Sunnyside is a vibrant Denver neighborhood, situated on the west side of I-25. Perpendicular to the popular Highland neighborhood, Sunnyside is bounded by Union Pacific Railroad lines, I-70, Federal Boulevard, and 38th avenue (1).
While it may only be a 1.5 square mile area, Sunnyside has seen a rich revival through local business, and an eclectic mix of properties and people. In order to connect all of this, a new light rail station is opening on 41st & Fox, which will effectively link Arvada and Wheat Ridge to RTD’s already impressive network (2). Sunnyside has charm in its historical businesses, as well as an influx of delicious and unique restaurants, shops, and family-owned destinations.
Gaetano’s Italian eatery is a historical staple of the neighborhood. Founded by Clyde Smaldone, a member of the infamous mob family of the same name, the restaurant formerly played host to illicit gambling activities and poker games (2). While it may not be on the wrong side of the law these days, one thing has always persisted— authentic spaghetti and meatballs, squashy maroon booths, and colossal black and white images of famous figures. It’s fed the mouths of hungry Denverites for over 50 years, and persists as an iconic reminder of the neighborhood’s roots. Historical dwellings are supplemented by new eateries, including The Universal, Lou’s Food bar, Sunny’s, and a number of craft breweries that have started cropping up.
Although it may be small, Sunnyside has no shortage of parks— Ciancio Park, Chaffee Park, Columbus Park, and the Pecos and 46th Park are all wonderful spots for the entire family (3). There are so many parks, in fact, that every house in Sunnyside is located within a half a mile of one of these beautiful areas.
Sunnyside exists as an affordable Denver option, with vibrant modern culture infused with a fascinating history— it’s definitely a great city option!