95TH AND ARAPAHOE
RACHAEL RAY MAGAZINE
“I drive up to this restaurant from Denver at least once a month. Jimmy Zamparelli makes East Coast pizza just like I grew up with in New jersey.”
YELLOW SCENE MAGAZINE
CRITICS BEST PIZZA: Zamparelli’s Italian Bistro, Lafayette
THE DENVER POST FOOD
“If I lived in the neighborhood, I have no doubt I’d be a regular.”
Smart, reliable neighborhood fare.
Cheap Eats: Zamparelli’s Italian Bistro
Jimmy and Nancy Zamparelli have the culinary chops to front a white tablecloth restaurant. They met at the Culinary Institute of America and honed their skills at marquee spots Al Forno in Providence, RI, and Wolfgang Puck’s Spago in Beverly Hills.
But when they moved to Lafayette, they did it with the intention of opening a lively neighborhood joint, where they would serve high-quality food made from fresh ingredients and priced for the family pocketbook.
WHY WE LOVE IT: This intimate little slice of a strip mall is the perfect combination of cozy and chaos: You can look into the open kitchen and watch Chef Jimmy Z lovingly assemble elegant but rustic pasta dishes, or catch the guys tossing pizza crusts before they fly into the brick oven.
WHAT TO GET: Tangy-sweet papperdelle bolognese. And do not, we repeat, do not, say no to the silky chocolate mousse, studded with shards of dark chocolate.