Angelo's Pizza will become Angelo's Taverna, keeping some recipes and adding an oyster bar

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Angelo's is currently undergoing a complete remodel and will reopen in August; find more photos on the next page.
The stained glass windows will stay. So will the proprietary meatball, sausage and red sauce recipes. But Angelo's Pizza is going to look and feel a lot different when its new owners reopen the Denver mainstay as Angelo's Taverna in August.

On March 1, Denver-area restaurant industry veterans Eric Hyatt and Craig Jones bought the restaurant, which had been run by the Laveo family for 39 years. They closed it on May 26 for a massive remodeling, which will take about three months.

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Philip Poston
"Their sales had been declining, but not because of the food," says Hyatt. "It was because of the décor and experience. The people who were going there were going back because of the nostalgic value. It needed a facelift and a lot of new energy there."

When it opens again, Angelo's will be a mix of old and new. "We didn't want just throw something else in there after forty years of being a family-run Denver institution," Hyatt explains. "We want to keep the nostalgic value of the décor and the feeling to a certain extent. But also to add some new options and to update it."

As a result, Hyatt plans to keep 85 percent of the menu intact, including the pizza dough recipe and many of the pasta dishes. But he will add some fresher pasta dinners, particularly with the ravioli, and "more modernized" pizza toppings.

Philip Poston
He will also add a sixteen-foot bar and a lounge with keg wines, craft beers and cocktails on the side of the restaurant where the entrance was. "The anchor of the bar will be an oyster-shucking station, where we'll serve fresh and char-grilled oysters," he says.

Hyatt will expand the back patio, add a patio out front (near Pablo's), create a banquet space in a back building formerly used as an office, install all-new kitchen equipment and upgrade the restrooms so that they are ADA compliant.

Philip Poston
The stone archways, stained glass windows and the original sign out front will all stay, but the rest of the windows will be replaced and a new entrance will be added.

Hyatt, who will manage the front of the house at Angelo's, has been in the restaurant business for years, having worked as a bartender and server at Outback Steakhouse, the Soiled Dove, Elway's and the Pub on Pearl, among others. Jones was a manager at Outback and now owns both the Pub on Pearl and the Pub on Penn.

Location Info

Angelo's Taverna

620 E. 6th Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

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P.S. ---Taverna is Greek! Sorry to inform Preppies, Yuppies, Metros, or WHATEVER, etc...


Oyster bar! Who in their right mind would eat anything that comes from the BOTTOM of the ocean anymore!

Radioactive Fukushima spill, Texas-size garbage heap swirling in the Pacific Ocean and British Petroleum oil spill with a side accompaniment of cancer causing oil spill dissolving solvents in the Gulf of Mexico - no thanks-- I will take my chances with the fatty Italian sausages ANY DAY!, thank you very much!

ScubaSteve topcommenter

A taverna is a Greek café or restaurant. So why is this place being called a taverna if 85% of the menu will be Italian style?

Mantonat topcommenter

@foodcrazy A Google search reveals about a million Italian restaurants in the US (and some in Italy) with the word taverna included in the name.

ScubaSteve topcommenter


That's nice, but I'm sticking to my post.    Sorry.

ta•ver•na (təˈvɜr nə, -ˈvɛər-)

n., pl. -nas.

a café or restaurant in Greece.    

 [1945–50; < Modern Greek tabérna, Medieval Greek, Late Greek < Latin.

Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.

ScubaSteve topcommenter


Here's another one.  Still sticking to my post.  So sorry.

World English Dictionary

taverna  (təˈvɜːnə)  n 

1. (in Greece) a guesthouse that has its own bar 

2. a Greek restaurant  

[C20: Modern Greek, from Latin taberna ] 

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009

Mantonat topcommenter

@foodcrazy @Mantonat You might want to check the settings on your search engine. Under the advanced settings, you'll see a toggle switch labeled "Intransigent." It must have gotten stuck in On position. Once you change that, you'll find that the search results yield a much broader range of possibilities based on the evolution and flexibility of language and meaning.

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