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
Osteria Marco
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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.