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Best Italian Restaurants in Denver

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Marco's Coal-Fired Pizzeria

If there's any place that takes pizza making seriously, then it is Marco's Coal-Fired Pizza. Delivering the best quality of pizzas, this pizzeria is hard to match-up to. One of the things that Marco's is also famous for, is their gluten-free pizza base! Ambiance, staff and food have everyone raving about this place.

Denver, CO, United States
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Charlie Brown's Bar & Grill

Charlie Brown's is one of Denver's most diverse establishments. The bar has been a sanctuary for the Capitol Hill area for more than 35 years. Paul "Paulie" Lopez pounds out tunes on the piano, making it one of the only places in the city where young urban hipsters nestle up to the Sinatra crowd, sharing beer and bourbon over song. This is quite possibly the largest menu in the city. It covers everything: Greek, American, Mexican, Italian and more. The gyros are favorites, and the steak and lobster are the best deals in the city. The expansive patio is a definite hotspot on summer evenings.

Denver, CO, United States
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Luca D'Italia

Chef Frank Bonanno's Sicilian upbringing is evident in every aspect of this fashionable restaurant - from the menu to the decor. Named after his son, Luca D'Italia was voted best restaurant in western United States by Zagat. With pastel walls and numerous candles, it's a great pick for a romantic evening out. Savor dishes like Lobster Fra Diavola, Butternut Squash Agnolotti and Pappardelle Bolognese before moving on to Nutella Semi-Freddo or Caramelized Orange and Mascarpone Tart. When you're at the best, you can be assured that any choice you make is the right one.

Denver, CO, United States
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Carmine's on Penn

Make reservations well in advance or you may never experience this spirited little neighborhood bistro that specializes in inexpensive, larger than life, family-style Italian entrees. No matter what night this place is always jammed and offers a large enclosed patio year round. Eggplant Parmesan makes for a wonderful main course, as do the many traditional pasta dishes. The extensive wine list offers a wide variety of reasonably priced selections. Most of the entrees serve two or more people. Valet parking available.

Denver, CO, United States
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Barolo Grill

To give you a hint to how seriously Barolo Grill treats its ability to provide superb service with superb food, it shuts its doors every summer for two weeks so that the entire staff can tour Italy's wineries and restaurants. Hence, this food pearl rates as one of the best Italian restaurants in the state. All entrees are of the types that cause diners to exclaim in glee and the grilled veal chop with house made sauce poached quail egg is just one such example. They have spacious dining areas and they even offer dining spaces for private dining affairs for groups from 6 to 30 patrons. The wine list here is a gem, as they have one of the largest collection of Barolo wines and are offered by the glass and bottle.

Denver, CO, United States
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Cherry Tomato

This charming Park Hill eatery occupies an old pharmacy and still has the original tile floor to prove it. Over the past couple of years, the place has developed a huge following, so it is a good idea to call ahead and get on the waiting list. Or it could be a long wait, especially on weekends. The cozy dining area, which is tucked between an open kitchen and the bar, seats barely 50 people, but gives the place the feel of a true neighborhood bistro. The signature dish, Pasta Felese, is a tasty mix of chicken, artichoke hearts, and other vegetables. If you are searching for a real treat, try the Chicken Masala.

Denver, CO, United States
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Cucina Colore

Just as the name suggests, colorful is a good way to describe an eatery with an upscale atmosphere, open kitchen concept, and conversation-friendly patio dining area. Cucina Colore's focus on clean cut, authentic Italian cuisine separates it from many other wannabe Italian eateries. The restaurant has an award-winning wine list that will compliment and enhance any choice of dish you order, from their appetizers to salads, to wood-fired pizza to pasta. Delicate sorbets and authentic gelatos truly finish off the evening with color.

Denver, CO, United States
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Firenze a Tavola

The rustic flavors of Florence and Tuscany served in the warmth of candlelight makes for a divine Italian evening in Denver. An evening perfected at Firenze a Tavola where the inspiration is simply authenticity and originality. The menu that covers beautiful courses is tempered with frequently to ensure the choicest of flavors and truest of techniques. Each addition is then paired with a selection from the decadent wine list, thus completing the meal. The comfort of good food, simple yet grand flavors and in settings par romantico, makes Firenze a Tavola is favored choice among locals and visitors.

Denver, CO, United States
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Farro Italian Restaurant

Named after an Italian wheat known for its toasty and nutty flavor, Farro is a neighborhood restaurant serving authentic Italian food in a warm and inviting ambiance. The affordable prices, tasty dishes, family friendly environment has garnered quite a fan following amongst the locals of Centennial, all thanks to chef-owner and fellow Centennial, Matthew Franklin. Cheers!

Centennial, CO, United States
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