Spuntino

4.8
576 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Global mind, Colorado body, Italian soul.

Spuntino is an intimate, Italian inspired restaurant nestled into the heart of the historic Potter Highland neighborhood, owned and run by a wife and husband, chef and manager team along their small, dedicated staff. We are obsessed with what we do and dedicate ourselves to sharing our passion for wonderful food, drink, and service with our lovely guests. We are inspired by our travels, our diverse culinary experience, our wonderful purveyors, by the seasons, and by the wonderful guests we have a pleasure to serve. We are a from-scratch kitchen, making everything we are reasonably able to in house, including breads, cheeses, pastas, gelati, a wide range of digestivi and amari, and more. We look forward to your visit!

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The Infatuation
8.3

An excellent choice for special occasions, Spuntino is all about great pasta and wine.

Ratings 8.0-8.5:The best way to think about restaurants in the low to mid 8′s is that these are the places you would absolutely go back to, anytime. These restaurants are ones that you want to bring a friend to, just so they can also experience the duck carnitas, or burger, or whatever dish the place is known for.
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New England
56 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fabulous. The ambiance was great. Our waiter Tyler was wonderful and did an amazing job explaining everything and providing recommendations. One of the best Italian meals I’ve had in a long time.

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Denver
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in Denver. Excellent service, great food and perfect atmosphere

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KS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our second visit to Spuntino, and it was fantastic. We had asked to sit in the back of the restaurant where we had been seated before, but it was booked this time. So, we were seated out in the main dining room. The food was even better on this trip, if that's possible. We ordered several different starters, as well as entrees to share - which worked out well for us as a group. That way, we got to experience a little bit of everything, and those that didn't care for one dish had a lot of other dishes to choose from. This is one of the best restaurants we've ever been to. Upscale preparations, but not too fancy. Just right. Everything was prepared perfectly and to our specifications. The only suggestion I would have is more comfortable seating. A little padding on those hardback (and bottom) chairs would make the experience a little more enjoyable. Definitely recommend. Can't wait to go back!

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Miami
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very quaint restaurant with a great ambiance. Would highly recommend this place. Every dish that we had was out of this world. Octopus was unreal and the hand made pasta is on point. Just come here 5 stars.

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N
Denver
21 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yet another fantabulous evening with Elliot and Anna and the rest of the Spuntino staff. Food - Amazing. Wine - perfectly paired. Gelato - a sweet ending and the Amaro - beyond compare. Happy to hand off our seats at the bar to our kids, who walked in as we were leaving. From one generation to the next, this place is a classic.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been here quite a few times, and never been disappointed. my friends and I had the pleasure of trying out the new spring menu, we enjoyed the fettuccine and I loved the scallop dish. For dessert we had the olive oil carrot cake, this was my second time ever trying it and still love it. The staff is always perfect and know what is on the menu and how to present what they serve down to every ingredient. They are very well-versed in the wine list which the owners seek out rare grapes grown in Italy.
You should definitely get yourself over there and at the same time I selfishly don't want you to go so that I can have a seat at the table.

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C
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spuntino was excellent. It was quiet enough to talk, which seems to be a rarity these days. Most of the dishes are listed as containing meat, but one of our party only eats seafood and our server assured us they were happy to leave the meat off or serve it on the side. The food was delicious. We had the lobster spuntino which was perfectly tender and had lovely flavors in the oil, the soppressata and the aioli. I had the scallops which were perfect, and the accompanying lentils, parsnip puree and brown butter were so simple and subtle but absolutely wonderful. They also have some great cocktails; my husband got the "House of Tom Bombadil" just for the name and while I am usually not much of a cocktail person, I thought it was delicious. Highly recommended!

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KS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I wish there were more stars to give - this was one of the BEST Italian meals we have ever had! Such unique and fresh ingredients, my visiting family from Chicago were highly impressed!

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Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and warm, attentive staff! We got the arancini, elk tartare, pappardelle pasta and gnocchi. The only thing I would recommend is getting the bread toasted with the tartare to provide more of a contrast for taste. Otherwise we loved every bite!

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AH
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service, and atmosphere. Every dish we ordered was incredible. Very small kitchen and intimate setting. Highly recommend.

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JT
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, perfectly prepared dishes!
Thank you!

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JT
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best, freshest, funnest meals we’ve ever had

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B
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Absolutely fabulous food. Locally sourced when possible and definitely all fresh. Almost everything on the menu is made in house, even the after dinner drinks. I had risotto with beets and short rib (3 of my favorite foods) that can only be described as heavenly. Best ever. My wife had a farfelle goat bolognese to die for. We actually chose Spuntino over some other neighborhood spots on the chance that table conversation would not have to conducted with a bullhorn, as is the case almost everywhere these days. Our table for four was small and thus more intimate, so we could talk and be heard even though the restaurant was packed. The noise level is far from low, but at least we didn't have to shout.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, great drinks!! Will
Be back

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KF
Denver
44 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Restaurant week dining, menu was fabulous with a good selection. Service was spot one, lovely ambience. Nice wine selection. The olive oil gelato was out of this world

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JD
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been coming to Spuntino for years-the food is always wonderful, fresh local ingredients and almost everything is made in-house! Don’t miss the housemade amaros it’s a magical Italian digestif, and the owner makes his own versions that are incredible. Love Spuntino! Also, eat the gelato.

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CL
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service and delicious food!! Seriously impressed.

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SC
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been to Spuntino twice now and have been delighted on both occasions. My second visit was for restaurant week and I had an equally amazing experience. Almost better to be honest. The wine list is incredible. My friend and I ordered different items for all 3 categories which is a great way to go. Of course, right? Everything was amazing. Spuntino is such a beautiful, intimate place - and the food is beyond gorgeous. I will definitely go again and this will be my place to bring family and friends.

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B
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

While Sputino was fun and the place is small and cute... the food just didn't have the OOMPF that we were looking for. The dishes were good and balanced but my pasta was over cooked and the bread was not salted. Overall a cute place and I'm glad we tried it but we will likely not be back just due to the fact there are SO many places in Denver for food.

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s
Denver
27 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really excellent, delicious food. Everything was high quality and handmade. Great cocktails also!

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JB
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal I've had in a long time, and excellent service! A bit noisy but in a fun way, the space is cozy and everyone is there to have a good time.

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JB
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Food was meh. Our waitress was awful. I sat with an empty cocktail glass for at least an hour and a half (dinner took 2:15, wayyy too long, even for restaurant week).

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N
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Out for restaurant week. Was an amazing experience for the pallet! Homemade bread with salt was the best piece of bread I’ve ever had. Homemade pasta with lamb and curry seasoning? Trust their local ingredients and what’s available to them. It was amazing!

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DP
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came in for Restaurant week. Pretty much everything we ordered blew us away

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GC
New England
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sophisticated Italian dishes in a "neighborhood restaurant" setting that feels completely comfortable. The handmade pastas are not to be missed! Especially the pappardelle with goat Bolognese. The octopus carpaccio and any of the house-made salumi or burrata are a fabulous way to start. We will definitely be back!

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M
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 1

The service was quite thoughtful and attentive at Spuntino's. I found the food was just so-so in taste and not that great a value compared with the size of the portions. The music was harsh and blaring which our kind waitperson was nice enough to turn down. This was in addition to a fairly loud dining room.

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AP
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Most fantastic Italian food in a Denver! Can not recommend enough!

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AS
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We had an early Saturday evening reservation and had a wonderful meal at this small, intimate restaurant. We'll be returning!

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Denver
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food. My boyfriend got the gnocchi, and I got the pasta special (a fettuccine carbonara). We had polpo and burrata to start.
Wonderful wine selection, and killer cocktails. This place is just amazing.

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CF
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Italian food in town! I’ve not had better Italian food outside of Italy.

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AC
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The meals were fantastic, the wine suggestions were great, and the olive oil carrot cake was phenomenal. Will definitely be returning when we come back to Denver

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JN
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unreal food and excellent service ...the elk tartar was superb

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant. The presentation, taste and imagination are
excellent.

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AE
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Date night with my husband at the bar. A little more intimate than a table, with great food, wine and service. Love this place!

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g
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Spuntino is always a joy!! Highly recommend it.

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RA
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

We are Pescitarians, and there is not much choice. Overall the food was OK.

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S
Denver
16 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is continually one of my favorites. Elliot (one of the owners and Bartenders) knows his drinks and wine list. Can always help with finding a favorite varietal or mixed drink.

One of the loveliest spots in town, with a great menu, excellent and attentive staff and great location in Denver.

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B
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A lady friend and I wanted to visit Spuntino because a) she had never been before, b) the owner is known in Denver as being an Amaro connoisseur and c) it's always been a great experience when I've visited. The service and the food were both exceptional (as they always are) but we both enjoyed Amaro flights which were delicious and fun to try, but at 21% alcohol each we'll just split one flight next time!

Looking forward to returning!

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CL
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this restaurant!! Food was delicious and server was knowledgeable about how the food was made! It is a bit noisy but nothing to turn anybody away!! Love seeing the chefs cooking and the environment is perfect for an anniversary. Finish off with a limoncello!

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JO
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food. Authentic with a twist.

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