Sforno Trattoria

4.3
226 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 2:30pm
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(303) 449-1787
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Marco Monnani
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Private party facilities
Semi private room for 30 people and large semi private room for 75 people.
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Catering
On site catering up to 100 people. Off site catering up to 500 people.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
13th
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Parking details
Street parking; parking garages located on Walnut and 14th; Walnut and 10th, Pearl and 15th.
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Public transit
RTD Transit Center
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 226 People Are Saying
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4.2
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4.3
service
4.4
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4.1
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1.0Dined 3 days ago

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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5.0Dined 3 days ago

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

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3.0Dined on July 22, 2018

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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4.0Dined on July 15, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 13, 2018

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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4.0Dined on July 9, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Love it we go every time in town

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2.0Dined on July 8, 2018

The food and general ambience were fine, however our waitress only came to our table 3 times during the entire meal and was nowhere in sight the rest of the time. Other waitstaff were completely unavailable and I couldn’t get anyone’s attention to get water for half an hour into the meal. One of the waiters, possibly a manager, was incredibly loud and disruptive and was continually distracting the other waiters. At the end of our meal, they gave us the wrong check and took another 30 minutes to get the right one and process the payment. If it hadn’t been for the decent food and gorgeous restaurant interior, the evening would have been a disaster.

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4.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Great food. Service was good, not great. We would dine there again.

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4.0Dined on July 6, 2018

The lobster ravioli was very salty. Other food was fine.

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Our waiter was top-notch. He knew the menu and offered suggestions when we asked. He was attentive with the little details - refilling water, asking if we wanted more bread and checking in to see if we wanted more wine. He was quick to take empty plates away, instead of letting them sit on the table. The food was great. Lovely evening!

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4.0Dined on June 25, 2018

The beet salad was amazing and I loved my wine, but the salmon was just ok. Our server was very good. Loved the ambiance and decor.

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4.0Dined on June 20, 2018

The setting feels very Old World. Service was a little slow and the food was tasty. Not the best Italian I’ve ever had, but it made for a pleasant dinner.

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5.0Dined on June 13, 2018

A great place to celebrate a significant birthday. Our waiter was very attentive. The outdoor seating facing the Pearl Street Mall is lovely.

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1.0Dined on May 28, 2018

Chicken dish was terrible.
We asked to replace it with plain pasta.
We were charged for the returned chicken dish and charged $20 for a plain bowl of pasta to replace it.
Cooks in the kitchen shook their head at us.
Disappointing and unprofessional especially when we spent over $300 dollars

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5.0Dined on May 28, 2018

Great food! Seated on time with our reservation despite it being a busy evening. Great service!

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Enjoyed eating here the night before BolderBOULDER for the last 2 years!

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Wonderful restaurant with great service, ambiance and food. Went there for a birthday celebration and the indoor seating feels like you're dining on a little side street in Italy. The staff and waiter went out of their way to make sure we had a great time. I higlhy recommend it and will be back to try the outdoor seating and other menu items.

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4.0Dined on May 24, 2018

Consistently good Italian food, well presented. More than ample portions fairly priced, and with friendly, attentive service. Great location in the middle of Pearl Street Mall, with an outdoor front patio, great for experiencing the Mall ambience while having a good meal. Great bread. Good for both lunch and dinner. Very good wine list as well.

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4.0Dined on May 14, 2018

I went for my birthday and Mother Days with my daughter and the food was wonderful! Love the wine list as well! The only downside was the manager and I was very disappointed. Daughter left her small back pack and when we called he didn't have time to look for it. He said "it's not here" with in seconds so clearly he didn't look. She could not get in the house or drive her car without the keys so we called back. The person that answered was very nice and went to look and it was there. She was great but the manager made me so mad that this was not important enough to take two minutes to look. This is not a large place and we sat by the fountain. How hard is it to look? As much as I like the food they don't deserve my business anymore because of his lack of judgement.

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2018

The pasta and bread were really good! Wasn't a big fan of the calamari though, it seemed to be frozen. If they ditch the kitschy decor the place would feel more upscale and be a better match to the quality of food they offer.

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4.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Nice place went for graduation celebration nice ambiance good service

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4.0Dined on May 10, 2018

We had reservations after CU graduation. They seated us promptly and were very friendly. The waitress was very accommodating to our elderly parents.

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2.0Dined on May 10, 2018

Waiter really fast just not the friendliest

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4.0Dined on May 9, 2018

Went for a pre- graduation dinner with the extended family. Shared several happy hour appetizer plates, pizzas and entrees. Food was great. The bone marrow appetizer was excellent! As well as the calamari.

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4.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Food was good and atmosphere is fun but very noisy. Service was spotty and a bit rushed.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

I'm Italian so I am suuuper picky...but this dinner exceeded my expectations. Large variety of traditional dishes as well as more creative ones. AMAZING!

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3.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Traditional Italian food with large selection. This visit wasn't as memorable as past visits. Ordered the Linguini Scampi and found it to be a bit bland. Still, a good Pearl Street option, and would not hesitate to visit again, but I'll go back to the Penne Arrabbiata. Nice wine selection.

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

Great little restaurant. Fabulous selection. Staff is extremely helpful. Would go again.

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Really decent food with good wine and an amazing selection of Italian appertif drinks. Go back to the bar to get the full tour and find the one you like with the awesome bartender.

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1.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Our reservation experience through Open Table was awesome but that was after arriving at the restaurant, being told it would be 15 minutes and waiting close to 40. I went on Open Table and we were seated at a table that had been empty the whole time in about 3 minutes.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Great service and food. Highly recommend the place

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2.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Disappointed, was hoping for more!
1st time here. 5:30pm dinner reservation Sat. & despite many other areas open, was seated towards back, right by pizza making area, which meant servers were right behind us regularly & the Italian manager stood to my right for majority of our meal, which I found unnecessary & distracting. I realize he was surveying the room but seemed unaware he was hovering right us. Fyi, many tables jammed together quite close, leaving little privacy when others seated next to you.

Other than that, ambiance itself is quite pleasant - cozy, charming & rustic.

The food was a let down tho, other than tasty bruschetta appetizer goat cheese, avocado, red onion & sweet red chili sauce, very good tho heavy on raw red onion.

My cocktail - pomegranate martini too acidic, despite sugar rim, it was just too tart.

Tried side of carrots with pistachios & red wine balsamic reduction & could not taste the red wine balsamic, they tasted very bland & were too hard & crunchy, did not care for them at all.

My husband ordered gnocchi with four cheese sauce & somehow that tasted on the bland side too, he said he should have tried the butter sage sauce instead in retrospect.

I ordered Rotol di Pasta which is supposed to be ricotta & spinach rolled in pasta sheets, which I got with tomato sauce as suggested by waiter, did not like the dish at all. Could not detect any ricotta cheese or any other cheese inside or out, which resulted in it tasting like a big roll of wet spinach inside. Didn’t taste garlic or seasoning, just wet spinach basically. Needs cheese!

The dish is served with a side of sautéed spinach, same thing in the pasta! Substantial more ricotta cheese would improve this dish, and any side other than MORE spinach would be hugely welcome. Side of zucchini or squash?

while we would try this place again, we would not do so anytime soon, just did not impress us for the amount we spent there & we left disappointed.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Great authentic Italian food. The service was excellent!

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Went to Sforno Trattoria before a show at the Boulder Theater. Everything was delicious and service was excellent! Location was a plus as we walked to the theater in just a few minutes. The only thing that wasn't ideal was that the table we were seated at was about two inches away from another table, and we felt like we are intruding on their conversation.

Highly recommend this restaurant.

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4.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Took a colleague to Sforno Trattoria for dinner during a recent business trip. There are many options for great food in Boulder. But we took a long, chilly walk to Sforno Trattoria, in the middle of the Pearl Street pedestrian mall, for some pizza and pasta. I'm on a nationwide hunt for the best spaghetti carbonara. While the option here didn't make it to the top of the list, it was VERY good. Most importantly, the recipe was traditional and the past was served piping hot (almost too hot to eat). Perfect! Probably the biggest treat was the environment, far from the super sleek and stylish restaurants that seem to be the trend in Boulder, Sforno Trattoria was like stepping into the back streets of Rome. Highly, but effectively designed to emulate an Italian, outdoor neighborhood cafe--complete with bubbling fountain--the restaurant is filled with arhitectural details and old-world antiques (including many rugged wooden chairs with low front rails that will kill your Achilles's heel--so watch out!). My colleague had an authentic, wood-fired, Italian-style pizza he found completely satisfying. We dined a bit late, mid week, with chilly weather so the restaurant was lightly populated. Service was friendly but not particularly attentive. Everything (including the staff) screamed "Italy". It was a fun, warm spot for a casual dinner. A pit pricey, I thought, but probably typical for Boulder.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Fabulous find. This business space has been reinvented a few times but Sforno is a perfect fit for the neighborhood. We went for happy hour and three of us had drinks an appetizer and two pizzas for under forty dollars. Everything was fresh and our server was attentive without being intrusive. Yes, we will be back!

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3.0Dined on March 13, 2018

The food was pretty good, a few pastas were quite good. Other than that, they were understaffed, the ambiance was fine and the prices were also fine. Overall, better than mediocre, but not great.

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4.0Dined on March 12, 2018

Ambiance was nice, food was decent, but the tables are pretty tight. There is a large variety on the menu so those that don't want to 'carb out' at an italian restaurant can choose good chicken, fish, and steak options.

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Great happy hour meal. Good service and fresh food

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