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Jovanina's Broken Italian, Denver, CO

Jovanina's Broken Italian

4.7
4.7
864 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Jovanina’s offers a fresh, modern take on Italian cuisine sourcing the best local and regional ingredients by the season. Handmade pastas and our rustic, wood-fired ovens are the heart of our menu. We provide vibrant, vegetable-forward dishes, seafood, steaks, and chops, presented in a spirited, inviting setting. We pride ourselves on hospitality and consider ourselves amongst the best of Denver when it comes to taking care of our guests. Our bar is focused toward classic crafted cocktails, barrel-aged spirits, and seasonal liqueurs. We offer a local beer selection and an extensive wine list housed in our wine cellar Sotto Voce.

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2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 61 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (720) 541-7721

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Private party facilities

    With an expansive three-story space, Jovanina’s Broken Italian’s event spaces are designed to curate bespoke experiences for all parties, offering something unique and different for every guest.

  • Private party contact

    Tim Sypasong: (855) 421-4251

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / LoDo

  • Cross street

    15th St

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 864 people are saying

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

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  1. RC

    ReillyC

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We sat downstairs. Food was delicious, great drinks and cool vibe. Highly recommend!
  2. T

    rebeccaT

    Denver

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Food was good, from living in Italy to this, it's hard to pull that off, this has a modern flare with hip style. Not authentic. Ambiance is great. Portions were great. From the hostess to the service....all could be warmer and more genuine, was disappointed in that.
  3. JM

    JMiller

    Denver

    79 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    79 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A great first time experience.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely amazing! Probably some of the best pasta I have ever had. We are from out of town but would certainly recommend this place to anyone here locally.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Unspecified

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Thank you for this lovely evening!🌹
  6. h

    hungrybears

    New Mexico

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice place! Loads of great menu and drink options! Octopus was fab and so was the pesto pasta. Parking across the street a plus!
  7. K

    Kelly

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Bucket list restaurant and didn't disappoint! Reserved on 2 Sep (ish) for our anniversary on 26 Nov. Requested the Sotto Voce and very pleased we were sat at this awesome lil secluded cutout. Brooke welcomed us and brought us a flute of champagne to start the celebration. Outstanding service, just the right amount of attention! Ordered the bread and was oh so good...a must have!!! Husband was very happy with the Elk Bolognese. I ordered a 1/2 ordered the Butternut Creste Di Gallo. It was good, but not my favorite (disclaimer...I don't have the best palette). We were then brought a celebratory delicious dessert and limoncello....perfect! Will be back next year. Kudos to all, everyone was awesome.
  8. MM

    MikeM

    Salt Lake City

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    Food was just OK. And expensive relative to quality and size of the plates.
  9. d

    denvers

    Denver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Fantastic food! service was ok, but the food made up for it
  10. MM

    MelissaM

    Los Angeles

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really great restaurant! Definitely will be back!
  11. J

    Jlynnv

    Denver

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Good food, but pricey for what you get. It’s also extremely hard to hear the person sitting directly across from you the tables are so close together. Service was excellent!
  12. NT

    NicoleT

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    Sooo mediocre. The pasta and drinks were good. Appetizers were not and dessert was lackluster.
  13. JC

    JoshC

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    Went for birthday dinner. They honored my request to sit downstairs. Very cool set up. Service was good, full explanation of the new menu items. The issue was the food. Nothing was bad, but at the same time nothing was all that good. Got oysters, charcuterie board, elk Bolognese, pork chop and gluten free pasta. Cool for a date just don’t expect top notch food.
  14. HM

    HilaryM

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful dinner at Jovanina's! The food was amazing and the service was excellent. We sat downstairs, which had a really cool ambiance with many candelabras. We will definitely be back to try other items on the menu.
  15. JJ

    JJ11

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    We came for dinner before a show. We had reservations for over 2 weeks. Young short hostess sat us in front of restaurant. We asked to sit in a booth or go downstairs. She stated she was reserving booth for a bigger group. There were two booths open and it was a tues night. We asked to go downstairs but she said we had to request it on the reservation. It was 1/2 empty. So we sat next to a loud couple upstairs. Waiter very nice. Focaccia bread and Elk bolognese great. Spaghetti and meatballs average. Roasted oysters terrible. Change recipe. Boring. Simple. So easy to make great roasted oysters. Management should try to create the best experience for dinners that are there, not for ones they hope will walk in. When we left, the booths were still empty and downstairs half empty. They almost lost us as costumers, but we may try again.
  16. J

    Janet

    Dallas

    181 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    181 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved this place the food was amazing. Will return. Heck out the wine cellar!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was all around the best restaurant experience my wife and I have ever had. The food was incredible, the service was unmatched, and the ambiance couldn’t have been more perfect for our romantic celebration.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall3food5service4ambience5
    Asked for a more private table and sat right next to another party. We basically ate with them.
  19. CK

    CharlesK

    Los Angeles

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Food menu was very limited and most of the dishes had pork or shellfish. Service was great, waitress and Somalier were wonderful. Party downstairs and noise level was way to high. Somalier finally explained that the band was doing a very late sound check and shortly later the sound levels were fine. Manager was good and discounted the bill for us.
  20. p

    pianojen

    Denver

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first time dining at Jovanina's - we were impressed with the service, the food, the whole experience. Portions were substantial and very flavorful
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was amazing. We sat downstairs in the speakeasy basement. I can’t say enough good things. Efficient and knowledgeable staff, delicious food, and great ambiance.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was great, food was great. The pasta was perfectly chewy and Al dente. Our server made great recs. Never rushed us but was very attentive. We will absolutely be back.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were lucky enough to be sat downstairs - the ambiance is impeccable. Our server Alexa was absolutely perfect! Incredible food, not overpriced. You should go here.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Great Bucacini with meatballs. Good wine selection. Awesome atmosphere especially downstairs. Second time here I'll definitely be back
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Everything was great, loved the atmosphere—cozy but alive. The chicken was very dry and not much meat on it but that’s our only complaint.
  26. SD

    SarahD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Food was yummy and the staff were incredibly friendly and welcoming! Can’t wait to come back again soon.
  27. B

    Bree

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Came here for a double date. My husband and I both got the Bolognese, which was delicious! Definitely one of the best we have had in Denver, it only rivals Tavernetta. Our friend got the bisteca which looked great and he said was delicious, and our other friend got the scallops which were $45 for three - not the best value but she said they tasted great. I also got a gin cocktail that was delicious, and the focaccia is TO DIE FOR! So good. They served the drinks on napkins that feature poems, mine was from F. Scott Fitzgerald. Overall just a great, romantic experience. Highly recommend.
  28. GB

    GregoryB

    Denver

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a wonderful experience here!! I highly recommend dining here.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a wonderful experience. The wine list was off the chain. The vibe, the food, everything
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience2
    Ever since I moved to Denver 4 years ago, I’ve received rave recommendations to dine at Jovanina’s. “You must go,” “best Italian food in city.” On, and on. Well, I finally get reservations two weeks ago, my friend is flying in from NYC and let’s check this place out. We were running a couple of minutes late, nothing crazy. As we are walking up I get a call from the hostess, “you’re late, you think you’re going to make it?” Yeah lady chill, I’m standing in front of you. The wine list apparently needs some updating because nothing of what was on their menu was available, but they brought “comparables” in a carafe not the bottle. Couldn’t tell you what I drank, it was so loud we could barely hear ourselves speak. Ordered a dozen oysters, Tuscan kale salad, house meatballs and bistecca. Waited for a bit, no bread offering, finally the oysters arrived with a pear mignonette, tasted more like vinegar drenched onions, no hint of pear in sight. Salad arrives, and the small table is getting cramped. We barely had a chance to get to the oysters or the salad, and they bring out the mains. Server rolls their eyes because we asked to be given a minute to finish app, also where you planning to set them dishes, my lap or floor? Sitting under a heat lamp, cue to 30 mins later. The steak was warmish, but cold a dry covered in cinnamon. Cinnamon, really? The house meatballs were cold and the bucatini was over cooked and drenched in a bland tomato sauce dressing. The server came by but could see the look of disappointment on our faces, and tried to convince us that these were fresh plates. Swearing that the dishes delivered earlier were for another table. She leaves the cold plates, gets the manager. Immediately, he sees the stale looking dishes and doesn’t even bother to excuse it, and comps our meal. We waited for another 20 mins, then told they needed the table for another res. Didn’t get to finish wine, and not another word from manager or server. Ok, bye. Do better folks!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Mobile

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Courtney was amazing! SO welcoming and helpful! She truly seemed excited to be hanging out with us for the night. We will definitely be requesting her next visit! The Elk Bolognese was TO DIE FOR. MUST TRY! We also ordered focaccia bread, the house meatballs, and the olive oil cake. Everything was amazing! Cocktails too! This is the best food and service we got during our 5 day trip to Denver!
  32. TH

    TonieH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I wish I remembered our waitresses name, but it was 10/14 around 7:20pm in the seller, brunette/blonde, dim lighting. But she was amazing! Made our experience very lovely. We went for my husband's birthday, she brought us some champagne to start the night and ended it off with a delicious dessert. My husband felt absolutely special on his birthday! Thank you all for the lovely dine.
  33. c

    christina

    Denver

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband I celebrated our 24th anniversary at Jovanina’s and from the minute we walked in the restaurant, we felt special. The host wished us happy anniversary and brought us to s secret alcove down the stairs(lined with candles). It was magical. The whole evening was fabulous. The waitress was amazing. The food was delicious and we had a wonderful night. Thank you!!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the absolute best time and the services was outstanding!!! Food was to die for!! Overall great experience!!
  35. W

    Wade

    Denver

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious and service great. Basement area is a vibe.
  36. N

    Noah

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 5, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience3
    Great meal! We sat in the wine cellar in the corner and got to people watch
  37. ER

    EmmaR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 5, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    This was our first trip to the restaurant and it exceeded my expectations. The ambiance was unusual, but brilliant. Food was exceptional and the wine list very extensive. The price is on the upper end but very much worth it for a special occasion. It was not overpriced for the food and experience. Will definitely go back.
  38. SS

    StuartS

    Denver

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    The food and service was good. The wait staff friendly.
  39. YM

    YeseniaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food and environment. Waiter was amazing and attentive in the beginning but did forget about us towards the end.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved this place! The food was amazing and the drinks even more!

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Make a reservation

2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 61 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Options

  • Order online
Google Map for Jovanina's Broken Italian

1520 Blake Street, Denver, CO 80202

Additional information

  • Cross street

    15th St

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / LoDo

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (720) 541-7721

  • Private party facilities

    With an expansive three-story space, Jovanina’s Broken Italian’s event spaces are designed to curate bespoke experiences for all parties, offering something unique and different for every guest.

  • Private party contact

    Tim Sypasong: (855) 421-4251

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