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" in Italian), she's created a place that reflects her many experiences traveling, working and eating in Italy. The wood-fired pizza oven is used for far more than pizzas; even beans are slow-cooked there, in glass flasks nestled in hot embers. An adjustable wood grill gives meats (many of them brought in whole and butchered on site) and vegetables a rustic, old-world depth of flavor (during the warm months, large-format grilling takes place on the patio). And then there are the housemade breads and pastas, which separate Cattivella from the standard bistro or trattoria; a gluten-free menu makes sure that housemade pasta and pizza options are available without sacrificing quality. You're sure to feel spoiled — and even a little naughty — delving into this unabashedly Italian eatery.

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