PATSY’S INN Italian Restaurant by WC

Originally posted October 21, 2009

PATSY’S INN Italian Restaurant
3651 Navajo Street
Denver, CO 80211
(303) 477-8910
Patsy's Inn Italian Restaurant

Patsy’s Inn

“With a history that spans more than 80 years, Patsy’s Italian Restaurant is Denver’s oldest Italian restaurant. Founded in 1921 by the Aiello family, Patsy’s has undergone a few changes over the years but the heart and soul of tradition have remained the same.” read more from Patsy’s website…

This has been one of my favorite Denver restaurants for years. “It’s the restaurant stupid!” I mean the restaurant itself, the physical property: the dining room, the kitchen, the bar, the little shaded-lamps on the walls of the booths, the booths, the glass behind the bar that looks like a two-way mirror, the back-room behind the glass, the mural along one wall, and the fact that they haven’t changed a single, solitary-thing – as far as I know – in decades! These are the things that make Patsy’s, Patsy’s. The photos on the walls and bar have been there since the summer of 1921. OK. I don’t really know that, but…

Imagine a Martin Scorsese film: Brooklyn, NY (1959.) A quiet summer evening in a neighborhood restaurant (think Denver’s version of “MOONSTRUCK”) – cut to a Ted Williams’ Louisville Slugger. Somebody “whacks” somebody. Ba-Da-Bing! Ba-Da-Boom! The End! Fugedaboudit!

Patsy’s has been serving the same Italian food for years, from at least three different owners. And the food is authentic and tasty, if you like Southern-Italian cuisine. I happen to like it.

From Patsy’s menu:
Pasta! Served with your choice of soup or salad and Patsy’s original spaghetti sauce
Homemade Spaghetti – Patsy’s Specialty! ($9.50.) Check the menu on Patsy’s website for other pastas.

Also from the menu:
House Favorites! Includes bread and your choice of soup or salad

Baked Lasagna or Eggplant Lasagna – Sausage or lightly breaded baked eggplant, layered with pasta, Patsy’s original spaghetti sauce ricotta, romano and provolone. Topped with mozzarella ($13.00)

Putanesca – A spicy specialty of Trastevere. Tomatoes, capers, calamata olives and red pepper, with white wine and olive oil over fettucine ($11.00).
Topped with grilled chicken breast ($14.00)

Chicken or Eggplant Parmesan – Tender chicken breast rolled in seasoned bread crumbs or seasoned baked eggplant. Topped with Patsy’s original spaghetti sauce, parmesan and mozzarella, with homemade spaghetti ($14.00) Check the menu on Patsy’s website for more entrees.

Also: Appetizers, Salads, Soups, Desserts, Sandwiches, Lunches, Wines and a Full Bar with a dozen stools

We were told that a relative of the original owner family (The Aiellos) is the new owner and proprietor of Patsy’s Inn. Tell Ron or Kim that I sent you…

Patsy’s has a huge parking lot on Navajo – 1/4 block north of the restaurant – that they share with the art- galleries (several on the block.) The area hosts a First Friday (of the month) art-walk, many of the galleries “do” cheese and wine.

A GOLD STAR: Unlike so many restaurants, Patsy’s background music is period appropriate to the restaurant’s vintage decor and type.

Memo to Martin Scorsese and other Film Industry execs: You used Las Vegas’ Peppermill’s Lounge in “Casino”and The Golden Gate’s, Bay City Diner in “Pay It Forward.” Give this place a try. Fugedaboudit!


May 14, 2010
Patsy’s Pizza and Pasta place—next door to the main restaurant—is open for business.
A sign with the word “Dream” hangs above the counter. I’m guessing someone dreamed up the idea for this restaurant.

January 19, 2011
The pizza is rather thick with a tasty golden crust and excellent cheese on top. This is more of a Neapolitan pizza than NY-style. By the way, pizza is not served in the main restaurant.

[October 3, 2009 – photo before the opening]

Patsy's Pizza

Patsy’s Pizza
photo WCarbone

This is a TrueItalianTable recommended authentic Italian restaurant.

This post was first published Oct. 21, 2009.

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