Denver diners love Italian food. There are so many Italian restaurants in the metro area, from pizzerias to white tablecloth establishments, that when we started listing the best Italian restaurants in the metro area, we decided to split the category into two: modern and old school Italian. Red sauce. What is the difference? Ultimately, it comes down to this: If a restaurant has Chicken Parmesan on the menu, it falls into the red sauce category.
We published our list of the top ten modern Italian restaurants in March, and we just dished out the top twelve old-school Italian restaurants last week.
In his comments about the west word Facebook page, readers were quick to offer up favorites that hadn’t made the cut. Where was Angie? Randy’s? Ninth? Mama Alvino’s? And while some agreed with our picks, others had particular issues with a couple on our list. Lea says:
Take a look at some of these places. So good!
This is exactly the list I would expect from west word. These places are run down, old and tired… I’d suggest Colore’s on South Broadway as well as Marino’s in Southwest Littleton.
The shells and sauce should be on this list somewhere. It’s one of the few Italian joints my family likes (and Italian runs deep on my husband’s side).
If you don’t know cherry tomato, you don’t know Denver sauce joints.
It’s not even worth visiting Gaetano’s when Carl’s is only a few blocks away. Otherwise, all the Italian food in Denver is worse. Ragu over egg noodles.
I agree, it’s pretty bad. The Saucy Noodle is hands down the worst Italian food I have ever eaten. Trash. All of it. Angelo’s has a good chicken parm. The food in Denver in general is not the best.
And Heather wonders:
Can anyone recommend their favorite Italian restaurant without red sauce? I always refer to that style as NJ Italian. But I want the real thing!
Our recent list of the top ten modern Italian restaurants should have a few options, and we’re sure readers who took issue with our red sauce list will have suggestions as well.
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