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“Great Food, Cozy Little Restaurant” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Paravicini's

Paravicini's
2802 W Colorado Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80904-2444
719-471-8200
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Ranked #15 of 1,194 Restaurants in Colorado Springs
Price range: $15 - $20
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Doing business, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: 28th
Pueblo West, Colorado
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110 reviews 110 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 43 cities Reviews in 43 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Great Food, Cozy Little Restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013

We went here for lunch. Great food, fresh, kitchen is open so you can see things being made. Service was great. We were glad it wasn't too crowded since you would be sitting right next to other diners.

Visited January 2013
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CO
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49 reviews 49 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Good food, slow service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

Good food, but because it was Valentine's Day, they didn't plan for a crowd at lunch time. We saw two servers, and the owner had to start serving. Still, the LUNCH time wait from order to food at the table was about an hour. The server was very apologetic and kept bringing bread, but we were getting impatient, as were others around us. I tried something from the dinner menu because I wanted veal (other reviews recommended this), and it was OK. Not the softest veal I've had. The portion was the same size as the lunch portions but twice the price. Lunch was definitely the deal! We'll be back for lunch, that's for sure!

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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110 reviews 110 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 43 cities Reviews in 43 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Outstanding Italian Restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

Four of us visited this place on a Friday night. The food was excellent and the service was great also. The menu is very varied, and the prices are reasonable. The bread is fantastic. The restaurant was a little noisy (the place was full on a Friday night), but four of us could carry on a conversation without any trouble. I would imagine that larger groups might have trouble hearing each other.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Lawrence, Kansas
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
“An Old ... Colorado City ... Favorite - Same Consistency and Quality”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013

I have been eating at Paravicini's since they opened in 2003 and have not been disappointed once. Ted Sexton and Franco Pisani, the owners, opened their doors, just minutes from our Old Colorado City home, to rave reviews and Franco, the head chef, deserves every one of them. The food is and always has been consistent, reasonably priced, and made with quality ingredients and the wine list robust and reasonable as well.

Appetizers include many of the Italian specialties you would expect, including calamari, fried mozzarella, mussels, bruschetta (pronounced bru-ske-ta, not bru-she-ta as many American's mistakenly do), and assorted meats, cheeses, and marinated vegetables among others. I stopped ordering appetizers a long time ago because you can expect an abundance of food from ordering the main course including pasta (full meals or as sides), meats (veal, chicken and steak prepared in an abundance of sauces), salad (served family style - Ceasar is $2 extra per person) and fresh baked bread (keep it coming...I don't care what the diet experts say!).

Pastas include many regulars including spaghetti and meatballs (a dish you will never see in Italy), manicotti, lasagna, ravioli, rigatoni, and gnocchi (small potato dumplings) in portions even the biggest eaters will not be disappointed by, but the meat dishes are not to be missed!

The veal dishes are the best value on the menu, just a buck or two more than the pastas and chicken dishes, served in a variety of sauces second to none. My favorites, not on the menu but available nonetheless, are the Veal (vitello in Italian) Saltimbocca (veal scallopini - medallions - covered with prosciutto and mozzarella, then baked and served in a lemon butter and sage sauce over angelhair pasta) and the Veal Capricosa (veal medallions covered with mozzarella then baked and served with sauteed prosciutto, mushrooms, and onion over angelhair). Other favorites are the Veal Toscano (veal scaloppini sautéed with garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, and artichoke hearts, finished in a roasted garlic cream sauce), Veal Porcini (sautéed veal scaloppini in a porcini mushroom brandy cream sauce), and for those who enjoy hot and spicy, the Veal Giuseppe (veal scaloppini sautéed with spicy Italian sausage, onions, hot and sweet peppers, capers, olive, garlic & olive oil). All veal dishes are between $16.95 and $18.95 and served with salad, fresh, hot bread, and pasta, very reasonable for the quality of the milk-fed veal and portion sizes.

The wine selection is moderate and varied, with glasses or bottles available at a fair price. A full bar is available for those who wish to partake.

Desserts, which I have been able to order only on a few occasions because of the robustness of the meals, are excellent and include classic tiramisu and delicious cannoli (tubular stuffed pastry with a sweet ricotta cream), a specialty of the island of Sicily, my wife's original home.

Paravicini's, a name that is actually a bit redundant due to the fact that words ending in "i" are always masculine plural in the Italian language, is a Colorado Springs treasure. Located in historic Old Colorado City, Paravicini's offers a wonderful American-style (Italians would never think of eating meat and pasta together) Italian meal with the opportunity to stroll through the historic district after dinner to digest before going on your way...buon appetito!

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Fountain, Colorado
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“Great Italian in a cozy space!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2012

A good choice for dinner when you're feeling Italian! The house salad here is amazing. The rest of the menu is mostly traditional italian. It's a small restaurant, so you may want to make reservations. All in all, a solid italian experience.

  • Visited January 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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