New York and Chicago may be the heavyweights in the country when it comes to delicious pizzas, but don’t count out Colorado. If you’re a fan of a extra thick crust, lots of cheese, and an abundance of toppings, this is the pizza for you! Here are some of the best places to visit when you’re looking to try Colorado-style pizza in Denver.
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Blue Pan Pizza
3930 W 32nd Ave, Denver, CO, 80212
Blue Pan is one of the most enjoyable hangout spots in the city, and the pizza is unforgettable. Whether you love your pizza topped with a variety of meats, love a simple and extra cheesy pizza, or want a savory pie filled with your favorite veggies, you’ll find what you’re looking for at this Denver eatery. The restaurant is known for its 3-1-3 pizza, which won first place in the 2013 International Pizza Challenge. The restaurant also won the award in 2014 for its Brooklyn Bridge pizza. Classic Italian pizzas include the Gold Hill pizza with prosciutto, fig preserves, and a combination of mozzarella and gorgonzola cheeses. You may also want to try Chicago, Detroit, or New York-style pizzas at Blue Pan, and gluten-free crusts are available too.
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700 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80203
SliceWorks offers pizzas made from fresh ingredients and outdoor seating so you can take in the beauty of the city while enjoying lunch or dinner. While you’re waiting on your pizza to be prepared, munch on tasty appetizers like fried mozzarella, Caprese salad, or fried calamari. You can indulge in the traditional square Sicilian pizza which features cured meat and a thick crust or the Neapolitan pizza with a round, crispy crust. If you want a pizza with more complex flavors, the buffalo chicken pizza with grilled chicken and a spicy sauce is a delicious choice. The green chili pizza with pepper sauce and cheddar is tasty as well, and you can also try the tomato pesto pizza with fresh tomatoes and garlic for a classic Italian meal. You can also order pizza by the slice whether you prefer a thin Brooklyn-style slice or crave a slice of stuffed pizza. Finish the meal off with a decadent dessert option such as a cannoli, chocolate spoon cake, or an order of tiramisu.
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890 14th St, Denver, CO 80202
This upscale pizza restaurant in downtown Denver has everything you need for a memorable meal. You can customize your wood-fired Neapolitan pizza or order a cheese pizza with their perfectly robust and just so slightly sweet marinara sauce. The crusts come braided to provide extra heft to their thick slices of pizza. Other wood-fire pizza options include the Crisp Pancetta pizza with Italian cured bacon and roasted tomato, the Duck and Fig pizza with wild arugula, and the Garden Zucchini pizza with Gremolata. Antipasti options include the Republica Meatball which is a combination of seasoned beef and pork. You can also try the burrata and fresh garlic and pappadew or the classic bruschetta topped with shaved parmesan. There are also several pasta dishes to choose from such as stuffed shells with spicy pomodoro sauce or the Pici and Pea Carbonara with fresh eggs and spring peas. The restaurant also offers a number of lunch specials and several colorful salads to make your meal complete!
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1702 N Humboldt St, Denver, CO 80218
This family-owned pizza restaurant offers a creative take on Italian-style dishes. The Mootz Pie is a classic and features mozzarella, fresh basil and extra virgin olive oil. You can also try the hilariously named “Fuggetaboutit” Pie which is topped with lots of garlic, pecorino-romano cheese, and oregano. If you’re looking for a hearty Italian meal, you’ll definitely want to try the 10-layer lasagna made with house-made pasta, parmesan, Bolognese and bechamel. There are also plenty of plates you can share to make your meal family-style, such as roasted asparagus topped with a perfectly runny egg, lemon, and breadcrumbs, or the fire-roasted meatballs topped with parmesan.