Firenze a Tavola(credit: Firenze a Tavola)
Denver is a melting pot and that’s reflected in the many different types of cuisines available around the metro area. Italian cuisine is always in demand and Denver has it all from nuevo-Italian fusion to old school classics. Check out this list for the top Italian restaurant in Denver.
Firenze A Tavola
4401 Tennyson St.
Denver, CO 80212
(303) 561-0234
www.firenzeatavoladenver.com

Hidden beneath the popular Zagat rated Italian restaurant, Parisi, is the intimate dining experience known as Firenze a Tavola, meaning “Florence at your table” in Italian. The seasonal menu recreates authentic, robust Florentine and Tuscan style dishes like the cinghiale in dolceforte, braised boar served with polenta topped with raisins, pine nuts and chocolate. Pair one of the exquisite entrees with an equally impressive hand-selected Italian wine from the cellar. On select Wednesday evenings, the elegant eatery invites friends and neighbors to dine together for a family style dinner at the community table. The dinner involves a multi-course, pre fixe menu that is sure to please and stir up fun conversations at the table. Firenze a Tavola is open for dinner beginning at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and reservations are recommended.

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Mici Handcrafted Italian
1531 Stout St.
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 629-6424
www.miciitalian.com

Mici Handcrafted Italian has four bustling locations around the Denver area, so from-scratch made Italian cuisine from generations old recipes is never far away. The restaurant serves up classic Italian in a causal yet authentic way, and the huge menu has everything any proper red-sauce joint should have, plus more! Mici believes in cooking with fresh ingredients and their sausage, chicken, salami, ham, turkey and pepperoni have all been prepared without preservatives or additives. The dough for their authentic pizzas is also made from scratch. The menu features classics like calzones, pastas, pizzas and paninis and hidden gems like the tortellini alla miceli with cheese tortellini, Prociutto di Parma, peas and a creamy alfredo sauce. The pignoli cookies are also a must try! Visit the downtown location on Stout Street, where there’s a nice little sidewalk dining section.

Il Posto
2011 E. 17th Ave.
Denver, CO 80206
(303) 394-0100
www.ilpostodenver.com

Il Posto is a destination for delizioso hand made Italian fare. The chef incorporates local, organic products from Colorado farms in the ever changing menu. Il Posto also imports specialty products straight from Italy. Visit for lunch and try the best of the menu at a great price. The gnocchi with braised rabbit, sweet broccoli, sottocenere cheese and parmesan cream is a local favorite. Check out the website for behind the scenes videos on how the authentic cuisine comes together.

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Romano’s Italian Restaurant
5666 S. Windermere St.
Littleton, CO 80120
(303) 798-4944
www.romanospizzeria.com

Romano’s has been dishing out tremendous servings of zesty, tomato sauce laden spaghetti and meatball plates for 50 years now, and the Littleton neighborhood joint shows no sign s of slowing down. Romano’s is a casual locale with a classic menu that features items like chicken parm, oversized meatballs on top of piles of spaghetti, pizzas with homemade sauce, jumbo raviolis and more. Stop by for lunch and try the specials; each include a soup or salad and bread basket.

Luca D’Italia
711 Grant St.
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 832-6600
www.lucadenver.com

Luca D’Italia is another spectacular Italian bistro in Denver. The menu has much more than the classic red sauce of yesteryear. In fact, you will not find any just plain red sauce on the menu. Well, maybe in the Pappardelle bolognese, but it’s far from ordinary and made with a traditional meat ragu and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. The upscale menu is sort of Italian fusion with creative concoctions like the wood-fired ahi tuna with crispy artichokes, forbidden rice, black garlic and sunflower seed puree; and the duck two ways with asparagus, oyster mushrooms, spiced cashews, truffled mushroom fonduta and wood sorrel. Visit often, as the menu changes monthly to reflect the offerings of the seasons.

Kristin Mason is a culinary professional and degree-holding chef living in Breckenridge, Colorado. She enjoys traveling and sharing her love of food through her writings. Her experience includes writing for the local Summit Daily News as well as other publications online and in print as a freelance writer. Read more on Examiner.com.