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LoDo’s Italian Restaurant Opens Basement Speakeasy

Sip cocktails in a wine cellar this weekend

<span data-author="3635139">Jovanina’s Broken Italian </span> Jonathan Phillips/Eater

The team behind popular Italian restaurant Jovanina’s Broken Italian recently debuted a wine cellar speakeasy named Sotto Voce. It’s Italian for “in a quiet voice,” which is appropriate given that the room once connected to downtown Denver’s subterranean tunnel network.

Across the 19th Century building, owners/husband and wife Jake and Jennifer Linzinmeir made historical nods like this, hoping that Jovanina’s/Sotto Voce strikes a balance between the old city and a new Denver restaurant.

When the Linzinmeirs planned Jovanina’s Broken Italian, they knew they wanted to turn the basement into a wine cellar where diners can head before the meal to pick out their bottles and an after-dinner lounge to keep the party going.

Visitors to Sotto Voce can sip on cocktails and share snacks in the dimly-lit room. According to 303 Magazine, “it is exactly the mysterious counterpart that Jovanina’s needed.”

Sotto Voce sits at 1520 Blake Street. The bar opens Thursday through Saturday from 5 p.m. to close.