Sforno Trattoria

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$30 and under
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Italian
We strive to give you the genuine tastes of Italy, right here on Boulder’s historic Pearl Street Mall, with our local, natural ingredients. And with our famous mozzarella made in house, Happy Hour 7 days a week, and an original wood burning pizza oven, we have no doubt that you will love coming to Sforno. Join us for a little bit of Italian bliss right here in Colorado, and let us show you what ‘love from the oven’ means to us.
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Denver
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Salty overpriced food. Waiter was flip and uninterested in us. Noisy and chaotic. Won’t be back.

OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Crowded. Next table practically touching us.

GZ
Denver
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

great patio for watching the people on the mall, enjoyed the appetizers and meals as well.

BG
Denver
14 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Our waiter hurried us through our meal. Yes, it was a busy night but we had a reservation and deserved ample time to enjoy our meal. He made it clear we needed to dine quickly so they could turn our table.

TB
Detroit
25 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Do not get the grilled artichoke appetizer. 3 people sent it back twice. Way too hard!
The food was fair and very salty!

MB
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Definitely a place worth visiting multiple times.

VO
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and our waitress was excellent. My only complaint was that it was very warm in the restaurant.

j
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Out to dinner with my wife. We had a great time, food was awesome. The buffalo shank was amazing.

JG
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

We are big fans of garlic, but not when it hits you like a ton of bricks, as it did in the bruschetta. It was really all we could taste and was so overpowering we could only tolerate a few bites before we had to stop eating it. Similarly, the rotolo was one-note as well, tasting predominantly of oregano. The lasagna was mediocre - might as well heat up a Stouffers. Disappointing, as we had taken our college-age daughter and her housemate out for dinner with the hopes that they would bring leftovers back to eat during the week, but we did not take anything with us. It’s a shame too, because ambience and service were good. We will not be returning.

w
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Charcuterie appetizer for 4 people was great! Lobster ravioli was the best that I have had. We definitely will be going back again!

T
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 1

There was no air conditioning and it was stifling hot. The kitchen was slammed so food took way too long.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

Everything but Italian!!!

CJ
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

We think the waiter was over worked. Our food came out cold, he kept forgetting our drinks and to bring a napkin out. We love this place overall thiugh

SS
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Brought my family here because I had come once before when I was touring Boulder for school and they loved it just as much as I did. Great food, nice employees, and a good ambiance. right on pearl street!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Low quality. Sat next to a fountain that splattered on us all dinner.

J
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was an authentic Italian experience! The staff were knowledgeable and engaging to ensure we all had an unforgettable experience. The original Italian dishes were fresh, creative , delicious, and authentic. The wine selection was exquisite. We were visiting from out of town and were absolutely enchanted by Sforno Trattoria!

OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

A Disneyland view of what Rome might look like for someone who has never left America. Decent but not great food. Boulder has better to offer.

r
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was good, service was excellent. When I’m back out west I will be visiting again.

LW
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

I told the waitress I was allergic to dairy and she helped me choose a dish with no dairy listed. The dish came out covered in cheese... By the time my next meal came out (without cheese) my friend's meal was cold.

GA
Savannah
4 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant was lovely. I loved the true Italian feel to the decor. The servers were very attentive and the food was amazing!! It is hard to get eggplant right and it was cooked to perfection. We are visiting from Florida or this would become my new favorite restaurant!

DP
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fantastic. We actually left an Italian restaurant down the street because we didn’t like anything on the menu. The garlic chicken pasta I had was soooo good and the outdoor patio during Wednesday night music was great. My only complaint would be that the seating was pretty tight.

J
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant was a little warm.

But it did not affect our overall experience. Service was great, food delicious, and brought out quickly! Will definitely return!

YB
Denver
52 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great place to go with a date, friends, or family. Nice outdoor dining option and the food is really awesome! Good all-around value on trendy Pearl St.

DG
Denver
72 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a very nice time. The restaurant is very nice. Cozy and romantic. We shared a Arugula Salad and then each had the Spaghetti Frutti Di Mare, a mix of salmon, scallops and shrimp in a spicy tomato wine sauce. Delicious 😋

b
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful place to enjoy passersby and delicious, unique dishes. Happy hour is fantastic! Definitely going back!

A
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great dinner after a long day. They have a good wine selection and we loved the basil pesto! We will be back for sure:)

DW
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter and food were excellent!
They did not have our table for 5 and tried to make shift with 2 tables together that did not work, then with another wait finally moved us to really nice table outdoors part.
The inside was very noisy but fun and great atmosphere 👍

KM
Denver
28 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful lunch at Sforna and we felt transported to Italy. The food was wonderful and our waiter was excellent!

N
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Sforno and eat there regularly. My favorite Italian restaurant in Boulder.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Met a girlfriend for happy hour. The waitstaff was excellent, food was amazing, and the restaurant itself is rustic and charming. Will definitely be back!

AC
Memphis
2 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the ambiance. Food was fantastic. Will definitely go again the next trip to Colorado.

w
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Table was located at the edge of the inside allowing great people watching on the PearlStreet mall. Service was mixed - quick attention with menus and bread and bottles of water then mostly absent after meal was served. Bread was toasted and tasty. Roasted artichoke was good, although still 'choky' at the heart. Pasta Sforna was enjoyed by husband who had also added some fried pancetta. My Eggplant (mezaluna) parm was mushy and really greasy - I left most of it. So mixed review. Like many places in Boulder It depends.

NB
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

We made a reservation on OpenTable for lunch this past Saturday. We requested an outdoor table. When we arrived, we were told that the last outdoor table was just given away? I asked, why ask for special requests when it seemed to us like no one read it? I was offered an apology. "We should have a table for 2 shortly. Why not walk around a bit and come back in 15 to 20 min and one should then be available. If one becomes free, sooner, I'll call you." Fine. We left, walked around and then. came back 20 min later to discover that several tables outdoors were given away. No one called. Very, very poor service!!!

DD
Denver
25 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This restaurant is our go to place on the Pearl Street Mall in Boulder. Homemade pasta and other flavorful dishes are simply divine. We took a friend there who had lived in a small Italian village for a year and she commented that Sforno's food was very similar to what she experienced in Italy. Worth trying!

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

loved the trout and the appetizers are great. they’re happy to change any dish or add protein to pasta dishes.

D
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and ambiance. Food average, especially for price. Would go again.

R
Denver
21 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 4

Go somewhere else. Pasta Sforno (signature dish) was a joke. A small bowl of cheesy pasta for $19? Wife tried the Pizza Aglio E Olio and it was pizza dough with olive oil smeared on top, cooked, with arugula on top - $18. Puny glasses of wine... get me out of here! Leave this to the unsuspecting tourists on the Pearl Street Mall.

BW
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for day before BOLDERBoulder

PC
Denver
15 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Appetizers were just the right size, the shrimp scampi was awesome in the spicy olive oil.
All the pasta were good size portion (if you order the full portion).
Best of all, everything tasted amazing..

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