10 Best Pasta Places in Colorado

One of the world’s favorite foods, pasta is more than just spaghetti and meatballs. There are about 600 different types and shapes, cooked differently depending on where in Italy it originated. For an impressive variety of perfectly-prepared pasta, check out these awesome restaurants in Colorado! 

Spuntino, Denver, CO

There’s a theme here: handmade, hand-cranked, hand-rolled and hand-cut pasta inspired by the freshest, seasonal ingredients that celebrate Italian favorites like bigoli, garganelli, tagliatelle, pappardelle, ravioli and gnocchi. The rustic ambiance captures the trattoria style. Sit at the bar for a peek into the kitchen where the magic happens. Open for dinner only.

Rasta Pasta, Colorado Springs, CO

Don’t worry, be happy Mon! And you will be at this fun fusion matchup of Jamaican flavors and Italian classics. Pasta dishes are made-to-order with the option to up or downgrade the spiciness. With names like Dreadlock Ravioli, Sundrio, Spaghetti Knuckles and the signature Rasta Pasta on the menu, a meal here is just plain fun, and it tastes good too! Reggae music, Jamaican beer, rum and an outdoor patio to enjoy it all on—what’s not to like!

Paisano’s Downtown, Pueblo, CO

A friendly smile and an enthusiastic welcome to every “paisano” who enters is the kick-off to a meal here. The cuisine is traditional Italian with a dash of Pueblo flavor thrown in for good measure. Pasta favorites are the fettucine Alfredo, shrimp scampi and the spaghetti with marinara sauce. Some can come diablo style, which takes the spiciness level up a notch. There’s a lounge and full bar.

Gianni’s Oven & Grill, Durango, CO

If you have an Italian grandmother, the food and atmosphere at this family-owned restaurant might remind you of her. The home-style cooking showcases al dente pasta and a made-from-scratch marinara and meat sauce that’s an old family recipe…just like grandma used to make. Try it on the spaghetti, linguini, fettucine or ravioli. Portions are large so think about sharing.

Il Bistro Italiano, Grand Junction, CO

Authentic northern Italian fare made by an authentic northern Italian chef is what makes this ristorante a success. It’s a little bit of Italian tradition with a pinch of American culture as seasoning. Pasta is hand-crafted every day, as is the bread. The menu changes regularly but you’ll find garganelli, spinach noodles, stuffed rotolo and their piece de resistance, rosetta, a house-made pasta baked with ham, provolone, rosemary and a spicy tomato sauce. A good selection of Coloradan wines are on-hand.

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Canino’s Italian Restaurant, Fort Collins, CO

The historic house that’s home to this restaurant was built in 1905 and has a history as rich as the food served here. It’s been a home to families and businesses, but for more than 40 years, Chef Canino has made it a place to “si mangia.” Handmade tortellini, manicotti, penne and fettucine come stuffed, baked, smothered in cream sauce or complimented with meat balls. A charming family-run and family-friendly restaurant.

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Via Perla, Boulder, CO

Take a trip to Italy…with food. The regions represented on the menu include the Chianta Hills, Umbria, Sicilia, Toscana, Venezia, Parma and beautiful Roma. Locally farmed ingredients, authentic recipes and the finest imports are showcased in the pasta, a selection that ranges from tagliatelle to tonnarelli to papparadelle and gnocchi. All are handmade and combined with rich sauces, fresh herbs and tender meats.

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Marconi’s, Pagosa Springs, CO

Holy Marconi! There is some great Italian pasta here from the spaghetti and meatballs to the lobster ravioli to the shrimp scampi with fettucine noodles to the baked ziti. The ambiance is “molto buona,” a little slice of Italy tucked away in this small, mountain town. Open for dinner, only. Go with an appetite, portions are substantial.

Campi de Fiori, Aspen, CO

This tiny trattoria is an explosion of Italy in the food, the ambiance and the “Benvenuto” feeling that happens from the first step through the door. Local ingredients, imported cured meats and Italian dried goods are what make each dish extraordinary. The menu changes seasonally but delicious pasta is always a main feature. Linguine, rigatoni, pappardelle, penne, capellini and spaghetti are the basis for authentic Italian flavors. The open kitchen makes this a lively spot for dinner.

Paravicini’s Italian Bistro, Colorado Springs, CO

Named the Best Italian Restaurant in Colorado by a national poll, the fare is infused with the love that comes from family traditions. Handmade sauces and handcrafted pasta are the basis for a wide-range of pasta dishes. Not-to-be-missed are the gnocchi Bolognese, spaghetti pomodoro, penne alla vodka or the rigatoni carmella. The quality of food, service and atmosphere are the perfect recipe for an enchanting evening.

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