Marcella’s Dishes Out Old-School Italian Favorites in LoHi

Giant meatballs for the win

Located in a large space that evokes the best of Italian-American cuisine, Marcella’s {1801 Central Street, Denver; 720.484.5484} is now open in Lo-Hi. Cameron Mitchell Restaurants, an Ohio based group behind concepts such as Ocean Prime and Rusty Bucket, have tapped their Italian-side, presenting a bustling cafe featuring classic staples. Executive Chef Jacob Glowacki has crafted a menu of family-friendly portions that is definitely worth several visits.

The Braised Veal Meatball is one of their specialties and it didn’t disappoint, with an excellent flavor and beautiful presentation; the portion size also makes it a great choice to share with your table.


Melted Pecorino Cheese

The Melted Pecorino Cheese was one part fondue, one part dip, and all parts delightful. Served with Granny Smith apples and truffle honey this appetizer hit a  balanced of sweet and savory.

The Caesar Salad was absolutely a triumph of what this simple dish can be when it’s well executed. It had a generous portion of white anchovies that did not overwhelm the brightness of the salad itself.


Crispy Potato Pizza

Of course, Marcella’s offers a wide variety of pizzas from the classic Margherita the rich Crispy Potato Pizza. An added bonus, Marcella’s offers a wide variety of gluten-free pizzas and pastas, a bonus for those fiending for Italian but unable to partake in wheat flour-based foods.

For a perfect pairing, tie it all together with a few glasses of vino. Boasting more than 50 Italian wines, guests are sure to find something to please their palettes.

If you find yourself in Lo-Hi and crave the comforting taste of Italian food, Marcella’s is a must try.

Marcella’s is open Monday through Thursday from 4-10pm and is open Fridays until midnight. On Saturday’s, Marcella’s is open from 10am-midnight. On Sunday’s 10am-10pm. 

Peter Gietl