This has been our favorite restaurant for 15 years. The food is always fresh and perfectly prepared, they have specials that you can't get anywhere else for the price. You are personally greeted by the owner and her long-time staff so even though wait can be long we always stay.
Best Strip-Mall Italian Restaurant Denver 2009 - Cafe Jordano
This is the best Italian restaurant in Denver and also the best Italian for the money. They've improved their wine selection significantly (think 90+ rated wines you'd get at Costo for less than $15/bottle). It is a horrible location and it amazes me that every single table is full every day of the week, every hour the restaurant is open. You may have to wait 45 minutes but it is definitely worth it.