Food & Drink

The 8 best pizzas in all of Mile High

Published On 09/06/2013 Published On 09/06/2013
Denver Pizza Company -- Denver

It's definitely not difficult to get a slice in this town, especially if you're on Colfax late at night and some dude shanks you. Luckily, it's also not difficult to find quality pizza, especially now that we're supplying you with eight suggestions on where to find the finest pies in Mile High.


8. Wyman's No. 5
What you're getting: The Big Pizzle
This Chicago bar is the perfect place to stuff your face with pizza, and wash it down with a cold beer while watching the Cubs inevitably lose again. The obvious choice here is the Chicago-style deep dish, but it's a winner as a thin-crust pie too. Despite the ridiculous name, The Big Pizzle is packed with can't-miss ingredients like pepperoni, sausage, meatball, onion, green pepper, and mushrooms.

7. Edgewater Inn
What you're getting: The Great White
Edgewater Inn's been the heart of the 'hood since 1953, churning out serious comfort food in a refined space. This is old school Denver pizza, and the homey feel of the tavern makes you feel like you've stepped back in time. Great Scott! Their Great White pizza is unconventional (white sauce, grilled pine nuts, and artichoke hearts), but surprisingly addictive.

6. Basic Kneads
What you're getting: The Sweet Thai Chicken Chili
How can pizza from a food truck possibly be good? Well, thanks to Basic Kneads mobile wood-fire oven and ingredients like organic, CO-milled flour and hand-crushed tomatoes, their pizza is better than good. And if you've ever wondered what an Italian pizzaiolo would make for dinner after going shopping in a Bangkok market, it's the Thai pie with chicken, cilantro, Thai chili sauce, cheese, and green onions.

5. Hops & Pie
What you're getting: Any pizza of the month
This Tennyson St Denver-style pizza joint has always had a great selection of craft brews to pair with their 'za, as well as a handful of unique toppings to spice up said pies, like dollops of mashed potatoes. But they don't offer signature pies, instead encouraging you to make your own. The exception is the monthly special, which recently was topped with flank/ bacon, sweet onion puree, queso, scorched corn, pepitas, and pickled sweet peppers. Wow.

Osteria Marco

4. Osteria Marco
What you're getting: The Margherita
In a basement hideaway in Larimer Square -- that also happens to have killer street-side tables -- any sane person could happily eat Osteria's house-made cheeses and cured meats for infinity years. But their Margherita, while it lacks a ton of ingredients, is pure pizza heaven: San Marzano tomatoes, fresh tomato, and basil. Done and done.

3. Denver Pizza Company
Golden Triangle
What you're getting: The Magnificent 7
This CO-born company is quite proud to be from around here -- but not in that annoying "native" bumper sticker way -- by complementing their stellar pies with local Glacier ice cream, homemade wings, and pasta. It's take-out only, so bring home a Magnificent 'za with salami, pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, basil, bacon, and sun-dried tomatoes.

2. Patxi's Pizza
Englewood & Cherry Creek
What you're getting: The Salsiccia
Known more for their stuffed Chicago pies which are covered with an extra layer of dough, sauce, and cheese after the pizza's been dressed, their menu's so stacked, you should instead snag a Salsiccia thin-crust pie piled high with garlic-fennel sausage, fresh ricotta, basil, and mozz. Don't forget to put honey on the crust to make the meal truly gluttonous. Hey, that rhymed!

1. Marco's Coal Fired Pizzeria
Five Points
What you're getting: The Del Re
Seeing as they're the only pizza place in Colorado certified by a pizza association that judges which shops makes their pies the traditional Naples way, Marco's is the real deal. And speaking of things that are the truth, you'll wanna scoop up their fresh mozzarella, Pecorino sardo-/truffle-spread, mushroom, prosciutto di Parma pie called The Del Re.

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1. Racca's Pizzeria Napoletana 2129 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205 (Five Points)

Racca’s Pizzeria Napoletana dishes out some of the best pizza in the city, and not merely because it has received elite certification from the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana stating that its pizzas adhere strictly to rules of authenticity that guarantee the quality of pizzas made in Naples, Italy (okay, it’s kind of a big deal). The menu is a colorful selection of antipasti (try the famed limoncello chicken wings served with Vidalia onions on focaccia bread) and house specials like four-cheese-layered, San Marzano tomato sauce-covered lasagna and the Italiano sandwich stacked with spicy salami, fresh mozzarella, and mixed pepper relish. Of course, the true gem is the pizza roster. While you’ll be satisfied regardless of your selection, our favorites are the Piemonte -- a pie that’s coated with rounds of fresh mozzarella and pecorino sardo truffle spread, and sprinkled with mushrooms, prosciutto di parma -- and the veggie-heavy Puglia, which is decorated with garlic, eggplant, zucchini, roasted peppers, and oregano.

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2. Patxi's Chicago Pizza 185 Steele St., Denver, CO 80206

Bringing San Fran's famous deep dish 'za to Denver, Patxi's serves their slices up right, baked to perfection on a rotating oven to give you that optimal bite. Add whatever toppings your little heart desires and choose from one of their many craft beers on tap.

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3. Denver Pizza Company 309 W 11th Ave, Denver, CO 80204 (Southwest)

This may be Mile High's biggest ode to 'za. They've got enough discs to satisfy the hungriest of customers, as well as enough beer to satisfy the thirstiest of Denverites. That's a lot of brew.

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4. Osteria Marco 1453 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80202 (Lodo)

Here're 3 reasons to consider cruising by this approachable LoDo staple: a menu full of great Italian eats, a sick patio, and an appealing happy hour with cheap meatball sliders. Stop by and try one of their incredible handcrafted pizzas, cheese plates, and cured meats. Why aren't you there yet?

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5. Hops & Pie 3920 Tennyson St., Denver, CO 80212 (Northwest)

Converting a former art gallery into a neighborhood haunt highlighted by a bar built from a recycled bowling lane, H&P is run by husband & wife chefs intent on bringing elevated brews and classical cooking techniques to the old-fashioned pizza joint, something even Escoffier wouldn't scoff at, and not just because he's dead.

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6. Edgewater Inn 5302 W 25th Ave, Edgewater, CO 80214

Edgewater Inn is home to a great happy hour, stellar calzones & pizzas, and zesty libations. You'd be a fool to skip out on this CO hotspot.

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7. Wyman's No. 5 2037 E 13th Ave, Denver, CO 80206

A pizza oven already in the back inspired the Wyman's crew to start plating Chicago style deep dish, which's now feasted on by Bears fans as they sip $2 Old Styles surrounded by the signed jerseys of Butkus and Devin Hester -- just don't you try taking one to the house, as that would constitute theft.



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