Sforno Trattoria

4.3
260 reviews
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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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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food - make sure to try the homemade ravioli

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VS
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

My daughter's chicken entrée on New Year's Eve- the chicken was tough. My and my husband's lasagna entrée was luke warm and was not traditional lasagna as advertised. The meat was only poor grade hamburger in the sauce. The caprese appetizer for $11 had three small slices of mozzarella with lettuce thrown around them. We spent over $100 for this meal and seriously do not consider it worth it.

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Denver
12 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Atmosphere: decorated like Little Italy but freezing
Food: subpar

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San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

service was very slow. after one serving of bread we asked for more and were told they’d run out of bread. full orderof salad was the size of a split order....food was OK

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Denver
13 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We greatly enjoyed the Salmone Salsa Verde and the Pollo Valdostana, Mista Salads, and the delicious bread with amazing pesto. A wonderful Christmas Eve celebration!

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e
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

I had been to Sforno for lunch with a friend and it was fabulous. The food was wonderful and the service was very good. However, I arranged for a Christmas dinner for my family of 6 and was somewhat disappointed. Everyone enjoyed the meals they ordered except me. I ordered the trout and it was very dry, overcooked and and swimming in a tasteless broth. The roasted potatoes served with it were also swimming in broth and became soggy. The garlic spinach which came with the trout was also overcooked, mushy, and over seasoned with chopped garlic. Because it was such a very busy Sunday night, and everyone in my family was happy with their selections, I chose not to send it back but rather to contact Sforno the next day to inform them of my disappointment. I spoke with David, the manager who said he was very busy and could not talk with me at that time, but would get back with me on Wednesday after Christmas. I never received a call back from him which is a bigger disappointment than the dinner.

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LK
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! Right on Pearl Street, this restaurant is really cozy and makes you feel like you are in Italy. The service was top notch and the food was excellent and reasonably priced. I would go back again.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

We did online reservations for 7:00 for 9 people to celebrate a Birthday and had our CU student join us. They called and informed us our table wouldn’t be available until 7:30 because the party before us was eating dessert . We killed time on Pearl street looking in stores. They called us on the phone when our table was ready. We sat down and it took forever for a waiter to great us or take drink orders. Why were we sat if a server was unavailable? Luckily water was already on the table in bottles or we would have been crabby from dehydration. By the time our waiter came, all nine of us had already decided on food so we order food and half the table ordered drinks. I don’t think we ever saw our waiter again. Someone different brought bread and our drinks and took orders for drinks of people that he missed. Later another person brought our food. Food was ok. I ordered the beet salad. Worst beet salad I’ve had. Mad Greens has a beet salad that is 100 times better. Nobody raved about the food. Only positive comment was the dip for the bread served at the table. Someone in our party overheard our waiter complaining by the restroom how a table stiffed him. Not surprised. He did bring us our check and included an 18% tip for our large party. Not worthy of that amount.

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NG
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The staff at Sforno was happy to accommodate me with 2 green vegetables to go with my tasty chicken so I could reduce carbs. The atmosphere had a pleasant European vibe right on the Boulder Mall.

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MM
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Very ordinary experience. Food ok but for an 85+$ meal... Not impress. Wouldn't go back.

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DB
Austin
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Very poor service. It took 5 minutes for our waiter to greet us. After taking our order and having a food runner deliver our food, we did not see him again until I flagged him down for our check.

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B
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, friendly service, charming environment!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

They brought me the wrong order.

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LM
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic food and wait staff. The whole staff was friendly and accommodated us very well

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New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The place wasn’t crowded on a weekday night, but it still took a while for the food to come. Overall okay, but nothing special.

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AW
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic with wonderful service.

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CU
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

We have eaten here many times. The food is always outstanding. This time our service was perfunctory. Nothing special. The hostess seemed frazzled to start. The waiter took our initial drink order(I asked for water) but he never asked again if I would like something else. Not typical service. We will be back and hopefully will have improved service.

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HS
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service! It’s a little loud, but overall we loved it.

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Denver
15 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Beautiful interior and great get away feel when you're seated inside. The food is good, but pricey for the quality.

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Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite spot when visiting Boulder and CU!

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LF
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best calamari I have ever had! Great service and very cozy.

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LB
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

The restaurant has a nice atmosphere and a nice menu, but the food was average and not worth the price. It was a busy Saturday night and they could not keep up with the service.

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HG
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a phenomenal meal, great wine list, service was also fabulous! Was very lively atmosphere after a Friday night Stampede on Pearl Street. Highly recommend!

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E
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Good was expensive, served luke warm and service was sub par. The best part was it’s locstion on Pearl Street. Would not return.

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FD
Orlando
7 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our second time here, much better than the first time. Our server was professional. Our food was very good. It’s parents weekend so it was crowded and loud and the tables were unfortunately arranged to fit as many people as possible. So my chair was consistently bumped by people walking by. But we will definitely go back and hope the weather is nicer to sit on the great outside seating area right on Pearl street. Perfect location for CU Buffs pre-game stampede.

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KJ
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing handmade pasta dishes! Loved all courses. The decor is traditional Italian so we felt like We were in Italy!

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RT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Would definitely go again. Very cute little restaurant with the inside reminding you of those small Italian restaurants from Italy. Decently priced, great service and good food!

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MK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice ambiance, lively, great food. Nice!

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MG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything we ate was amazing!!! Loved the bread and dipping sauce, bruschetta, gnocchi and pistachio gelato!!

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G
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious, authentic Italian with interesting twists. Good wine list.

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J
Dallas
95 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

I liked this place. We have walked by it a thousand times. It is casual and good. I would have preferred to sit on the patio , as insidecwas a little hot! BUT, I loved the inside decor! Makes you feel like you are in an Italian garden! We will go back !

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Q
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

nice atmosphere and great extensive happy hour menu!

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NA
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Great setting, food was good not over the top. Service was good

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F
Philadelphia
88 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

Super super slow service. Wrong food delivered twice. Polite folks, but not efficient nor helpful.

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Denver
20 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Outside seating is good but inside it’s a small place and they try to squeeze everyone inside. It was so congested that I could not even breathe. Even though I made a reservation that we will be dining with baby they gave us a table which had no place for baby to sit. They were giving booster chair for a baby who is still learning to sit on a high chair.
It was extremely hot in the dining room inside.
We requested outside seating but they were not ready for that.
I was not impressed with the fact that even after making reservation through open table they couldn’t fulfill the request.

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DD
Denver
22 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a wonderful experience here, food is always amazing and service is wonderful

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JP
Philadelphia
49 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Overall a pretty good Italian meal. We were seated promptly at our reservation time of 7pm. My wife and I shared a salad and we each ordered pasta dishes. They were good but nothing memorable. The fresh Italian bread was crusty. Very informal and busy place on Pearl Street.

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KG
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great ambiance Restaurant has a wonderful Decore. Nice wine list. Bartender was a bit slow and the food took a while but it was all freshly prepared and well done. We visited with friends during the weight which was fine. Tastes were authentic and blended together nicely.

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OT
Denver
20 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Overall, a nice restaraurnt. Nothing to complain about or recommend. The portions are large and the chef is very willing to accommodate splitting any dish. Save room for desert! They are very good! Fresh pasta and authentic recipes make this a good option if you’re in the mood for Italian. Sit inside if there are street activites, though. The noise might be an issue if you try to eat outside on the sidewalk area.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

My boyfriend and I made last minute reservations on a Sunday evening. We both loved the food. The service was a little slow and the girls seemed to be chatting more with one another and the patio tables than us inside but it was no big deal..as we were enjoying one anothers company.
Great portion sizes for the price.

Would absolutely recommend to friends and family looking for some delicious Italian food.

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