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Ristorante Lo Stella, Denver, CO

Ristorante Lo Stella

4.5
4.5
1278 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
"Lo Stella" Ristorante is the oldest and most successful family owned restaurant operation in Portofino, Italy. It is one of the country’s most renowned historic family owned and operated restaurants for more than 167 years. Now, downtown Denver is home to this historically famed Italian restaurant, led by the 8th generation family member, Alessandro Polo.
At " Lo Stella" Ristorante you will find the original recipes from previous generations like Pesto sauce, Bolognese sauce, marinara, fish ravioli, vegetable ravioli, pappardelle, tagliatelle, pizza and a lot of Colorado meat and fish products cooked in our "ligurian" style.
Lo Stella Ristorante has also had 25 years of great success in Tokyo, Japan until 2013 when Alessandro decided to move to Denver to open this authentic Italian Restaurant.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Sat 4:00 pm–9:45 pm

  • Phone number

    (303) 825-1995

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Luca Pascarella

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / LoDo

  • Cross street

    Bannock and 12th

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Bus 52 stops right across the street

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,278 people are saying

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4.5
4.5 based on all time ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.3Value

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  1. JG

    JenniferG

    Denver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    This was our second visit, and it was good as the first. We had a very early dinner, and had the place to ourselves. The wait staff was attentive without being overly so, and the food was delicious. We had the burrata and prosciutto starter - it was amazing! I had the bolognese, my boyfriend had the zucchini and shrimp pasta, so delicious! I love the panna cotta, it is the best I've ever had, and the tiramisu is legit. Do yourself a favor and try it!
  2. B

    Blessy

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delightful little restaurant. Lovely food especially the incredibly fresh tasting pea soup and the fish ravioli which I’ve never seen before on a Denver menu. We’ll be back.
  3. MM

    MadisonM

    Denver

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Best place ever!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Bolognese was excellent! Homemade noodles were absolutely delicious! Would come back again and will!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    Other tables not cleared. Candles not lit. Just no attention to details of ambience that the restaurant used to offer. Disappointing
  6. CG

    CharlesG

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love going to Lo Stella it’s like visiting friends they always remember me I’ve been coming here since they opened and never had a bad meal all the ingredients are fresh and delicious I had arugula salad with fresh tomatoes wonderful, especially with the their bread and olive oil, next dish was tagliatelle with shrimp and zucchini tossed with saffron so light and delicious add some red pepper flakes for added flavor. ❤️ finally we also split Chicken Melanaise with cremini Mushrooms and mozzarella cheese cubes. Even after all that food I felt fine it wasn’t heavy or rich just light and memorable.
  7. JV

    JVW1

    Denver

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An amazing little gem of a restaurant!
  8. GG

    GoldenGirl

    Denver

    40 reviews

    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If you want their squid ink pasta you need to request it a few days early-it is so worth it though!
  9. JM

    JerryM

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had a fine supper in a great atmosphere, and great service. I had the trout special and it was really good. We'd go again!
  10. G

    Gene

    Las Vegas

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The tricolor salad is excellent if you like arugula and mushrooms. It is large enough to share with two people. My wife had the tagliatelle della "Nonna Laura" and the bolognese sauce was very good. A larger portion and my wife took the remainder home for another day. I had the Spaghetti allo scoglio which was wonderful and a generous portion. Lots of clams, mussels, calamari and a few shrimp with spaghetti in a nice red sauce. I highly recommend this dish if you like and can eat shell fish. Finally the wine from Sardinia, Cannonau Di Sardegna was also excellent and a nice alternative to wines from Tuscany and Piemonte regions of Italy. Overall, a great dinner and the restaurant was not crowded as we went on a Tuesday evening. This is one of our favorite Italian restaurants in Denver. We go there regularly.
  11. SM

    SusanM

    Denver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I reserved the high top weeks in advance but we didn’t get one. The food was amazing as always and so was Brian! We love it at Lo Stella
  12. JL

    JLewisL

    Denver

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Excellent service! We enjoyed all the information our server shared with us!
  13. C

    Chrisk

    Denver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    As Italian restaurants go, this one is decent. Surprisingly fewer people there than I expected for a Friday night at 6PM. Easy to make a reservation that wasn't really needed. The meals were prepared well - although someone needs to learn how to make a proper latte LOL . If we're in the area, we'll probably go back.
  14. KM

    KelliM

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great service, cocktails and food were delicious. Good entree recommendations as well.
  15. s

    sandrap

    Denver

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Disappointing experience, service and food. Lo Stella used to be wonderful, it's very sad to see how it has changed!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    Very limited menu especially for an Italian restaurant. Meatballs were not even an option. I ordered the fish which was not very good the sauce tasted like canned soup, my boyfriend had spaghetti which he said was very tasty. The bread in the salad were amazing. Would rather go to a less expensive Italian place and get better food.
  17. l

    lloyd

    Las Vegas

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food here is amazing! The wine selection is also very good. The service was excellent. We will definitely be dining here again.
  18. M

    Mickey

    Denver

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Once again, all (4) of the pasta dishes were over the top! Even though they were getting swamped with prom goers, the service was timely and well executed. Can’t wait to return.
  19. DW

    DavidW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Entertained business colleagues. An awesome culinary experience in a cozy, warm and inviting venue. Everyone is friendly and especially helpful with recommendations from wine selections to specials to the incredibly interesting menu. We had a mix of appetizers and pastas along with the collette steak for dinner. I would go back in a minute and enjoy this golden nugget of Denver’s restaurant scene.
  20. PO

    PaulyO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and Incredible staff! Leo is the best!
  21. J

    Janicej

    Denver

    14 reviews

    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    The menu has changed dramatically since we were last here - fewer offerings. The duck special was not available until 7 pm so that was off the table as we had a play to attend. Disappointing experience at what was a favorite restaurant.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our special occasion go to! Good and service are excellent!
  23. I

    Italonyc

    Denver

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best italian in all the country! Only if you know real Italian food.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    82 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    82 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We dine quite regularly at Lo Stella and recommend it highly. They have a limited menu, but what they have is really excellent. The staff if absolutely first rate and make a visit a pleasure. Over several years of going there I think we have tried and liked everything. It is a wonderful neighborhood restaurant and one we feel everyone would enjoy.
  25. I

    Italonyc

    Denver

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always the best italian in denver. Grazie milli
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    82 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    82 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I’ve been going to this restaurant since they opened and it’s my favorite spot. Staff is friendly, food is on point and their wine list keeps on growing.
  27. TK

    TiffaniK

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Never a disappointment. Great staff and incredible food! Our go to date night spot!
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    82 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    82 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We’ve been to Lo Stella a few times and each time it’s been impressive. The specials here are indeed special and always worth getting. The last time, we had salt crusted sea bass that was as moist as they came. Today, we got the elk carpaccio special, which made me an elk believer. The meat was incredibly tender and sweet and seasoned perfectly, combined with the slightly sweet berry sauce and the tart orange, it’s a light but really tasty bite. I think the real star was the fish ravioli and shrimp sauce, perhaps one of the best pasta dishes I’ve ever had. Each bite of the pasta with the parsley and the creamy sauce gives this little, very subtle…fragrance; it was just like magic.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    82 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    82 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Never disappointed at Lo Stella. I love how the special rotate and I always have to try at least one of them! Today was duck breast a l’orange. A m a z i n g Brian suggested a nerello mascalese Sicilian wine the paired very well
  30. I

    Italonyc

    Denver

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible as always. I always enjoy my dinner there at least once or twice a week. Grazie
  31. KR

    KathyR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Went here with friends and had a delicious leisurely meal. The pasta with seafood was outstanding as was the chocolate cake.
  32. S

    Sandra

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The food here is always good but service is outstanding. Rather crowded on a Saturday evening but still enjoyable.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    82 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    82 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The tastiest food I’ve ever had in Denver hands down. Ambiance was excellent, and staff was even better. Thx u Luca for a wonderful experience.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    We’ve been to Lo Stella many times and have enjoyed it. Last night’s dinner was disappointing. I had a pasta dish that was served with a saffron sauce and shrimp. There were 2 pieces of shrimp! Really? My husband had the bolanese pasta which he said tasted like ground meat with no flavor. I doubt that we would go back to Lo Stella
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    82 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    82 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Their spaghetti allo scoglio is amazing. Fried seafood platter was to die for. They let me order a branzino for two weeks from now and they are going to bake it in a salt dome and clean it table side. I’m so excited I can’t wait
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    82 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    82 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Bring your date here
  37. I

    Italonyc

    Denver

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always very consistent and friendly. Best Italian in Denver by far if you relationship kniw what Italian kitchen is.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    82 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    82 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere, great food. Our server was a delight and very accommodating. Definitely coming back
  39. h

    henry

    Denver

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cozy, friendly place. The staff made you feel welcome and appreciated.
  40. MD

    MarkDenver

    Denver

    60 reviews

    4.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    It was a slow night but the food was as good as ever even if the menu has been reduced.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

Ristorante Lo Stella offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (303) 825-1995.

Ristorante Lo Stella is rated 4.5 stars by 1278 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    Bannock and 12th

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / LoDo

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Sat 4:00 pm–9:45 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Bus 52 stops right across the street

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Luca Pascarella

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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