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Cattivella, Denver, CO

Cattivella

4.6
4.6
1670 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

8:00 PM


Booked 22 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!

Popular dishes

What 1,670 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
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. PM

    PaulaM

    Tallahassee

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent experience!! Our waitress was very friendly & the food was great.
  2. MF

    MFran

    Calgary

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and wonderful service!
  3. ML

    MadLobster

    Denver

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    The food here
  4. DG

    DavidG

    Denver

    139 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    139 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I met an old friend there for dinner. She was very late so I sat as bd had some grilled bread and a beer while I waited. I loved the wood burned flavor the bread had. Once were all there, we ordered. Evan our server did a really good job. I had the sgagliozze (fried polenta) delicious! Followed by the lasagne Verde Al Forno. Layered with cheese and a basil pesto filling it was light and full of flavor. My friend had the Lamb Ragu and her friend had the pork shank. Everyone loved their dinners. It a wonderful place. I’ve been there quite a few times and look forward to going back soon.
  5. JM

    JillianM

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is possibly my favorite Denver spot. Certainly my favorite for Italian. Best pasta dishes I’ve found. Service is always on point, wine is great and it is not priced beyond reach of an occasional special dinner. You can go to Cattivella without it ever being a gamble that you might or might not have good food or service. You will ALWAYS get both.
  6. AH

    AmyH

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and great happy hour options!
  7. MK

    MikeeK

    Denver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    I don’t know why a restaurant would charge $4+ for three pieces of very small toasted bread. I will not go there again.
  8. TL

    TylerL

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent as always! Been a customer since they opened, my wife and I love Cattivella. The food is always fantastic and the service is top notch.
  9. P

    Phil

    Denver

    18 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall2food3service5ambience3
    We have been to Cattivella many times. It has been great. This time was a disappointment. We ordered the Fattoria Piatto, a pizza and a salad and asked that the pizza and salad be held until we finished the appetizer. which is large and takes fifteen minutes to eat if not hurried. Five minutes after the appetizer was served the pizza arrived. We asked that it be taken back. The same, tired pizza was delivered fifteen minutes later when we had finished the Fattoria. Cattievella use to be a first class restaurant. Sadly, this is the second time in a row it failed. No longer worth the trip.
  10. M

    Mountaingourmand

    Phoenix

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cattivella's happy hour is a value and a delight. Three of us enjoyed sharing the smaller versions of menu items. We always find every dish delicious. Rabbit Gnocchi, pasticio and lamb ragu are always choices, but it is hard to go wrong with any choice. The service is efficient and relaxed. Our favorite spot!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Service! Kelly went above and beyond expectations!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Always a great dining experience. One of our go-to places for Italian food.
  13. AW

    AshW

    Denver

    28 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    This was our first time dining here. We loved the broiled oysters. The server was helpful in helping us decide on dishes. But thought it was strange not to bring out bread and our waters weren't refilled. The sauce on the pastitsio was good but it was a lot of meat sauce with not much pasta--almost like a stew. The seafood pasta special had a nice creamy saffron sauce but at the $36 price-point, I'd expect more than 4 small shrimp and tiny clams that seemed to be from a can. The chocolate tart was delicious. Would go back, but maybe for HH since their dishes seem to be sort of hit and miss.
  14. MC

    MaddieC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    We had an excellent meal - appetizer and entrée. Food is fantastic, bit pricey but worth it! Waiter was very informative and helpful with suggestions (especially the wine list). Definitely worth a visit
  15. BE

    BryanE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    My wife and I split the Apple Cinnamon dessert, and it was AMAZING! Only recommendation: order it when you order you Entrees! It takes almost 30 minutes to come out of the kitchen. Totally worth it!
  16. K

    Kelly

    Denver

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    I’ve dined here many times before and the Monday happy hour is a huge draw… However my experience last night was subpar. The server seemed bothered and inattentive — it took awhile to make our initial order of drinks (incl. water). The food was long as great as I’ve had before — the oysters were good as was the HH pizza, but the meatballs were flavorless and it almost seemed like the dish was reheated from the night before. For a $120 dinner, I expected better.
  17. JB

    JakeB

    Columbus

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience4
    Bland and basic. The special across three plates was not consistent, missing the roasted garlic (came out as we were finished like it was a pleasure to deliver it) and the meat was over cooked. Special order shrimp dish with 5 shrimp came with 4, I did ask to have the $2.50 removed from the final tab. Service was good, however the meal drove the experience in the wrong direction.
  18. AL

    ALittleSnotty

    Denver

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, fantastic service!! Highly recommend!
  19. BH

    BarbaraH

    Denver

    270 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    270 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always enjoy our meals here very much. Staff is great and helpful. Food is always great. The grilled oysters are very good and the bagna cauda is a garlic and veg lovers dream!
  20. I

    Italian

    Portland

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    The food at Cattivella has gone down hill. We've been several times over the last three years and it's a bit hit or miss. We tried one of their specials last night and it was bland. With that said, the service is always good and the pizza is fairly consistent. I won't rush back, but also will go again.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Monday Happy Hour is really the best day to try out all the different appetizers and primis. The food was great once again. Our favorite appetizer is the Buffalo Burrata. The last time we had it was phenomenal with the contrasting flavors and textures, most notably the cold creamy burrata with the hot crispy flatbread. This time, the bread was softer and lukewarm, but still delicious. I felt like last time also had a balsamic vinegar drizzle to add that touch of sweetness and sourness. I ordered the seafood option which had shrimps, clams, and a fishcake served in/on a pile of zucchini sofrito and pomodoro with a generous dollop of robiola cheese. Again, loved the acidity with the freshly cooked seafood. The creaminess of the cheese and zucchini really added to it as well. The Tiramisu in my opinion is the best dessert to end the meal with.
  22. B

    Brian

    Denver

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a special night! It was a spontaneous idea, our server Clay was extremely personable and made us feel like we were at home. The Drinks and the food presentation were above average to say the least, especially the charbroiled Oysters and the Truffle Oil - wood fired, pizza!
  23. KK

    KatrinaK

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wow, amazing food at this establishment! The owner introduced herself personally and we had to let her know how much we appreciate her culinary expertise.
  24. LG

    LeslieG

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome as usual, been staying in town for six weeks for medical treatment and this was one of our favorite places. We ate here at least once a week. Excellent pizza 🍕
  25. DK

    DebraK

    Denver

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food and drink! Nice outdoor atmosphere with jazz trio.
  26. CT

    CharlesT

    Denver

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Everything was great. Seemed a little louder than previous visits but the unsude was full due to rain. Food was great as always!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    The pasta was dry. Waiting too long for bread. beer. Table next to us was extremely loud (no fault of restaurant). Charged for wrong table. This was our 5th time and we were very disappointed. The Polenta was great. The bread (we got soft and toasted) was awful - no dipping sauce (olive oil) to make it better.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Love this place! Friendly and attentive staff along with delicious food.
  29. CF

    CarolF

    New Mexico

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food, great server! Appreciate the wonderful gluten-free choices.
  30. a

    anonymous

    Denver

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Attentive team, from hostess to wait staff and chef all were keen to make sue we enjoyed.
  31. WR

    WilliamR

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was fantastic and service was great!! We asked to be put in the back dining room because it was very very loud up front and music was playing too! All in all it was a great night!!
  32. AN

    AmyN

    Portland

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Food was good love the grilled salad. Had special of eggplant lasagna
  33. LM

    LadyMama

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 5, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    We REALLY want to continue to support this awesome neighborhood spot, but when Happy Hour ends up costing over $200 for 4 (including 2 kids)—we will have to start thinking about it being a date night or special occasion choice instead. We have had some great dinners (though expensive as well) with terrific service—the food cost is just too high for what we get. I understand that is happening everywhere, but I would like HH to still feel like a value.
  34. G

    Gordo

    Denver

    15 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    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.
  35. JG

    JimmyG

    Raleigh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    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.
  36. SL

    ScottL

    Denver

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A great meal! Thank you Chef Elise for a fun night.
  37. I

    Italian1

    Denver

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner at Cattivella is always divine. Elise is magnificent with every dish from the calamari, to the pastas, to her famous crostini dessert!
  38. TG

    TimG

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

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

    Food4life

    Denver

    15 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    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.
  40. RH

    RachelH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

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

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 4.6 stars by 1670 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

8:00 PM


Booked 22 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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