Dio Mio Handmade Pasta

3264 Larimer St.
Denver, CO 80205
Critics' Pick
Dio Mio Handmade Pasta +

Danielle Lirette


  • Vegetarian Friendly, Catering, Kid Friendly, Takeout
  • Lunch, Dinner
  • Full bar
  • Metered Parking
  • Reservations Accepted
At Dio Mio, a small pasta-centric eatery in RiNo, Alex Figura and Spencer White are trying to correct pasta’s second-class status one handmade noodle at a time. But rather than taking an overtly refined approach, as you’d expect given their backgrounds in kitchens where success was measured in awards and Michelin stars, they’ve set up shop in a minimalist fast-casual spot, with unadorned white walls, black chairs and pieces of paper that dangle from the ceiling like half-folded airplanes. Freed from the burdens of high-end, high-overhead operations, they seem thrilled to let loose and use food as a springboard for play. Thus the olives you want as you settle in with a glass of refosco are none other than fruity green Castelvetranos, those darlings of pricey restaurants everywhere, with candied orange and whipped feta. Chopped beets on a bed of tahini-spiked ricotta are sprinkled with sunflower seeds and mustard greens. Spectacular tomato-almond pesto, made with ricotta and fried almonds to deepen the flavor, turns cauliflower into a table favorite. Entrees are equally compelling, especially the squid-ink spaghetti, jet-black and laced with spicy kimchi and pork belly, the tender pappardelle with Sunday gravy, and green fazzoletti with mint, Kalamatas and lamb ragù.

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