640 Main St, Louisville, CO | Directions 8002739.976805 -105.131905
Sunday To Thursday From 08:00 AM To 09:00 PM Friday To Saturday From 08:00 AM To 10:00 PM
Great Food – Great food been going there for 30 years.
I think the food was better before the place burned down.
The salad they need to add onion and tomato's.
You order a large you will take 1/2 of it home :).
what the Heck? – If you want to try this great food stick with the spagetti and sauce, try the link sausage to go with it. thats what this place is all about. If you are the yuppy type and expect the fancy frills, go for the take out and eat it at home. My wife son and myself stick to the spagetti and it always is great. The sauce was better before they bottled it for stores. This restaurant has come a long way from when u had to go to the kitchen door for your take out. For those who don't care for this great spagetti and sauce, move over for those who do cause this place is "old school" just wish I lived close so I could have it more than a couple of times a year.
ick! – good prices, bad food, and poor service. We would NEVER eat there again. We ate 1/4 of the food, had it boxed up, and I brought our food home and seasoned it until it tasted decent again. I had to add some sauce, garlic, and basil to make it edible. I don't get why anyone would recommend this restaurant- store bought tomato sauce and pasta would taste ten times better!
Loved more by locals – I lived in Boulder during the 70's and went there once. I took my wife there on a recent visit and she was not impressed at all. This place does have a strong local following but I can't understand why. The spaghetti sauce is okay, but not expecially great. the noodles are different than anything I have encountered anywhear else, about the shape of a # 2 pencil. You would swear the meatballs were made with sawdust and the salad is plain. The atmosphere is not the reason people come here. You either love the place or you don't. Not an authentic Italian style restaurant.
Was hoping the reviews were wrong – It is unfortunate that such a well known family owned restaurant has one of the most horrible foods I have eaten. I had eggplant Parmesan which did not seem homemade. The breading was pretty bland, not much seasoning if any and they forgot the cheese on it. Even with the cheese sprinkled over it didn't help. The pasta noodles were nice and thick however could have been cooked in salted water to add that extra flavor throughout. The noodles reminded me of something from a can or cafeteria food as mentioned. I was hoping to be proved wrong. UPSIDE my hubby said the Philly sandwich was great!!
It's excellent for what it is.... read this one! – OK, I realize everyone that loves this place grew up with it, as did I, but honestly... the noodles are thick and the sauce is not just "watered down tomato paste" it's famous throughout the state. Go to your local supermarket- you can find in a tiny corner of the sauce aisle, a bottle of Blue Parrot's homemade sauce. It's one of the only tiny family-owned restaurants that have their sauce at supermarkets statewide. There's proof that it's good. The noodles are thick and hearty and the meatballs are delicious! People are on here whining about not being able to get a decent salad... you don't go to Blue Parrot for the SALAD, my God! You go for the hearty delicious plate of spaghetti. If you want a stupid salad or some ambiance and fanciness then go to the Macaroni Grill, a mass-produced chain. If you want local tradition and a good, homecooked plate of traditional spaghetti, go to the Blue Parrot. Don't expect it to be fancy, it's a neighborhood family-owned restaurant in a small town. Which, in my book, makes it all the more better.
yuk!!! – My husband grew up in Boulder and raved about this place, so on a recent trip back we went there. Living in nyc for twenty years, I was used to really great italian. This place was horrible !! The Spaghetti was disgusting . Hard , tastless , and cold. I've had better salads from a hospital cafateria. The service is horrible. Steer clear of this dump.
It's not fancy but it's home! – I grew up in the Boulder area and one of our regular family rituals was to head to Louisville for Italian food. Colaccis, Blue Parrot, Luigi's, Pasquale's, all were good. Now it seems that the BP is all that's left, but it's still good. I don't live in Colorado anymore, but whenever I'm there, this is a must stop. All the negative reviewers I see here have their reasons for not liking it, but it's clear that they just don't get it. This is not authentic Italian cuisine from the old country - it doesn't pretend to be. It's not supposed to be a Boulder fern-bar experience either. It's authentic Italian-American cuisine with its roots in the kitchens of the Italian immigrant families who worked in the coal mines. Like other parts of the country with similar populations and cuisine, it's heavy on good meat and thick pasta. People had to work long and hard in those days, and this stuff kept them going. Soup or salad as a dinner? Bosh. If that's what you're looking for, there are places to find it, but this isn't one of them. If you're a real foodie (and not a food snob), you understand that a restaurant's history and context are part of the experience, and if you like the food, so much the better. You also understand the meaning of the term "cult food," which is what this place is for me and so many others, occasional grumpy wait staff, simple decor, retro salads, cheap beer, and all. Remember that in many cultures, a restaurant is the extension of a family's private home; not a truly public space. You don't complain about what your friends serve you in their homes do you? Long live the Blue Parrot!!
Most Expensive GARBAGE you'll ever buy!!! – Last night my boyfriend and I decided to go out for Italian. We were intending on going to Pasquini's, but to our dismay, it was no longer there. So we tried what we thought might be the next best thing; the Blue Parrot. We nearly turned around once we entered the place due to the atmosphere. It felt like we were in a retirement home cafeteria. But we had been walking up and down the street for nearly half an hour so we settled on this place. We took forever to decide on what to eat, (not a very extensive menu) and finally got fried raviolis, the chicken parm, and lasagne. ALL TERRIBLE. HONESTLY, I've had better food in a nursing home!!! The pasta was flavorless, and the sauce no better. The bread they brought out to our table was like unsweet angel food cake in a bread form, if you can imagine that. Our waiter was adequate, but kept us waiting forever after he dropped off the check. When some strange woman returned with my credit card and receipt, she left me with a broken pen to sign the check. I shouldn't have even bothered looking for one that worked and left it blank. I felt robbed after paying for food that shouldn't even be donated to a homeless shelter. STAY AWAY from this place !!! The entire experience was SO BAD, I almost stabbed my boyfriend in the neck with the broken pen.
Good Food, No Frills – My boyfriend has been eating at the Blue Parrot since he was a toddler. He shared this wonderful resturant with me recently and BOY...what a find!!! The pasta is nice, thick, traditional Italian noodles, not that crappy, premade stuff you can get at any pseudo-Italian place. The red sauce is quite tasty; not too spicy, just really flavorful, and the meatballs are to die for! But my favorite dish on the menu is the chicken cacciatore. The seasonings are WONDERFUL, the meat falls off the bone and the portions are huge. Admittedly, the ambiance leaves a little to be desired, but the food is worth the lack of decor. I absolutely recommend this nice, family owned and family-friendly resturant!!!!
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