Top 5 Italian Eateries Aspen

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When in Aspen, one must indulge. To do that, a bowlful of creamy pasta and a bold Tuscan wine will do the trick. But, for the full, multi-course Italian way, check out these eateries for the perfect antipasti, contorni and dolci too. Mangia!

1 L'Hostaria

Even during the quietest times of year, L'Hostaria is packed with diners. The homemade noodles, made fresh daily, and creative Italian dishes like pan-seared sole and breaded veal chop Milanese over arugula keep patrons coming back. Paired with a specialty wine list with an emphasis on Italian varietals, the dining experience guarantees one thing: you won't leave hungry.
620 E Hyman Ave Aspen, CO (970) 925-9022

2 Il Mulino

Developed to complement its New York city flagship, Il Mulino in the mountains brings a taste of the Abruzzo region to Aspen. Start with antipasti like mozzarella di bufalo or seafood salad, savor the pollo agli asparagi and finish with a selection of more than 10 dolci.
501 E Dean St Aspen, CO (970) 205-1000

3 Gisella

Ligurian-inspired dishes fill this menu, but Chef Michael Wahaltere pays homage to other delicious regions in Italy too. Lombardia, Piemonte and Toscana, among others, make an appearance with a special three-course menu in addition to the regular fare. Flip through the 20-page wine list, and you've got the makings to eat like an Italian. Mangia!
415 E Main St Aspen, CO (970) 925-8222

4 Campo de Fiori

A traditional trattoria with a loyal following, this intimate Italian restaurant is a staple on Aspen's "Restaurant Row." The autunnale salad with butternut squash, portobello mushrooms and artichoke hearts is a must-have appetizer, and entrees like the penne vodka or linguine positano please the palate. Try a splash of the limoncello on your way out.
205 S Mill St Aspen, CO (970) 920-7717

5 Mezzaluna

The secret to this essential Italian eatery is its wood-fired pizzas. Yes, the giant calamari and Grandma's stuffed shells are mouth-pleasers, but the fresh, thin-crust pizzas topped with julienned vegetables or broccoli raab, fontina and mozzarella are what sets this restaurant apart.
624 E Cooper Ave Aspen, CO (970) 925-5882
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