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Zamparelli's, anyone? (Lafayette, CO)

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Has anyone tried this restaurant recently? The menu looks good but it's about an hour's drive for me. Is it worth it?

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  1. I live a couple of miles from there and pass it on my commute but I've never been. Is there something special that makes you want to drive an hour for it?

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    1. re: RobynS

      I read a couple of older reviews and noticed they have fried risotto balls (which I love). The menu looks great but I just wondered if the food lives up to it.

    2. I haven't been there yet either, but I've been impressed with some of their well-priced specials and special meals. I don't know how fantastic one can expect the food to be at mid-range eateries. For guranteed totally divine Italian food and service, you have go to the likes of Frasca, not Zamparelli's.

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      1. re: ClaireWalter

        Yes. But you can probably get a table at Zamparelli's before August.

        1. re: PitLab

          Cute, but you can walk into Frasca tonight at 5:30 and eat if you want. There are a couple of walk-in tables plus the entire bar and salumi bar. They only book two months out anyway.

          I've had fantastic food at mid-range and even lower-tier eateries (dives) though, so you don't have to spend lots of money to get delicious food. Zamparelli's could very well be worth driving to. It wasn't on my radar until this, but now I'm intrigued. Who's going to be the guinea pig and go? :-)

          1. re: rlm

            I'll see what I can do in the next few weeks.

            1. re: RobynS

              Sweet! I can't wait to hear about it.

      2. Zamparelli's is good but maybe not worth an hour drive. Its more of a good, inexpensive neighborhood joint. I've had some interesting and tasty pizzas and they have these really good, homemade ice cream sandwiches. The atmosphere is nice, but sometimes with lots of loud families. If you have been to Parisi I would say its a notch below that but comparable to Proto's. I will say that the risotto balls were very good the one time I had them.

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          1. re: Mimi

            I live in Lafayette, and while I'm very happy the restaurant exists, I would definitely not drive an hour for it. Their pizza is quite good--a notch or two above Protos, which also has a Lafayette location, and not entirely unlike Protos in style--but a bit spendy for what it is. The risotto balls piqued my interest, but were a bit of a disappointment, perhaps because of too-high expectations. Still, this is the kind of restaurant you want to see thrive in your neighborhood... even if I'd prefer it was in the gritty-but-trying-downtown (like where Pulcinella was) than the antiseptic 95th/Arapahoe corner it's on.

        1. We finally made it up ourselves. The food was good but pricey. A cheese pizza cost $9.50 and additions of bacon and meatball cost $2.50 each and honestly didn't include more than 2 T. of bacon and one meatball sliced paper thin. $15 seems a little much for that pizza. Service was sloppy. We reminded the server to bring water and salad dressing. She rang up our order and brought the check without asking if we wanted dessert...which we did...and without bringing the pizza dough we asked to bring home. Definitely felt like we got the bum's rush. She was visibly annoyed when we asked for the dessert menu. All in all, no need to return, even if we're in Boulder.