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Cattivella, Denver, CO

Cattivella

4.6
4.6
1715 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

7:00 PM


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 - 5:00 PM - 8:45 PM
    Come try our happy hour....huge portions for super cheap!

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What 1,715 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Denver

    Italian

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  1. MT

    MollyT

    Denver

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Sitting at the counter is entertaining watching the chefs work like busy bees. Service was friendly and the food excellent.
  2. G

    Gordo

    Denver

    16 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    I have never seen oysters this small. We were told they changed vendors. These were 1/4 to 1/3 the size of the previous ones. The charcuterie board was also below par. Walnuts were inedible and less meat. Overall poor meal.
  3. KT

    KristenT

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was great! So knowledgeable about the menu and provided excellent recommendations! Can’t wait to return.
  4. GA

    GrandmaA

    Denver

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love eating at the counter. Watching the skill that is involved even preparing a pizza is so fun. No matter how busy, the cooks take the time to interact with us, and make us feel so welcome. Being in our mid-70s, the smaller portions of Happy Hour are appreciated.
  5. F

    Foodie

    Denver

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Happy Hour food & drink. Super outside patio.
  6. KM

    KatieM

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Our server was messy, unattentive, slow. Food was luke warm at best. We ordered the fried polenta, flavorless and small portion. We ordered the salumi and sausages…no sausages…server couldnt describe what each thing was. Half roasted chicken was barely warm. Pizza wasnt good. Wont be back.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We love this place, but make sure to ask for the price of the items tagged “MKT”. $72 for the ribeye!?!?! Definitely not worth it and shockingly priced. Especially when comparing to other places we frequent: Elways, Ruth’s Chris, Del Friscos, Shanahans.
  8. TC

    TiCo

    Denver

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food - was delightfully surprised to catch happy hour on a Monday so was able to try a few extra dishes. Pate was incredible, gnocchi melted in your mouth, and mushroom pizza had all the wonderful flavors. Topped off with an old fashioned that packed a punch! Feeling lucky to have this restaurant in our neighborhood!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Staff was not present much
  10. AF

    AnnaFunk

    Philadelphia

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Man what a great resturant and I don’t even know where to start in describing this spot!! Let me start with the key to my perfect dining experience, Kelly Kelly Kelly!!! Totally one of the best and most attentive waitresses I have had in a long time!! She was fun, light hearted, truly asked some great questions about what I would normally eat and then made some great suggestions for trying something not as readily available in Hawaii where I live. Since I chose to follow her advice I ended up having one of the very best gnocchi dishes of my entire life!!!! The braised rabbit gnocchi was just over the top amazing!!! The pillow like clouds of gnocchi combined with the melt in your mouth rabbit and the perfect combo of squeeshy and crunchy veggies on top made me seriously want to stay in Denver one more night to eat it again!!!! The manager, a tall handsome black man that I didn’t catch his name was also super awesome!! I was dining alone at the bar and even he checked on me twice to make sure I was having a good experience!! I just literally cannot say enough about this great restaurant! You should totally try and I HIGHLY suggest asking for Kelly! Her wine pairing suggestions were perfect and I haven’t been cared for like that in a while As a heavy traveler who eats alone A LOT but enjoys great food, I sometimes get overlooked or pushed into a corner which sucks cause maybe they think I’m not worth their time as much, and I’m usually one of the better tippers out there so to receive the level service I got, and it being a busy Saturday night, yeah that was rad and I felt truly appreciated for choosing their restaurant Highly recommend and whatever this place is paying Kelly, sure it’s NOT enough cause she was just the cherry on top of how amazing their chefs are here!!!
  11. H

    Heather2282

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Uhhhhhh….. SOOOOOOO GOOOD!!!! We love Cattivella, it’s amazing every single time. Quality, consistent and great service! Don’t walk, run to Cattivella!
  12. S

    Shariah

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    me and my boyfriend came here for date night and I wish I could rate more than 5 stars. everything was perfect.
  13. VV

    VivianVargas89

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved that our waiter gave us great recommendations of food and we don’t regret it!
  14. m

    mollye

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cattivella is one of my favorite restaurants in Denver. The food is always outstanding, and the waitstaff are friendly and efficient. We ate on a Saturday night at 7 PM and were able to get a table either inside or outside. I had the rabbit gnocchi, which is my favorite entree, and it was very tasty as usual. My friend had the green lasagna, which she said was also excellent. We both had more than enough food.
  15. KB

    KarinB

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always have a wonderful time at Cattivella. Their happy hour is an awesome deal. Food is excellent.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We’ve been to Cattivella countless times for the last 4 or so years. Every single time the food and drinks and amazing. This time around we decided to celebrate our 5 year wedding anniversary there and we were not disappointed!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was amazing! The flavors were out of this world. I have been to Italy, and this cuisine is right up there! When a restaurant aces a marinara sauce, they are top on my list! We will be back!
  18. JC

    JeffreyC

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Great food and service as always. Pizza was neopolitan perfect, grilled romaine salad tangy an bright and the lamb Rafi was richly satisfying.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great. Thoroughly enjoyed the chefs at work!
  20. EA

    EAMEDT

    Atlanta

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Birthday… Thanks
  21. B

    Brian

    Austin

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food every time. Mushroom pizza was phenomenal.
  22. M

    Motts

    Denver

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always one of our favorites!! We have never been disappointed at Cattivella - great food, fabulous happy hour and exceptional service!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible EVERYTIME!!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service and great location. Thanks!
  25. NF

    NeilF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is rustic and sophisticated all at once. Simply stunning. Friendly and attentive service. My favorite Italian food in Denver.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such yummy food and our waitress was amazing !
  27. AW

    AnthonyW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was the best and it was happy hour all day on Monday. Good deals on drinks and food.
  28. FD

    FatDaddy

    Denver

    643 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    643 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Food was great although the drinks arrived after the food. Waiter was in the weeds.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always exceptional food, service, ambiance… highly recommended!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing! Each dish had a unique spin from a traditional Italian recipe that gave it great flavor. Everyone in our party enjoyed their meal and talked about it the next day. It was such a nice change from our typical steak house business dinners. I can’t wait to go back!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Food, staff is very nice as well.
  32. DP

    DaveP

    Indiana

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food, unique menu with great flavor. Service and location were good
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the fried polenta with whipped sheep cheese and the chicken liver mousse so much we took most of the mushroom and goat cheese pizza home. Good affordable Italian wines!
  34. JD

    JamesD

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love the dishes, and the outdoor patio in very nice.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Meat and cheese board and Calamari are our weekly must haves. Delicious!!
  36. DL

    DiannaL

    Denver

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience2
    We were seated by the bus station so it wasn’t the best place to sit. But otherwise it was very nice.
  37. b

    bisonburger

    Denver

    42 reviews

    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great meal here, solid menu, wonderful cocktails, coolest bar in Stapleton! Service is always top-notch and they have an awesome patio. Try the lamb ragu, possibly the best dish in town.
  38. DJ

    DebJ

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    We went for an early dinner on a Sunday night and were pleasantly surprised to find out that there was a happy hour menu. The food was quite good, and our server - Marissa - was excellent.
  39. MV

    MichelleV

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I ALWAYS bring my family and friends to Cativella. Clay and Evonnie both said hello and remembered me from last week with 3 different friends. The counter is such a delightful experience. Being able to watch that “machine” run smoothly is a massive treat. I’ve hooked my friend on charbroiled oysters now. And the food was so so so good, which it is always consistently GREAT. Thank you for such an overall lovely experience.
  40. CO

    COAZ2

    Phoenix

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We enjoyed every aspect of our first visit to Cattivella. Our server Clay was upbeat and attentive. The busy staff kept everything moving. The food was outstanding— especially the Pasticcio. We will definitely be back to enjoy the other menu options.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

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

Cattivella is rated 4.6 stars by 1715 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 PM


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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