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Cattivella, Denver, CO

Cattivella

4.7
4.7
1768 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

7:30 PM


Booked 33 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

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

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What 1,768 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Denver

    Italian

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  1. CS

    ChristopherS

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service/staff. Apps were awesome…plenty for the group. The snapper dish was the hit of the evening
  2. n

    nevets

    Denver

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went on a weekday night. Service was timely and professional. Food was tasty and reasonably priced. Atmosphere was lively but quiet enough to have a conversation. Only small complaint was the truffles/not enough quantity or flavor for the up charge. ❤️Cattilvella
  3. AC

    AndreaC

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and great service. The food did take a while to arrive but worth it!
  4. EM

    EdwinM

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    For as many times, as we have been there, the food is always excellent, as well as the service.
  5. k

    kujhawk94

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious flatbread and gnocchi - not a huge menu, but great flavors and ambiance
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always good consistent food and dining experience
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Anchorage

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really fun atmosphere. Great food and wine.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Greensboro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Phenomenal food & experience!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Food was amazing, but I wish that they had more options for my toddler since what I got was a little spicy for him
  10. D

    Deedsanddan

    Phoenix

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So much fun sitting at counter and watching all the kitchen activity! Food was delicious! Can’t wait to go back!
  11. B

    Blake

    Denver

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    We haven’t had a delicious Italian dinner out since the pandemic shut everything down, but we have now. Elise’s team did a fantastic job of making us welcome and even slowing us down a little which was much appreciated. When the prima and secondi main dishes showed up they were perfectly prepared and full of robots flavors that we were familiar with from Elises previous stints. Well done!
  12. K

    Katie

    Charleston

    13 reviews

    2.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    Second time I have been here. Service was okay but we had to keep flagging them down. Food was not great. Both times it was not hot and lackluster. They did take it back to heat it up. No flavor pasta.
  13. CL

    CarlyL

    Denver

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were so happy with our experience here. From the Burrata to the pizza to the pasta to the dessert—everything was outstanding. The service was also absolutely too-notch. This was our first time, but we will definitely be back. …soon!
  14. F

    chandaF

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great food, nice new creative dishes.
  15. F

    Foodie8

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Food and wine were great! The service was slow
  16. CC

    CristinC

    Denver

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cattivella never disappoints! Made an early reservation as we had kids and happened into a high value, high quality happy hour. Tasted almost everything all delicious and beautifully presented. Prime rib w/ salsa verde was excellent. Great grilled oysters. Grateful to staff for holding the sauce on the kids' spaghetti and meatballs. Butternut squash gnocchi are little puffs of heaven. Amazing chicken parmesan. Just can't go wrong here.
  17. E

    Eddd

    Denver

    140 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    140 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience3
    Out of both Italian beers listed on menu. Offered an amber ale, only to run out after one glass. Food was good, however menu very limited, and honestly not a lot that looked good based on the menu description. Hostess who seated us seemed disconnected to people and very timid. We were seated in side room that lacked any energy or character. Cold atmosphere, like dining in a warehouse. Probably will not go back.
  18. W

    Westslopeeats

    Las Vegas

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    This was our second visit to Cattivella. Our first experience was so delicious we had to try again even though we don’t live in this area( 4 hrs away). The quality of food is exceptional. We ordered a cocktail (4) and draught beer along with their appetizer special, a fontina bread with prosciutto, arugula, shaved cheese and a yummy drizzle sauce (honey or maple syrup with balsamic) (4, as the bread was a bit dry). We decided to share a pasta this time instead of the pork shank we had last time. It was their butternut squash gnocchi with a very delicious cream sauce (5 in flavor although we prefer a protein dish so landed on a 4 rating overall). They split the meal which we greatly appreciated for no extra charge. I ordered a glass of red wine (5, montepulciano)with dinner that the waiter expertly recommended based on my typical wine selection. The service was exceptional (5), waiter was attentive and knowledgeable along with servers who picked up and boxed empty plates very efficiently. Their service team worked together as a team. Noise level was a bit high this time. We made reservations for 5, and glad we did as it was very busy on this Friday night. We will return if we have the opportunity.
  19. BE

    BenE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful place for happy hour and dinner. Very well done.
  20. D

    Dodie

    Denver

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    What a delight to find a happy hour menu on a Saturday! The grilled oysters were delicious, the seats at the counter kept us entertained with all the work in the kitchen, and the happy hour Manhattan was perfect.
  21. LB

    LouannB

    Savannah

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I eat here at least once a month. Twice this month. The food is consistently good. The lamb flat bread they occasionally have on the menu is awesome as is the burrata! Enjoy!
  22. S

    Siggy

    Denver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed our dinner. Service was amazing! Food came out fast and delicious. We plan to return again!
  23. SB

    SumanB

    Denver

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome place and great food!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The chef came over to check on us which we appreciated. It was delicious!
  25. GS

    GordonS

    Denver

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great as always! Worth the drive out to Stapleton.
  26. F

    Foodie

    Oklahoma City

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent location for any type of outting--friends, datenight, office gathering. Food was delicious and we watched the cooks while we sat at the kitchen counter. Service was great.
  27. c

    cwdines

    Denver

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Always a treat!
  28. TS

    ToddS

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of our very favorite spots. Always delicious food, innovative cocktails & great service
  29. WM

    WilliamM

    Denver

    75 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    75 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always enjoy the food at Cattivella especially the lamb ragu. Service is professional.
  30. MP

    MatthewP

    Denver

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great as always! Apple dessert was awesome.
  31. JV

    JoeV

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Elise and her team are fantastic and the food is always top quality. Enjoyed some happy hour specials, including some amazing burrata.
  32. S

    Schmutzy

    Denver

    96 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    96 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Fantastic as always! Creative fare, great cocktails and fun environment.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent…service was excellent fun place!
  34. AK

    AshleyK

    Phoenix

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    3 strikes. One, teenage host was argumentative when we requested a table for 2 vs. the corner of a bar in-spite of reservations being made many days in advance. She reluctantly agree to let me wait for a dirty table for 2 to be cleaned. We ordered bloody Mary’s to start with. When my friend ordered a second, they used strawberry juice. It was sent back, manager came over and said they ran out of Bloody Mary mix and tried to pass off regular tomato juice, which was actually strawberry. The manager should’ve been honest. Owner told my friend that our server would have vegan options to accommodate her. The server said he only knew maybe one option with cranberries snd walnuts. My friend doesn’t like that flavor profile and he had no more suggestions. She finally asked if he could put together pasta, tomato sauce, mushrooms and asparagus, and garlic. Her meal was terribly bland, no garlic. She asked again for garlic. Server said the chef would roast some. It never came. We were looking forward to our experience and it fell terribly short.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, fast service! Great all around.
  36. G

    Geedee

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible food and drink from start to finish. The Rabbit Gnocchi is absolutely superb! We’ll be back soon!
  37. m

    mamajackie

    Salt Lake City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food- Business group, everyone loved it! A little loud more than light conversation.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    114 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    114 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Very quick service that was friendly. Excellent food...pizza, burrata, pasta, calamari, etc. Cocktails were creative and tasty but a bit too sweet and not enough booze.
  39. GP

    GeorgeP

    Denver

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 11, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    We were served our entrees minutes after our appetizers were served. Never had an opportunity to enjoy my oysters nor my wife her calamari. Very bad experience that had never happened in any of our many previous dinings there.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Good food and service was great, it was too bright sitting out in the indoor patio. Dial back some of the overhead string lights and get some lighting at table level

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 4.7 stars by 1768 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 33 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

    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

  • 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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