In Denver, as in most towns across the nation, pizza parlors are everywhere. But no matter where you’re from or where you’re headed, you’ll feel right at home in these stellar pizza joints.
Imagine devouring fresh pizza, seconds removed from a wood-fired oven shipped all the way from Naples, Italy. Located at Denver Central Market, Vero is one of the city’s newest restaurants and the brainchild of noted chef Andrea Frizzi. You can literally have a slice of Italy here.
Denver Deep Dish
Take your pick. Chicago-style deep dish or thin crust pizza (gluten-free available). Denver Deep Dish’s is located in the Highland neighborhood, not far from downtown and mere blocks from the new Fox Street light rail station. They also have salads, sandwiches, beer and spirits.
Hops & Pie
Expect the unexpected at this beer-centric pizzeria and taproom in Berkeley Park. Pizza toppings include intriguing ingredients like beer-braised brisket, mashed potatoes, house-smoked tofu and blackberry barbecue sauce, and the taps are filled with an ever-rotating selection of exclusive craft beers from cult local producers like Crooked Stave and Strange Craft Beer Company.
Lala’s Wine Bar and Pizzeria
Inspired by and modeled after an Italian trattoria, at Lala’s Wine Bar and Pizzeria you’ll relax al fresco in the heart of Capitol Hill. The restaurant features an international wine list with more than 50 wines to choose from and a dynamic menu composed by chef Marco Elder using seasonal, local and organic ingredients.
Beau Jo’s dates back to 1973 when it started its Colorado-style pizza business in Idaho Springs, a popular hangout for skiers and snowboarders heading to and from the ski resorts. Now you can enjoy a healthy gluten-free menu in Denver.
Racca’s Pizzeria Napoletana
Racca’s (formerly Marco's Coal-Fired Pizza) serves up handmade pizza with artisanal cheeses and meats from Italy, Limoncello chicken wings and—be still our hearts—a Nutella pizza for dessert. It's certified by the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana, meaning that Racca’s pies adhere to strict guidelines originally set in place to guarantee the quality of pizzas made in Naples, Italy.
Need a pizza to please every palate? Head to SliceWorks, where you can choose from a variety of traditional pies (think: red sauce, mozzarella, basil and parmigiana) as well as out-of-the-ordinary creations like a Colorado-inspired green chili pizza. With locations in Capitol Hill and LoDo, a slice is never far away.
Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers & Bar
Mellow out at this unique pizza joint featuring hand-tossed, stone-baked premium pizzas made with the finest ingredients, plus hoagies, calzones and fresh salads. The heated patio means you can hang out in the fresh air at Mellow Mushroom virtually year-round.
Mici Handcrafted Italian
Just steps from the Colorado Convention Center and the 16th Street Mall, Mici is beloved by pizza aficionados in The Mile High City. They've also got pasta, paninis, salads, gelato, beer and wine, all at extremely reasonable prices.
Experience Italy right here in Colorado. Located just a block from the Colorado Convention Center's Blue Bear, Pizza Republica is a charming Italian trattoria featuring authentic wood-fired Neapolitan pizza, regional Italian cuisine, an extensive Italian wine list and artisanal handcrafted cocktails.
Wazee Supper Club
A lower downtown institution, this joint promises "the best pizza in the civilized world." A bold claim, but we have to admit that they serve an excellent pie! Wazee Supper Club’s kitchen is open until 1 a.m. every night except Sunday, so it’s the perfect late-night destination.
Ernie’s Bar & Pizza
Not far away in Sunnyside, a mid-century watering hole has found new life as a cozy—yet lively—retro-toned pizza parlor with a wide-ranging selection of finger foods, sandwiches, pastas and, of course, pizzas, including the New Haven-style white pie with clams and copious amounts of garlic.
Tucked inside a shipping container in Denver’s River North Art District (RiNo) neighborhood, Cart-Driver pairs premium wood-fired pizzas with fresh oysters. An odd couple? Not in our book! There’s also prosecco on tap, seasonal market plates, Italian-style spritzes and local brews.
The Walnut Room
The Walnut Room in RiNo tosses a not-to-be-missed house special pie with tomato pesto, green olives and, you guessed it, walnuts (among other things).
With a leafy patio from which to soak up the atmosphere on Old South Pearl Street, this local favorite scores with inventive signature pies like the “Smokestack” (featuring bacon, fire-roasted poblano peppers and goat cheese) and the “Broccoli + Tater” (topped with roasted garlic, white cheddar, broccoli, potatoes and créme fraîche). But regularly changing specials are surefire hits too, featuring gourmet ingredients like duck confit, smoked salmon and even caviar.
The Lower Downtown (LoDo) branch of the Louisville original boasts a local bent, right down to the crust made with organic Colorado flour. Right now, we’re digging the “Here’s the Beef,” a pie that begins with a base of barbecue sauce and mozzarella and ends with local brisket, Wisconsin cheese curds, bacon and pickled Fresno peppers. Some 30 taps are awash in Colorado microbrews, from Avery and Odell to Ska and Oskar Blues.