Boulder's Best Italian Dining Spots: The Godfathers of Pasta and Pizza

Hope Gately

By , Local Expert, Boulder
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At 10Best, we're always on the lookout for Boulder's best restaurants, and while we appreciate places that have a broad culinary range, we can't help but adore restaurants that specialize in a given cuisine. When we're in the mood for Italian food in Boulder, we head to Alba Ristorante - a reader favorite - or we count on Laudisio's solid track record and consistently great dishes. You'll find these places - and any of the restaurants on our list - to be fantastic options for Italian cuisine, and if you're looking to concentrate your efforts, start with the vibrant Downtown area.

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    Laudisio offers an elegant atmosphere, scrumptious entrees, and exceptional service, ranking it at the top of our list.

    Local Expert Tip: "Indulge on the perfectly prepared Filet Mignon and the fiery creme brulee for dessert. "

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    Arugula Ristorante

    Arugula is locally owned and infuses Italian love into every bit with its simple, yet delicious meals.

    Local Expert Tip: "The Pancette Risotto is one of our personal favorites."

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    Pizzeria Locale

    Alba Ristorante offers a warm atmosphere, a delightful wine list, and plenty of Italian carbs to get you through your eventful evening.

    Local Expert Tip: "Grab a patio seat and order up the Vesuvious salad for starters, then move onto the main event with the Filetto pizza."

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    Antica Roma

    Antica Roma is a Pearl Street staple and the perfect place for a happy hour glass of wine or some savory meat balls.

    Local Expert Tip: "Gnocchi for dinner and gelato for dessert tops the list of must-tries. "

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    The Mediterranean

    Featuring one of the best happy hours in town, The Med is your perfect spot for an Italian fix complete with sangria.

    Local Expert Tip: "Try the Med's savory Greek Kabob and be sure to stop in for their well-known and frequented happy-hour."

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    Nick n Willy's Pizza

    Nick n Willy's is the best take-home pizza hands down! 10-15 minutes in the oven and you have an Italian masterpiece.

    Local Expert Tip: "The Earthborn will elevate your senses rather than leaving you grounded. "

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    Frasca offers some of the best Italian dessert in Boulder with a wine list that compliments.

    Local Expert Tip: "Mondays serves up a three-course tasting menu for just $35. "

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    Alba Ristorante

    Known as one of the best pizzerias in Colorado, wood-burning ovens insure a flavorful pizza at every visit.

    Local Expert Tip: "The Lasagne Verdi alla Bolognese is to-die-for delicious."

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    Bácaro Ristorante

    Bacaro is known for its fresh ingredients, including its free-range chicken landing it one our list.

    Local Expert Tip: "Barco's sangria will make you swoon."

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    Backcountry Pizza & Tap House

    Backcountry Pizz offers the best atmosphere for catching a game, indulging in carbs, and guzzling high-quality beer in all of Boulder.

    Local Expert Tip: "Blend an American and Italian experience by ordering the Nediterranean Pizza ( named after Boulder's neighboring mountain town, Nederland) and beer. "



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