I studied abroad in Florence (basic I know), but that means I know good Italian food. Many call me crazy but I am not huge on pizza, I would rather have a big bowl of pasta. But, don't worry I still know good pizza. Although Denver may be lacking in the Italian department compared to other cities, there are still a few good spots I recommend.
James Beard award winner and it shows. Some of the best pasta and traditional Italian fish dishes.
Homemade pastas and large portions for your Italian cravings, sister restaurant to Quality Italian in NYC.
Jovanina's - broken italian
Some amazing pesto pasta and burrata. Ask to be seated in the cellar downstair for a more intimate setting.
Neapolitan pizzas and fresh cocktails in a cozy atmosphere (2 locations).
Handmade pasta and pizzas for a rustic Italian neighborhood spot.
Blue Pan Pizza
Detroit style pizza, always ask for extra sauce for dipping.
One of my top spots for the ambiance and authentic food! Get the burrata and pappardelle (my favorite dish from Florence) and finish with an espresso martini.
Known for their handmade pastas and even have gf options.
Garden-to-plate pizzas made with homemade dough and Colorado local ingredients.
Upscale Italian inspired multi course tasting menu for those special occasions.
Hops and Pie
New York, Detroit, Sicilian style pizza and craft beers for casual nights out.
Perfect for date night when you want some snacks and wine. Try the pesto grilled cheese.
Veggie forward pizzas and pastas open late on weekends and can also find at Somebody People.
Enjoy wood fired Pizza and rooftop views with a warm cozy feel on South Broadway.
Upscale modern Italian with an amazing happy hour everyday 3-6pm and connected to local Carboy Winery.
If you are looking for classic Italian meals in large portions and oysters this is the spot!
Cat themed and fun, quirky vibes inside with a nice back patio
Southern Italian inspired menu. You must try the homemade focaccia and finish with a cannoli.
The oldest and most successful family owned restaurant operation in Portofino, Italy and is the most renowned historic family owned and operated restaurants for more than 175 years now in Denver.
Red Top Rendezvous
Detroit style pizza with 2 happy hours daily