It's been said that pizza is like sex: even when it's bad, it's good. While there may be some truth to this, certain pie interpretations (and romps in the sack) invariably trump others, and in the ever-evolving pizza-sphere, the classic New York-style still reigns supreme. Though not quite the same as a slice snagged in the Big Apple (whether it truly is due to the water or not), there are a number of Denver spots doing a damn fine job slinging slices of thin, crisp-yet-foldable tastiness. Here they are:
3 Guys Pies (info and address)
Operating within Colfax's Streets of London Pub, 3 Guys Pies takes a no-frills attitude in their pie creation. Under the new ownership of a few New Jersey lads (ah ha!), the staff at 3 Guys would rather build you a simple pizza with perfected basics and top-quality cheese than an over-topped mess (though if you want to load up toppings, they still bring it), and the proof is in their phenomenally balanced Margherita offering. Plus, the first topping on any 14-inch or larger pie at 3 Guys is always free, keeping the cost low in true NY pizza fashion.
Two-fisted Mario's (info and address)
A longtime local favorite, this LoDo shop has a Pacman arcade machine (pizza > food pellets) and some of the best crust you'll find. There're no attitudes, no pretentiousness, just quality pizza in a rock 'n' roll bar. While you're over there, take a minute to check out Mario's Double Daughter's, their affiliated bar.
Pizza Alley (info and address)
LoHi might be grabbing the lion's share of the headlines in the Highlands these days, but just a bit to the West, in Highlands Square, rests a staple that's well worth your attention: Pizza Alley. Appropriately salty, well-cheesed (if at times a bit heavy, but so are you, so don't judge) slices and $1 PBR on Tuesdays grant you a welcome respite from the fancy loft-and-designer-dog explosion happening to the East.
Benny Blanco's (info and address)
Should you find yourself in need of sustenance on Capitol Hill (especially if it's late), it'd be wise to take a swing by Benny Blanco's, if only for a second. Open until 3am Tuesday through Saturday, this snug hallway of a joint next to Beauty Bar has little in the way of eating or standing space, hustling you in and out with a slice of solace to drown out your rejection-filled night.
Anthony's Pizza and Pasta (info and address)
What Anthony's may lack in mom-and-pop charm, they make up for with consistency -- and convenience -- with a bunch of locations spread across the Denver metro area. An especially smothered pepperoni slice at the California Street or DU location has proven to be a solid bet.
Fat Sully's (info and address)
There are a number of shops claiming NY pizza on South Broadway, but the recently opened Fat Sully's will get you closest to the taste of The City. Like its sister location on Colfax, Fat Sully's operates inside the Atomic Cowboy, which features a rotating slew of Colorado craft beers on tap like Ska Brewing's Pinstripe Red Ale and Lefthand's Nitro Sawtooth Ale, making this shop a fine spot to start, or cap off, an evening.
Slice Works (info and address)
If you make it past the window full of hippy pizza upon entering Slice Works, there actually is a superbly greasy, simple NY-style slice to be found at this popular joint. One of the quieter -- and roomier -- places on our list, Slice Works makes a good locale should your family come to town, and the upstairs bar offers a sweeping view on a colorful cast of Colfax characters. Though you'll most likely just be staring at your pizza.
Bringing NYC-style pizza to Denver, 3 Guys Pies operates out of Streets of London Pub on Colfax (cheap beers, huzzah!), and keeps it real with simple, high-quality ingredients that make for a reliably delicious pizza.
Open until 3a on weekends (Thur-Sat nights) and 2a the rest of the week, Two-Fisted Mario's Pizza is a favorite LoDo spot to grab a pie after hitting the bars. A playful atmosphere and dough-tossing theatrics keep the masses entertained while you wait for your slice.
Pizza Alley has the works: pastas, subs, calzones, and even some desserts -- but what you're really here for are the huge, thin-and-crispy slices of NYC-style pizza. That, or maybe $1 PBR Tuesdays... we wouldn't blame you.
Marquis Pizza (appropriately attached to the Marquis Theatre) is a great spot to fuel up before (or recoup after) a high-energy show at the Theatre. They are open late, and huge, thin-crust slices are the order of the day, but don't go thinking you won't be able to fill up on their pies -- try The Heart Attack, with pepperoni, sausage, bacon, Canadian bacon, and jalapeños.
Benny Blanco's is a great spot to grab a slice at the end of a night on Capitol Hill. They're open until 3am, and they've got great, big, hand-tossed pies that'll satisfy your cravings -- just be prepared to grab a slice and move on, there's not much in the way of seating.
Fat Sully's operates out of Atomic Cowboy (alongside Denver Biscuit Company and 24 beers on tap), slinging hand-tossed NYC-style pizzas with fresh toppings. In the mornings, Denver Biscuit Company's mile-high biscuit sandwiches are the star at this triple-threat stop. Later, though, and well into the night, it's the massive, foldable Sully's slices that bring the crowds to this cowboys-and-aliens-themed watering hole.