Colorado isn’t exactly known for its pizza, but the pies in Mile High definitely pass the test. Many newcomers who come into town often ask, “Where is the best pizza?”. Well…
1. Bar Dough
People often wonder, what makes a good pizza? Well it often has to do with the oven it is prepared in. Chef Max Mackissock has that essential tool in an Italian imported Mario Acunto oven. This place isn’t just about pizza, there are a variety of amazing Italian dishes to choose from, like their “to die for” Tagliarini. As for the pizza, we suggest the I’anatra: a pea purée, duck conserva with mortadella, pecorino, fresh mozzarella and sorrel. You will fall in love with this amazing establishment.
If you’re on South Pearl and wanting a slice, this is the place you should find yourself at. Staying true to Southern Naples style is essential to the quality of pizza you will experience at Kaos. One doesn’t need to get too exotic when choosing which pizza to get, but if you’re looking for the best then look no further than the Cappocolo: Evoo with roasted garlic, cappocolo, oven roasted tomatoes, fresh arugula and goat cheese. Our mouths are watering just writing about it (seriously). You can also check out Mas Kaos, located in the Berkeley Neighborhood that combines owner Patrick Mangold-White’s Uno Mas Taqueria y Cantina and Kaos Pizzeria. Divertiti!
3. Cart Driver
Located behind Work & Class (one of our favorites) is another one of our favorites, Cart Driver. The building itself is a 640 sq ft shipping container and inside is an absolute wonderful place to be with friends enjoying wine, some oysters and of course-the pizza. The Four Season is exquisite, potato, squash, asian pear, ham, arugula pesto and burrata. This RiNo establishment is here to stay and should be on the list of places to dine at if you have not already.
Created by restaurateur Bobby Stuckey and Chef Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson, Pizzeria Locale is one of Colorado’s best restaurants. Obviously it starts with excellent cuisine, but it’s solidified with an elevated level of hospitality. Seriously, there may not be a better experience unless you were to visit neighboring Frasca Food & Wine (Stuckey’s other exceptional establishment). We won’t make a specific suggestion as to which pizza to choose, literally you can take your pick here and be well satisfied. In 2014, Pizzeria Locale teamed up with Chipotle to create a fast-casual version of it’s more upscale version in Boulder, different experience-same result.
Chef Frank Bonnano’s downtown Denver Italian eatery exceeds the expectations one expects when they go out to eat. Named after his youngest son, Osteria Marco will be celebrating its tenth anniversary next year. We recommend the Short Rib: Fontina Fonduta, Spinach & Roasted Red Pepper. Located in Denver’s famed Larimer Square, it will be no surprise to see this fine concept around for a lot longer than just a single decade.
6. Hops & Pie
Denver’s Berkeley neighborhood hosts some of the best cuisine you will find in this rapidly expanding Denver food scene and Hops & Pie represents a great option to choose when visiting Tennyson street. An excellent selection of hand tossed pies with a wide choice of toppings and beers to pair. Within the crust is a 50/50 mixture of water and house IPA that gives this pizza joint its unique flavor. We realize that almost every place in town has some form of Mac & Cheese, but we suggest ordering Hops and Pie’s version as well because it is what dreams are made of.
Yass! This list is compiled of a lot of great pizzerias and we could reshuffle the order a thousand times and still get it right. Racca’s (formerly Marco’s Coal Fired Pizza) is just one of those places that can be very easily at the top of this list and has been at the top of many others. Being certified by the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana, Racca’s is the only certified Neapolitan pizzeria located in Colorado. Yet another establishment that one would be satisfied with any selection. Pick any of it’s three Colorado locations, request an Uber and then go, like tonight. Oh yeah, and if you’re looking for a job, check out their Sirvo page for open jobs!
8. Fat Sully’s
This is one of the most amazing pizza places in town and is a fan favorite. It doesn’t hurt that you can get a slice at their walk-up window till 2 AM, which we suggest when you are wondering what is the best place to eat quickly after you’ve left the bar a little early. This is Denver’s best version of a New York slice of pizza. Residing within the Atomic Cowboy, owners Drew and Ashley Shader seem to understand perfectly what this town craves.
9. Lucky Pie
There are two locations to choose from, one in downtown Denver near Union Station and also in Louisville, Colorado. Their slogan is simple. Pizza. Beer. Love. We agree with all three options. Twenty seven beers on tap, a hand-built brick oven and some of the best pizza in the state! Go against the grain a little and get the Cornball Wallace: creamed greens, Benton’s ham, mozzarella, fontina, roasted corn & organic arugula in a cider vinaigrette. Eat. Drink. Fall in Love.
10. Under the Sun
Start with the Maine Mussels, select one of their twenty-seven Mountain Sun Ales, split the Gnocchi and the wood fired Bianca Pizza: charred onion ricotta cheese, organic baby kale, chili flake, house-made sausage & Grana Pada. This is the second Boulder establishment to make the list and if Boulder isn’t on your list of places to eat pizza, it should be there now.
Now, time to enjoy! ??
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