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Chef Elise Wiggins Announces New Concept in Stapleton

The Italian restaurant will be called Cattivella, which translates to "naughty girl"

Courtesy Elise Wiggins

A month after leaving her 12-year role as Panzano executive chef, Elise Wiggins has announced her new concept Cattivella, a wood-fired Italian restaurant set to open in the fall in Stapleton's Eastbridge development.

Cattivella will build its menu and space around a wood-fired oven and grill, focusing on traditional Neapolitan pizzas, pastas al forno, and various caramelized dishes.

The kitchen will sit in the center of the restaurant, giving guests a view of the pasta-making and butcher stations. Wiggins will continue to offer her cooking classes in the new space.

The 100-seat restaurant will offer wine, beer, cocktails, and mocktails, opening nightly for happy hour and dinner and serving brunch on the weekends. Additional seating for 100 will be available on a wrap-around patio.

"I can’t believe I’m opening my own restaurant in my own neighborhood, just a few blocks from my own house," Wiggins said. "This project is a dream come true for this naughty chef."

Wiggins joins Chefs Troy Guard and Lon Symensma, as well as The Kitchen Next Door in the Eastbridge development.