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

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.



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Located within walking distance of Folsom Field, you'll quench your thirst with one ( or several) of their many beer options. Gigantic pizzas, and scrumptious pasta concoctions will satisfy any Italian craving, this local dive is a favorite for...  Read More

Bácaro Ristorante


This Pearl Street restaurant offers Tuscan cuisine served in softly lit, contemporary surroundings. Start with a Parmesan cheese basket lightly fried to retain its shape and then filled with polenta and saut�ed wild mushrooms. Pasta...  Read More



Warm, inviting, and possessed of an elegant rusticity, Frasca has taken Boulder by storm. At the helm are chef Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson and master sommelier Bobby Stuckey, both formerly under the tutelage of Thomas Keller (of California's...  Read More

Nick n Willy's Pizza


The unique Italian pies at this pizza parlor come in a variety of scrumptious formulations. Among the options are ones that feature their olive oil glaze, fresh basil and oregano, and cheeses that range from mozzarella and fontina to Swiss and...  Read More

The Mediterranean


If you're in the mood for variety, this locally owned gem is the place for you. Not only does The Med serve up a taste of Italy, but you can also take a tour of Spanish, French, and Greek cuisine having never left Boulder. Known for, but not...  Read More

Pizzeria Locale


Located on enchanting Pearl Street, this pizzeria mixes traditional Italian elegance and charm with some American edge and swagger. Among their mouthwatering concoctions you'll find the Vesuvius, a lite tomato, basil, and mozzarella salad that...  Read More



Zucca Italian Ristorante makes its home in the quaint, Mayberry-like downtown area of Louisville, Colo., just 15 minutes from Boulder. Their light and fresh lunch menu featured Italian favorites such as calamari, bruschetta, and an assortment of...  Read More


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