Reader: Deep-dish pizza here doesn't taste anywhere near as good as in Chicago

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Lori Midson
Patxi Azpiroz with one of his deep-dish pies.
Do you have to be in the Windy City to get real Chicago-style, deep-dish pizza? Or can you find an excellent approximation in Cherry Creek, at an outlet of a California-based chain whose chef/co-owner, Patxi Azpiroz, was living in San Francisco when he decided to create a great deep-dish pie -- in the kitchen of his apartment. From the first location in Palo Alto, Patxi's has begun to spread across the country, with a third metro location downtown this fall.

See also: Dishes of DISH -- Patxi's Chicago-style deep-dish pizza

Fans of Patxi's say that a bite of its pizza is the next best thing to sitting down before a big deep-dish pizza in Chicago. Says David:

It's actually pretty legit. Not better than some of the places in Chicago, but pretty damn respectable.

But some people can't get beyond location, location, location. Says Rich:

Aside from the look, it won't taste anywhere near as good as it does in Chicago.
Do you like deep-dish pizza? How do you like the Patxi's pizza? Is it the best version in Denver? And what's your favorite Chicago-style pie in Chicago? Post your thoughts below.




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Patxi's Pizza

185 Steele St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

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41 comments
PatxisPizza
PatxisPizza

We hope to see some of the readers visit one of our two Denver-area locations to try some deep dish sometime soon!

Philo99
Philo99

Which Chicago deep dish is best? The one served at any of the 20 locations of the Lou Malnati chain locations? Or the one served on their 1-800 number? 


I'll agree with one thing. Nothing in Denver compares to chain restaurant pizza, made with shipped in dough, filled with 5 pounds of the cheapest, processed cheese product known to man kind.


I had Lou Malnati's last year, and I'm still waiting to pass that horrible, disgusting gut bomb.


Just because you grew up on horrible food, doesn't mean you can't move on.

Mista D'Mac
Mista D'Mac

Sorry Denver, love you but your bread and pizza will never match NY or Chicago's. It's a combination of the elevation and the water when the dough is made and baked.

maxplanck0
maxplanck0

The chest beating about presumed regional superiorities over food, sports and culture is vastly overplayed. And tiring.

Whatever you're eating, following or enjoying, appreciate - or reject it - on its own terms and avoid knee-jerk comparisons with prior venues because...they were prior. 

For the record, I've hit Patxi's....5 stars in my book!

Josh Barrack
Josh Barrack

Deep dish pizza isn"t pizza. Concentrate on the real thing.

Lou Santos
Lou Santos

I'll give it a shot. Best pizza in town is still Fat Sully's to me!

Jason Mcgovern
Jason Mcgovern

Thanks so much Dale for your support. And I agree that pizza in Denver, even Chicago style deep dish pizza, keeps getting better!!

jason2323
jason2323

Anyone tried Denver Deep Dish inside The Bar Car at 8th and Colorado. They make a really good Chicago style deep dish and thin crust pizza.

David Spohn
David Spohn

Mmmm Hudson river dough. yummy,..NOT

David Spohn
David Spohn

Get a grip. Our altitude makes for nowhere near as a good crust as there in Chi town.

Dale Zachary
Dale Zachary

That may have been true a couple years ago, but currently that is a bunch of B.S. The pizzas from Patxi's Pizza and Denver Deep Dish compare quite favorably to "authentic" offerings. Believe me, I lamented the lack of Chicago Style options in Denver for many years. But, this is no longer the case.

JimTom
JimTom

Do you get an extra gallon of sauce with that? ?Why does a pizza need 5 gallons of sauce? To cover the nasty crust? I would love to see Chicago's best green chile. Most people in IL. don't even know what green chilie is.

Isoceles Woodsfish
Isoceles Woodsfish

As a NY'er living in Denver I can say the same for shallow dish pizza too lol.

Fred Kaplan
Fred Kaplan

Still trying to figure out WHAT are the Denver must have dishes. When I used to visit I loved getting the Rocky Mountain oysters up near Ft. Collins. And yes all varieties as long as they werre deep fried. Loved Alligator in LA and Florida.

Steve Holmberg
Steve Holmberg

He is correct! Native of Colorado and even I know Chicago pizza blows away every weak attempt at pizza made in Denver! Totally worth the $80 for delivery of a 10" deep dish pizza from Pizza Uno in Chicago! Nothing anywhere close to that anywhere in Colorado!

Fred Kaplan
Fred Kaplan

Lived in Chgo. and had great DD pizza and amazing thin crust. But in fairness different areas of the US have different taste buds due to the water, they drink and nurishes the ingredients that go into food. NYC people love the fold over and the grease of their pies, while Chgo likes crispy crust, some oregano and GREAT mild Italian sausage. Still looking for a pie in Denver that can match a Chgo or Italian (love Pizza in Italy) thin crust pizza.

Angel Livingin Denver
Angel Livingin Denver

No good pizza in Denver...That's why I make my friends bring me pizza from Chicago when they visit. Nothing like real Chicago pizza :)

Michael Keyes
Michael Keyes

Denver food scene is over hyped and pretentious

Christopher David
Christopher David

Like, half of Denver's population is composed of Chicago natives. Go to a Rockies v. Cubs game at Coors Field and most of the audience is wearing Chicago gear. Same with Broncos v. Bears games. Point is, they know Chicago sucks and that's why they moved to Denver BUT they're also shit-talkers and will argue that everything Chicago does is great.

Aaron LeForce
Aaron LeForce

deep dish pizza is absolutely disgusting. NYC style pizza light on the sauce is the way to go!

Justin Faloon
Justin Faloon

I lived in Denver for several years and I was always on the hunt for a good pizza. Sorry Denver, you have many great qualities, but pizza isn't one of them.

Roy Hobbs
Roy Hobbs

I used to live in Chicago..deep dish is for tourists anyways and not that good. Chicago style thin crust is where its really at!

Matt Morava
Matt Morava

Denver needs to focus less on pizza and hamburgers and figure out how to make a decent sandwich.

Keith Cosmo
Keith Cosmo

you just repost reader comments as stories.... I'm out westword...

Lisa Levy
Lisa Levy

As a Chicagoan living in Denver, I have to agree! Sorry, Denver! Keep trying!!

Mantonat
Mantonat topcommenter

Saying "it won't taste as good..." indicates that you've never actually tried Patxi's pizza. If you'd said "it doesn't taste as good...", you would at least have a little credibility.

In any case, have you ever eaten anything anywhere that's as good as the original in the city or region where it started? Philly cheese steaks, NY Pizza, tacos al pastor in Mexico City, cioppino in San Francisco, etc. Just because a dish doesn't taste exactly like that perfect sample from its creator doesn't mean it can't be good or enjoyable.

JimRome
JimRome

If I have said it once, I have said it a thousand times.  Sushi Den is good, but not as good as eating it in Japan off of a naked 18yr old model.

YayWhiskey
YayWhiskey

Nothing is as good as Lou Malnati's - but Paxti's is close.  It's an excellent pie - and the buratta bruschetta is insanely good.

Mantonat
Mantonat topcommenter

@Mista D'Mac The excellent house-made baguettes at any number of Vietnamese bakeries along Federal are proof that you're wrong. There's nothing intrinsically difficult about baking at altitude - it's just different. Those with the patience to practice and learn generally get it right.

Philo99
Philo99

@Steve Holmberg That's the dumbest thing I've read in Westword in some time, and that's saying alot.


Anyone that would purchase mail order pizza should be sterilized.

Philo99
Philo99

@Priya Butani Nye  Sbarro. Best Pizza in NY. 

Mantonat
Mantonat topcommenter

@Lisa Levy I think you mean "sorry, California! Keep Trying!!" Patxi's is a California company that just recently expanded into Denver.

By the way, how's the green chile in Chicago?

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