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12 Colorado Pizzerias Featured in New Phaidon Pizza Book


Pizza Carbonara at Osteria Marco

In April 2016, art book publisher Phaidon will release the ultimate guide to global pizza. Unlike most Phaidon books, however, “Where to Eat Pizza” is not filled with gorgeous photos. That’s because at nearly 600 pages, there is simply no room for copious #foodporn featuring blistered crust and melted mozzarella. These hundreds of pages are loaded instead with the best places to find pizza from Australia and Africa, to North Dakota, to, of course, the mecca of Italy.

Where to Eat Pizza

Thanks to the expert curation of Denver Post food critic William Porter, a dozen Colorado pizzerias have made the list. We highly suggest you pick up a copy of this global pizza opus so you know where to find the good stuff wherever you are. In the meantime, here are the 12 Colorado pizzerias to make the list for your local eating pleasure:

1. Basta {3601 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder; 303.997.8775}
While many an Italian plate tempts at Chef Kelly Whitaker’s Boulder restaurant, a wood-fired pie is a requisite order.

2. Pizzeria Locale {1730 Pearl Street, Boulder; 303.442.3003}
Ask nearly any Front Range food-lover what the best restaurant in the area is, and you’ll likely hear about Frasca Food and Wine. While this fine-dining tribute to the Friuli-Venezia region of Italy is indeed tops, so is sister (and more affordable) restaurant Pizzeria Locale.

3. Cart-Driver {2500 Larimer Street, #100, Denver; 303.292.3553}
Chef Whitaker spread his wings to Denver with this compact and delicious haven for pizzas, oysters, and craft cocktails in RiNo where local chefs go off-the-clock.

4. Ernie’s Bar & Pizza {2915 West 44th Avenue, Denver; 303.944.5580}
This neighborhood eatery focuses on New York-style slices with time-tested and eccentric topping combos alike.

5. Hops & Pie {3920 Tennyson Street, Denver; 303.477.7000}
This Berkeley neighborhood spot is always packed and for good reason. Sample the incredible craft beer list along with the wild special pies.

6. Marco’s Coal-Fired Pizza—now Racca’s {2129 Larimer Street, Denver; 303.296.7000}
Recently, Marco’s changed its name to Racca’s, but the award-winning pizza is thankfully the same. The owners credit clean-burning coal with their pizza success.

7. Osteria Marco {1453 Larimer Street, Denver; 303.534.5855}
Legendary local restaurateur Frank Bonanno serves up some of the best Italian food in Denver from this Larimer Square restaurant. Don’t miss the Burrata either.

8. Paxti’s Pizza {multiple locations}
Patxi’s (PAH-cheese) is actually a California-born chain, and the three Colorado locations in Denver serve up equally good thin and deep dish pizza.

9. Pizzeria Locale {multiple locations}
Unlike the Boulder Pizzeria Locale, the Denver locations operate as fast-casual concepts, and mill their own flour for crust unlike any you’ve had before.

10. Sexy Pizza {multiple locations}
Is pizza sexy? Of course it is, especially when you order varieties like the Sexy Sheikh with pepperoni, fresh jalapeños, cream cheese, and mozzarella.

11. Wazee Street Supper Club {1600 15th Street, Denver; 303.623.9518}
Want to taste the pizza President Barack Obama sampled when he visited Denver in 2014? Head to this eatery, which has been operating in LoDo since 1974.

12. Edgewater Inn {5302 West 25th Avenue, Edgewater; 303.237.3524}
For over 60 years, the Di Pietro family has been serving up pizza pies from this small town just outside Denver.

Here are a few more we’d add to the list:

  • Beau Jo’s (love it or hate it, it’s a Colorado classic)
  • Pizzeria Republica (truly authentic Neapolitan)
  • Bar Dough (thin crust, beautiful, and inventively topped)
  • Blue Pan (if you’ve never had Detroit-style pizza, head to this new Highlands spot stat)

By Maya Silver | Editor