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Cattivella, Denver, CO

Cattivella

4.5
4.5
2135 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Award-winning Denver chef Elise Wiggins welcomes you to Cattivella, wood-fired Italian in the Eastbridge project in the Stapleton neighborhood where she lives. Cattivella translates to “naughty girl”.

Chef/Owner Wiggins brings decades of restaurant experience to Cattivella and was named Best Italian by Westword and winner of multiple awards for food and service from The Denver Post, 5280 magazine, The American Culinary Federation and The American Automobile Association. She makes an annual pilgrimage to Italy to work with Italian chefs and learn the classic techniques and ingredients that she employs at Cattivella.

An exhibition kitchen is the star of the show at Cattivella and focuses all attention on a wood-burning pizza oven, a wood-burning grill and the graceful dance of the Cattivella cooks.

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 31 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Hours of Operation
    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Happy Hour Mon 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Tue–Sun 4:00 pm–6:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (303) 645-3779
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Owned/operated by
    Black, Indigenous, Latinx or Hispanic, LGBTQ, Veteran, Women
  • Executive Chef
    Elise Wiggins
  • Catering
    We do on and off site catering. please contact us for more information. 303-645-3779
  • Private party facilities
    Awarding Woodfire Italian Restaurant set in a beautiful modern and open space. Surrounded by glass and huge wrap around patio, Cattivella is a sophisticated environment with out being too stuffy.
  • Private party contact
    Elise Wiggins: (844) 507-4472
  • Neighbourhood
    Uptown
  • Cross Street
    29th/ Havana
  • Parking Details
    A parking lot of no charge is available.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Offers

  • 4-6 every day & all day on mondays

    Multiple dates available
    Mon - Thu - 5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
    Come try our happy hour....huge portions for super cheap!

What 2,135 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

2,135 Reviews
  1. Bluehen

    Denver

    45 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    45 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    They messed up our table reservations. The guy who assigned tables didn’t appear to understand the software system. Other than that, the food was great and the server was excellent.

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  2. Sloweats49

    Denver

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had an awesome dinner here last night. Love their food, service, and vibe. Consistently excellent!

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  3. MichelleV

    Denver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Evan-our waiter is marvelous. Always friendly. Luis beings a smile as well. I love to bring family and friends to Cativella. Always a consistently great experience! Thank you.

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  4. Matilda01

    Denver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious and the wait staff were very attentive.

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  5. AmyH

    Denver

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great space for outside dining in the neighborhood on a summer night. Love taking advantage of the Happy Hour menu!

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Excelente comida y bonito lugar. Hambiente familiar Muy comodo

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Mexico City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great place to try a variety of dishes during happy hour. Great service

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  8. MetztliE

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a very pleasant dinner, the food was very delicious, the atmosphere was very good, everything was excellent, thank you, I will return.

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  9. Nicole

    Denver

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had the most amazing carbonara ever for my husband’s birthday dinner. This is one of our favorite restaurants in Denver and we are so glad it’s still making the best Italian around. Outstanding service as usual.

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  10. randyg

    New York City

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was very salty and the wines weren’t that good.

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  11. Tricia

    Hawaii

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent as always! Love the counter seating. Staff is the best. Thank you!

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Simply wonderful meal. Impeccable service. A favorite for us.

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  13. farmerdave532

    Denver

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Always good here ! That's why we keep coming back ! !

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  14. Trisha

    Denver

    34 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We ordered off the happy hour menu which was great. The calamari was uninspiring and while the goat cheese appetizer was good, they gave us only enough bread for one piece each leaving half of the ingredients on the plate. My pasta was gummy and tasteless but the rib eye was delicious as well as the sausage pizza. The apple pie dessert was horribly burnt on the bottom. Our serve said there had been complaints but did not offer to take it off the bill. It was packed so people seem to like it. It used to be so good but not on my list to revisit.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 26, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    For the price of the food and how the staff spoke about the chef I expected the food to be cooked and seasoned well. The pasta was undercooked, and I enjoy al dente but this was a bit raw. Food was bland for Italian. The staff was training during a busy Thursday night which was bad timing. They kept disappearing and we had to get up twice to locate them to order food and drinks. The atmosphere was ok, but I prefer table cloths at that price for dinner, and not feeling like I’m sitting in a grade school cafeteria. Overall the experience was embarrassing since I had booked it for a business dinner. Denver needs to put more quality restaurants on the west side.

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  16. JoeK

    Denver

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Another spectacular visit - food, service, drink and took advantage of Monday all-day happy hour menu! Love Cattivella and look forward to many returns.

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  17. Foodie

    Denver

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    I haven't been here in a while and was looking forward to returning. Unfortunately the food was subpar and service mediocre as well. Maybe it was just a blip but definitely not a place I'll be returning too soon with so many other good options in the area.

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  18. Cmac

    Denver

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    As always very good food. We go out of our way to go to this restaurant, and think it is the best Italian food around.

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  19. RachelS

    Denver

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Salmon and couscous was so good! Love sitting at the counter and watching them cook

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  20. ryanm

    Denver

    31 reviews

    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, service, drinks, ambience. Thank you.

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  21. melissay

    Denver

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The rib eye was very greasy and there were few mushrooms. I think the dish needs to be reworked.

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  22. JonathanM

    San Antonio

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Reliably excellent food and service. Go hungry and don't miss the burrata.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Our steak was ordered medium rare. It was medium when arrived at the table. We brought this to the attention of the waitress. She brought another steak that was then prepared well done. It was an expensive bone in 16 oz ribeye. The waitress said she would speak with the chef and never returned until she brought the check. We were offered dessert as compensation. I used to make it a point to go to this restaurant whenever in Denver. Sadly, I will never return. I’m

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  24. VegasJ

    Chicago

    39 reviews

    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cattivella is the best restaurant in Denver - hands down. Whenever I’m in town I have to eat there. The chef/owner is amazing and the wait staff, especially Ben are phenomenal! The food is outstanding and their happy hour menu is the best in the country in my opinion!

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  25. anonymous

    Denver

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Both my wife & I had great meals, the atmosphere is great if you like an excited buzz & its fun to sit at the counter & watch the action unfold.

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  26. Jennifet

    Denver

    136 reviews

    5.0

    136 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waiter Ben was the greatest. What a wonderful night of food, drinks and birthday fun.

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  27. Vimc

    Denver

    52 reviews

    4.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    2 of us had the chicken special, which as very good, our group also had the lamb ragu and spinach lasagna. The chicken dishes came out less warm than designed and had to be returned, they were out of the chicken marsala and the 2 chocolate dessert specials, so those were bummers. Our server was very friendly and attentive.

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  28. CasoCerrado

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Server was ridiculously slow and inattentive (came back after waiting 20 minutes of saying he’d get a wine sample, and we waited an additional 10 minutes to take our order). He was apologetic and offered a dessert “on the house” but, it didn’t really matter. We come here a lot and last night’s service was far from normal. The food also seemed like it has gone down in quality and/or there are different cooks not following the same recipes. Both our stomachs hurt when we left and this morning. Needless to say, we won’t be back. There are plenty of restaurants in the area. But unfortunate because we’ve had a good run with this place.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food!! We have been here several times. Last evening we took the kids and they had a blast.

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  30. RoslynR

    Denver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The Kale salad was mostly kale. Very few walnuts and very little cheese was added. My beer was a little warm. It was very noisy but maybe that’s to be expected as it was full.

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  31. JasonA

    Minneapolis

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    I was really disappointed. I’ve heard great things saw great reviews but the pizza crust was soggy. The food was small and overpriced and service was slow. It would definitely not go back.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our we’ve as very attentive despite the fact that the restaurant was very busy. We appreciated the care.

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  33. BarbaraL

    Denver

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went out in response to a funny email from the restaurant about "Snowmageddon" (anticipated storm in Denver). We had the specials: Spinach salad, Elk Bolognese (on gluten-free noodles), and Pizza with several cheeses. All dishes were delicious, with plenty of leftovers for a stormy day. Our server was delightful, and it is always fun watching Chef Elise Wiggins work behind the counter!

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time having pizza at your restaurant and it was delicious.

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  35. DawnK

    Denver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always enjoy the food and service. Great place for a meal and relaxation.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was good, but not outstanding. Menu a bit confusing. Ambience a bit dated. Excellent service by waiters.

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  37. JulieM

    Denver

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Made reservation for restaurant week. Was seated at the counter at the complete and of the kitchen-saw shrimp deveining, etc…-Yuck! Disinterested server, very slow. Brought out main dish and forgot salad-took food back and put under warmer. After salad, brought the main course and was luke warm at best. Ordered wine and was brought 30 minutes later. Taste of food OK, but not worth the long drive, terrible service or the decision to ever place patrons so near the dungeon part of the kitchen. Not impressed and I think servers hate restaurant week!!!

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  38. theresah

    Denver

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Went for restaurant week but ordered off main menu. Choices limited. Mostly pasta or pizza products which have higher profit margin than meat or fish. Fish unavailable. Server not very attentive. Had to go out of my way to go there. Probably will not return

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    First time at Cattivella and we loved it. Service was slow but we were not in a rush. Coming back soon.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Our first course was cold, but it should’ve been hot. We were rushed through service as our courses kept coming out when we weren’t even halfway through the one before. Culminating in our last dessert course coming out in the beginning of our main course so by the time we ate it, the ice cream on my lava cake was a sloppy mess 

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FAQs

Cattivella offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (303) 645-3779.

Cattivella is rated 4.5 stars by 2135 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 31 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Cattivella

10195 E 29th Drive, Ste 110, Denver, CO 80238-3025

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    29th/ Havana
  • Neighbourhood
    Uptown
  • Hours of Operation
    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Happy Hour Mon 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Tue–Sun 4:00 pm–6:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    A parking lot of no charge is available.
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    Black, Indigenous, Latinx or Hispanic, LGBTQ, Veteran, Women
  • Executive Chef
    Elise Wiggins
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (303) 645-3779
  • Catering
    We do on and off site catering. please contact us for more information. 303-645-3779
  • Private party facilities
    Awarding Woodfire Italian Restaurant set in a beautiful modern and open space. Surrounded by glass and huge wrap around patio, Cattivella is a sophisticated environment with out being too stuffy.
  • Private party contact
    Elise Wiggins: (844) 507-4472
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