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Cattivella, Denver, CO

Cattivella

4.5
4.5
2119 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.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 16 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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

Offers

  • 4-6 every day & all day on mondays

    Multiple dates available
    Mon - Thu - 17:00 - 20:45
    Come try our happy hour....huge portions for super cheap!

What 2,119 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
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

2,119 Reviews
  1. Cmac

    Denver

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    As always very good food. We go out of our way to go to this restaurant, and think it is the best Italian food around.

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  2. RachelS

    Denver

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Salmon and couscous was so good! Love sitting at the counter and watching them cook

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  3. ryanm

    Denver

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, service, drinks, ambience. Thank you.

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  4. melissay

    Denver

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 7 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The rib eye was very greasy and there were few mushrooms. I think the dish needs to be reworked.

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  5. JonathanM

    San Antonio

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on 6 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Reliably excellent food and service. Go hungry and don't miss the burrata.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 April 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Our steak was ordered medium rare. It was medium when arrived at the table. We brought this to the attention of the waitress. She brought another steak that was then prepared well done. It was an expensive bone in 16 oz ribeye. The waitress said she would speak with the chef and never returned until she brought the check. We were offered dessert as compensation. I used to make it a point to go to this restaurant whenever in Denver. Sadly, I will never return. I’m

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  7. VegasJ

    Chicago

    38 reviews

    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on 3 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cattivella is the best restaurant in Denver - hands down. Whenever I’m in town I have to eat there. The chef/owner is amazing and the wait staff, especially Ben are phenomenal! The food is outstanding and their happy hour menu is the best in the country in my opinion!

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  8. anonymous

    Denver

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on 29 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Both my wife & I had great meals, the atmosphere is great if you like an excited buzz & its fun to sit at the counter & watch the action unfold.

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  9. Jennifet

    Denver

    136 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    136 reviews

    Dined on 29 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waiter Ben was the greatest. What a wonderful night of food, drinks and birthday fun.

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  10. Vimc

    Denver

    52 reviews

    4.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on 28 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    2 of us had the chicken special, which as very good, our group also had the lamb ragu and spinach lasagna. The chicken dishes came out less warm than designed and had to be returned, they were out of the chicken marsala and the 2 chocolate dessert specials, so those were bummers. Our server was very friendly and attentive.

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  11. CasoCerrado

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 27 March 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Server was ridiculously slow and inattentive (came back after waiting 20 minutes of saying he’d get a wine sample, and we waited an additional 10 minutes to take our order). He was apologetic and offered a dessert “on the house” but, it didn’t really matter. We come here a lot and last night’s service was far from normal. The food also seemed like it has gone down in quality and/or there are different cooks not following the same recipes. Both our stomachs hurt when we left and this morning. Needless to say, we won’t be back. There are plenty of restaurants in the area. But unfortunate because we’ve had a good run with this place.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food!! We have been here several times. Last evening we took the kids and they had a blast.

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  13. RoslynR

    Denver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 March 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The Kale salad was mostly kale. Very few walnuts and very little cheese was added. My beer was a little warm. It was very noisy but maybe that’s to be expected as it was full.

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  14. JasonA

    Minneapolis

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 23 March 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    I was really disappointed. I’ve heard great things saw great reviews but the pizza crust was soggy. The food was small and overpriced and service was slow. It would definitely not go back.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on 19 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our we’ve as very attentive despite the fact that the restaurant was very busy. We appreciated the care.

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  16. BarbaraL

    Denver

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on 14 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went out in response to a funny email from the restaurant about "Snowmageddon" (anticipated storm in Denver). We had the specials: Spinach salad, Elk Bolognese (on gluten-free noodles), and Pizza with several cheeses. All dishes were delicious, with plenty of leftovers for a stormy day. Our server was delightful, and it is always fun watching Chef Elise Wiggins work behind the counter!

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time having pizza at your restaurant and it was delicious.

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  18. DawnK

    Denver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 9 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always enjoy the food and service. Great place for a meal and relaxation.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 9 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was good, but not outstanding. Menu a bit confusing. Ambience a bit dated. Excellent service by waiters.

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  20. JulieM

    Denver

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 5 March 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Made reservation for restaurant week. Was seated at the counter at the complete and of the kitchen-saw shrimp deveining, etc…-Yuck! Disinterested server, very slow. Brought out main dish and forgot salad-took food back and put under warmer. After salad, brought the main course and was luke warm at best. Ordered wine and was brought 30 minutes later. Taste of food OK, but not worth the long drive, terrible service or the decision to ever place patrons so near the dungeon part of the kitchen. Not impressed and I think servers hate restaurant week!!!

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  21. theresah

    Denver

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 5 March 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Went for restaurant week but ordered off main menu. Choices limited. Mostly pasta or pizza products which have higher profit margin than meat or fish. Fish unavailable. Server not very attentive. Had to go out of my way to go there. Probably will not return

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    First time at Cattivella and we loved it. Service was slow but we were not in a rush. Coming back soon.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 March 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Our first course was cold, but it should’ve been hot. We were rushed through service as our courses kept coming out when we weren’t even halfway through the one before. Culminating in our last dessert course coming out in the beginning of our main course so by the time we ate it, the ice cream on my lava cake was a sloppy mess 

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  24. NicoleL

    Columbus

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 2 March 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    The food is always good!! Our service was supppppperrrrr slow. We got our appetizers before our bottle of wine. I ordered a second glass of wine as our dinner came out and don’t get it until I was done with my meal. We had to keep asking him for things as he walked by rather than him stopping.

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  25. CristinC

    Denver

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on 28 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a wonderful family dinner at Cattle tonight. A few appetizers at happy hour prices were great and enjoyed excellent steaks and unbelievable butternut squash gnocchi. 

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  26. SKRS2

    Denver

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on 27 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Interesting menu, good service, and reasonable prices

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    A bit of confusion in the beginning with who was serving us but it worked out. The food was absolutely delicious!

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  28. mollye

    Denver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cattivella is one of my favorite restaurants, and it didn't disappoint. I often go early and order from the Happy hour menu, which contains many of the popular dishes in smaller plates, including my favorite, the rabbit gnocchi. The waitstaff are always very attentive and knowledgeable.

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  29. Judy

    Denver

    47 reviews

    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on 23 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Brought out of state guests to happy hour. As usual it was excellent. Our waiter, Ben was the best.

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  30. milehighmama

    Denver

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on 22 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cattivella is always an exceptional experience. We’ve been “dining with chef Elise” (!!) since she was executive chef at the Panzano restaurant downtown. We experienced one of her cooking courses at Wash Park many years ago, and always bring our out of town guests to share in the Cattivella experience.

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  31. DeniseB

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 21 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Vittali is a superb bartender and makes dining at the bar our preferred choice

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  32. ValerieM

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    As always, the food was great and the service outstanding!

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  33. Global

    Denver

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent choices on the menu, even for vegetarian. The food was delish and great service.

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  34. Victor

    Denver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    It’s wasn’t anything outstanding, but the ambience and drinks were great! I wouldn’t go there again simply because the portion sizes weren’t great but it’s still a good restaurant.

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  35. NDW1

    Denver

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    I’m genuinely surprised at the number of positive reviews. Not the nicest interior. It was reminiscent of a less nice Chipotle. My partner and I ended up with different menus - one “real” and the other printed in loose leaf paper - but the content of the menus were different so we were unsure what was correct or not. We ordered bread. The menu wasn’t clear about what the bread would be like. It was two slices of over toasted and over oiled bread that was difficult and not very tasty to eat. We ordered a small buffalo mozzarella pizza. It was undercooked and soggy. The pan was soaked in the tomato *water*?? My partner ordered the Lamb Ragu and overall thought it was okay, though somehow a little bitter, and otherwise not very flavorful. I tried to play it safe and ordered the Trenette. The noodles were undercooked and it was actively effortful to continue eating…and again it had an odd bitterness to it. I mentioned the undercooked-ness of my noodles to my server who was just surprised, but otherwise unfazed. Overall both dishes significantly lacked the most basic ingredient in cooking - salt. There’s no reason to come here when other restaurants like North Italia exist.

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  36. Jille

    Denver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The weight staff is always so friendly, attentive, and very nice!!!

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  37. Regulars

    Denver

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    I have been several times. Unique entries. Service is not as good as past visits. Cleaning the table behind us the waitstaff dumped a greasy fork on my wife’s back. Left a huge grease stain that did not come out. No apology or even recognition. Portions are much smaller than previously. Unlikely to return.

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  38. KatrinaK

    Denver

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious as always, the Rabhit Gnocchi is a must have as well as the charbroiled oysters.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    We love Cattivella. It’s one of our favorites in the area. Our most recent experience was difficult. I’m hoping it was just an off day, because the food has always been delicious and service is usually super attentive.

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  40. ArlynL

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We sat at the Chef's counter. The environment was somewhat hectic but it was interesting to watch the Pizzas being prepared. The Food was very good, my friend had crawfish and I had Salmon with some very tasty grilled asparagus. We'll be back!

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FAQs

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

Cattivella is rated 4.5 stars by 2119 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 16 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Cattivella

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

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    29th/ Havana
  • Area
    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
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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
    Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan
  • 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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