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Jovanina's Broken Italian, Denver, CO

Jovanina's Broken Italian

4.6
4.6
1090 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

19:00


Booked 17 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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
    Charlie Madden: (707) 207-1354

What 1,090 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
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Diners' Choice Awards

  • Denver

    Great for fine wines

  • Denver

    Romantic

  • Denver

    Italian

1,090 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What an incredible night we had! We arrived on time for our reservation but our table wasn’t ready yet and they gave us complimentary champagne for waiting. It was our anniversary so they gave us this adorable private table. The whole staff was very attentive. They have a Sommelier to help us select a wine. We had the gluten free margarita pizza and lobster gluten free pasta. Both fantastic. They made the night very special for us. We’ll be returning!

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    The focaccia and elk bolognese were super yummy, the vibes were immaculate, our waiter (Patrick) was friendly and helpful! We enjoyed our time.

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  3. CrystalF

    Denver

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on 26 November 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding all around! Had my husband’s birthday dinner at a cozy table in the basement of the restaurant. Server and sommelier were both very knowledgeable and helpful in choosing what to order. Food was delicious and perfect night celebrating!

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  4. ElisaR

    Denver

    14 reviews

    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 23 November 2023

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    Heard good things about this place. Ok Italian. Had two pasta dishes , one same app and one dessert. $200 . No drinks. Pasta certainly was good but not great. Probably won’t be a return trip.

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  5. SteveD

    Denver

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 22 November 2023

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Jovanina’s is way overpriced ($40 for a pasta dish) and food is okay. We were seated downstairs which is dark and kind of a weird vibe in comparison to the ambience upstairs which is much nicer. Our waiter was very nice. Overall, a trendy place but not worth it.

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  6. MaureenC

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 November 2023

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    The ambiance was so nice! It was romantic and charming. Our server was very kind and knew the menu well. The focaccia was the best I’ve ever had. I was disappointed with the pasta options as most were seafood or pork. It would have been nice to have more than one vegetarian option for pasta.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 November 2023

    overall1food2service1ambience5
    This is my second time going to Jovaninas. My first time I visited the food and service was amazing! Thats why I invited my friends to go to Jovaninas last night. While we all agreed the ambiance was amazing, the overall meal was incredibly disappointing. Our drinks took a very long time to arrive. For appetizers we ordered the olives, the prosciutto dolce, and the fried green tomato salad. Unfortunately only the olives and prosciutto were served to us with the addition of a focaccia we had not ordered. The server didn’t check in with us for a while. Then our main courses came out and we still had our plates from the appetizer so there wasn’t much room on the table to even place the dishes. Finally our server came to check on us and we asked about the fried green tomatoes and she apologized and asked if we would like it now. We declined as we had already received our meals. Unfortunately we ultimately were charged for the focaccia we didn’t order! Usually I love the food at Jovaninas but my friends ordered the special cacio e Pepe lasagna and described it as “gluey”. It was pretty inedible. I know that most these complaints aren’t that big of a deal but when you spend $80 for a meal there is a certain expectation for the quality of service and food and this meal did NOT deliver. I would return to jovaninas but maybe just do drinks and appetizers and hope for better service.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 November 2023

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Food was very underwhelming, especially for what we paid. Calimari was honestly horrible for the price- tasteless and the sauce was inexplicable for the dish. Entrees were fine but again not worth the price. Service was okay- nothing special; very disappointed in our experience here.

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  9. RZonBiz

    Denver

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 17 November 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the decor, attention to detail, and vibe in this stylish, cozy place. Their drink selection was divine. Food was amazing. Service attentive and friendly. We sat up top but the basement lit with beautiful candles looked cool for next time… we will return! Thank you!

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  10. Meghan

    Milwaukee

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 16 November 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, service and beautiful restaurant. We'll be back!

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  11. Wheatridge1

    Denver

    127 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    127 reviews

    Dined on 15 November 2023

    overall3food3service2ambience5
    The downstairs room is awesome and romantic, except for the unfiltered light bulb we had hanging down over our table. It’s brightness was a distraction for the entire evening. Also the music was not our idea of a romantic setting Was greeted by a hostess who was not the friendliest of greeters Oysters on the half shell were excellent but not being a fan of mignonette sauce, was disappointed that cocktail sauce was not available Calamari was some of the most rubbery we have ever experienced Fried green tomatoes with burrata was very good Bone marrow dish very tasty Elk bolognese was a disappointment. Sauce although good was overpowered by the rosemary. Very disappointed in the texture of the pasta. Very doughy and heavy Our waiter was efficient but lacked personality Just not our type of experience we enjoy

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  12. PASCALO

    Denver

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 November 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Great restaurant! Food was good and service very attentive and professional. Will go back

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  13. AndyM

    Denver

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on 12 November 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food is always good. The prosciutto appetizer is my favorite. Our server, Angela was great- attentive and friendly. Have been several times and cant wait to go back!

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    West Virginia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 11 November 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Elk Bolognese was the best dish I had in my 4 day Denver/Boulder culinary journey.

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  15. amyoti

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 11 November 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Interesting, yet tasty takes on a number of Italian dishes served by friendly, knowledgeable staff. I've never had a mediocre experience here.

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  16. Hilary

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 4 November 2023

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    This was my fourth visit. The service was subpar this time. But the food is always excellent. The noise level is incredibly high, and it is hard to hear not only the server, but your own company as well. My suggestion to the restaurant would be to lower the music a touch. Service could be improved as well by being more attentive with filling water, being more friendly and enthusiastic. Prices are high and there is an expectation that service should match that. Will probably be back

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 November 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant was absolutely amazing. First time there and the ambience, decor, service, there was nothing not to love about this place. And to boot there is parking right across the street so it’s all of a 2 minute walk from your car!

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  18. Fred

    Denver

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 2 November 2023

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    This is our second visit to this restaurant. The first was flawless, which is why we returned. This time, while the wait staff service was excellent, the food was unfortunately not so good. My wife had the Short Rib which was excellent and, as advertised, it fell apart. I had the lab chops (ordered medium rare) which, while very tasty, were very unevenly cooked. One was a perfect medium rare, one was rare and one was almost raw. They were returned to the kitchen and a new plate eventually arrived, this time with all three chops either rare or raw (one was not even slightly browned on the surface). So the quality control from the chef and platers was definitely missing. What a shame. The manager waived the bill and we left, disappointed and hungry. This was likely just a bad night for the chef, as everything else was delicious and the Pastas we had on a previous visit were superb. We will have to see if we return as there are a lot of other good restaurants in the area.

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  19. AndyM

    Denver

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on 2 November 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    This place is always good. So happy we were able to get a table. Drinks take a little longer but they are carefully curated and always good. Food was outstanding. Im not a bleu cheese guy but the prosciutto appetizer was really , really good. Lobster diabolo was a new addition and great as was the always good, amatriciano

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  20. FineDiner

    Denver

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 2 November 2023

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    The food was sub par. Nothing was wrong with how it was prepared, but we didn’t find it very enjoyable. The dessert, even, was too sweet. The ambiance was lovely, service was OK.

    1 person found this helpful

  21. Codygo

    Denver

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 27 October 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice selection of wines by the glass. The amatriciana pasta was very delicious and the whole branzino with the tuscan herbs was one of the best tasting fish dishes I have had ever!

    1 person found this helpful

  22. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 24 October 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gorgeous space. Attentive service. Fantastic fare. Will dine again!

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  23. TaeM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 October 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful dinning experience. Amazing food and great service, definitely recommend downstairs for a romantic ambiance.

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  24. JimB

    Salt Lake City

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 21 October 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a great place. Food was excellent. And made my daughter feel special on her bday. Thank you!!

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  25. Joey

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 October 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waitress was amazing. She helped us each pick out a wine that would pair best with our dinner. Showed that she cared about us, by often checking in. Food is expensive, but worth it.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 October 2023

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Food was excellent and so was the ambiance and the drinks. Staff was a little distracted and not engaging. We made reservations via Open Table and mention the occasion was our Daughters birthday but they never acknowledged the occasion or made any special arrangements.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 October 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was wonderful! Delicious home made pasta and a great wine selection

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 October 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely amazing experience! Wine list was impeccable and the bone marrow was amazing!

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  29. Together38

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 October 2023

    overall3food4service3ambience5
    If you’re looking for Italian food (think old world Italian dishes) than this place is not for you. If you’re looking for a great wine selection with limited pasta and pizza choices that are higher priced than your local pizza joint, this place will definitely satisfy your needs. Great ambiance, pizza (large enough for 2) and kale ceaser salad (again enough for 2) plus two drinks was well north of $70.

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  30. tigertiger

    Denver

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on 5 October 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We’ve been going to Jovanina’s since the day it opened. Love it. Moved away three years ago but whenever in Denver we always make time to eat there. ALWAYS.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 1 October 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Out of towners from Philly, we found this place on Instagram and knew we had to check it out on our next trip to Denver. It did not disappoint- fantastic service and fabulous food! What a vibe this place is! We were lucky enough to be seated in their prohibition aged basement, a beautiful candlelit dinner. Twists on Italian favorites, delicious, fresh and well balanced! Loved our conversation with the sommelier who perfectly paired our wine with dinner. If you’re looking for a great Italian dinner and romantic atmosphere, this is the place! Would definitely come back- thanks Jovanina’s 🫶🏼

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  32. Linn

    Houston

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 1 October 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome dining experience. Fresh unique menu and great service. Very glad we made reservations, it was busy on a Saturday night.

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  33. lionelb

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 October 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dining there for my first time with my date was very warm and welcoming. Great place!

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  34. TheaterLover

    Denver

    165 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    165 reviews

    Dined on 30 September 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We really enjoy every meal we have at Jovanina's. This is Italian with a twist and every twist is just wonderful. The entire staff seems to work to make sure that the exceed you expectations . From the menu selections to the pace of service, they are there to make your experience great. This time we were on our way to the theater, often we are on our way to a hockey game. But dinner at Jovanina's is always a treat.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 September 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Really amazing food. Got a little loud while eating but the ambiance was amazing in the basement. And service was wonderful!

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  36. Jeff

    Denver

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 30 September 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great evening! Try to sit downstairs, much more intimate then upstairs and still a cool vibe!

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 27 September 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent experience! I will definitely come back to dine again when in town!

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  38. SarahV

    Denver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 27 September 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Jovaninas is the best spot in Denver for any occasion; tasty food, lovely staff & beautiful atmosphere.

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  39. chris

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 September 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    10/10 would recommend to anyone visiting Denver. The downstairs is fantastic!!

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 24 September 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service fun happening atmosphere. I would go back and have already recommended to other people

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Jovanina's Broken Italian is rated 4.6 stars by 1090 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

19:00


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1520 Blake Street, Denver, CO 80202

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    15th St
  • Area
    Downtown / LoDo
  • Hours of Operation
    Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Gluten-free Options
  • 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
    Charlie Madden: (707) 207-1354
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