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 near Boulder, we head to Zucca, with a 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.
For simplistic elegance, visit Arugula de Ristorante and be sure to sample their decadent cheese and cured meats. If you're wandering Pearl Street and have a craving for some "za", Pizzaria Locale offers enchanting patio seating and delicious pizza concoctions straight from their brick oven.
For a more laidback and salt-of-the-earth atmosphere, venture to Backcountry Pizza where there are more than 50 beers on tap, the pizzas are as big as car tires, and the traditional Italian dishes are sure to please. Whether you're looking for a black tie evening or a jeans and t-shirt kinda night, allow 10 Best to wine and dine you to a bella notte of your very own.