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Mar 17, 2009 06:33 PM

Nice Italian in Denver

Hi everyone,

Looking for a nice (kinda upscale) Italian restaurant in Denver - from what I've read some of my top choices are Barolo Grill, Luca D'Italia, and Il Posto. Would appreciate input on these three (which is best) and any other suggestions...Thanks!

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  1. I've only been to one of the three, Luca d'Italia, but it's terrific. Generally think its menu is more interesting than Barolo's, too, although at the moment frogs' legs risotto at the latter sounds amazing. You should also consider Panzano, which is certainly "kinda upscale," if more bustling/lively than hushed/super-fancy. ]

    Here are links to blogposts I've done about Luca and Panzano, for what they're worth.

    1. I love Il Posto but everybody doesn't. Complaints seem to center on price, portion size for the price, and occasional service glitches. I've gone twice--it is pricey and there are many other options in Our Dusty Ol' Cow Town--and both times service has been perfection and the portions, while certainly not gargantuan, are appropriate for the cuisine and satisfying, especially given the incredible intense flavor chef wrings out of the ingredients. So I've been impressed.

      I guess I KNOW you'll have a great meal and be happy at Luca d'Italia, but I'm only PRETTY SURE that you'll feel like you had a great meal, and be happy, at Il Posto. But I did and I was, very much so.

      If you google Il Posto Denver you'll get a bunch of customer review sites like, the diversity of opinion on this joint is amply demonstrated therein.

      It is tiny. It is pricey for the gross amount of food you get, if that's important. It was very very good on my two tries.

      1. I've been to Luca and Barolo (not Il Posto) and both are very good. Luca has a bit more formal atmosphere than Barolo, which is a little larger/more bustling. It is hard to say which is better, but I guess I would choose Luca if I could only do one. Good luck!

        1. Luca D'Italia is wonderful and definitely upscale - great choice...not talked about often but VERY good, upscale and been around for YEARS is Pagliacci's.