ROMANO’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT by William Carbone – UPDATE 8/26/13

UPDATE August 26, 2013 Romano’s is serving whole-wheat spaghetti and gluten-free spaghetti.

Romano’s Italian Restaurant
5666 S. Windermere
Littleton, CO.
80120
303-798-4844

Romano's Italian Restaurant
Romano’s Italian Restaurant
photo WCarbone

The following prices are from January 30, 2010, visit (link included) Romano’s Official Website for updated prices. I’ll update this page as soon as I can find the time.

Denverites who don’t travel to that far southwest outpost of Littleton are missing out on one of the Denver area’s best kept secrets, Romano’s Italian Restaurant on S. Windermere in Littleton, CO.

This traditional family Italian restaurant has been around since 1967 offering Old-School, Southern-Italian pasta favorites, such as: Spaghetti (thick-homemade or thin noodles,) Rigatoni, Mostaccioli, Cheese Ravioli and Cheese Tortellini, all served with a thick, tangy, tomato sauce, choice of meatballs, sausages or mushrooms, bread and butter, and soup or salad ($10.95.) These huge plates of pasta are served with a + portion of sauce. Generous is one of the keywords describing Romano’s.

The dining areas are warm and cozy with elevated booths around the perimeter of the hardwood-paneled rooms. The booths are solid and comfortable, tables fill the center space. *If I have a complaint, it would be that the dining areas are just a bit too illuminated for my taste. I would prefer dimmer candlelight; however, this is foremost a family restaurant so… everything else makes up for the excessive light. This is a charming neighborhood family restaurant.

Also on the menu (Italian Dinners include bread and butter with your choice of soup or salad:)

SEAFOOD (following are two of the five seafood items listed on the menu)
Shrimp Scampi “Jumbo shrimp sautéed in garlic lemon butter, served with your choice of pasta” ($14.95.)
Seafood Platter “Clams, shrimp, crab and scallops over pasta in a light tomato sauce” ($15.95.)

CHICKEN AND VEAL (two of four)
Chicken or Veal Parmagiana “Breaded and lightly fried, then baked with melted cheese and topped with red sauce” Side of pasta. Chicken ($12.50) – Veal ($16.95.)

COMBINATION PLATES (one of three)
Romano’s Triple Treat (my fav) “Pasta, Eggplant Parmagiana and Cheese Ravioli served with your choice of meatballs, sausages or mushrooms. For those with a healthy appetite!” ($13.95.)

HOUSE SPECIALTIES (three of seven)
Fettuccine Alfredo “Our own recipe of the classic cream sauce” ($13.95.)
Ziti and Broccoli “Ziti and Broccoli tossed in butter sauce and seasoned with garlic” ($10.25.)
Pasta Primavera “Broccoli, carrots, onions, black olives and fresh mushrooms over a bed of fettuccine and topped off with our cream or red sauce” ($14.95.)

BAKED ENTREES (two of five)
Eggplant Parmagiana “Romano’s creation of three layers of Eggplant and melted cheese topped with your choice of meatballs, sausages or mushrooms” ($12.95.)
Stuffed Shells “Three jumbo shells stuffed with Ricotta cheese and spinach, baked under a layer of melted cheese. Your choice of Romano’s tomato sauce with meatballs, sausages or mushrooms or Alfredo cream” ($12.95.)

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PIZZA
The pizzas are Colorado style. If you’re looking for NY Style pizza go elsewhere – or try a Colorado style pizza – they’re not bad, just different. Colorado style pizza is built on a crunchy, crispy crust. It does not have the pliable, stretchy crust of a New York pizza.

We tried The vegetarian 10-inch pizza: “Mushrooms, green peppers, black olives, onions, and fresh tomato ($10.95 – the 14-inch is $16.95.) The pizza was loaded with fresh veggies with, of course, cheese and a nice sauce. Although it is definitely not New York style, the pizza is well built, fresh and tasty. I would probably go elsewhere if I were looking only for pizza since I’ve become a NY pizza snob. However, if I’m looking for Italian food other than pizza, I may very well show up at either of Romano’s locations.

Traditional red-sauce pizzas: 10-inch – $8.00 to $11.50, 14-inch – $11.00 to $16.95.
Special White pizzas: 10-inch – $8.95 to $10.95, 14-inch – $12.95 to $16.25

CALZONES – Small $8.95 – Large $14.95

SANDWICHES (two of eight)
Meatball – $6.75
Italian Philly Cheese Steak, chicken or beef – $7.95
. Sandwiches include chips and cherry pepper

SOUPS
Italian Vegetable Soup – Cup $2.50 Bowl $4.25.
Soup of the Day – Cup $2.50 Bowl $4.25.

SALADS
Dinner Salad “Crisp salad made with Italian meats, cheese, fresh tomato and black olive” ($2.95,) Large salad – $5.95.
Antipasto Salad “Crisp lettuce topped with ham, salami, pepperoni, tomatoes, black olives, cheese, artichokes and fresh mushroom.” Anchovies upon request. Serves two ($9.25.)
Caesar Salad – $5.95, Caesar Salad with/chicken – $7.95

APPITIZERS
Garlic Bread – $2.95, Garlic Cheese Bread – $3.50.
Spinach Artichoke Dip “Creamy, cheesy artichoke dip served with toasted bread slices” ($7.95.)

DESERTS
Canoli, Cheesecakes, Spumoni, Sundaes, Chocolate Cake and Tiramisu ($3.50 – $5.25.)

LUNCHEN SPECIALS Served from 11am to 3pm Mon-Sat. Luncheon specials include soup or salad, bread and butter.
Here are two items from the lunch menu:
Spaghetti with meatballs, sausage or mushrooms” ($8.50.)
Lasagna Roll “smaller version of our popular dinner” ($8.95.)

CATERING MENU See Romano’s website.

. Wine and Beer
. Full Bar
. On-site parking

From South Broadway and Littleton Blvd. drive west on Littleton Blvd. to Windermere, turn right.

*Problem solved – there is a second restaurant location with more intimate lighting. The Highland Ranch Romano’s has a neat little area with a few cozy booths that have mini amber-shaded wall sconces on the paneled walls the booths. The soft lighting here is soothing and warm. Try to get a booth in this section. This location offers the same good food and even more. On the other hand, the Windermere site is in an older, artsy neighborhood which adds to the restaurant’s ambience. The solution: try ’em both.

2nd location – Drive south on South Broadway to Springer Drive, turn right.
Romano’s Italian Restaurant
32 W. Springer Dr.
Highlands Ranch 80126
720-344-9530

Romano’s Official Website with complete menu, map, photos and more: www.RomanosPizzeria.Com

Monday – Thursday: 11am – 9pm
Friday and Saturday: 11am – 10pm
Littleton – Sunday: Noon to 9pm
Highlands Ranch – Sunday Dinner: 4pm – 9pm

Information is from January 30, 2010

ROMANO’S is a TrueItalianTable recommended authentic Italian restaurant.

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