About Cattivella

Award-winning Denver chef Elise Wiggins welcomes you to Cattivella, wood-fired Italian in the Eastbridge project in the Stapleton neighborhood where she lives. Cattivella translates to “naughty girl”.

Chef/Owner Wiggins brings decades of restaurant experience to Cattivella including a 12-year stint as Executive Chef of Panzano named Best Italian by Westword and winner of multiple awards for food and service from The Denver Post, 5280 magazine, The American Culinary Federation and The American Automobile Association. She makes an annual pilgrimage to Italy to work with Italian chefs and learn the classic techniques and ingredients that she employs at Cattivella.

An exhibition kitchen is the star of the show at Cattivella and focuses all attention on a wood-burning pizza oven, a wood-burning grill and the graceful dance of the Cattivella cooks. Several lucky guests sit overlooking the pastificio (pasta table) section of the chefs’ counter while others might be seated with a view of the Butchers’ Corner where the Cattivella butchers will do their magic on beef, pork, lamb and other whole animals. The surrounding chefs’ counter seats 26 along with 74 additional interior seats and 100 seats on a wrap-around patio with stunning views of the mountains. The open kitchen provides the perfect setting for the wildly successful cooking classes that Elise continues to offer.


Monday - Wednesday  4pm – 9pm

Thursday - Friday 4pm – 10pm

Saturday  4pm – 10pm

Sunday  4pm – 9pm





Happy Hour

Happy Hour Menu

Monday - Sunday:  4 - 6

Enjoy at the Bar, Chef's Counter, and/or Patio


Tapenade and Wood Fired Bread 4

Mushroom Crepes 6

Charbroiled Oyster, oregano, garlic butter, parmesan 2.75

Calamari, chili aioli  6

Charcuterie e Formaggio Board 9

Buffalo Burrata, preserved tomato, basil, grilled bread 9

Grilled Pancetta wrapped date stuffed shrimp, creamy polenta, gorgonzola, pinenuts  8

                       Uva arosto, fire roasted grapes, goat cheese, walnut, grilled bread  7  Bruschetta of the day

                 Pork Polpettes, pomodoro, shaved parmigiano 8

     Garganelli, pomodoro, pancetta, chili flake, basil mascarpone 9

  Lamb Ragu, pappardelle, boschetto al tartufo 10



Grilled Asparagus, arugula, garlic, evoo,  prosciutto, fontina, truffle oil  8**

Salumi Napolitana, san marzano tomato, sicilian oregano, pilacca,  fiordilatte  8**

Speck, sunny egg, smoked mozzarella, oregano, san marzano tomato 8**

Basil, san marzano tomato, buffalo mozzarella 8**

Mushroom, fontina, goat cheese, truffle panna, basil, tarragon, thyme 8**


Gluten Free options have stars to the right of the item.  Please note $2 will be added to all pastas and pizzas**



Galliano L’Aperitivo Spritz

A Spritz with Brunch. Don’t miss our Galliano L’Aperitivo Spritz during every Happy Hour and all day Saturday and Sunday. This special liqueur is brand new to the U.S. and we’ll be one of the first to show off its great flavors.

Magnum Nights

They say that big bottles make better wines and big bottles will be the stars on Monday nights. Our bar team will randomly open a magnum of very special wine each Monday night and pour glasses at your table. The festivities will show off reds, whites and bubbles – whatever interesting and unique wines we can find.

Coravin Tastings

Have you wanted to taste some of the best and most expensive Italian wines without breaking the bank? Our new Coravin system allows our wine team to pour as little as an ounce of any wine and preserve the flavors and quality of remainder with inert gas. We’ll be featuring a rotating variety of great Barolos, Barbarescos, Super Tuscans and Brunellos de Montalcino.



Private Dining

Let the Cattivella team create the perfect event for your home, office or event venue with our custom catering.

Our entire menu is available for carryout. Just call ahead and we’ll have your order ready for pickup

Cattivella is also available for private business luncheons for groups as well.

Don’t forget to schedule your birthday celebrations, baby showers, bridal showers, wedding parties and holidays festivities at Cattivella.

Contact Elise for more information:



Cooking Classes

Saturdays 11am – 2pm

October 28
White Truffle Class: Learn how to make the classic Piedmonte Pasta dish Tajarin pasta, white truffle, sweet butter sauce, parmesan  $125

November  4
Marrow braised Beef Shank- learn this classic dish I learned Dario Cecchini, The Mad Butcher from Panzano, Italy $65

December 2
Braised Rabbit ragu with ricotta cavatelli $65


Jan. 6
Napoletana Pizza - learn how to make the famous dough and cook in Woodfire oven! $65

Feb. 3
Fileja Pasta - learn how to make this obscure southern Italian pasta that were originally made by wrapping pasta dough around dried dried out wheat stalks and rolled to create a long hollow pasta.  Served with spicy Pomodoro, rosemary and pancetta. $65

Mar. 3
Potato Gnocchi, sage, brown butter and parmigiano - Italian dumplings from heaven. $65

April 7
Classic Tuscan Bolognese - slow cooked meat ragu with house made pappardelle pasta $65

May 5
 2018  Lamb Ragu - learn to make this super popular Cattivella dish! $65

June 2
Lasagna Al Forno - learn how to make this classic Tuscan baked pasta $65

July 7
Porchetta di Tronchetto: Learn how to butcher and debone a whole pig and to make the classic but more delicious because it uses the whole middle of the pig. $85

Aug. 4
Pasta by Hand: Learn how to make Garganelli which means Chicken Neck. This pasta looks similar to penne and served  with classic arrabiata sauce. $65

Sept. 1
Charcuterie: Learn how to make your own Pancetta, Guanciale and Lomo $65

Oct. 6
Roasted Butternut Squash gnocchi, fonduta sauce ( Italian 3 cheese sauce) $65

Nov. 3
Tiramisu- learn how to make this ethereal Italian Dessert for your holiday dinner or party $65

Dec. 1
Crostata: Learn how to make this Rustic Seasonal Tart and the spuma (mousse) to compliment it. $65




Gift Certificates

Cattivella gift certificates are available in any denomination.
Please stop by the restaurant or call us at 303.645.3779.





Phone: 303-645-3779

Address: 10195 E. 29th Drive, Suite 110, Denver, Colorado 80238


Elise Wiggins, Executive Chef/Owner

Zuri Resendiz, Executive Sous Chef

Javier Aguilar, Assistant General Manager

Promise Monroe, Bar Manager



in the Eastbridge project at Martin Luther King and Havana





Monday – Wednesday  4pm – 9pm

Thursday – Friday 4pm – 10pm

Saturday 4pm – 10pm

Sunday 4pm – 9pm