Denver >Food & Dining > Trattoria Stella
3470 W 32nd Ave, Denver, CO | Directions 8021139.761888 -105.033923
Monday From 11:00 AM To 02:00 PM Monday From 05:00 PM To 10:00 PM Wednesday To Sunday From 05:00 PM To 10:00 PM Sunday From 10:00 AM To 02:00 PM
Neighborhoods: West Highland, Northwest Denver
Enjoyed my first visit, but not my second. I knew what I wanted and the first time I saw the server, I ordered my entree. I was still waiting 50 minutes later to receive it, while other diners around me that had ordered after me had already received their dinners. Bill was slightly miscalculated, too. I like how cozy and friendly the place can be, but I don't trust that I'm going to receive service worth paying for.
Don't try just ordering a mimosa – I went to Trattoria Stella this morning with my sister to have a mimosa. We were seated outside and told by our waiter that if we wanted to sit outside that we needed to order food as well as a mimosa. He was quite unfriendly. We finished our drinks quickly and asked for the bill. As we paid our bill he told us that there was a legal issue with only ordering drinks... we were not aware that it is illegal to only order drinks at a bar. We will not go back to this place.
Sucked like Hoover – I've been there a couple of times for dinner and tonight was really not that good - I'll likely not go back:
Waiter forgot they had a bar, forgot that we needed glasses to go with drinks, forgot we were there at one point it seemed.
Food sucked - cold, lasagana was pretty skanky, my friend got a pasta/asparagus dish that barely had any asparagus on it. Salads looked like they were made for the munchkins - literally 2 bites of salad.
Disapointing Service – I used to like this restaurant, but after several run-ins with rude customer service, I will most-likely not be returning.
God I love this place – No joke my favorite Italian food in Denver.
Try the creamy sausage beet pipe regate - -
It hurts it tastes soo good.
Average, boring Italian – Why do we need another one? The owners have closed previously-innovative Cafe Star and are reopening it as Stella. I hope they at least save the beautiful bar! I just wish there were more corageous restauranteurs in this town that would open something less safe and boring. The last thing I need is to navigate another pasta and cream sauce menu. RIP, Cafe Star,,,
Favorite Date Restaurant – This restaurant is my favorite Italian restaurant since coming to Denver. It even rivals some I've been to in New York. Having lived and gone to school there, I'm a hard eater to please. First, I want to praise the lasagna. I have to watch my wieght, but every time I go, I just resign myself to the fact that I'm going to go home like Mr. Creosote in Monty Python, with no room for even a "wafer-theen mint". The lasagna is always slightly different, made with a different sauce each time. But each time, it is transcendent, the best I have ever had. In fact, this once included a sauce that I would normally not order, a puttanesca. I hate capers, and so this has never been my favorite kind of sauce, but I had been so impressed with their past lasagna dish that I tried it. And so now...I can't eat puttanesca anywhere else. The problem with capers is that they often overwhlem all other ingredients. This was perfectly balanced. I had the same experience with their White Chocolate Kahlua Bread Pudding. Not usually a bread pudding fan. Most places either dry it out or turn it into a mushy mess. This was springy, moist, warm and melty. I had no room left, but couldn't stop eating. And the price was absolutely reasonable, even in this economy. Now to address hygiene. I've read in a couple of reviews that it's not so clean, but I have to disagree. I've seen their kitchen, because it is open. And I've only ever seen close attention to keeping hot foods hot, cold foods cold, prevention of cross-contamination by separate and disinfected preparation surfaces, hand-washing, and utensil sanitation. I've heard complaints that they are not "traditional Italian". I grew up with "traditional Italians". Every person I know makes their dishes differently, in Italy, or here. It's basically traditional with a little twist. If my Italian friends had had access to ingredients like truffle oil, they'd probably use it. This is without question, my favorite place in Denver.
Best Highland Restaurant! – My wife and I recently moved to the highlands area from San Francisco. We heard from city search as well as other online reviews that Trattoria Stella was a good place so we decided to check it out Friday November 7. The menu is huge, we had trouble choosing from the various cream sauces, red sauces and pesto sauces. We started by splitting the pink lady salad, which was delicious. I ordered the 32nd street pasta and my wife ordered the italian sausage with roasted red pepers. Both dishes we loaded with flavor. The 32nd street pasta is a very unique dish with goat cheese and roasted pecans. For dessert we ordered the bread pudding because our server reccomended it. The bread pudding along with the rest of the meal was amazing. I was greatly impressed by this restaurant, the wait staff was friendly and helpful in answering questions. My wife and I look foward fequenting this restaurant!
great food – what a treat. My husband and I moved into Highlands area recently and had heard rave reviews about Stellas. We finally went on Saturday nt and had a great time and loved our dinners. I had the special and my husband had the bolognaise . We shared a bread pudding for dessert and loved it so much we took one home to eat later. We will definitely go back. I'm so glad we have such a great restaurant in our neighborhood. The wait staff seemed to be having a good time and our service was excellent.
STELLAR -Great Food, Great People, Great Atmosphere, Great Place for a Date – We have been going here for a while now and love the place. My girlfriend and I went on our first date here - the best place for a first date. Recently, we were in a local store and ran into one of the waitresses from there and she recognized us remembering we left my girlfriend's sun glasses at the restaurant and said she put them aside for us. This is a true neighborhood place. It is so lively, really intimate and fun. Everyone who works here is very friendly and helpful - this is typical of the staff. The menu has so many great dishes it is hard to chose, you get excited just looking at all the options. We love to sit on the patio and watch the street life. Great wine list, even better desserts. There is a small patio in the back for drinks while you wait for a table. We love it!
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