Italian Underground

Cuisine: Italian, Breakfast, Gluten Free

Italian Underground is a Italian, Breakfast, and Gluten Free restaurant where most Menuism users came for a family meal, paid between $10 and $25, and tipped more than 18%.

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"Always go when we go to Glenwood❤️"
"Friendly service"
"The salad and meat sauce ! So good !!! Our waitress was spacey "
"The food and atmosphere were EXCELLENT! The ONLY place I eat when in Glenwood!!! "
"Open one in Denver "
  • 3/14/2017

    An Italian chowhound from US tried it and liked it. They liked the food and liked the service.

  • 11/25/2016

    A dining patron from Holly Springs, GA tried it, liked it, and rated it . They liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.

    Always go when we go to Glenwood❤️
  • 8/28/2016

    An Italian chowhound from Kent, WA tried it.

  • 8/05/2016

    An Italian food lover from US tried it.

  • 8/01/2016

    An Italian chowhound from US tried it.

  • 4/12/2016

    A dining patron from Craig, CO tried it, liked it, and rated it . They liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.

    Friendly service
  • 9/14/2015

    A diner from US tried it.

  • 7/27/2015

    A diner from Denver, CO tried it.

  • 2/06/2015

    A diner from Dallas, TX tried it.

  • 11/23/2014

    An Italian chowhound from Chicago, IL tried it.

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 Glenwood Springs, CO

Not a pleasent experience

I have been at this restaurant a few times now and I always walkaway thinking… well, I’ll order something different next time but every dish has so far left me disappointed. The place has a nice atmosphere an the waiting staff is excellent but the food is very bland. Last night was no exception and it will be the last time I will give them a try for a long while. I woke up several times last night with bad indegestion and still feel very bloaded this morning. As I mentioned before the atmosphere is nice and the staff is cordial and friendly but the food is not good.

Spaghetti with meatballs

As mentioned above the dish was very bland and could use some other ingridients? (I am not a chef, I can’t give any proffessional recommendations on what to change) but my dish was very, very bland. The only positive I can give is that it was served hot. Also,
I had to borrow someone else’s fork (They ate the pizza) because mine had a piece of old dry spagetti stuck in between the teeth of the fork. That was gross!

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 Boulder, CO

The Best Italian Food in Glenwood Springs

I’ve eaten at the Italian Underground numerous times over the last 20 years, we discovered this little gem by accident and have been going to this local-favourite ever since for dependable GREAT food. The restaurant is located in an historic building in down-town Glenwood Springs (one of the oldest!) and has minimal seating, you guessed it, in the underground dining room. Crowds tend to form early and the wait for a larger party (5 and up) can be 1 1/2 hours and up, while smaller parties get in a bit faster. It’s a good idea to come early (hours are 5pm-10pm). If you do find yourself in the snaking line that inevitably spills out on to the cobblestone pedestrian street in front of the restaurant, it’s well worth it. Check out the views, enjoy the flowers and benches and read a good book. The small dining room and relatively small menu delivers delicious and well prepared food, EVERYTHING is good and nothing is overlooked.
The restaurant serves some great unique appetizers like escargot, prosciutto with sweet onions and cheese platters. However, most entrees come with bread, salad and either spumoni ice-cream or sorbetto-ripieno (sorbet) at the finish for a really great, albeit gut-busting, value. (Many entrees on the menu come in either the regular portion (GENEROUS!) or “smaller portion” for 15% off the price.)
Your meal will begin with some of the best fresh baked bread you’ll ever try. It’s soft, wheaty and warm (versus crusty and toothy) and comes with blow-your-mind AWESOME whipped garlic butter which is not at all overwhelmingly garlicky. Next, a romaine based side salad with outstanding home-made dressing will arrive in a small wooden salad bowl to tide you over until dinner. (Try the house Italian) -The baked entrees are some of the best of the best and come with a thoughtful side of piquant cherry peppers. Lasagna (meat version and vegetarian spinach) are perfectly spiced and piping hot. The parmigiana, Northern Italian rotisserie chicken and chicken cacciatore are hits with the carnivores (look for the vegetarian eggplant parmigiana special- it’s excellent!). Other popular dishes there are perfectly cooked (al dente) pastas such as linguine with clam sauce, spicy arrabiata, fetuccini with shrimp as well as old standby fare like pizza and spaghetti with meatballs. The sauces are fresh, and truly unique and even a simple dish of spaghetti with butter and Romano is elevated to the sublime.
The restaurant serves a lovely selection of premium Italian wines and great desserts like Tiramisu, Tartufo, and cheesecake.

Of note: the busy waitstaff is attentive, quick and great year in and year out.

Spinach Lasagne with Spaghetti Marinara

The Lasagna is bar-none, peerless, the best I’ve ever had. Layers of perfect pasta, premium, and perfectly spiced ricotta cheese mixed with spinach and minced mushrooms. (No long, slippery, ropey chains of spinach, and not watery like so many vegetarian lasagnas). Beautiful and browned mozzarella, Parmesan, and Romano top it off. Garfield would have gone into a coma from sheer joy, it’s so good. The meat-version is said (by omnivors) to be just as tasty. I got the “smaller” portion which was still huge and still came with a side of perfectly cooked spaghetti topped with their stellar marinara (touch of butter in the sauce) and red and green pickled cherry-peppers. (LOVE THAT!)

The only difficulty is not to fill up on the awesome bread and whipped garlic butter (could eat that as a meal by itself) and salad first. — Groan, -unbutton your pants and try to save room for your dessert.

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Italian Underground is located near the cities of Glenwood.
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