The Denver area offers great Italian food choices like Carmines on Penn in Washington Park. Littleton area Italian options include Luigi’s as a local favorite. Maggiano’s Little Italy is off I-25 at the Dry Creek exit. Il Fornaio on Belleview is a business traveler’s favorite. Bucci’s Greek and Italian Specialties and Venice Italian Restaurant are respected local operators. The largest Italian restaurant operator, Olive Garden has two Littleton outlets on Wadsworth and on County Line and one in Aurora on Havana and has recently over-hauled the menu.
Italy has a rich history in food. Beginning during the Roman Empire and beyond, explorers like Marco Polo sailed the globe and returned to Italy with herbs, produce and local meats from around the earth. South America is where the Tomato was first discovered and sent to Italy and pasta from East-Asia; where the Chinese had been cooking noodles for well over a century before Italy discovered pasta. Few know that Caesar salad was invented in Mexico.