410 E. 7th Ave. Denver 80203 . 303-861-WINE (9463)

About Lala's

Ellen Vitt
General Manager

ellen@lalaswinebar.com


Justin Entes
Executive Chef
justin@lalaswinebar.com


Abby McDermott
Marketing Manager
abby@lalaswinebar.com


Shawn Parkin
Sous Chef
shawn@lalaswinebar.com

Jordan Stopak-Behr
Bar Manager
jordan@lalaswinebar.com

 

 

Lala's Story

Nestled in Capitol Hill across from Governor's Park, Lala's Wine Bar + Pizzeria is providing Denver the perfect combination of high-end wines-including 60 wines by the glass-and thin-crust, Neapolitan-style pizza inspired by the Italian trattoria.  Using only San Marazano tomatoes for our rich, savory tomato sauce, these pizzas capture the quintessential flavors of Italy-with New World flair.  We look to source local products and support many small farms, winery's and distillers right here in Colorado. Lala's prides itself on preparing many housemade menu items including our pasta, mozzarella, ricotta, gelato, all the way down to housemade limoncello.

 

Voted best Wine Bar in Denver multiple times and best neighborhood restaurant in Denver, Lala's is the perfect spot for any occasion.  Stop by and enjoy the open-air dining room, the cozy bar or the quaint, street-side patio for brunch, lunch or dinner. We look forward to seeing you soon.

 

Local Ingredients


Here at Lala’s we pride ourselves on being a locally owned and operated restaurant and place a high value on doing business with other Colorado companies.  Below you’ll find a few of our local partners:


Haystack Mountain Goat Dairy (Longmont)

Il Mondo Vecchio (Denver)

The Truffle Cheese Shop (just down the street on 6th Ave)

Infinite Monkey Theorem Winery (Denver)

New Belgium Brewery (Fort Collins)

Ska Brewing Company (Durango)

Stranahan’s Distillery (Denver)

Leopold Brothers (Denver)

Cap Rock Vodka & Gin (Grand Valley)

Rocky Mountain Soda Company (Denver)

Left Hand Brewery (Longmont)

Peach St. Distillers (Palisade)

Hazel Dell Mushroom Farms (Fort Collins)

 

Community

 

Lala's is passionately committed to community involvement. Since our inception in August 2008, we have striven to maintain a high standard of service for our customers as well as involvement in our community. Our name itself represents the history of Capitol Hill and the members of high society who built the Governor's Mansion. Walter Scott Cheesman was a Denver businessman who began the building of the Governor's Mansion and whose daughter, nicknamed Lala, finished the project after his death. Lala was known as a socialite who gave Capitol Hill a beautiful legacy with the completion of the Governor's Mansion. We want to keep that legacy alive by doing what we can to make our community a brighter place. We often partner with non-profit organizations  and host fundraisers as a way of giving back. We also involve ourselves in local food and wine events at every opportunity and provide countless donations in the form of private wine tastings and dinners. The following is a list of some of the organizations that we have worked with and/or donated to:


Voices of Victims

Doctors without Borders (Haiti Relief Fund)

MS Society

Casting for A Cure &  International Rett Syndrome Foundation

Parkinson's Association of the Rockies

Team in Training

Home Aid Colorado

Do at the Zoo

The Mile High Million

Denver Botanical Gardens

Argonaut Wine & Liquor

Project Angel Heart

Denver Polo Classic

the Denver Marathon

Denver Children's Hospital

City of Denver Parks and Recreation

Westword Dish Menu Affair

Sabor Event


History of Lala's

The story of Lala's Wine Bar and Pizzeria is rooted in the history of Capitol Hill. Less than one block from our restaurant rests the Boettcher Mansion (also known as the Govenor's Mansion), its conception an idea of Walter Scott Cheeseman in the mid-ninteenth century. Cheesman, a businessman originally from Chicago, proved an innovative booster of Denver, establishing commerce in his new city with the railroad and straightening its real estate industry. Many would say it was the inspiration from his daughter Glady, nicknamed Lala, which fueled Cheeseman's ambition. It is from the support of Lala on the building of the Boettcher Mansion the Capitol Hill's own foundation was laid.

Although Walter Cheesman passed in 1907 just as construction began on the Boettcher Mansion, both Lala and her mother pressed on the the plans. What resulted was a graceful and elegant home, where Lala grew up. Within Denver high society, the mansion represented Denver's potential to prosper, and Lala found a base from which she could influence the city's community. Over the coming years, Lala followed in her father's footsteps, establishing herself as a key socialite in many Denver circles. Lala's Wine Bar and Pizzeria is a reflection of the house that Lala helped to build.