10195 E. 29th Ave.
Denver, CO 80238
Critics' Pick
Best Of
Cattivella +

Mark Antonation


  • Vegetarian Friendly, Business Dining, Catering, Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Private Party, Takeout
  • Dinner
  • Full bar
  • Parking Lot Available
  • Reservations Accepted, Online Reservations Available
In 2016, Elise Wiggins left her longtime position as executive chef at Panzano to pursue her vision of opening the Italian restaurant she'd always wanted. And with Cattivella (which means "naughty girl"), she's created the kind of restaurant that reflects her many experiences traveling, working and eating in Italy. There's the wood-fired pizza oven used for far more than just pizzas; even beans are slow-cooked in glass flasks nestled in hot embers. There's the adjustable wood grill that gives meats (much of it brought in whole and butchered on site) and vegetables a rustic, old-world depth of flavor. And there are the housemade breads and pastas that separate Cattivella from the standard bistro or trattoria. A small cooler under the counter contains primal cuts of beef dry-aging for weeks for customers who want a little something special in a steak; a gluten-free menu offers housemade pasta and pizza options without sacrificing quality. You're sure to feel spoiled -- and even a little naughty -- enjoying all types of delights at this unabashedly Italian eatery.

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