Denver Restaurant Guide

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Cranelli's Italian Restaurant

One of the newer red-sauce joints in town, Cranelli's was opened by longtime industry pros Jimmy Crane and his wife, Lasinda, in 2013. It's tucked away in a housing development behind Park Meadows mall, but don't let its suburban facade fool you. This spot's got an old soul, with hospitality to match. The arancini rotates often, garlic knots are complimentary on your first visit, and the menu is loaded with hits, from eggplant rollatini to pasta pomodoro to linguine and clams — and many dishes are available in half or full sizes, depending on your appetite. The neighborhood is wise to the talent in the kitchen, so reservations are a good idea, even on a weeknight. Pro tip: Parking is super-limited, but the lot across the street is open — which explains the droves of hungry diners you might see crossing Park Meadows Drive any given evening.
Molly Martin
  • Price: $$
  • Hours: Monday-Thursday 11:15 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday & Saturday 11:15 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Sunday 11:15 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • Outdoor seating: Heated outdoor space
  • Alcohol: Full bar
  • Reservations: Recommended
  • Parking: Lot available
  • Extra Services: Catering
  • Takeout