Italian restaurants seem like a dime a dozen, but Pagliacci's stands on its own. What a great restaurant! The food, atmosphere, service and the total experience was truly fun for me and my family. They have great traditional food and bread. Sometimes in the winter you have to wait extra time for your table, but it's worth it!
Do not park across the street! You will get towed in less than 10 mins by Lyons towing. The place is Zitro Cityview tavern they watch the parking lot and will tow you. Be careful Lyons Towing is evil! Do not arrive late for dinner because there is no place to park. The lot at Pagliacci's is small. The food is good and the place is nice and romance and fancy. A lot better that Olive garden. The food is very old Italian. But there is no parking! On Sat for my girlfiends birthday party of dinner 8 we had a nice table. One of our guests was late and said they are towing your car across the street. We ran out to save our cars and got them back but sadly it runined dinner and I will never go back. The whole Highland area the parking is really really bad! Take the bus or walk! There is no parking. Sorry Pagliacc's but your neighbors ruined it for my family and I. I will never go to the Higland area again! Sad to say in this market people are saving money and this experience ruined it for me! Pagliaccis tell your neighbors across to stop being bad company ! Zitro tavern across 33 rd north side they use Lyons towing and give your place a bad rap! Get a bigger parking lot or warn your customers to not park at Zitro or Ortiz whatver they are!
Pros: Good food, romantic setting, elegant great soup
Cons: Bad parking, do not park across the street 33 rd or Lyons will tow you.
For context, my wife and I are 30 year old professionals in the city that like going out for food and drinks on the weekend. Price doesn?t matter as long as we enjoy it. We were in Highlands and had an itch for Italian food.
First, the ambiance was outdated and cheesy. It?s not even cool retro Italian style that some restaurants have?it was just old. We then looked at the menu. We usually get an app or two and split an entree. However, given the prices for basic pasta dishes ($16 for Spaghetti) we thought the portions were family size, but we asked the server and they aren?t. We also asked about the $9/adult split a plate fee they have printed on each menu. Our server explained there is a $9 min per person at the restaurant, oh and they bring you a second bowl of soup which they feel is worth $9. Just a very weird vibe all together.
We started by ordering one glass of wine each. The waiter seemed put off that we would want wine by the glass and decided that he would recommend a $48 bottle without asking what type we like AND after we already told him we were ordering by the glass. We then ordered two apps and a pasta sampler (baked ravioli, manicotti and spaghetti), but we didn?t technically split the entree, so we avoided their bulls**t fee. The food was straight average Italian, seriously?just average. Our bill with tip was $70, which was way, way too much for the odd experience and non-descript food.
If you like trying new places just be aware you will be angry you spent what you did for the experience and food if you try Pagliacci?s. We would have been much better off with Saucy Noodle, Cherry Tomato or Olive Garden because the food is better and atmosphere is much cooler/friendlier for less money.
Pros: They have a cool neon sign on their roof
Cons: Atmosphere, Value and Food
I've never written in with a review before, but I was so disappointed with my dinner this past Friday night, I felt compelled to warn others.
My husband and I are always in search of the perfect Italian restaurant and meal and after reading many of the reviews on this site, decided to try Pagliacci's. We had a reservation at 7 last Friday. The service was friendly enough. We didn't wait more than 15 minutes for our table. However, our food was horribly disappointing. We would have had a better dinner at Macaroni Grill or Maggiano's.
I ordered the dinner salad and the pesto pasta with chicken. There was barely any chicken in it. The pesto sauce was bland. I probably had about five bites and gave up. I had asked for some fresh tomato slices on the side, so that combined with the chicken made this a $20 plate. Which would have been fine if it had been good. Instead, I felt robbed by my plate of mushy lime green angel hair pasta.
My husband had the caprese salad, and lasagna with sausage and meatballs (again, about 20 bucks with the two types of meat). I didn't believe him when he said it was the worst caprese salad he'd ever had. I mean, how do you screw up tomatoes and mozerella? But he wasn't kidding. And again, I have no issue with paying $20 for an entree, but when it tastes like Stouffers, you can't help but feel like something isn't quite right.
Another note -- the bread was just ok. Like a loaf of Italian bread from King Soopers, sliced.
In fairness, my husband really did like the minestrone soup.
So, for anyone else trying to decide where to head out on date night for a good Italian meal, do NOT waste your time here. Try Carmine's on Penn. Or heck, Maggiano's. Or just microwave Stouffers. This is just not worth your money.
Pros: cozy atmosphere
Cons: awful food
I've been in the restaurant business all my life. What a great restaurant! The food, atmosphere, service and the total experience was truly fun for me and my family. Sometimes in the winter you have to wait extra time for your table, but it's worth it! In the summer is a good time to go - especially if you're on a date...the wait is not that long. There isn't a patio. But, I like it because they have A/C.
Pros: Food, service, drinks
Cons: Closed on Mondays
We went back to Pagliacci's to celebrate 40 years of marriage... It was where I proposed 41 years ago... We couldnt believe how great it was! We have returned over the years, but tonight was extra special! The music, the ambiance, everything just fit perfectly... Our server Eric (recently from the Bronx) was no stranger to Italian food, and agreed with us that the food was top choice! AND IT WAS! The Veal Parm was fantastic, and the Minestroni... well, what can you say.. Perfecto!. Eric made our evening extra special... we really enjoyed ourselves with salad, soup, our entree, and of course, some spamoni to top everything off... Naturally, we'll return home with our Chianti basket bottle to stick the candle in as a reminder of an extra special reminder of this evening and our first experience at Pagliacci's ... Thanks to the chef, and to Eric, our server, for an extra special evening in Denver!
Pros: food, ambience, service, everything
I used to love this place. My husband proposed to me there. But I just called them to make a reservation and the lady (whom I'm pretty sure is the owner) was very snotty. I've noticed snotty managers before, one who appears to be her son, but it's finally sunk in. It left such a bad taste in my mouth I'm writing this review. So I hope she reads it.
First, you are a business. An invitee. Don't you depend upon your customers to help you succeed?
And don't act like you are doing me a favor. You aren't. I can just as easily take my money and spend it elsewhere. And after reading the other recent reviews, I expect your business to deteriorate. It also shows me I'm not alone.
Get it together. You had a great restaurant with good food, and you really don't have to ruin it with snottiness. I wish I would have called you on it. Instead I do the wimpy thing and write a review. Oh well. I know my voice is heard here.
Pros: (Used to be) Good food, good service
Cons: Rude, snotty reservationist (owner)
We went there last weekend and boy did we regret it. EVERYONE that was working there was rude to us. I think the guy that greated us and was the host was also the manager because he was always snapping at the waitstaff pretty loudly. He was extremely rude to us when we asked to not be sat right near the entry way. The waiter took forever to greet us, forget our app and got our entre order wrong. And after ALL of this they offered no discount or even an apology. This was honestly the rudest restaurant expeirence I have ever had. Stay away!!!
Pros: Great place if you like to be ripped off
Cons: Horrid service and attitude from everyone, bad food
OK, so I read all the reviews and we decided to try Pagliacci's. I decided that if a reviewer couldn's spell ITALIAN correctly, I could immediatley discard their bad review. After all, a few bogus ones written by competition have to slip in now and then.
Four of us dined and first off, we all ordered different dishes. The calamari was well done. Crispy, not greasy and the sauce actually is reminiscent of some back east establisments that claim "world famous sauce". I had the best eggplant parm ever! My other cohorts ordered fish, sausage and pork dishes that were gone in an instant. Portions are ample, service was great despite it being a saturday night and I would put this on a must visit again list.
Atmosphere is friendly, and suits both the casual to classy dresser. More importantly, all are welcome. You want good food, and are willing to pay a fair price , then you MUST eat here. But, hey, YOU be the judge!
Pros: Atmosphere, GREAT FOOD. Real foodies will love this place
I have been coming to this place since I moved here form NY area 12 years ago my wife is From Denver took me here because I love Italian and grew up with it. I have never written a review for Pagliacci's but after reading other peoples I am amazed what the H*ll are you comparing Pagliacci's to F*ckin Olive Garden you people are nut's you don't know sh*t about Italian your probably from Iowa you midwestern idiots! I grew up eating in Little italy in NYC. This place is about as close as you can get to real Italian in this city. Yea prices have gone up over the years but go to Panzano and tell me this place isn't cheap for what you get!! Great old school atmosphere from real Italians not some polack who went to some fancy cooking school adding Foo Foo crud to old Italian dishes. You want lobster macaroni and cheese don't come here . This is real italian food with always great service and its not in LODO!! So all you suburban F*cks stay in LODO and eat your FOO FOO crud and stay away this place its too good for you.
It was my first visit to the restaurant and I'm hooked! The atmosphere was breathtaking as you walked in. The staff was incredibly attentive, polite made you feel like you were Kings and Queens. The food is the best that I've ever had as far as Italian goes. I highly recommend this establishment and will definitely return. I can't remember the name of our server, but he was incredible. Awesome pretty much sums it up and the prices are great for what you get. Go for it!!
Pros: The staff, Food, Ambience, Price
Loved this place for many years but sadly it has changed in the last couple of years and not for the better. The salad which used to be included in the increasingly high prices is no longer included. Portions in general have started to get pretty skimpy. Food is no better than some of the chains and service can be iffy.. So many better places for the money.
Pros: quaint old school Italian
Cons: so so food at increasingly higher prices
I love this place it is my new favorite restaurant, the atmosphere is warm and romantic a perfect place for a date because it's hidden in a quite neighborhood out side of all the hubbub downtown. The food is moderately priced dinner for 2 with appetizers a bottle of wine and coffee ran us about $65.. The service was as good as any where else in this town prompt and polite not over barring.
The gravy is as good here as it is in NY, Boston or St Louis!
Pros: The Sauce
We went to Pagliacci's for my birthday dinner last night and had a wonderful experience. The Veal Marsala was wonderful and tender and the prices were very inline. The atmosphere was warm and cozy not the kind of place to take children under 12 but we did have a screaming baby next to us. The service was warm and fun ask for JR he has been there a while and is quite knowledgeable and fun. Oh and don't forget the dessert!!! Tiramisu and Spumoni were AWSOME.
I love Italian food and have eaten at the best places in Boston, New York, Chicago and San Francisco and this quiet little place would stand up to the best of them. I thought our service was some of the best I have had in years attentive but not over bearing. Nice selection of wines and price ranges. This little family restaurant is a must for any one living in Denver and wants to experience what good American Italian food is like.
Pros: Food, Service, Value
We went there after reading all the good reviews on city search we were terribly disappointed. The food was nothing to brag about! The soup is great. The salad is just OK. The pasta and entrees; well you can go to the Olive Garden and get better for the money. The only thing that I liked at this restaurant was the minestrone soup. If you just order that, you will be happy. My friend ordered a pasta dish. She received a small plate with noodles and a few small ravioli?s. The sauce was nothing to brag about either! I ordered the special that evening tasted very fishy... not worth the price on the menu. Our waiter was very rude and fake towards us. I think he knew we were not happy about the food.
Pros: If your want to be ripped off!
Cons: Terrible Service
I HAD DINNER HERE WITH FREINDS. EVERY THING WAS SO GOOD MY WAITER RECOMENDED THE SPECIAL WITH SHRIMP ADDED. HE SAID HE HAD IT FOR DIINER HIMSELF I'M GLAD I TOOK HIS RECOMENDATION IT WAS SUCH A TASTY PLATE OF PASTA FOUR DIFFERENT TYPES OF CHEESE AND WITH THE SHRIMP IT WAS PERFECT. THE SERVICE WAS PROMT FREINDLY AND I FOUND TO BE VERY HELPFUL WITH ALL MY QUESTIONS I HAD ALOT. IT WAS A GREAT DINNING EXPERIANCE.TELL ALL YOUR FREINDS TO TRY THIS PLACE I KNOW I WILL.
Pros: GREAT FOOD AND SERVICE
Cons: NOT OPEN FOR LUCH
In being in the beverage industry I have toured many restaurants in the Denver and Lodo area. From our waiter's arrogance after we ask for things and they are forgotten, then being told we didn't order them to refusing to split a check when the other table in our party's waiter was more then helpful. The food was classic but the service was a misrepresentation of a Denver icon. For a restaurant that has been in business for decades, to show out of towners this place would be a mistake
Pros: classic Italien food
Cons: service is what waiters make their money on right.
I went here because I heard so much about the place. I must say the minestrone soup is the best you will ever have. I thought the prices were very reasonable and the service to be trough and efficient. The atmosphere was just what I was looking for warm and romantic. By the time my entree had arrived I was stuffed from eating so much soup and free bread. But I am Italian so I pressed ahead ... It was so wonderful I didn't want to stop eating! I will recommend Pagliacci's to everybody and will becoming back for years to come
Pros: Service, Minestrone Soup, Atmosphere, Price
I took my date here for his birthday over the weekend. I was attracted by the small quaint intimate gem quality I thought it would have. What I got: a place where their prices should demand sophistication, but I got food that I could have easily made better at home, and I'm not even Italian. We started out with a couple of appetizers since we were there 30 minutes early for our reservation. We decided to share an entree of pasta with shrimp, scallops, clams, and mussels for $22. The only thing you got with it was minestrone. Since we wanted to share the entree, they charged us an additional $9 just to get a side salad so we could each have something to go with the meal (this is standard just to split the meal). And if you want bread with your meal, be prepared to pay an additional charge (where most places bring you complimentary bread and happily refill it when it's gone). When we got the meal, their pasta selection for this dish was spaghetti. In addition, the environment was dated and fake, and we seemed to be among a clientele of homebodies who don't get out much to know what a REAL intimate, sophisticated, authentic place is for dinner. I'm not the type of person to go to chain restaurants regularly, but I can tell you that you can go to Macaroni Grill and get the same dish with a better pasta selection of linguine for around $13/$14 AND they happily thow in some bread with it. So, for one entree, bread, a side salad, their least expensive bottle (Robert Mondavi) of Pinot Noir, and 1 Tiramasu cost us $73. And that didn't even include the appetizers we had during our wait to get seated. If you don't count the bottle of wine, our meal was the equivalent of what one hungry person would order, and their date was only hungry enough for a side salad. So you're looking at spending $73 plus tip for one and a half people!!! ($90 with apps) It was a rip off, and a let down for a special occassion. If you're not very exposed to nice places, you might actually like it.
Cons: high prices, $22 entree only worth $9-$11. Low key environment.
We went here because a friend told us this was the only good Italian food in Denver so 3 friends and I made reservations and went to check it out. We arrived early for some cocktails and talked to the bartender who offered some good insight to the history of the place and made some suggestions for dinner she was so passionate about every thing we could not wait to eat.We all took the bartenders suggestions of the white clam sauce linguini, home made pasta and meatballs, Veal Parm, and Chicken cacciatore. The meal started with a large pot of minestrone soup and bread this could have been the meal. We all tried a little of each dish and everything was just perfect. What a great evening with friends. We will all be back next week and probably make this a weekly spot. This is how all restaurants should be.
Pros: Food , Service, Price
Go to this restaurant! We went there after reading all the good reviews on here are were severly disappointed. The food was nothing amazing by any means! My friend ordered spaghetti with sausage. Instead she received a small cup of noodles with a big italian sausage link on the side! No sauce or anything! I ordered the veal it was alright... but definitely not worth the price on the menu. My fiancee ordered the Ravolli and said he would have been happier going to Olive Garden! Neither one of us order drinks to go with our meal and it still ended up being over $60 for two people! The only thing that I liked at this restaurant was the minestrone. Perhaps if you just ordered that you'd be happy.
Our waitress was also very rude and fake towards us. I think she could tell we weren't happy about the food.
Pros: The Minestrone
Cons: Price, Food, Service
This restaraunt has the best Italian food in Denver, especially the ministrone soup. I also love the homemade pastas, sauces, and desserts. A family owned restaraunt for 60 years ..... they know how to do it right. Pagliaccis is a great place for a date, family, or a special occasion. This is the cleanest restaraunt I have been in.
Pros: Excellent food and se, Parking, Clean
I enjoyed dinner with my friends and family at Pagliaccis the other night. The food is fantastic. The service was great. The place is decorated beautifully. This is a must for anyone who loves Italian food.
Pros: FOOD, Service, atmosphere
Just had a wonderful birthday dinner at this lovely place. I was extremely impressed with our service and could not have asked for a better birthday dinner! My friends that brought me here had recommended it, said they had been going for years. I look forward to making future plans at Pagliacci's so that I may say the same.
Me and my wife have been playing the italian restraunt game since we moved too colorado 2 yrs ago. Being on a budget we found that this establishment gives you way above the average overall dining expierience.We found the wine menu to be extremely affordable.The garlic bread mouth watering. The soup they are known for old school (as your great grandmother would have made it) so delicious. Caprese salad we havent had since back home. And the pescatora entree dish (mixed seafood dish in red sauce served over pasta ) absolutely mouth watering.Stuffed, we still had dessert (canoli's that taste like they were flew in from italy). Service was professional and efficient.Its like home away from home.Thank you!
Pros: Homemade Pasta, Wine Menu, Service
Cons: Overall, Good, Exspierience
Kind, friendly, knowledgeable and attentive! If you dine out as frequent as myself you will know that these qualities are hard to find in a waiter. This was a great experience Pagliacci's! My girlfriend and I had dinner there for a very special occasion and everything was perfect, from appitizer to dessert. Thank you Pagliacci's!
p.s. Nice work with the homemade pasta!
In a town that has every possible chain restaurant it is nice to find a friendly family owned Italian Restaurant. I grew up in the North End of Boston so I know what good Italian food is. This little North Denver restaurant is as close to the food I grew up on as you will find in Denver. Every thing was perfect I was so caught up in the mood I proposed to my girlfriend here. This will always be our special place.
Pros: Atmosphere, Food, Service
This place is the best hands down! the food was incredible the atmosphere is warm and charming and the service was top notch. The Salmon was a generous portion and a scrum such display of culinary work and my wife had the Gnocchi with marinara and basil which was cooked to perfection and I would come back just for the tureen of soup that comes with every meal. Make sure you get a quart of soup to go or you will be back tomorrow. You will not find a finer family owned restaurant in Denver.
Pros: Soup, Service
I had a wonderful dinner, an excellent waiter and not to mention the minestrone soup which I could have eaten all by itself. The whole experience, I would recommend to whoever asks me about a good restaraunt to spend a romantic evening! By the way, don't forget dessert, the tiramasu was awsome!
Pros: parking in the city, well lit at night, reasonable prices
I went to Pagliacci's recently with friends and family and we all had a lovely time. The minestrone was excellent as always, the rest of the meal was also tasty! Our waiter, Dave was attentive and courteous. Our family has been coming to Pagliacci's since 1946 and we'll continue for as long as their doors are open!
Pros: lighting, minestrone, ambiance
I have been coming to Pagliacci's of over 25 years and have never been disappointed with the food or the service. My favorite part of the meal is the minestrone soup. Its to die for.
Pros: soup, entree, service
Sure the place looks nice, great italian feel but the food sucks and the service is even worse. This was a recommendation from a coworker so we took a group of 10 for a birthday dinner. Our server was one of the worst I have ever experienced, twenty minutes to get a glass of wine. Any good server knows to ask the ladies for their order before the men, our server didn't. Most of the food was overcooked and that was when he didn't forget two of the entrees out of our whole order. No apologies, no compensation. If you have to get up to find the server to ask him about the status of your meal then he isn't doing his job. They nickle and dime you on overpriced appetizers and additional garlic bread. Shame on you Pagliacci's, I've had better italian at Fazoli's.
Pros: Garlic Bread
Cons: Service, Overcooked Food, Overpriced
My mother loves the place. So we go there. The soup:great. The salad:OK. The pasta and entrees: fugitaboutit. Undercooked eqgplant, $2.00 for 2 meatballs about the size of quarter, overcooked chicken. We're not going back for a while.
Pros: Booths, Lighting, Bar
Cons: , Chicken, Veal
In a city not known for great italian food, this landmark red-and-white tablecloth joint sets the bar high! Great atmosphere, great (and affordable) food, this place is a must!
WAY overpriced and unimpressive food. I can stay home and eat better Italian food than I had there. The minestrone was delicious, but the main event was a let-down.
I love this place and have dined there a dozen times in the past year and a half. The decor sends you into a time warp but is quite cozy. The food wonderful. Whoever says the portions are small here must have a really big appetite. I always leave here stuffed and I am a pretty big guy. The soup is just great, the fresh grated cheese on the table is a nice touch. Try any of the specials, I've never been disappointed. Save room for the spumoni it's out of this world!
Pros: Food, Ambiance, Affordable Magnums
The Minestrone is top notch. Thats about it. The rest of the meal is mediocre and the portions are tiny.
Spent a hundred bucks and left starving.
I have been coming to this restaurant since I was a little girl and I simply can not say enough good things about this place. It is definately my favorite restaurant in Denver. A must for any one who loves Italian.
Pros: Amazing Food, Ambiance, Denver History
Cons: Wine List Pricey
The fare here is average at best save the minestrone. It comes with a meal, so I have to order SOMETHING so I usually share with my husband.
I liked paglicci's very much. Their food is great.
One thing: don't go there with a huge appetite.
Their appetizers are very petite. Other than that it was great.
Cons: hard to find, little parking
This is the best Italian restaurant in Denver, best food, best service, best everything.
The food was very good, the staff efficient and friendly but one thing that bothered me was when asked if we wanted a refill on our soft drinks, we were charged for each "refill". This added tab another $13.00 to our tab because the glasses are quite small. We didn't return for months and when we did ordered a coke and drank "free water". I personally felt they should have told us of the charge.
The atmosphere, service, and prices are very good, but the food (the reason we go there) is just not good. It lacks flavor. There is little oregano, garlic, you know . . . flavor.
This is as close to a " New York neighborhood joint"
as you will find west of the mississippi !
Pros: cosy, value
The food was good, but perhaps a little overpriced. The atmosphere is nice and relaxed. However my father has parkinson's disease, which makes him a little slower. The waiter was rather impatient with him. That was completely disgusting to me. So I have mixed feelings about going back.