommending a particular wine. In addition to the nightly specials or the seasonal offerings, there are a few signature dishes which remain on the menu. I would recommend making a reservation If you plan to go there on a particular evening.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Nice vibe to an well established Italian eatery in the heart of downtown. Good selection of appetizers and main courses. All of which were very well prepared and ample portions. Service was great. We went on a Saturday night and there was a good sized crowd but not noisy. There is a cute bar that is likely a great meeting location for locals and you can eat at the bar. An older building gives is a cozy and classic feel. We'd go again for sure.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Lo Stella is our absolute favorite Italian restaurant. The food is amazing and the service is the BEST. This is our go to place for every special occasion and we couldn't love it more. The staff really make it special - Fabrizio, Leo, and Virginia just to name a few - are generous and so accommodating. I only wish I could rate it more than 5 stars in every category!

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Phenomenal service with food to match!! The gentleman that initially took care of us really made us feel welcome (older Italian gentleman)!

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3.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Our second experience at Lo Stella.
first time was fabulous which is why we returned. Second time -- not so hot. 3 of us ordered (among other things) the Napoli Pizza and all reported it was mediocre with almost no taste! I ordered the monkfish on artichoke ravioli -- it was OK, but rather dry (no sauce). Not the excellence we'd expected due to previous visit.
HOWEVER, the mussels and the tricolore salad were excellent. I hope the other 2 dishes were just a one-time mistake but it shouldn't happen on a Saturday night....
Yes, we'll give it one more try..... we definitely want to support the really fine locally owned places so I hope this was a one-time disappointment.

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Really enjoyed our evening out at this restaurant after going to art galleries in the Golden Triangle. That said, our food was served lukewarm - though very good - and the service staff seemed overwhelmed and behind on things all during our experience.

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2.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Very expensive for tiny entrees. The de mare app was very fishy and the mussels were Grundy- bad seafood. The service was slow but the service was apologetic about it.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Lo Stella is a wonderful neighborhood restaurant in the Golden Triangle and Museum district, and it never disappoints me. The restaurant is warm and cozy, and it is my first choice to take friends and out of town guests. The food is delicious, and the service is impeccable. The owners greet you as a friend, describe the nightly specials, and offer good recommendations for your preferences. I have enjoyed many delicious entrees there, but my favorite meal is the homemade tagliatelle with Bolognese sauce and the lemon tart as dessert. Whatever you have, you must end your meal with a glass of limocello !

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Amazing as always! Thank you Chef Luca to stop by our table and say Hi.
Its our 4th time and its constantly at the top of our expectations.

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4.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Food classical and very good. Service very acceptable but on the slow side, seemed somewhat understaffed. Also seemed somewhat overpriced. Again, acceptable but overpriced. Might take guests there, might not go there for a simple weeknight dinner again. Best thing is it's relatively quiet so one can talk with one's guests or friends. That's a huge plus.

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Finally Denver has a great Italian restaurant that's authentic, extremely well prepared and served by a team of flawless and friendly professionals: I will be back many times!

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Excellent and authentic Italian food, presented with passion, fun, and caring service by an Italian family.

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5.0Dined on March 8, 2018

Incredible! Can't say enough good things about this restaurant.

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5.0Dined on March 8, 2018

Most delicious Italian themed, after museum dinner.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Incredibly delicious food all around. They have a message on the front door that you're food will probably take a while because that's what it takes to do it right. The food did take a while and was awesomely yummy.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

This is our neighborhood go-to. Very accommodating family ownership, excellent service, and wonderful nightly specials. Quite Italian to say the least.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

A hidden gem! Authentic Italian food, house made pasta, excellent prosciutto and burrata. A welcoming, warm ambiance. So great to find a restaurant with good food, generous portions, and not at all cute or trendy.

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

Great food and great service!

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Great experience! Food, ambience and service couldn’t have been better.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Our first time here. Seems like a very authentic Italian restaurant. Very cozy. Loved it. Will return.

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5.0Dined on February 21, 2018

Loved it. We were welcomed with buona sera upon arrival and it was obvious we were welcomed guests. Food was perfect. I will gladly return.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Nice atmosphere good food great service.
Cleanliness of the restaurant was great, very friendly staff our server Virginia, was attentive but not annoying coffee and authentic fresh made deserts were the perfect ending to a wonderful meal. A great find will definitely eat here again!!

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

My wife and I eat here a lot. It's around the corner so we walk there, we just love the owner Fabrizio and all his staff - Leo and Virginia are the best!
The food is fantastic the bolognese is da bomb we always leave happy and with leftovers.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Valentines

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Sensational food, wine and service. A real gem with quaint atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Wonderful in all aspects. We drove in from Boulder and it was better than our local choices i.e. worth the trip.

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5.0Dined on February 13, 2018

This was an awesome restaurant! The first impression when greeted at the door set the stage for the night. It was wonderful. Customer service was excellent, food was out of this world and we will definitely recommend this new-found Italian restaurant!! Thank you for a memorable evening.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Quiet little place near cap hill. Our waiter made a really good wine recommendation and answered all our questions about the menu.

Three of us got pasta- all of which had great sauce and pasta was fresh. My mom got the baked trout which looked really good and smelled even better.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Very authentic Italian. Pesto and homemade pasta excellent. Sauces were rich but subtle. Arugula salad with warm mushrooms was delicious. Still dreaming about that salad.

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4.0Dined on February 10, 2018

This restaurant was a find. Not only was it not too expensive, but service was spot on, food was quickly served, and the apps, meal, and dessert were all very tasty. We enjoyed our experience here very much and will return, hopefully soon.

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4.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Very authentic Italian restaurant with a warm, cozy atmosphere. Food and service were quite good.

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2.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Food was just okay and service left something to be desired. Wouldn’t go back.

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3.0Dined on February 9, 2018

My guest was served a filet with a mustard sausage, which she recommends. I do not recommend the elk, as it was prepared like lamb shank and not very tasty. Wine was like... "cosa successo?"

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

We always love our short vacation in northern Italy when visiting Lo Stella. The food is great, just as if you were there.
They are so good to make fresh gluten free pasta. It's the best I've had at any restaurant. The salads are always well appointed and a good size to share. The special that night was an elk dish which was wonderfully tender with a great sauce.

Look forward to our return visit.

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5.0Dined on February 7, 2018

I'd suggest some "great wine finds" at " bargain" prices. There are so many great wines today, and so many non-vinophiles drinking wine. This wine list was impressive, but boasted almost nothing under 55$ . No reason in the world a really decent Chianti, ,Valpolacello, or a red blend for 24-36 bucks couldn't be found that fits with the owners' obvious concern for fine wines, but doesn't break the bank. On a similar vein, the by the glass selections looked like they were last choice. It's hard to sell a glass of 80/bottle wine, I know. Maybe it's that long know wines. What I bought was delicious, so I trust them, but I would have bought a bottle if I'd seen some description and praise for it, and if it was on the bottle side of the menu.

I don't want to distract from the fact it was a beautiful, delicious meal.

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