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“Look past location; the food is worth it”

Abrusci's Italian Restaurant
Ranked #5 of 104 Restaurants in Wheat Ridge
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Reservations
Description: Abrusci's Fire and Wine is a family-owned and operated business. The owners and general manager live locally and have been together in business for 16+ years. We recently moved from 32nd/Youngfield to 22nd/Youngfield and are proud to own our own place, designed with customer service in mind. There is seating in our main dining room including at our pizza bar as well as indoor/outdoor seating in our bar and patio. The menu is similar to our Italian menu from our former location but now we have expanded the appetizers and included a bar/patio only menu to continue after the dining room closes. Our brunch is on Saturdays and Sundays only when we open earlier, serving brunch from 9am through 4pm. We are also taking reservations for parties 5 and over, otherwise it is first come, first served with open seating in the bar. Please be considerate of our neighbors when you park. The City of Lakewood encourages neighborhood parking versus large parking lots so we are doing our best to be good neighbors ourselves.
Denver, Colorado
Level 6 Contributor
220 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
“Look past location; the food is worth it”
Reviewed May 21, 2013

The decor could use some updating and it's in a strip mall. Chairs and tables are old and a bit crammed together. But really, the food is exceptional. Most of it tastes very authentic, and all of it is delicious. Great menu choices and daily specials. The place is good for lunch or dinner.

  • Visited May 2013
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Aspen Colorado
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Gluten Free on Menu”
Reviewed May 8, 2013

The staff is extremely friendly and helpful, especially Michael. They have gluten free pasta and bread and the dinner salad is enough for a meal. Gluten free cheese garlic bread on request (not on the menu). The meat sauce for the spaghetti was not seasoned very well but if you let them know when you order I'm sure they would add more oregano and garlic. All in all a very nice restaurant with good healthy food and nice atmosphere.

  • Visited May 2013
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Denver, Colorado
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Outstanding food, don't let the strip-mall location fool you”
Reviewed May 7, 2013

This is our favorite western restaurant in the area, everything on the menu is fabulous and service is usually quite good for a mid-level bistro. They offer a wide selection of gluten-free pastas which is great and the seasonal menu offers nice changes for regulars. The wine list could be a little better but really that's a tiny niggle. Overall a great place and highly recommended for couples or small groups (more than 4 and it's going to be two small tables pushed together in the middle of the rather small dining room).

  • Visited May 2013
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Family owned and operated quality Italian tucked away in strip mall”
Reviewed March 14, 2013

I've driven by this place a zillion times and never noticed this restaurant as it is in the middle of a strip mall and is overshadowed by several chain restaurants. The exterior isn't something that pulls you in either. The interior is nice, not huge or fancy but they are attentive and pleasant and very proud of the food they are serving. It is nice to get away from the run of the mill chains for a change. Our table ordered the chicken parm, rigatoni and Italian sausage, and baked ravioli for dinner with tiramisu and chocolate ravioli to share for dessert. The only item we were disappointed in was the chocolate ravioli. We'd pass on that one next time. My husband and daughter were thrilled with the tiramisu! All of the portion sizes were plenty generous and cost was also reasonable. You could tell there were a lot of "regulars" in the dining room. The dining room is one large room which was filled with tables of multigenerational families and their kids.....it did a bit loud from time to time but it was very homey and pleasant. No complaints from us!!

  • Visited March 2013
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Boston, Massachusetts
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“One of the best in the area - Excellent Italian!”
Reviewed January 5, 2013

My grandparents live in the Golden/ Arvada area and ever since they brought be to Abrusci's a few years ago we've gone there several times- it's always been one of my favorite restaurants to go to when I'm home. The menu is fairly extensive and they have individual sized entrees as well as family sized entrees which serve 2+ people. Their linguini with tomato sauce and chicken is amazing- very flavorful and the chicken is cooked to be perfectly tender. We seem to have some of the same servers overtime and one of them doesn't write anything down but always gets our orders exactly right the first time. The service is fairly fast, and friendly.

They have the BEST garlic bread. They have fresh baked white bread and they give you a garlic "dip" which is mixed with olive oil- our whole family eats it so fast, it's so addicting and delicious!

We also ate here on Mother's Day in 2012- very glad we made a reservation a couple weeks in advance as it's a smaller place. Next time I'm back in the Colorado area with my family I'm sure we'll dine here again as it's hard to find something there we don't like and there's something for everyone!

  • Visited May 2012
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Thank Katherine817
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