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Diners' Choice: Italian restaurants in Denver

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Updated April 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall Italian cuisine in Denver? You’re in the right place. Each month OpenTable analyzes more than 400,000 new diner reviews. We sort the results by category to help you discover new favorites. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Gusto restaurant
4.9
4.9 (22)
$30 and under
Italian
Sloans Lake
About the restaurant
Chef Lon Symensma’s newest concept, featuring playful interpretations of dishes from all over Italy, including pizzas, pasta and an array of antipasti selections!
Top review
lebirdvip
Dined 3 days ago
It is very noisy and hard to talk with your table.
A photo of Benzina restaurant
4.8
4.8 (503)
$31 to $50
Italian
Park Hill
About the restaurant
Local neighborhood Italian restaurant serving seasonal salads, family-style appetizers, Neapolitan-inspired pizza, handmade pastas, entrees prepared on a Mibrasa Charcoal Oven, and classic desserts, alongside complementing cocktails, local breweries and approachable domestic and international wines. The restaurant is set in a converted gas station with bocce courts and urban planters alongside an outdoor dining patio.

Top review
PeterK
Dined 6 days ago
Really delicious food and excellent service, exceeded all expectations
A photo of Barolo Grill restaurant
4.9
4.9 (3558)
$50 and over
Italian
Cherry Creek
About the restaurant
Barolo Grill, an award winning Cherry Creek North restaurant, prides itself on serving authentic northern Italian food while maintaining a comfortable, elegant ambience. Known for hand crafted modern Northern Italian cuisine, a Wine Spectator Grand Award winning wine cellar, and knowledgeable, attentive staff, Barolo can be a perfect choice for a special occasion or just a fun night out. Chef Darrel Truett's cuisine focuses on the Northern Italian provinces of Piedmont and Tuscany. Seasonally changing menus feature locally sourced ingredients, proudly supporting regional farms and producers.



Owner and wine director Ryan Fletter are proud to feature small family wineries that are dedicated to Earth-friendly farming and winemaking philosophies. Barolo Grill has one of the largest collections of Barolo wines outside of Italy.

Top review
MichaelC
Dined 2 days ago
Excellent throughout. However Elsie, our waitress, was phenomenal.
A photo of Bruno's Italian Bistro restaurant
4.8
4.8 (916)
$30 and under
Italian
Cherry Creek
About the restaurant
We believe Brunos Italian Bistro, could be just the thing you're looking for, offers a enjoyable meal from our pasta dishes, choice of chicken, seafood or steak. Please relax with your choice of a bottle of selected wine, chilled beer or a cocktail.
Top review
leuzstewart
Dined 5 days ago
Great Italian spot, small and cozy. Get the shrimp scampi, or ravioli, and get the tiramisu for desert. Great service, friendly people, it’s worth a visit.
A photo of North Italia – Denver restaurant
4.8
4.8 (4070)
$30 and under
Italian
Cherry Creek
About the restaurant
At North, we focus on what we do best: Italian from scratch. Enjoy any of our handmade pastas and pizzas, created with seasonal ingredients and inventive flavors. Or, try a different signature dish, prepared with our fresh flavors from the garden, farm, and sea. We’ve hand crafted seasonal cocktails that pair great with our food, creating a real modern Italia experiences perfect for any occasion.
Top review
cristi
Dined 6 days ago
Thank you for the window seat and great food/service as usual!
A photo of Venice Ristorante & Wine Bar restaurant
4.7
4.7 (4162)
$30 and under
Italian
Downtown / LoDo
About the restaurant
Venice Ristorante & Wine Bar in Downtown Denver provides first class Italian cuisine! Facilitating all of your event needs, from private receptions, corporate events, anniversaries and birthdays. Our amazing wine list showcases 500 Italian wines and 300 worldwide wines. We offer valet parking by the restaurant main entrance (Valet parking is a private company not related to Venice Ristorante & Wine Bar)
Top review
FrequentFlyervip
Dined on Apr 3, 2024
Our Favorite Happy Hour! Venice is the only authentic Italian restaurant in Denver serving a large, delicious variety of small plates for Happy Hour! The excellent wines by the glass and cocktails are expertly served by Dennis and team. This week, we enjoyed the Veal Meatballs in a spicy Arrabiata Sauce with Gorgonzola, Parmesan, tomatoes, and slices of grilled ciabatta bread. Our other selection was the Cinghiale which included homemade Pappardelle noodles in a flavorful marinara sauce including braised wild boar, root vegetables, roasted garlic and fresh tomatoes. Wonderful!
A photo of Spuntino restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1840)
$31 to $50
Italian
Highlands
About the restaurant
If you are booking an earlier reservation (up to 7:15pm) please be mindful of our need to reseat your table with later reservations. If you would like to dine for longer than the time listed for your party size when you book, please either take a later reservation or you are more the welcome to call us to chat about options.

If you are unable to find the reservation you are looking for, don't hesitate to call us directly! If we are fully booked, you are always welcome to call ahead (5-10 minutes out) for any available seats to dine at our bar or last-minute openings.

If you are running late or if your reservation plans change at all, please call. We can only hold your table for up to 10 minutes without hearing from you.

We are a small restaurant full of lovely, dedicated people and communicating with us candidly is always the best way. We look very much forward to your visit!

Top review
PaulSvip
Dined 5 days ago
Very unique menu with combo of Italian and Indian cuisine. A denver favorite.
A photo of Sunnyside Supper Club restaurant
4.7
4.7 (69)
$30 and under
Italian
Sunnyside
About the restaurant
Amazing Pizza, Entrees & Burgers, Appetizers and Salads. Hand Crafted from local seasonal ingredients. House made pizza dough from local organic flour, our famous mighty burger, and excellent antipasti and appetizers to enjoy in our large inviting space. Great for happy hour, dinner, and large parties. Brunch is fantastic too!!
Top review
RMW22
Dined 5 days ago
Some of the best service I’ve ever received and very very solid food and drinks. Inside an old dodge dealership and a positively incandescent space.
A photo of Luca restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1961)
$31 to $50
Italian
Central
About the restaurant
Chef Frank Bonanno dug into his Sicilian heritage and east coast roots to create this authentic, rustic Italian eatery. Luca has amazing personal touches from the daily made breads and pastas to the meats and cheeses cured in house, to the charcoal drawing of Bonanno’s son (and the restaurant’s namesake) that hangs in the dining room. Luca is heartwarming and satisfying from the wood-fired pizzas to the hand-rolled pastas to the perfectly seared proteins. It’s not your ordinary pile-of-pasta-and-sauce Italian joint; it’s the real (and tasty) deal.
Top review
AmyV
Dined 5 days ago
Frank is an outstanding server; very attentive and friendly. This was my second time at the restaurant. The first time I had pizza and the second time a pasta dish. Both were phenomenal. Thank you for the wonderful experience!
A photo of Gaetano's restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1698)
$30 and under
Italian
Highlands
About the restaurant
We look forward to seeing you soon!

Housed in the historic North Denver Highlands Gaetano's was originally opened in the 1940's by the Smaldone family. Today it is an homage to the classic cocktail era with leisurely lunches, rustic and fresh Italian food and a late night neighborhood gathering.

Join us for brunch Saturday and Sunday 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM. Awarded "Best Bloody Mary Bar" by Westword for 4 years (pre-covid). Also a great Italian style brunch with 6 different flavors of Bottomless Mimosas.

Top review
SaskiaL
Dined 3 days ago
Really cute Italien Restaurant. Service was fast and friendly. Our food came out quick as it wasn't too busy yet.
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