Parisi Italian Market & Deli

★★★★☆
  • 4401 Tennyson St.

    Denver, CO 80212

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  • 303-561-0234

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I have been here several times already with the family and all I can say is that this is the place to be when it comes to quality pizzas!

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I have been here several times already with the family and all I can say is that this is the place to be when it comes to quality pizzas!

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Their pizzas are amazing, specially the family size. It's tasty, and the crust is great! If you want to treat your family, try visiting this place. They won't dissapoint.

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Their pizzas are amazing, specially the family size. It's tasty, and the crust is great! If you want to treat your family, try visiting this place. They won't dissapoint.

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Has gone downhill since the remodel, prefer to eat elsewhere. Rude staff

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★★★☆☆

Has gone downhill since the remodel, prefer to eat elsewhere. Rude staff

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We have never been treated more rudely by a restaurant. We would never go there again. My husband was injured as a fireman in Los Angeles. His injury resulted in him being extremely allergic to many foods. He must always take is own food

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★☆☆☆☆

We have never been treated more rudely by a restaurant. We would never go there again. My husband was injured as a fireman in Los Angeles. His injury resulted in him being extremely allergic to many foods. He must always take is own food

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there is absolutely nothing bad at Parisi. The food is amazing-no matter what I try, it becomes my new favorite!

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★★★★☆

there is absolutely nothing bad at Parisi. The food is amazing-no matter what I try, it becomes my new favorite!

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Parisi used to be a Highlands staple! I went for the first time in months last night, and the staff was unfriendly and rude. They acted like we were breaking the law for wanting a table for six people, and continued to be rude to us throughout dinner. The food used to be amazing, and last night left many things to be desired. The risotto was unflavorful, the pizza soggy, and the gnocci was obviously from a package and not the homemade it used to be. Parisi, you have gone downhill. Very dissapointed and will not be going back!

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★☆☆☆☆

Parisi used to be a Highlands staple! I went for the first time in months last night, and the staff was unfriendly and rude. They acted like we were breaking the law for wanting a table for six people, and continued to be rude to us throughout dinner. The food used to be amazing, and last night left many things to be desired. The risotto was unflavorful, the pizza soggy, and the gnocci was obviously from a package and not the homemade it used to be. Parisi, you have gone downhill. Very dissapointed and will not be going back!

Cons: unfriendly staff and mediocre food

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I loved this place when it was small and when I was able to eat regular food. Now I am gluten free because of Celiac Disease.
I am thrilled that a lot of restaurants are trying to include gluten free items on their menus, however, most of them don't do it well.
The gluten free pizza here at Parisi is by far the worst I have had anywhere! Totinos $3 pizza is better. It appeared it was a frozen pizza that was then topped with a few pieces of mushroom. I sent it back once because it wasn't even warm when they served it. Plus this place is overcrowded, you are packed in like sardines, and the ordering process is just stupid. Wish it could go back to the original great place it was.
If you want truly exceptional GLUTEN FREE ITALIAN FOOD,
go to ABRUSCI'S Italian Restaurant 3244 Youngfield Wheat Ridge. Real GF bread! Pizza like reg pizza, Sandwiches are great too! Next time I will go the extra distance.

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★☆☆☆☆

I loved this place when it was small and when I was able to eat regular food. Now I am gluten free because of Celiac Disease.
I am thrilled that a lot of restaurants are trying to include gluten free items on their menus, however, most of them don't do it well.
The gluten free pizza here at Parisi is by far the worst I have had anywhere! Totinos $3 pizza is better. It appeared it was a frozen pizza that was then topped with a few pieces of mushroom. I sent it back once because it wasn't even warm when they served it. Plus this place is overcrowded, you are packed in like sardines, and the ordering process is just stupid. Wish it could go back to the original great place it was.
If you want truly exceptional GLUTEN FREE ITALIAN FOOD,
go to ABRUSCI'S Italian Restaurant 3244 Youngfield Wheat Ridge. Real GF bread! Pizza like reg pizza, Sandwiches are great too! Next time I will go the extra distance.

Pros: appreciate they want to include gluten free in the menu

Cons: gluten free pizza is terrible and overpriced!

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Before I became gluten free, Parisi was my favorite pizza. So, imagine my excitement when they have gluten free pizza crust that is advertised as "better than ever." Not only do you have to pay $5 more for gluten free, you are paying more for a substandard pizza that is like eating cardboard with sauce and stingy sprinkling of cheese and toppings. Only go to Parisi if you can enjoy their regular menu items.

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★☆☆☆☆

Before I became gluten free, Parisi was my favorite pizza. So, imagine my excitement when they have gluten free pizza crust that is advertised as "better than ever." Not only do you have to pay $5 more for gluten free, you are paying more for a substandard pizza that is like eating cardboard with sauce and stingy sprinkling of cheese and toppings. Only go to Parisi if you can enjoy their regular menu items.

Pros: regular pizza and entrees are amazing

Cons: gluten free pizza is overpriced and tasteless

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Service staff was rude and lack common sence regarding an elderly lady with a O2 tank...she was seated at a table resting before ordering and a service staff girl make her leave! Even other guests asked to let her stay and they would go to another table, but the server insisted that she leave the table and go the the other side of the market to sit before waiting in line to order food and drink. With many other delis and eating out choices in that area, one would think that some common sence regarding elderly with a O2 tank could have a break at Parisi! Try Vinnola, Carbone, or Patrick Carrolls...

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★☆☆☆☆

Service staff was rude and lack common sence regarding an elderly lady with a O2 tank...she was seated at a table resting before ordering and a service staff girl make her leave! Even other guests asked to let her stay and they would go to another table, but the server insisted that she leave the table and go the the other side of the market to sit before waiting in line to order food and drink. With many other delis and eating out choices in that area, one would think that some common sence regarding elderly with a O2 tank could have a break at Parisi! Try Vinnola, Carbone, or Patrick Carrolls...

Cons: negative for handicap and disabled visitors

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We've tried the pizza all over Denver, and keep coming back to Parisi. The Margarita pizza is as good as anything we had in Italy. The crust is thin and crisp, the mozzarella is just to-die-for, and everything is fresh and in all the right proportions. I love all of the food at Parisi, but the Margarita is so good, I don't often stray to another pizza. But don't be afraid of the very affordable daily specials. I've never been disappointed.

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★★★★★

We've tried the pizza all over Denver, and keep coming back to Parisi. The Margarita pizza is as good as anything we had in Italy. The crust is thin and crisp, the mozzarella is just to-die-for, and everything is fresh and in all the right proportions. I love all of the food at Parisi, but the Margarita is so good, I don't often stray to another pizza. But don't be afraid of the very affordable daily specials. I've never been disappointed.

Pros: Housemade mozzarella

Cons: Sometimes there is a wait

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The combination of an arrogant waiter, noisy rooms, and small, over priced food portions that were nothing special made us angry that we'd even gone there. I just don't see the point of Firenze a Tavola's existence!
Certainly not in this tough economy.

As a huge fan of Italian food, this place was a "rip off."

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★☆☆☆☆

The combination of an arrogant waiter, noisy rooms, and small, over priced food portions that were nothing special made us angry that we'd even gone there. I just don't see the point of Firenze a Tavola's existence!
Certainly not in this tough economy.

As a huge fan of Italian food, this place was a "rip off."

Pros: Initial Impression of This Downstairs Restaurant was Cozy

Cons: As Restaurant Filled Up, Very Noisy & Pricey

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If you've ever been to Rome, you know that Parisi's pizza is a very authentic version. I especially recommend the margherita, with nothing but a kiss of tomato, fresh mozzarella and basil. Additionally, unlike other reviewers, I find the prices extremely affordable. I've stopped by after work for a take and bake pizza and salad and walked away having spent less than $20. The panini and salads are also extremely good and the service is generally quick and responsive. I love the neighborhood as well as the overall ambience of the space. In a town with lots of pizza places, Parisi certainly stands out among the best, and that list is very short. (The Oven, Enzo's and Proto's all come to mind as well)...

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★★★★☆

If you've ever been to Rome, you know that Parisi's pizza is a very authentic version. I especially recommend the margherita, with nothing but a kiss of tomato, fresh mozzarella and basil. Additionally, unlike other reviewers, I find the prices extremely affordable. I've stopped by after work for a take and bake pizza and salad and walked away having spent less than $20. The panini and salads are also extremely good and the service is generally quick and responsive. I love the neighborhood as well as the overall ambience of the space. In a town with lots of pizza places, Parisi certainly stands out among the best, and that list is very short. (The Oven, Enzo's and Proto's all come to mind as well)...

Pros: One of the best pizzas in Denver!

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a great neighborhood spot for pizza. We have been here for lunch and dinner at least 5 times now. We are extremely particular about pizza. Every now and then we end up with a pizza where the crust is soggy in the center, indicating the oven is not evenly heated.

We have had at least eight of the pizzas and a few other dishes. They have all been above average. The one letdown repeatedly is the Italian wedding soup - don't bother.

Their gelato and ice creams at the deli for dessert are excellent. Many of the take home items from their carry out are also worth a try. Friends whom we have introduced have been pleasantly surprised and I had a business lunch there and those friends were also impressed.

We have not tried the downstairs fine dining option.

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★★★★★

a great neighborhood spot for pizza. We have been here for lunch and dinner at least 5 times now. We are extremely particular about pizza. Every now and then we end up with a pizza where the crust is soggy in the center, indicating the oven is not evenly heated.

We have had at least eight of the pizzas and a few other dishes. They have all been above average. The one letdown repeatedly is the Italian wedding soup - don't bother.

Their gelato and ice creams at the deli for dessert are excellent. Many of the take home items from their carry out are also worth a try. Friends whom we have introduced have been pleasantly surprised and I had a business lunch there and those friends were also impressed.

We have not tried the downstairs fine dining option.

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I started going to Parisi at their old location. The food and service was way better. They try to do it all instead of concentrating on one thing. The food is way overpriced for what you receive. After placing our order we ended with so many plates on our table we couldn't navigate. If you hate ala carte and high prices try Gemelli's a few doors down. Great service, great food, and everything is inclusive. Plus it won't tap your wallet.

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★☆☆☆☆

I started going to Parisi at their old location. The food and service was way better. They try to do it all instead of concentrating on one thing. The food is way overpriced for what you receive. After placing our order we ended with so many plates on our table we couldn't navigate. If you hate ala carte and high prices try Gemelli's a few doors down. Great service, great food, and everything is inclusive. Plus it won't tap your wallet.

Pros: None

Cons: Expensive ala carte

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Disliked the food for the price. It's that awkward atmosphere where you feel like you should leave a tip but there really isn't any service. You buy your food at the register and then they bring it to you. That's it. They also choose where you sit, which is fine and like most restaurants, but they sat us right behind the location where they brought the dishes. All we heard was clanging and people chatting right behind us. I think this place is better for the market located inside the restaurant and not a good spot to sit and eat. Try it for yourself though.

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★★☆☆☆

Disliked the food for the price. It's that awkward atmosphere where you feel like you should leave a tip but there really isn't any service. You buy your food at the register and then they bring it to you. That's it. They also choose where you sit, which is fine and like most restaurants, but they sat us right behind the location where they brought the dishes. All we heard was clanging and people chatting right behind us. I think this place is better for the market located inside the restaurant and not a good spot to sit and eat. Try it for yourself though.

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Parisi is one of those places I've become addicted to! Even though the joint has becoming incredibly popular (read long lines) it is still always a pleasure to wait for my perfect pizza. The other dishes can be incredible as well, such as the homemade gnocchi and risotto. Parisi is the closest thing I've found to Italy, were I travel often, as it offers a fun, come everyone and bring your outside voice and vino sort of environment. The last time I was in we had a party of eight people on a Saturday night and the staff made us fell at home as we waited (quite a while) for our table. They even brought us some snacks to munch on at the counter and the kids were entertained by the showmanship of the pizza makers. When we got our table we enjoyed the the dishes we had ordered and were amazed at the number of people waiting to get a taste of this little slice of Florence. My only complaint would be the crazyness of the entire process, but it also adds to the charm of the whole experience. We finished the night with gelato and some tiramisu from the deli. On the way out we wandered downstairs and were astonished to find an entirely different restaurant. Much less hustle and a great looking menu, have to get back soon. Overall, always a great time with great food and so far, no lost luggage.

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★★★★☆

Parisi is one of those places I've become addicted to! Even though the joint has becoming incredibly popular (read long lines) it is still always a pleasure to wait for my perfect pizza. The other dishes can be incredible as well, such as the homemade gnocchi and risotto. Parisi is the closest thing I've found to Italy, were I travel often, as it offers a fun, come everyone and bring your outside voice and vino sort of environment. The last time I was in we had a party of eight people on a Saturday night and the staff made us fell at home as we waited (quite a while) for our table. They even brought us some snacks to munch on at the counter and the kids were entertained by the showmanship of the pizza makers. When we got our table we enjoyed the the dishes we had ordered and were amazed at the number of people waiting to get a taste of this little slice of Florence. My only complaint would be the crazyness of the entire process, but it also adds to the charm of the whole experience. We finished the night with gelato and some tiramisu from the deli. On the way out we wandered downstairs and were astonished to find an entirely different restaurant. Much less hustle and a great looking menu, have to get back soon. Overall, always a great time with great food and so far, no lost luggage.

Pros: Great food, cool concept, cheap eats

Cons: Long wait, parking, not closer to home

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Our party of four began downstairs, when we met our rude waiter. He was dry, arrogant and seemingly bored. Three of us ordered artchokes and were told our table would only need two. We asked if we could order three anyway and our waiter said "No, you will have two". Next, we asked if we could start with a pizza as an appetizer (they make them upstairs). Again, the answer was "No, you would have to go upstairs". Then, he walked away, and and as we waited forever for our two artichokes, other tables started filling up and we noticed they were short staffed and we had become completely forgotten. We decided to go upstairs where we could have pizza and try to salvage our evening. Our experience there was better but it's just pizza. When we shared our experience downstairs with the freindly cashier, she chuckled and said "Yeah, he's the owner." We couldn't believe a restaurant would hire a waitperson like this but now it made sense! Wow, sometimes, it's best for an owner to remain behind the scenes and allow others to handle the personality of the front. I do not know who this dry toast guy thinks he is but he should not step foot in his restaurant...ever. The artichoke downstairs was ok, the pizza upstairs was also ok but our experience with the owner is the reason we have not - and probably will not return.

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★☆☆☆☆

Our party of four began downstairs, when we met our rude waiter. He was dry, arrogant and seemingly bored. Three of us ordered artchokes and were told our table would only need two. We asked if we could order three anyway and our waiter said "No, you will have two". Next, we asked if we could start with a pizza as an appetizer (they make them upstairs). Again, the answer was "No, you would have to go upstairs". Then, he walked away, and and as we waited forever for our two artichokes, other tables started filling up and we noticed they were short staffed and we had become completely forgotten. We decided to go upstairs where we could have pizza and try to salvage our evening. Our experience there was better but it's just pizza. When we shared our experience downstairs with the freindly cashier, she chuckled and said "Yeah, he's the owner." We couldn't believe a restaurant would hire a waitperson like this but now it made sense! Wow, sometimes, it's best for an owner to remain behind the scenes and allow others to handle the personality of the front. I do not know who this dry toast guy thinks he is but he should not step foot in his restaurant...ever. The artichoke downstairs was ok, the pizza upstairs was also ok but our experience with the owner is the reason we have not - and probably will not return.

Pros: If you live around the block, I imagine it might be a good place to take the kids for an ok pizza

Cons: The rude owner, the 7-11 bright lighting upstairs, the loud cafeteria with screaming kids

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What used to be a secret now has sick lines to get in on many evenings. Great Pizzas. Gnocchi is also great. I love the fresh basil garnish they use on tomoto sauced pastas. Of course, there's also the dynamite deli stocked with meat and cheese as well as frozen ravioli, etc. Finally, the gelato is the real deal. This is a bit of a drive for me, but it's quite worth it.

My favorite part of parisis though is the rare occaision that you get to witness real familiy infighting between the kitchen and the rest of the staff. Kind of like being at an Italian friends home for dinner. The passion is evident.

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★★★★★

What used to be a secret now has sick lines to get in on many evenings. Great Pizzas. Gnocchi is also great. I love the fresh basil garnish they use on tomoto sauced pastas. Of course, there's also the dynamite deli stocked with meat and cheese as well as frozen ravioli, etc. Finally, the gelato is the real deal. This is a bit of a drive for me, but it's quite worth it.

My favorite part of parisis though is the rare occaision that you get to witness real familiy infighting between the kitchen and the rest of the staff. Kind of like being at an Italian friends home for dinner. The passion is evident.

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Great food!! Loved the salmon pasta, my favorite! Pizzas, sandwiches, salads, desserts, everything we've tried has been very good. Place can get a little crazy and very crowded but well worth it. Can get pricey if you do all the courses but plenty for a meal without doing all courses. Don't leave without trying at least one dessert.

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★★★★★

Great food!! Loved the salmon pasta, my favorite! Pizzas, sandwiches, salads, desserts, everything we've tried has been very good. Place can get a little crazy and very crowded but well worth it. Can get pricey if you do all the courses but plenty for a meal without doing all courses. Don't leave without trying at least one dessert.

Pros: food, food, food! desserts, sandwiches

Cons: lines, parking

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Loved this place at it's old location. The food was fresh and delicious. The new location on Tennyson is much larger and the food has suffered. Over-priced and thrown together without care. The atmosphere much like high school cafeteria, loud, chaotic, unpleasant. Factor in a rude, arrogant owner and I would advise people to pass on this place. I'm Italian, love Italian food, there are other places in town.

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★☆☆☆☆

Loved this place at it's old location. The food was fresh and delicious. The new location on Tennyson is much larger and the food has suffered. Over-priced and thrown together without care. The atmosphere much like high school cafeteria, loud, chaotic, unpleasant. Factor in a rude, arrogant owner and I would advise people to pass on this place. I'm Italian, love Italian food, there are other places in town.

Pros: fun location

Cons: food, price, ambiance

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I used to be obsessed with this place when it was located at 44th & Lowell. The food is amazing. I loved the fresh mozz/pesto sandwich. However, I stopped going there b/c of the crowded confusion, pay-first method and slightly overpriced menu. Throw in an abrupt owner and the experiences became unpleasant - made me not want to give him the business. I say "experiences" (plural), b/c the abrupt attitude was a regular occurence. The wife is a delight, though. I haven't gone to the new location, b/c of the combined reasons above. If the ordering method was more efficient and quiet, I'd go, even with the slightly overpriced menu. Yes, the food is that good.

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★★★☆☆

I used to be obsessed with this place when it was located at 44th & Lowell. The food is amazing. I loved the fresh mozz/pesto sandwich. However, I stopped going there b/c of the crowded confusion, pay-first method and slightly overpriced menu. Throw in an abrupt owner and the experiences became unpleasant - made me not want to give him the business. I say "experiences" (plural), b/c the abrupt attitude was a regular occurence. The wife is a delight, though. I haven't gone to the new location, b/c of the combined reasons above. If the ordering method was more efficient and quiet, I'd go, even with the slightly overpriced menu. Yes, the food is that good.

Pros: Awesome food

Cons: price, pay-first method

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We threw a 50th b-day party for my mom there and they went all out for it they did a great job and had great food! i would tell ANY one to go there! the private room downstairs is great for parties! i will give them my business any time i'm around! thanks again guys!

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★★★★★

We threw a 50th b-day party for my mom there and they went all out for it they did a great job and had great food! i would tell ANY one to go there! the private room downstairs is great for parties! i will give them my business any time i'm around! thanks again guys!

Pros: Staff is AMAZING!, Food is GREAT!, Ambience was SWEET!

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The restaurant was very casual and homey. I dont much care for the order and pay first, feels a little fast food-ish, but after you get past that, the experience is wonderful. Dont go expecting a nice quiet romantic dinner because you might be dissapointed while sitting amongst the hussle and bussle of this popular eatery. What wont dissapoint you is the taste, smell and presentation of this wonderful cuisine. Our salads were to die for, with the home made house italian dressing that was simply wonderful. My husband had the pizza, we really enjoyed the crispy flat bread that had just been baked in the wood oven, love that taste! I chose the lasagna, that came with what might have been the best meat sauce I have ever tasted! Over all, a charming atmosphere with fair portions and prices and flavor to spare! Dont forget to take dessert with you. The macaroons are awsome!

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★★★★☆

The restaurant was very casual and homey. I dont much care for the order and pay first, feels a little fast food-ish, but after you get past that, the experience is wonderful. Dont go expecting a nice quiet romantic dinner because you might be dissapointed while sitting amongst the hussle and bussle of this popular eatery. What wont dissapoint you is the taste, smell and presentation of this wonderful cuisine. Our salads were to die for, with the home made house italian dressing that was simply wonderful. My husband had the pizza, we really enjoyed the crispy flat bread that had just been baked in the wood oven, love that taste! I chose the lasagna, that came with what might have been the best meat sauce I have ever tasted! Over all, a charming atmosphere with fair portions and prices and flavor to spare! Dont forget to take dessert with you. The macaroons are awsome!

Pros: Great selection, good desserts

Cons: Parking, busy almost every night of the week

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Food snob says................. I dont know how this place made "Cheap Eats". Its not............. but, it's great!
Everythin is good. Work your way through the whole menu. Downstairs, a wekend only seperate concept, is anything but cheap and again, its authentic Italian and couldnt be better. Simon, the owner/chef came to this country ready to share his talent, and has out done himself. There is also a wonderful market for those special Italian recipes that call for that special ingredient.

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★★★★★

Food snob says................. I dont know how this place made "Cheap Eats". Its not............. but, it's great!
Everythin is good. Work your way through the whole menu. Downstairs, a wekend only seperate concept, is anything but cheap and again, its authentic Italian and couldnt be better. Simon, the owner/chef came to this country ready to share his talent, and has out done himself. There is also a wonderful market for those special Italian recipes that call for that special ingredient.

Pros: comfortable

Cons: sorta self serve......

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All of the reviews say how crowded it is. It is crowded on the weekend nights, but if you go for weekend lunch late, it is not bad. I agree that the pastas are over priced for the size, go for a calzone and a salad and share with a friend. Also agree something has got to be done about that parking.

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★★★★☆

All of the reviews say how crowded it is. It is crowded on the weekend nights, but if you go for weekend lunch late, it is not bad. I agree that the pastas are over priced for the size, go for a calzone and a salad and share with a friend. Also agree something has got to be done about that parking.

Pros: Great Cazones, and salads

Cons: Crowded and over-priced

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We went to Parisi on Saturday night to try a new Italian restaurant. After being greeted by a line out the door upstairs, we made our way downstairs to the new Firenze, which is only open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights now. It was well worth it! The service was impeccable and the food was delicious. Our server was incredibly knowledgeable about both the wine and the food, and was great with pairings. He was also incredibly responsive to our needs, including adjusting the temperature in the dining area because it was chilly when we sat down. The five of us really enjoyed the dinner and will definitely go back!

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★★★★★

We went to Parisi on Saturday night to try a new Italian restaurant. After being greeted by a line out the door upstairs, we made our way downstairs to the new Firenze, which is only open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights now. It was well worth it! The service was impeccable and the food was delicious. Our server was incredibly knowledgeable about both the wine and the food, and was great with pairings. He was also incredibly responsive to our needs, including adjusting the temperature in the dining area because it was chilly when we sat down. The five of us really enjoyed the dinner and will definitely go back!

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The food might be okay, but for the price...this place is a RIP OFF. I love good food, and their food was good, but...after circling the surrounding blocks a few times looking for a place to park (on a thursday night), then having to walk 2 blocks to pick up a to go order, then paying a $35 bill only to get home and find out that my order was wrong, I most likely will not be going back.

Our food (one order of Gnocchi and one order of the homemade egg noodles) came in a little box, and at first I thought "okay, so they are probably filled to the top like when you order chinese," but I was wrong. On the bottom of the 3.75"x4.25" box was my food, looking really sad and lonely since so much space was left in there. Definitely no Bob Ross scene here! -no happy little gnocchi. I cannot comment on the dining experience since I picked up my food and left, but I can say that the place did have too much commotion going on for me (and I am only 24). I think I would have an anxiety attack had I sat at a table for any length of time. I suppose if you are a downtown person and enjoy fighting 6 people to fill up your drink, this might be the place for you. I am not. We also ordered a calzone, which may have been good had it been what we ordered.

I must say that the manager was very nice when I called to make them cognizant of the discrepency, even offered to bring me the right calzone. At that point I really didn't want to deal with it. The homemede egg noodles were good (I can't spell the name of them), as was the salad dressing. But overall I did not think it was worth the time and money - I am only 110 lbs and I was still hungry. If I get Italian food in that neighborhood, I am definitely going to Mikey's.
Maybe I just expected more since they are in the top 10 Italian restaurants of Denver's citysearch. But I was not really impressed. I COULDN'T IMAGINE THIS PLACE DURING A LUNCH RUSH! :( I hope other people had a better experience.

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★★☆☆☆

The food might be okay, but for the price...this place is a RIP OFF. I love good food, and their food was good, but...after circling the surrounding blocks a few times looking for a place to park (on a thursday night), then having to walk 2 blocks to pick up a to go order, then paying a $35 bill only to get home and find out that my order was wrong, I most likely will not be going back.

Our food (one order of Gnocchi and one order of the homemade egg noodles) came in a little box, and at first I thought "okay, so they are probably filled to the top like when you order chinese," but I was wrong. On the bottom of the 3.75"x4.25" box was my food, looking really sad and lonely since so much space was left in there. Definitely no Bob Ross scene here! -no happy little gnocchi. I cannot comment on the dining experience since I picked up my food and left, but I can say that the place did have too much commotion going on for me (and I am only 24). I think I would have an anxiety attack had I sat at a table for any length of time. I suppose if you are a downtown person and enjoy fighting 6 people to fill up your drink, this might be the place for you. I am not. We also ordered a calzone, which may have been good had it been what we ordered.

I must say that the manager was very nice when I called to make them cognizant of the discrepency, even offered to bring me the right calzone. At that point I really didn't want to deal with it. The homemede egg noodles were good (I can't spell the name of them), as was the salad dressing. But overall I did not think it was worth the time and money - I am only 110 lbs and I was still hungry. If I get Italian food in that neighborhood, I am definitely going to Mikey's.
Maybe I just expected more since they are in the top 10 Italian restaurants of Denver's citysearch. But I was not really impressed. I COULDN'T IMAGINE THIS PLACE DURING A LUNCH RUSH! :( I hope other people had a better experience.

Pros: Drawing a blank - oh, the manager was nice! and I guess I liked the salad dressing.

Cons: parking, portions, price

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The food at Parisi is absolutely wonderful, but for a more formal and unique experience you HAVE to try their new restaurant downstairs from Parisi called Firenze! We went on a weekend night and it wasn't very full so we were initially concerned that it might not be very good. We were SO wrong. The menu is gorgeous and full of incredible, authentic dishes made with amazing ingredients. I had a fish stew (kind of like Cioppino) that had the richest, yummiest lobster stock base and my husband, a picky eater, was raving over the braised short ribs (something he's never tried before)! The service was perfect...our servers were really personable and extremely helpful with Italian wine recommendations. The wine list is huge and full of Italian wines I can't wait to try. If you like Parisi you HAVE to try Firenze al Tafolo (sp?)!!!

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The food at Parisi is absolutely wonderful, but for a more formal and unique experience you HAVE to try their new restaurant downstairs from Parisi called Firenze! We went on a weekend night and it wasn't very full so we were initially concerned that it might not be very good. We were SO wrong. The menu is gorgeous and full of incredible, authentic dishes made with amazing ingredients. I had a fish stew (kind of like Cioppino) that had the richest, yummiest lobster stock base and my husband, a picky eater, was raving over the braised short ribs (something he's never tried before)! The service was perfect...our servers were really personable and extremely helpful with Italian wine recommendations. The wine list is huge and full of Italian wines I can't wait to try. If you like Parisi you HAVE to try Firenze al Tafolo (sp?)!!!

Pros: Great service, romantic setting, AMAZING food

Cons: I can't think of any!

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Authentic Italian. This is the place to go for real Italian, while they have spaghetti with red sauce the best reason to go is to explore Italian cuisine that is much harder to come by in Denver. Try the risottos, pastas and any of the main dishes, they are all authentic and flavorful.

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★★★★★

Authentic Italian. This is the place to go for real Italian, while they have spaghetti with red sauce the best reason to go is to explore Italian cuisine that is much harder to come by in Denver. Try the risottos, pastas and any of the main dishes, they are all authentic and flavorful.

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I love good Italian food, and yes I am Italian. Being a Denver Native I have eaten at all the good and bad establishments in Denver. I have been here four times and for a cafateria style restaurant its ok. although I waited in a line on two occasions for over thirty minutes. I found the food to be good (not special) but the portions very small. For a lunch its fine but for a nice dinner," Forget about it" you have to wait in line for everything, including a cup of coffee, which you must get yourself, in another line located by the delli. So in sumation, yes I was disapointed

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I love good Italian food, and yes I am Italian. Being a Denver Native I have eaten at all the good and bad establishments in Denver. I have been here four times and for a cafateria style restaurant its ok. although I waited in a line on two occasions for over thirty minutes. I found the food to be good (not special) but the portions very small. For a lunch its fine but for a nice dinner," Forget about it" you have to wait in line for everything, including a cup of coffee, which you must get yourself, in another line located by the delli. So in sumation, yes I was disapointed

Pros: good coffee, clean

Cons: Waiting lines, no service, poor parking

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I have been here on many occasions, I hate to wait in a line to place an order, No class, kind of like a Micky Dees. The Sandwiches are very good, the pastas are average but very overpriced for what you get. I like the Decore, but you cant really relax and have a nice meal because of all the commotion around you...My advice is to change how you do business. get rid of the line to place an order. Get friendly Waiters and Waitresses and make people feel at home and not so rushed to eat and get out.

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★★★★☆

I have been here on many occasions, I hate to wait in a line to place an order, No class, kind of like a Micky Dees. The Sandwiches are very good, the pastas are average but very overpriced for what you get. I like the Decore, but you cant really relax and have a nice meal because of all the commotion around you...My advice is to change how you do business. get rid of the line to place an order. Get friendly Waiters and Waitresses and make people feel at home and not so rushed to eat and get out.

Pros: nice decore, good Sandwhiches

Cons: poor seating, small portions, noisey

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They use words like great and the best - there are no words to describe this place. WHAT A TREAT!!!! Go!!! If not fro pizza then for any number of other fantastic dishes. Even their deli is to go for! Wish they were in my neighborhood instead of across town.

2
★★★★★

They use words like great and the best - there are no words to describe this place. WHAT A TREAT!!!! Go!!! If not fro pizza then for any number of other fantastic dishes. Even their deli is to go for! Wish they were in my neighborhood instead of across town.

Pros: Food, Food, Service

Cons: Location, Always crowded

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I have followed these guys through a move and five or six years of deliciousness. It is one of my favorite treats to go and eat at Parisi. Many of the goods are imported and they have a few shelves of their authentic Italian Cuisine for sale. It is yummmy ....... what ever you order (trust me). Italian Ice, Italian soda, Italian Meats, Italian cheese, Italian eveything. I mean in the traditional sense.

PROS: Full Belly, Great Food, $$$
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★★★★★

I have followed these guys through a move and five or six years of deliciousness. It is one of my favorite treats to go and eat at Parisi. Many of the goods are imported and they have a few shelves of their authentic Italian Cuisine for sale. It is yummmy ....... what ever you order (trust me). Italian Ice, Italian soda, Italian Meats, Italian cheese, Italian eveything. I mean in the traditional sense.

PROS: Full Belly, Great Food, $$$
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Parisi is a Italian eatery with an attached market serving Gelato. The entrees are inexpensive yet deliciious. The interior is well done and very comfortable. They have a great patio out front. The wine selection is very good and they have bottled beers as well. I highly recommend the wood fired pizzas, made right in front of you. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

PROS: Atmosphere, Food, Service
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Parisi is a Italian eatery with an attached market serving Gelato. The entrees are inexpensive yet deliciious. The interior is well done and very comfortable. They have a great patio out front. The wine selection is very good and they have bottled beers as well. I highly recommend the wood fired pizzas, made right in front of you. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

PROS: Atmosphere, Food, Service
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.....and I can tell, I lived in Italy!!!!!
We are on a trip from NY to LA, and were very happy to find this Italian dinner place in Denver!
The spaghetti's and the salads were so good, that we even came twice, to eat here!
The service was great and very friendly!
We didn't have to wait long to get our meal!
Overall.... I can highly recommend this place to everyone, who wants to eat like in Italy!

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★★★★★

.....and I can tell, I lived in Italy!!!!!
We are on a trip from NY to LA, and were very happy to find this Italian dinner place in Denver!
The spaghetti's and the salads were so good, that we even came twice, to eat here!
The service was great and very friendly!
We didn't have to wait long to get our meal!
Overall.... I can highly recommend this place to everyone, who wants to eat like in Italy!

Pros: spaghetti, salads, freindy staff

Cons: none

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if you are hungry, get here early, or you are going to wait... and for good reason! everything is fantastic. I could go everyday and order a new item...but then i would weigh 300 lbs. so authentic!

2
★★★★★

if you are hungry, get here early, or you are going to wait... and for good reason! everything is fantastic. I could go everyday and order a new item...but then i would weigh 300 lbs. so authentic!

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truly authentic!!!!! I couldn't think of a place that reminds me more of Italy

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★★★★★

truly authentic!!!!! I couldn't think of a place that reminds me more of Italy

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By far, the best pizza in Denver. Reasonable prices and the food arrives promptly.

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★★★★★

By far, the best pizza in Denver. Reasonable prices and the food arrives promptly.

Pros: yummy food

Cons: can be very crowded

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Was and still is a hidden jewell. Found several years ago, when they were at 44th and lowell. A place where another fine Italian Restaurant was born "Three sons!" It's one of those places that you wish would remain a secret to just a few, but once you visit. It's tough not to tell others.. I'm glad in their move, they keep it small and cozy. The decor and pictures remind me of pictures of my Grandfather and his Italian friends, as they grew up in North Denver. As for the food! They are no longer a secret Hideaway!
I avoid the lunch crowd, and come later in the afternoon. It's not a fast food restaurant and hope it never becomes one! Your patience is rewarded with Italian flavor and textures, freshly made..... I just wish I could speak Italian.....

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★★★★★

Was and still is a hidden jewell. Found several years ago, when they were at 44th and lowell. A place where another fine Italian Restaurant was born "Three sons!" It's one of those places that you wish would remain a secret to just a few, but once you visit. It's tough not to tell others.. I'm glad in their move, they keep it small and cozy. The decor and pictures remind me of pictures of my Grandfather and his Italian friends, as they grew up in North Denver. As for the food! They are no longer a secret Hideaway!
I avoid the lunch crowd, and come later in the afternoon. It's not a fast food restaurant and hope it never becomes one! Your patience is rewarded with Italian flavor and textures, freshly made..... I just wish I could speak Italian.....

Pros: In North Denver, Alot to choose from, Pizza (awesome)

Cons: None

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Great lunch joint in the Highlands! Lots of great choices - salads, sandwiches, pizzas, and pasta! It's busy during lunch hour - be prepared. Don't miss the Italian grocery on the far side of the restaurant with great gelato and other Italian favorites for your kitchen!

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★★★★★

Great lunch joint in the Highlands! Lots of great choices - salads, sandwiches, pizzas, and pasta! It's busy during lunch hour - be prepared. Don't miss the Italian grocery on the far side of the restaurant with great gelato and other Italian favorites for your kitchen!

Pros: awesome food

Cons: limited seating

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I first ate at Parisi 4 years ago and still to this day it's one of my favorite places for lunch. The move to the new building a year+ ago or so has made a big improvement on the atmosphere of the place. It's long and somewhat narrow....food and deli on the left/back and tables on the right. In addition to sandwiches and pizza they also have a deli w/ meat, cheese, pasta, appetizers, etc. There's not too many restaurants in Denver that have the feel this restaurant has. Though I've had one or two sandwiches, I generally always go for the pizza. Margherita......thin crust w/ a tangy red sauce and plenty of basil. It comes with alot of cheese though which I think overwhelms the other flavors. I normally tell them "easy on the cheese" and it comes out perfect. I'd recommend to stop by Parisi....you won't be dissapointed

2
★★★★★

I first ate at Parisi 4 years ago and still to this day it's one of my favorite places for lunch. The move to the new building a year+ ago or so has made a big improvement on the atmosphere of the place. It's long and somewhat narrow....food and deli on the left/back and tables on the right. In addition to sandwiches and pizza they also have a deli w/ meat, cheese, pasta, appetizers, etc. There's not too many restaurants in Denver that have the feel this restaurant has. Though I've had one or two sandwiches, I generally always go for the pizza. Margherita......thin crust w/ a tangy red sauce and plenty of basil. It comes with alot of cheese though which I think overwhelms the other flavors. I normally tell them "easy on the cheese" and it comes out perfect. I'd recommend to stop by Parisi....you won't be dissapointed

Pros: great pizza, atmosphere, deli

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Update from Jan 13, 2007.

Just when I thought things could not get any better...

When I wrote my first review of Parisi, the food was already exceptional, but Parisi had yet to gain a liquor license. After the license was granted, the owner decided to turn the space under Parisi into an upscale restaurant, calling it "Firenza a tavola" and serving dishes so authentic and exquisite that I never expected to find anything like them outside the confines of Italy.

Saturday night I had one of the best dining experiences in my life. The "cappelletti in brodo" (similar to tortellini, but served in a delicate homemade broth) where exceptional. The filling was perfect and the pasta was fresh and light. I then had polenta with venison and mushroom sauce. Food so good, we say in Italy, has the power to resuscitate the dead. The Dolcetto Matt recommended was the perfect complement to both dishes.

To finish things off, I had a chocolate covered calzone. Yes! You got that right! Calzone, which is usually filled with tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, ham, and mushrooms. Except this one was filled with bananas and mascarpone cheese. Delicious!

"Firenze a tavola" is more expensive than Parisi, its upstairs and older sibling. But, as they say, you do get what you pay for (and so much more): the atmosphere is warm, elegant, and friendly; food and libations are first rate, and we should all be so lucky as to have such a high-quality dining spot in our neighborhood.

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I am from Italy. I have lived in the United States for the last twelve years, and I can guarantee you that this is the best pizza on this side of the Atlantic. In fact, I like it much better than most pizzas I have had in Italy. (By the way, Parisi did not pay me or bribe me to write this review).

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★★★★★

Update from Jan 13, 2007.

Just when I thought things could not get any better...

When I wrote my first review of Parisi, the food was already exceptional, but Parisi had yet to gain a liquor license. After the license was granted, the owner decided to turn the space under Parisi into an upscale restaurant, calling it "Firenza a tavola" and serving dishes so authentic and exquisite that I never expected to find anything like them outside the confines of Italy.

Saturday night I had one of the best dining experiences in my life. The "cappelletti in brodo" (similar to tortellini, but served in a delicate homemade broth) where exceptional. The filling was perfect and the pasta was fresh and light. I then had polenta with venison and mushroom sauce. Food so good, we say in Italy, has the power to resuscitate the dead. The Dolcetto Matt recommended was the perfect complement to both dishes.

To finish things off, I had a chocolate covered calzone. Yes! You got that right! Calzone, which is usually filled with tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, ham, and mushrooms. Except this one was filled with bananas and mascarpone cheese. Delicious!

"Firenze a tavola" is more expensive than Parisi, its upstairs and older sibling. But, as they say, you do get what you pay for (and so much more): the atmosphere is warm, elegant, and friendly; food and libations are first rate, and we should all be so lucky as to have such a high-quality dining spot in our neighborhood.

Superb!


I am from Italy. I have lived in the United States for the last twelve years, and I can guarantee you that this is the best pizza on this side of the Atlantic. In fact, I like it much better than most pizzas I have had in Italy. (By the way, Parisi did not pay me or bribe me to write this review).

Pros: Authentic, Food Quality and Preparation, Excellent Service

Cons: None worth mentioning

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Everything I've had so far has been wonderful. On my last visit, my partner and I split a Primi and a Secundi dish, so we each got an entree portion and a pasta portion. We both got salads and fountain drinks and paid less than $25 for one of the best meals we've had in a long time.

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★★★★★

Everything I've had so far has been wonderful. On my last visit, my partner and I split a Primi and a Secundi dish, so we each got an entree portion and a pasta portion. We both got salads and fountain drinks and paid less than $25 for one of the best meals we've had in a long time.

Pros: Local, Great vibe, Parking in back

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If you go, get the pizza! Not that the other things aren't good (they are...especially the gnochi), but the pizza is NOT to be missed! I've been to Italy, and this is the closest pizza I've found here in the United States to being true Italian-style.

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★★★★★

If you go, get the pizza! Not that the other things aren't good (they are...especially the gnochi), but the pizza is NOT to be missed! I've been to Italy, and this is the closest pizza I've found here in the United States to being true Italian-style.

Pros: Good food, Casual Atmosphere, Fast Service

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The most authentic Italian food I've found in Denver. Also a great place to find not so common ingredients for your own cooking.

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★★★★★

The most authentic Italian food I've found in Denver. Also a great place to find not so common ingredients for your own cooking.

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This family run restaurant takes you back to the streets of Italy if you've ever been...or makes you want to go all the more!

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★★★★★

This family run restaurant takes you back to the streets of Italy if you've ever been...or makes you want to go all the more!

Pros: great variety of food, reasonable prices, friendly service

Cons: gets busy

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My drive time to Parisi is just about 30 minutes and I try to get there at least every six weeks or so. Am I crazy? No, the pizza, and everything else there, is worht the drive.

2
★★★★★

My drive time to Parisi is just about 30 minutes and I try to get there at least every six weeks or so. Am I crazy? No, the pizza, and everything else there, is worht the drive.

Pros: location - long drive

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Originally an Italian market started by a couple who met and fell in love in Italy, Parisi has expanded into a full-size restaurant with a red-checkered tablecloth ambience. Locals still stop in to buy their favorite cheeses, pastas and…

 

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