A Daring Dive into Odyssey Italian Restaurant

Odyssey Italian Restaurant Cheesecaske

A Foodie Review

Do you ever get that warm, fuzzy feeling thinking about a plate of a homemade pasta dish? Me too!

My favorite type of pasta is fettucine. I just love how pasta can be such a simple dish but you can spruce it up depending on the type of sauce created or the proteins and veggies used.

I discovered Odyssey Italian Restaurant in Denver, because I was doing just that. My brain and stomach conspired against me when craving a plate of Italian pasta or homemade lasagna.


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Quick Snapshot of Odyssey Italian restaurant:

  • Cuisine: Sicilian Italian
  • Vibe: Cozy and Rustic
  • Must-try dish: Highly recommend the Vegetarian Lasagna (you won’t miss the meat) or the Lamb Shank (it falls off the bone!) Also, all dinner is served with homemade bread with olive oil, balsamic reduction & Italian herbs.
  • Price Range: Very reasonably priced ($$)
  • Location: 603 E 6th Ave, Denver, CO 80203
  • Menu: Something for everyone, check it out here https://odysseyitalian.com/

Although I have not been to Italy or Sicily yet, Odyssey Italian restaurant & wine bar surprised me. It is located in a Victorian style rustic house on 6th Ave in Downtown Denver, Colorado. They are open daily from 4PM – 10PM and luckily, although I found this place on a last minute crave, I was able to enjoy the experience here sitting at the bar, however if you prefer to sit at a table, I highly recommend setting a reservation.

 Odyssey Italian Restaurant

Odyssey Italian is a unique experience because it incorporates Sicilian cuisine. This is not your average Italian place. In fact, Sicilian cuisine is a subset of Italian cuisine, it has its own unique flavors, techniques, and traditions that have been influenced by the various cultures that have occupied the island.

Main differences include:

  1. Geographical Influence: Sicily is an island located to the south of the Italian peninsula. Its unique location in the Mediterranean has made it a crossroads of various cultures, including the Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Normans, and Spaniards. This has given Sicilian cuisine a distinct flavor profile and a combination of culinary techniques.
  2. Seafood: Given its island status, Sicilian cuisine features a lot of seafood. Tuna, sardines, anchovies, and swordfish are particularly popular.
  3. Sweets: Sicily is famous for its desserts. Cannoli, cassata, and granita are some of the best-known sweets from the region.
  4. Rice and Grains: Due to historical and geographical reasons, rice and certain grains like couscous (influenced by North African cuisine) are more prominent in Sicilian dishes than in many other parts of Italy.
  5. Vegetables: Eggplants, tomatoes, peppers, and olives are staple ingredients in many Sicilian dishes, reflecting both the island’s fertile land and its Mediterranean climate.
  6. Citrus: Thanks to its sunny climate, Sicily is a major producer of citrus fruits like oranges, lemons, and citrons. These are used in a variety of dishes, both savory and sweet.
  7. Spices: In contrast to the often subtler flavors of many traditional Italian dishes, Sicilian cuisine is known for its bold use of spices, again reflecting its diverse cultural influences.
  8. Cheese: While cheeses like Parmigiano-Reggiano and mozzarella are popular all over Italy, Sicily has its own specialties, such as Pecorino Siciliano.

Let’s get into First Impressions of Odyssey Italian restaurant:

Upon arrival, pulling up to this Victorian home, that was a restaurant, I just became curious to understand the layout.

There is outside seating, inside seating (upstairs and downstairs), and a couple seats are available at the very quaint bar setting.

This place is huge and has plenty of room for big parties, so grab your family!


🥘 Dishes Sampled at Odyssey Italian restaurant:

  • Crispy Caesar Insalata (Salad): Well dressed, fresh ingredients
  • Italian fried calamari: Calamari rings, flash fried with a light breading, great with a side of melted garlic or salted butter
  • Sausage, peppers & onions: Heats up great for leftovers, great flavors, like an Italian comfort appetizer
  • Lobster Ravioli: Fresh lobster in a red rose cream sauce

  • Fettucine alfredo: Creamy alfredo, you can upgrade the dish by adding a protein like chicken or shrimp

  • Bone-in-lamb shank: 8 oz. lamb shank covered in ragu sauce, tender and falls off the bone
  • Penne Bolognese: Meat sauce which I couldn’t get enough of, truly made with love
  • Vegetarian Lasagna: I was nervous about a vegetarian lasagna at first but this dish is a star, unfortunately it is only available on certain nights

Decadent Desserts

One sentence- YOU MUST TRY THE DESSERT!


🍹 Okay, we gotta get into the drinks at Odyssey Italian restaurant:

  • Lemon Drop: Refreshing, just the right amount of alcohol, served with a slice of lemon

  • Espresso Martini: Best espresso, hands down!

  • Italian Margarita: I love margaritas! The Italian Margarita is one of my top faves!!

💼 Service at Odyssey:

Attentive and friendly staff, really made you feel like family, no matter how big or small your party


Ambiance of Odyssey:

I really loved seeing the plethora of fresh vibrant flowers.


Accessibility & Facilities at Odyssey:

Wheelchair Accessibility with ramp to get in door

Restrooms: Very clean with amenities such as mouthwash and peppermints

Parking: Limited but free, mostly street parking


Final Verdict:

I rate this as a Must Try and Perfect for date nights!

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