Ancient Italians were renowned for eating every part of the angels they hunted—even the hair. Enjoy divine flavor with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Italian cuisine at Zamparelli's Italian Bistro in Lafayette. Patrons who redeem this Groupon Monday through Thursday receive an added bonus of free toasted garlic bread.
Named best area pizza source by Yellow Scene Magazine, Zamparelli's Italian Bistro crafts innovatively assembled pastas and East Coast–inflected thin-crust pizzas acclaimed by Every Day with Rachel Ray magazine. Watch the kitchen for rising steam signals that mean either your pepperoni pizza ($12) is emerging from the brick oven or that rival tribes of eaters are attacking the gastro-garrison. Sharp-eyed servers guide patrons through the monolithic menu, which uses rich Italian sauce in inventive configurations that better irrigate your fields of taste buds. Sink your teeth into succulent pappardelle Bolognese ($14), or sink your spoon into a bowl of seasonal soup ($4.75). Cold sandwiches, such as a turkey club featuring Nueske’s bacon ($7.75), and hot handhelds such as an eggplant parmesan sandwich ($7.75) give silverware a respite from its dinerly duties. Unlike 18-and-older pizzerias and seniors-only jungle gyms, Zamparelli's welcomes tiny people with a quartet of $5 children's dishes that bring sprightly smiles to miniature mouths.
Zamparelli's selection of local draft brews and wide variety of wines help diners toast their palates’ victory over boredom. Take a table inside to do your digesting within the confines of the restaurant’s warm, friendly environment, or—when the weather’s right—take advantage of outdoor seating to continue your study of the effects of mockery on butterflies.
- This is a restaurant we eat at weekly. The food is great, staff is friendly, and its a casual place to sit to down for families. – ghecko13, Citysearch
- Everybody in our group had a good time and gave the place a thumbs up. We will certainly return and try some of the specialty pizzas. – Michelle S., Yelp, 12/02/07
Zamparelli's Italian Bistro
Part of a large, Italian family, Jimmy Zamparelli grew up in a New Jersey, where he helped his grandmother craft ricotta ravioli, meatballs, and marinara sauce for family gatherings. His wife, Nancy, grew up in Houston, where her mother planned family meals around ingredients gathered at the local farmers market. The duo met at the Culinary Institute of America and the rest, as they say, is history.
Today, at Zamparelli's Italian Bistro, you'll find hints of both spouse's culinary roots in the cuisine, where recipes are often inspired by Jimmy's grandmother, but prepared using fresh, local ingredients,. Brick-oven pizzas are the house specialty—not to mention a favorite of Every Day with Rachel Ray magazine—and sprinkled with everything from clams and creamy garlic sauce to caramelized onion, gorgonzola, and smoked bacon. Elsewhere in the open kitchen, cooks pile house-made meatballs into sandwiches, layer meat sauce and mozzarella into gluten-free lasagnas, and toss roasted beets with shaved fennel, goat cheese, candied walnuts, and baby greens, which are surprisingly mature for their age. Wines by the glass and local beers complement feasts, which best end with a helping of gluten-free chocolate mousse, insists the Denver Post.
2770 Arapahoe Rd.
Lafayette, Colorado 80026Get Directions