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Il Posto

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(61 Reviews)

2011 E 17th Ave, Denver, CO 80206

(303) 394-0100

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Today: 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
12
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IN BUSINESS
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Price Range
$$$$
Neighborhoods
Central Denver, City Park West
Categories
Italian Restaurants, Fine Dining Restaurants, Mediterranean Restaurants, Restaurants
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Cuisines: Fine Dining, Mediterranean, Italian, European, Continental

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Foodie77

03/01/2011

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Overall
5280 disappontment

Il posto started off to a good start for us coming here for the first time to try out the 5280 restaurant week. The appetizer I had was the cockles - in a very tasty sauce, very well prepared.. Then it started to go downhill, it took a incredibly long time to receive our second course and when we got it, the pasta was not even cooked - it was hard and gooey. When one of us complained the waiter did not offer to do anything about it, he simply said, ""we make it El Dente' "". This was more than el dente. The last course took even longer, which was strange since it's a small venue and there were several open tables. Also, the drinks were very expensive and nothing special. Needless to say for our large party, not one of us will be going back.

bobsbarker

07/05/2010

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ROMANTIC

It's like being thrown a kiss from across the room from that one and only, love filled, lovely, lass that can absolutely captivate you. It's like tea and ambrosia teemed with fluttering butterflies swirling in the golden yellow sun-swept
mother-earth. It's the entry into the dramatic dreams of the ultimate romantics. The food is only part of this encounter with the epicurean adventure, far away from the mundane.
This is a taste of lightness, a scent of heaven sent only to those that understand. Hold out your hands, face up. RECEIVE, I SAY RECEIVE FROM THE VERY,VERY PRESENCE OF ANDREA. It's an experience, slow, very european, enjoyment par excellence. Let this place, this environ reach the very marrow of your romantic bones.

Paul F Denver

05/21/2010

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Charming service and an great dinner!

Went to Il Posto for dinner last nite and it was wonderful. The gnocchi was the best I have ever had. After a couple cocktails, we had a couple great bottles of Barbera with dinner. My friends and I tasted through a good portion of the menu, and were impressed with the quality of the produce, the execution, and the presentation of the dishes. We were even able to accomodate the vegetarian in the group without much diffuculty. Highly recommended, don't usually post reviews and comments, however wanted to share this experience with as many people as possible.

jstocker

03/27/2010

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The Worst Experience

I just went to Il Posto with a friend for the first time tonight. The atmosphere was pretty cute, but right off the bat, it became clear to us that our server had a ""difficult"" personality. After putting in our food and drink orders, it took 15 minutes for me to get my glass of wine. About 1.5 hours later, I was finally served my entree. (To be fair, my friend ordered the wine paring, which likely slowed down the delivery of my food, but we still felt as if that was a long time to wait .) Long story long, towards the end of my meal, I found a hair in my plate. The server's reaction was, ""Did you just find that?"" There was no apology or any type of offer to help rectify the matter from her part. We were asked if we wanted to order dessert (as if we wanted to risk more hair in our food.) We were then promptly presented our check and there was no ""comp"" for our surprise finding in the food. Our bill was $134 and we were thoroughly disappointed with the entire experience. Avoid, avoid, avoid.

gabemagnet

03/03/2010

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I love it!

I love Il Posto! One of the worst things about this place is that the chefs change the menu daily; which is one of the best things about the place. My favorite dish wasn't there the following visit, but I was lucky enough to have osso bucco on wednesday night, so all is good. Loved it!

Rizzo1994

03/03/2010

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Great Place for Great Food!

I really love the different choices every time I go. The menu changes all of the time although some favorites are usually available in some form or another.
If you like fresh ingredients prepared in unique ways this is the place for you. I really like the calamari appetizer and the gnocchi. All of the fish items I have had were great and my wife loved the halibut. Another great item is the hanger steak, very, very good.

I would highly recommend. Also, if you want to avoid crowds go at lunch time for a very special meal!

NickVK

03/02/2010

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Not the best

Went here for the first time during Denver Restaurant week with a group of 7 people. As a vegetarian, I am used to sifting through menus to see what options are available to me. For the 5280 menu there was no vegetarian option available, but they substituted a pretty good salad for the first course. The 2nd course was not impressive as the risotto had little flavor and the noodles with sauce and brussel sprouts were just average. Service was strange.

After finishing our food and enjoying some wine, the bill was brought to us. Shortly after, they encouraged us to leave as others were waiting. Although they gave us an after dinner shot, we all agreed it was quite rude and it left a bad flavor in our mouths.

Overall, not too impressed with this place. For the price, it was not worth it.

LeahB

02/24/2010

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Eh - not so good

Not great honestly. Nothing was memorable and everything was served cold - in other words didn't make it out to the table while it was still hot. Our server always seemed too busy and annoyed by our requests for more drinks. I just wouldn't recommend it.

delectable9

01/03/2010

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Driven away by poor service

I was given a dinner at Il Posto for Christmas, in preparation of a trip to Italy - what a complete disappointment! For those looking to eat at this restaurant, be warned - reservations (even made a month in advance) mean the time from which you can expect to wait another hour for a table. We would have waited an additional 20-30 minutes, but more than 30 minutes is simply ridiculous. Not only did the astonishingly rude hostess seem rather put out at the fact that we were annoyed at having to wait so long, but she continued to patronizingly explain that the size of the restaurant was the reason for our having to wait ad infinitum for a table to open up. The real reason is simply poor management and an over-inflated sense of self-worth. We eventually had a lovely meal at Strings four blocks down 17th - a real recommendation if you plan on having a night out at Il Posto. If the attitude toward the food is as arrogant as the hostess, then I can understand people's disappointment in their meals as stated in other reviews - at Il Posto, the staff seem to think the customer is privileged to have an opportunity to enter their restaurant and should be grateful regardless of any additional difficulties incurred. Go anywhere else for decent service. Even an exceptional meal is not worth such a hassle.

epicurious10

12/21/2009

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Absolutely awful!

I was forced to give a rating but really wanted to rate this place with zero stars. Please, save your money if you're planning on a dinner at Il Posto. I'd read reviews of this place and thought we couldn't go wrong. I eat out frequently and was so disappointed with every aspect of my dining experience (especially considering we took foodies from out of town to dinner). How was I disappointed? Let me count the ways....1. Confusing menu 2. The worst potato gnocchi I've ever tasted (I've never had bad gnocchi but it tasted like overcooked cauliflower (as described by a dinner companion ""dirty dishwater"") 3. They overcooked the risotto (I sent it back and didn't order another dish) 4. All 3 scallops (for $24!) had SAND in them 4. When asked what kind of wine by the glass I'd like, I said a good Cabernet and was told ""We don't have Cabernet by the glass."" Really? Then why ask? 5. Some kind of grease fire in the open kitchen left the dining room full of smoke and our clothes and hair smelling like a fast food restaurant. At this point, the meal was so bad, the service so poor, the ambiance so uninviting, I just wanted some wine. And so I went home.

liz rd

10/08/2009

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Simply WOW!

Not sure why anyone would ever give this place a bad review. It has to be one of the best places in all of Colorado. The food was the real type of Italian that one would find in rural Italy - not the Americanized spaghetti-type of red sauce and pasta. This place is the real deal!

I ordered the pork loins and could cut it with a fork - it simply melted in my mouth. The burrata was fresh and creamy and the deserts were out of this world! My boyfriend had Opa belly and was buttery and delicious. I think one can only find the best fish in high-end Italian restaurants such as this one.

The whole experience was wonderful. I especially liked chef Andrea - he is extremely personable and authentic. He even remembered us from the last time we came in. This place takes the cake!

Cityboy1234

09/28/2009

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The WORST restaurant in Denver

This is the second time I have been to the restaurant and it will be the last. In this day and age how can a restaurant can survive when it treats its customers so terribly is beyond me. If you expect service form this establishment you should avoid it at all costs. If you expect good food or a decent wait staff you should avoid this restaurant. If you want to be treated in an undignified and rude manner then you should make reservations today!!! You can get better service and treatment from just about any other restaurant in Denver. I called and made reservations for two at 8:15. We were not seated until 9:15. Nothing was done to accommodate us. The wait staff was rude and the Chef Andrea Frizzi was the leader of the rude brigade. He is pompous individual that did nothing to make the evening correct expect accuse my date and I of not being nice and all we had was wait patiently for a table. Please read the other reviews and you will see that if the review is bad it is probably telling you more of the real story than anything else.

JoelWheaton

08/09/2009

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Awesome lunch at Il Posto!

I've been to Il Posto for dinner and its always a treat, but lunch!
I started with the Calamari ripieni which is Stuffed calamari that was out of this world good.
My meal was Pappardelle salsiccia a homemade pappardelle, marjoram sausage ragu and mushrooms.
This was mouth watering deliciousness! I washed it down with 2 Peroni's and had a most
satisfying lunch! I'm glad Il Posto is now open for lunch.

insagt

05/04/2009

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Mixed messages

A group of us went to Il Posto for a special occasion and chose the tasting menu. The salad was uninspired except for the sand it was full of. We mentioned this to the manager who came to the table to apologize but offered nothing in the way of compensation or replacement. The risotto was good as the next course but nothing spectacular. The main course choices were quail and ono. The ono was good but not at all exciting and served with grilled endive and a stewed tomato, the quail was overdone and came served with a mushroom cap and slice of beet. The waiter even came back to the table to ask if the quail was OK. When we said it was OK he said ""I thought it looked overcooked"" . We confirmed that it was dry but wondered to ourselves if he thought it was overcooked, why he would have served it, especially after we had been served salad full of grit? The wines paired with the courses were uniformly delightful. Dessert was fine. The bread was great as was the olive oil it was served with. I would have been a lot happier having bread and wine and saving at least part of the $65 for dinner.

BKlein

05/01/2009

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Overated food, rude staff, noisy and uncomfortable

We had reservations for 7. We arrived at 7 and we told to go down to the bar 2 doors
down. we were seated at 7:45. NO apologies from anyone. The wine is overpriced, but good. My little pasta dish arrived luke warm. The waiter was miffed that I complained about it. The portions are small, which is OK
but not at these prices. Lots of attitude, but not worth it. We sat at a high top table next to the door, which the host was also using as
a desk and place to hold the phone. I don't pay these prices to be next to their phone.
Uncomfortable and very noisy. Skp this overrated place.

markywebb

04/14/2009

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Denver's Best

I read MetroMix's review on Il Posto that this place really could be Denver's best so I thought I'd give it a try. I was not disappointed - the food was absolutely fabulous. The texture of the pork belly was like butter and I did not even need a fork. The flavor was like nothing I've had before - simply amazing. I never thought pork could actually melt in one's mouth. The atmosphere was quiant and a bit small but cozy nonetheless.

The open kitchen is unique like Table 6's but the food and service were far superior in my opinion. There is no other place like this in Denver - at least from what I've found. There is a lot of hype out there but this place is the real deal - bar none.

I especially enjoyed the chef - although a bit hard to understand with an Italian accent. He was exteremly personable and sincere. I love places like this where the chef makes him self available outside of the kitchen.

I can understand though why some Coloradans may not appreciate this place - it's like a whole new dining experience for most. One needs to slow down and actually taste the food one is eating. We all typically gorge ourselves but if we slow down and actually let our tastebuds to the talking - you'll find this slow-roasted food is out of this world! I think this is why Il Posto is a favorite among foodies. I read the reviews of the food editors and all of them recommend this place which makes it worth trying - even if one is not used to eating marvelous food.

I see myself becoming a regular. The chalk board written in Italian is a buit overwhelming but I think it adds to the whole dining experience.

I simply love this place! Hands-down, Denver's best so far

hearomcha

02/17/2009

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You could not drag me back here for free food. Horrible treatment!

The only reason I gave it 1 star is because I can't rate it 0 stars. We had a reservation for 6 on Valentine's day. My good friend, who goes there frequently, was never informed of the special menu and price for that night. This alone is insulting. I personally had planned on eating very little due to a recent tragic event in my life left me with hardly any appetite, and yes, the price was hard to swallow as well. I explained my situation to a hostess & my server, asking if I could simply have a salad or share a meal with my partner. I saw the head chef, who spent more time on the floor than in the kitchen, say ""NO! Absolutely not! No other food allowed and the price is PER PERSON!"" So I decided to not eat vs. throw good money away for something I wouldn't eat. The server said they were small portions, and indeed they were! I watched my fiance & a male friend try to fill up on the tiny portions, and half of the dishes had a sliver of fish, which my fiance doesn't like. There was only a choice on the main entree. Even with me not eating, my fiance had to shell out $140 for his lacking dinner, wine, tax and tip. There was no apology to my friend for never disclosing the set up for Valentine's day night. And since I had no idea about the set menu, the lack of compassion for my needs from the owner/head chef was the worst treatment I've ever received in any restaurant. And the most unbelievable part of the whole dreadful experience is that the food served that night WASN""T EVEN TRADITIONAL ITALIAN FOOD! After that, we went through the Arby's drive thru. If I had a chance to do it again, I would walk out of Il Posto and EAT AT ARBY'S INSTEAD. I'd say if you really want Italian, go to Olive Garden or Noodles & Co. instead. And no, I don't own any business/restaurant near or around this place.

paigew55

01/20/2009

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A real Italian chef brings deliciousness to Denver!

Like many people, I was raised to think ""Italian"" food meant pizza, lasagna and spaghetti with tomato sauce. Though it has taken me almost 30 years to figure it out (and too many Italian restaurants to name), I?m glad I now know what real Italian food is supposed to taste like thanks to Il Posto. From the minute my group walked in the neighborhood joint I was swallowed up by the intimate atmosphere ? the hustle of the serving staff, the pleasant ringing of pots in the open kitchen mixing with the sizzle of flames, the undertones of conversation from patrons nearby. The simplicity of the decor was matched by the simplicity of the wine list and the menu. Each bottle of wine was obviously thoughtfully chosen to be on such a select list and we were thrilled when the sommelier made suggestions based on our tastes instead of a dollar amount. The chalkboard menus on the wall were eclectic and even though they weren?t handy for everyone at the table to see, we were happy to shuffle around to gaze in wonder at the deliciousness that awaited us. I could go through every item we ordered but my words won?t do it all justice. Let?s just say I?m still daydreaming about gooey burrata & prosciutto, tender gnocchi with cauliflower, pork belly that I didn?t want to share a bite of with my friends and little donuts that were doughy bits of heaven drizzled in some vanilla nectar. I?ve always dreamt of marrying an Italian and moving to the land where indulgence is a way of life but if that doesn?t happen for me then parking myself in a seat at Il Posto every chance I get is the next best thing.

haleyjgrimm

01/15/2009

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Denver's Best!

Simply wow! Il Posto was by far the best cuisine - especially Italian cuisine I've ever had in Denver. I definitely compared to any food I've had in Paris, Rome or New York City. The quaint little place reminded me of a trendy Soho restaurant and the fare was simply amazing. The fresh Gnocchi was gorgous and the espresso short ribs could have been eating with a spoon - they were that tender.

Denver has its share of great restaurants but this place made all the rest seem like a Denny's. I eat out a lot - may be four to five times a week. I can see myslef eating at Il Posto at least once a week. I is really that good.

jnew 842002

12/25/2008

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Very disappointing.

I read great reviews about Il Posto and decided to give it a try and was very disappointed. Our waiter was great but the food was below average. The sauce on our pasta tasted like it came out of a jar and had no flavor. The chicken we ordered was supposed to be stuffed and was not and it was also supposed to have pancetta with it but it was nowhere to be seen. The other entrees we ordered were bland and not worth what they charged. I will never go back and do not recommend this restaurant to anyone.

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