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Cattivella, Denver, CO

Cattivella

4.5
4.5
1636 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.

Make a reservation

2 people

10:30 PM


Booked 35 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • 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/African American, Latinx or Hispanic, LGBTQ+, Native/Indigenous, 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

  • Neighborhood

    Stapleton

  • 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
    Sun - Thu - 4:00 PM - 8:45 PM
    Come try our happy hour....huge portions for super cheap!

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What 1,636 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
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.2Value

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  1. G

    Gordo

    Denver

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Very disappointed in the food tonight. Grilled oysters were rather tasteless. Pasta dish was watery and over spiced. Prosciutto flatbread hardly had any and it was cold.
  2. JG

    JimmyG

    Raleigh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    The food was really delicious (grilled caesar and lamb ragu). We sat outside and the ambience was nice but not particularly special. Unfortunately, the service was slow (although it was friendly). We would still rate it as a positive experience.
  3. SL

    ScottL

    Denver

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A great meal! Thank you Chef Elise for a fun night.
  4. TG

    TimG

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent meal, great service, can’t wait to return. Highly recommend the Pasticcio!
  5. F

    Food4life

    Denver

    15 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food5service1ambience4
    Unusually poor service experience from our server last night. We sat at the counter which we’ve done before. Server disappeared after taking our drink order for an extended period of time. He finally returned and took our food order, which was 4 of the smaller plates, including the special watermelon and feta salad. Obviously he did not sequence the orders at all, as everything came at once, meaning #1 there was not enough room for everything on the counter, and by the time we ate the salad, the other parts of the order had cooled or were cold.
  6. RH

    RachelH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Met friends from out of town for dinner. We were all very pleased with the quality & service. Will be back for sure!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, the food was extraordinary, the service was exceptional, and the venue, itself, is a pleasure to experience!
  8. f

    fastedd

    Denver

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Been since before COVID. Great to be back to an old favorite with a few new twists added in. The oysters were fabulous and the rabbit gnocchi also very good.
  9. C

    Clyde

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food2service2ambience3
    Incredibly overpriced. Focus seems to be on moving people through as quickly as possible.
  10. RJ

    RJ2014

    E. Tennessee

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful place for dinner while visiting for softball tournament
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    Having been here many times before today provided our least favorite visit of all. The hostess was more focused on texting than actually being engaged and attending to patrons. I watched a woman push her elderly father in a wheelchair and struggle to open to door while the young lady watched. The woman actually had to ask her to hold the door so they could leave. I’m not sure if the oysters had too much parmesan cheese, truffle oil or both, but they were overly saturated ruining the integrity of the oyster. Our buffalo pizza, lamb ragu and pasticcio had entirely too much salt— so much so the table was covered in salt flakes. Of the dozen visits this was the most underwhelming experience we’ve ever had here. Because the is the first time I felt it important to let it be known.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Food came out at random times but it was very good when it did come.
  13. G

    Greathideaway

    Denver

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pride brunch was a blast and the food was so so delicious. Great brunch and great fun!
  14. b

    bardsljr

    Denver

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cattivella's is a wonderful resource to the neighborhood and Denver at large. It is great to have a real, high-quality Italian restaurant in one's back yard.
  15. N

    Neeliedenver

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Third meal here and every one has been outstanding. The food is amazing and the service is spot on. The menu is inspiring and the fact that it changes seasonally, makes it even more interesting. There is certainly something for everyone. Stopping for a drink and an appetizer? You will be delighted with the choices. Full out dinner? It is fine-dining at its finest. Happy hour is one of the best in Denver. Add all that to convenient location in Stapleton (Central Park now), easy parking and great shared open spaces within other restaurants and retail and you've got one relaxing, delicious experience!
  16. BF

    BFMc

    Denver

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service2ambience4
    Never a misstep with the food here, and ambiance is relaxed.
  17. BB

    BrianB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best authentic Italian in Denver. Owner and her staff are amazingly friendly.
  18. o

    orterrapin

    Denver

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As usual, everything was delicious! This is by far my favorite restaurant, I am never disappointed here. Our table had the oysters, the pork shank, the rabbit gnocchi and the lamb ragu. Everyone was very happy. The lamb ragu is one of the best pasta dishes I have ever had! Monday is all day happy hour, the best bargain in Denver!!!
  19. JB

    JBrock

    Denver

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fabulous food and drinks! Monday is happy hour all day and the selection was amazing!
  20. b

    bisonburger

    Denver

    37 reviews

    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service as always, the lamb ragu is consistently good and the sea bass was amazing. Nice patio.
  21. JN

    JanetN

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    We have eaten there several times, however this was our least favorite time. This was due to abruzzo flatbread Which was incredibly salty due to the capers which were not mentioned on the menu, and the over abundance of pecorino which was also very salty.
  22. CB

    ChelsiB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Drinks and pate were great! We got the Speck pizza and it was amazing.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time dining here and so glad we chose the chefs table, very cool see everything being prepared right in front of us!
  24. RS

    RonaldS

    Detroit

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Short ribs are excellent. Pizza is also very good
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    This place is quickly becoming one of my favorite local places for Italian sit down dinners. Overall just a great experience, friendly service, and some tasty food. Oh and delicious cocktails. Definitely worth a try.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience4
    Everything good but very expensive
  27. BS

    BrianS

    Denver

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Server was great and food showed up quickly. Flavor was good but some of the dishes that had meat were a bit overdone.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We visit the restaurant frequently and have had many of the dishes. Never a bad meal, from the pizza to the dessert it’s always a pleasure.
  29. AK

    AshleyK

    San Antonio

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service, amazing food. One of my favorite places to go eat.
  30. BS

    BryanS

    Austin

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience once again. Kudos all around- from host staff, servers,bartenders, chefs, management, and bussers thank you for continuing a great restaurant experience.
  31. LH

    LauraH

    Denver

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Enjoyed the sea bass special and the fig-arugula focaccia antipasti. Lovely seating on the outdoor patio was quiet, but we noticed the inside seating was quite noisy (~7pm). Will definitely come back again!
  32. MS

    MichelleS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the food and the ease of making reservations. We had a great time.
  33. MM

    MattM

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Overall, great experience for birthday celebration. Service was a little slow at times, especially getting drinks out the first time. We got our appetizers before our drinks! But overall terrific server and experience.
  34. a

    agewisecolorado

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had a great experience all around. It was our first visit. A key attraction is the head chef, Elise Wiggins, whose former stint at Panzano made us regulars there pre-pandemic.
  35. D

    Dennis

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    Sad to say, although others aspects of the restaurant were good to very good, the food and its price was not. I ordered what was represented as a 16 oz. tomahawk prime rib eye steak. It turned out to be a small, thin, and fatty piece of meat.
  36. ZK

    ZoltanK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was great, meals were delicious. Drinks were good but the bar could improve some. Overall experience is great, highly recommend.
  37. L

    Lucamama

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cattivella never disappoints! we have been coming to dinner for many years, since they open and we know that we will always get a high quality meal. Their Spring menu has a few new dishes that I want to try. I had the Lasagna Verde and it was awesome!!!
  38. LM

    LuvMaui

    Sacramento

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were seated promptly. The server was friendly and service was quick. The appetizer and pizza were delicious. Unfortunately, we were so full that we didn't have dessert. Next time...
  39. G

    Greathideaway

    Denver

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Clay was awesome and the food was delicious. The Lasagna with pesto was amazing and would definitely order again. Have not had a dish that I haven’t liked there.
  40. m

    mattc

    Denver

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Excellent. Pizza and desserts good too

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

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

Cattivella is rated 4.5 stars by 1636 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

10:30 PM


Booked 35 times today
Google Map for Cattivella

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

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    29th/ Havana

  • Neighborhood

    Stapleton

  • 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

  • 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/African American, Latinx or Hispanic, LGBTQ+, Native/Indigenous, 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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