The Best Italian Restaurants in Metro Denver

May 15th, 2019

WESTWORD STAFF | MAY 15, 2019 | 6:54AM

Our wonderful Bettola Bistro made the list of “Best Italian Restaurants in Metro Denver.”

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Bettola Bistro

10253 East Iliff Avenue, Aurora

A recent dish of risotto with cubes of eggplant parmesan show Bettola’s playful side. Mark Antonation


At Bettola, Chef Samir Mohammad and his partner, Rachel Firestone, accomplish in a tiny space in an Aurora strip mall what bigger, more lavishly appointed eateries can only dream of, making each guest feel like welcome family members enjoying a special meal just for them. With a minimal staff and a tiny kitchen, the couple turns out tempting Italian cooking that straddles the line between traditional and innovative. The menu changes with the seasons, and you may even find ingredients from Mohammad and Firestone’s home garden. Food is priced for the neighborhood, making it an easy choice for Aurora residents dreading downtown Denver crowds and traffic. Fill up on handmade pasta or perfectly cooked risotto, then stay for sips of Mohammad’s house limoncello.