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“Trattoria cellar serving tasty Italian comfort food”
Review of Osteria Marco

Osteria Marco
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Ranked #48 of 3,256 Restaurants in Denver
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $40
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Bar scene
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Downtown
Cross street: 15th
Description: Opened in October 2007, Osteria Marco is intended to be the livelier, more playful younger brother to Frank Bonanno’s esteemed Italian eatery Luca. Guests are greeted at the top of a grand staircase by a cheese maker, deep in the throes of crafting burrata and charcuterie. At the bottom of the stairs, hundreds of bottles of wine line the walls and announce an affordable, yet progressive wine and spirits program. Whole roasted suckling pigs are the hallmark of Sunday evenings, and friendly engaging servers easily navigate diners through a thoughtful menu that runs a gamut from pizzas and panini to oven-fired shrimp, to crispy calamari and braised, lamb meatballs.
Reviewed May 15, 2013

During a week-long visit to the CO Convention Center, we had a lot of great food in Downtown Denver, which is experiencing a turn-around -- but this is the place we went back to repeatedly.
Apart from a very small sidewalk cafe section (about 5 tables,) the action is in large, noisy, brick basement-level dining area, with a long bar scene along one wall. Appetizers were a draw for us -- they have a 1st-rate Salumeria selection, which many locals were feasting on. We mostly skipped the main dishes, and dined on selections of the various Antipasti (the home-made Burrata cheese is perfect!) Also loved the Pizzas, which featured some very inventive toppings. The Pizzas here tend towards a thinner, cracker-y crust, and largely avoid the tomato-based combinations. Our fave was the Wild Mushroom and Robbiola cheese. If you have ever been in the Italian Alps, you may have this cheese melted and scraped onto bread -- a cousin to the Swiss Raclette classic of ski lodges across the alps. I started out with Italian wines, but skipped to the outstanding local micro-brews in later visits, as Denver is now the reigning micro-brew capital of the USA (didn't know that beforehand.) For desserts, recommend whatever is the nightly special, as these seemed to be more inventive than the menu choices, and oh-so good. It is not a quiet, romantic spot, but with the lively families, attentive young-ish wait staff, and a general buzz of happy diners, you'd hard pressed not to have a good time!

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Reviewed May 14, 2013

Had a group dinner here. I recommend to fill your table with appetizers only (tapa style) and a good bottle of wine. Appetizers are fresh and delicious, comparable with what you would get in Italy! Choice of main courses was rather limited and the pizzas were OK but not so impressive as the the first course. Would like to see some more pasta dishes on the main menu.
Nice wine bar and various choices of good italian wine. Friendly staff, good service!
Overall good value for money in a cosy setting. I would revisit when I am in Denver next time.

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Thank Frank-Ilse
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Reviewed May 13, 2013

Their happy hour simply can't be beat. Amazing prices for superb dishes. The homemade ricotta is a must-try, and their pizzas are great to split amongst friends.

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Reviewed May 7, 2013

Great atmosphere and better food, try the lamb meatball panini along with the grilled artichoke. The staff is extremely knowledgable, courteous and friendly.

Thank J R
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Reviewed April 23, 2013

Service was great, super informed and friendly. Food was awesometasty, experimental flavors that actually tasted delicious.

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