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Look Inside LoDo’s Latest Italian Restaurant, Jovanina’s

The historic Blake street space has been completely redone

At Jovanina’s Broken Italian on Blake Street, a large group table by the kitchen is suspended by steel cables
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Starting Tuesday, diners can check out LoDo’s new Italian restaurant at 1520 Blake Street. The historic space next door to the former Blake Street Vault has been completely reimagined from its previous life as Aoba Sushi. New, husband-and-wife owners Jake and Jennifer Linzinmeir channeled years of experience opening mountain restaurants and consulting on Denver ones, like the Nickel, to create a neighborhood lunch and dinner spot with Jovanina’s Broken Italian.

The space now recalls its past life as a 19th Century cigar factory, mixed with the old country — former theater light fixtures, an opera house marquee, candelabras, adorned mirrors, one imposing community table suspended by steel cables, and a vintage moped making up the host stand. Cheeky hand mirror-covered wallpaper directs customers downstairs to the large wine cellar, soon to be a speakeasy for later-night diners.

Jovanina’s serves wood- and coal-fired pizzas, pastas, and vegetables; oysters on the half shell; and soft serve in flavors like cereal, tiramisu, and white truffle. Here’s a look at the space and some dishes.

Status: Jovanina’s Broken Italian opens for lunch weekdays starting Tuesday, November 6, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dinner hours are from 5 to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Check Facebook for updates.

Jovanina’s is located at 1520 Blake Street in Denver’s LoDo neighborhood
Walk inside and be greeted by the converted moped host stand
Oysters with mignonette and lemon on ice
Chilled oysters with giardiniera and pomegranate vinegar
Jonathan Phillips
Insta-wall, anyone? Two-tops near the front of the restaurant are backed by a pretty, “broken Italian” backdrop
Handmade pasta Jonathan Phillips

From top left: A vintage sink makes for a new ice chest at the front of the bar; wood-grilled king crab spaghetti with roasted tomatoes, Calabrian chili, and basil uni butter; the bar with a repurposed theater fixture as the centerpiece

Open booths line the wall at Jovanina’s Broken Italian
A look inside the new kitchen from the restaurant’s back hallway
The elk bolognese with gargati pasta and rosemary sage mascarpone cheese
The candlelit stairway leading down to the wine cellar and forthcoming speakeasy
Chef Ben Halley places a pizza pie next to the coals to bake in the wood-fired oven
Jovanina’s fennel sausage pizza with smoked mozzarella and caramelized sweet onions

Jovanina's Broken Italian

1520 Blake Street, , CO 80202 (720) 541-7721 Visit Website
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