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.