It’s really nice inside the new location of Il Posto — and much bigger. Let’s take a look.

Il Posto has been faithfully serving Denver for nearly a decade now, albeit in a more humble location.

Inside the new location of Il Posto at 26th and Larimer. (Ashley Dean/Denverite)
Inside the new location of Il Posto at 26th and Larimer. (Ashley Dean/Denverite)
Inside the new location of Il Posto at 26th and Larimer. (Ashley Dean/Denverite)

Condolences to City Park West and nearby residents on the loss of Il Posto. I know it hurts to lose your local spot for upscale Italian food — I’m right there with you.

But its new location in River North is awfully nice.

26th and Larimer looks… different.
Outside the new location of Il Posto at 26th and Larimer. (Ashley Dean/Denverite)
(Ashley Dean/Denverite)

Yes, it’s very Nu Denver. But Il Posto has been faithfully serving Denver for nearly a decade now, albeit in a more humble location. I won’t begrudge them the upgraded digs.

It’s pretty inside.
Inside the new location of Il Posto at 26th and Larimer. (Ashley Dean/Denverite)
(Ashley Dean/Denverite)
Enjoy a patio view without the wind and bugs and, at this time of year, the bitter cold.
Upstairs inside the new location of Il Posto at 26th and Larimer. (Ashley Dean/Denverite)
(Ashley Dean/Denverite)

My phone picture really doesn’t do it justice.

Eat way too much bread while you make decisions.
At the new location of Il Posto at 26th and Larimer. (Ashley Dean/Denverite)
(Ashley Dean/Denverite)

Honestly I would have been perfectly happy just eating this bread all night.

Hold off on the wine list for now and start with a cocktail.
A Manhattan and a Campo di Fioir at the new location of Il Posto at 26th and Larimer. (Ashley Dean/Denverite)
(Ashley Dean/Denverite)

Their Italian Manhattan (left) is made with Four Roses bourbon, Cardamaro, Cocchi sweet vermouth and Amarena cherry. The Campo di Fiori is Wheeler’s gin, Aperol, St. Germain, lime juice and prosecco float.

Get some burrata, too, if you’re feeling ambitious.
Burrata at the new location of Il Posto at 26th and Larimer. (Ashley Dean/Denverite)
Burrata at the new location of Il Posto at 26th and Larimer. (Ashley Dean/Denverite)

I was so eager to eat the burrata, which I call “mozzarella on steroids,” that I messed up the nice presentation.

(It’s mozzarella mixed with cream with an outer shell of mozzarella.)

Do you even have room for pasta now?
Risotto at the new location of Il Posto at 26th and Larimer. (Ashley Dean/Denverite)
Risotto at the new location of Il Posto at 26th and Larimer. (Ashley Dean/Denverite)

One of two risotto options, this one is made with Meyer lemon, chives, sunflower seeds and roasted sunchokes.

Sunchokes, also known as Jerusalem artichokes, are really great. They look kind of like a ginger root when they’re whole, are native to eastern North America and have a nutty sweetness to them.

Comical bowl, delicious spaghetti.
Spaghetti at the new location of Il Posto at 26th and Larimer. (Ashley Dean/Denverite)
(Ashley Dean/Denverite)

Nothing accents your reasonable portion like a weird dish.

The spaghetti is made from squash and is lighter and crisper than normal pasta. It’s served with parsnips, pecorino romano, pink pepper and sage.

I did not have room for dessert, but it was tempting.
The desert menu at the new location of Il Posto at 26th and Larimer. (Ashley Dean/Denverite)
The dessert menu at the new location of Il Posto at 26th and Larimer. (Ashley Dean/Denverite)

Dinner hours are 5 to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 5 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 5 to 9:30 p.m. Sunday. Lunch is served 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily.

This meal for two cost about $40 per person.

Ashley Dean

Author: Ashley Dean

Ashley Dean covers dining and nightlife, and other odds and ends. She previously covered music and did some copy editing for the Denver Post, the Colorado Daily and the Daily Camera. She's from New York, likes her bourbon straight and has strong opinions about Kanye West. She can be reached at adean@denverite.com, 303-502-2804 or @AshleyDean.