The twelve best pizzas in Denver

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Danielle Lirette
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Want to provoke a fight? Just start a discussion of where to find the best pizza in town. First you have to weigh the merits of thin/thick crust. Then you consider geography, and the benefits of Connecticut, New York, Chicago and even St. Louis styles. But once you're done chewing over all the possibilities, you can't beat the following dozen locations* for the best pizzas in metro Denver.

See also: The twelve best brunch spots in Denver

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12) Brava! Pizza
16th and Arapahoe streets

Pie peddler David Bravdica's wood-fired pizza wagon is an 850-degree powerhouse of smoldering Missouri oak wood that produces thin-crusted, blistered, misshapen pies stained with San Marzano tomatoes and dabbed with creamy mozzarella. Our favorite is the Marky, which comes crowned with pepperoni that emerges crisp and curled when it's yanked from the oven.

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Lori Midson
11) Denver Deep Dish
819 Colorado Boulevard

Jason McGovern, an Irish bloke from Tennessee, doesn't fit the typical profile of a deep-dish pizza geek, but from his tiny kitchen squished in the back of Bar Car, that's exactly what he's creating: Chicago-style, deep-dish pizzas with a whole lot of pizzazz. From pepperoni and pineapple to smoked, thick-cut bacon, goat cheese and red onions (our favorite combination), the pizzas, liberally smeared with a straight-up tomato sauce that's not too herby, emerge from the oven as legit, weighty wonderments. If you're not a deep-dish pizza disciple, McGovern's thin-crusted pizzas are every bit as heavenly as their heavier counterparts.

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10) Ernie's Bar & Pizza
2915 West 44th Avenue

Baking a good New York-style pie outside of New York is more difficult that it might seem. The crust can be too thick or worse, too thin. There can be too much sauce or too little. And then you have to use just the right amount of the right kinds of cheese. But Ernie's has found the right formula, putting all these things together for a pie that holds up -- and not just when you're folding a slice in half. Add in the fresh, abundant toppings and a tangy sauce, and you'll understand why Ernie's is always so crowded.

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Mark Manger
9. Hops & Pie
3920 Tennyson Street

Drew and Leah Watson worked in fine-dining spots across the country, but when they decided they wanted to run their own place that would take the simple combination of pizza and beer and raise it to something exceptional, they moved to Denver and found a sliver of a space on Tennyson. They filled half that space with a bar that boasts more than two dozen varieties of craft beer, including the specially made Hops and pIe P.A. from Strange Brewing Company, which also goes into the pizza dough. That malt infusion gives these pizzas a unique taste, and they're topped with everything from splendid sausages to fig jam. Remember to save room for the macaroni and cheese, a Best of Denver 2014 winner.

Keep reading for more of our best pizzas.


Location Info

Pizzeria Locale

550 Broadway Blvd, Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Osteria Marco

1453 Larimer St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Virgilio's Pizzeria and Wine Bar

10025 W. San Juan Way, Littleton, CO

Category: Restaurant

Patxi's Pizza

185 Steele St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Brava! Pizza

16th and Arapahoe Sts., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Ernie's Bar & Pizza

2915 W. 44th Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Kaos

1439 S. Pearl St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Hops & Pie

3920 Tennyson St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Kaos

1439 S. Pearl St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Hops & Pie

3920 Tennyson St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Lucky Pie Pizza & Tap House

1610 16th St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Marco's Coal-Fired Pizzeria

2129 Larimer St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Pizzeria Locale

550 Broadway Blvd, Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Marco's Coal-Fired Pizzeria

10111 Inverness Main St., Englewood, CO

Category: Restaurant

Lucky Pie Pizza & Taphouse

637 Front St., Louisville, CO

Category: Restaurant

Patxi's Pizza

3455 S. University Blvd., Englewood, CO

Category: Restaurant

Patxi's Pizza

1598 E. 17th Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

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152 comments
DonovanS
DonovanS

I love all the screams of 'hipsters'.  How dare these owners attempt to create a modern restaurant using fresh local ingredients.  Don't they know the old way (Sysco) is the best???  

Every place on the list that I've been to has tasty pizza.  You can definitely make bad pizza, but these places put in time and effort to make a compelling pie.  Some attempt to copy specific styles (Chicago, NY, etc) while other search for something closer to original. Congrats to all mentioned.  Keep up the good work.

Wesley Patton
Wesley Patton

I'm a big fan of the Cubano. Steubens on 17th and Sugas in Colo Springs both rock. Cuba Cuba is pretty amazing too. Good luck in your search and hope this helped!

Kelly Byrd
Kelly Byrd

Christopher we must try some of these places!

Mark Brown
Mark Brown

Virgilio at #1 confirms that the 'burbs ain't so bad. No wait, the 'burbs are. Virgilio is a saving grace.

Jen Vogler
Jen Vogler

Sliceworks should be at the top of that list

3vilmonkey
3vilmonkey

This list is pathetic.  I'd say 2 or 3 of these could make the list, but WHO and HOW were these chosen - a few stoned westside hipsters?  Not a single Capital Hill or Uptown pizzaria, even though there's at least 4 - 5 fantastic ones in the area.  And WTF is up with #1 being a pie from LITTLETON?!?  This should be DENVER.  If you're going to include the suburbs, then why not just add Pizza Hut and Pappa John's, since that's what they go for in the  'burbs??  As usual, the Westword fails miserably on another ranking list. 

James Beecher
James Beecher

There really isn't great pizza in Denver... The stuff I hand make is better then any of these crappy places!

Amanda McGregor
Amanda McGregor

They should definitely look at places that don't put overpriced ingredients on their pizzas and make traditional pizzas as well. This list definitely only looks at the hipster crowd.

Ellen Kessler
Ellen Kessler

Just heard about Paxti's a few weeks ago (haven't been there yet) but I heard they make a mean VEGAN pie.

Nicola DeSimone
Nicola DeSimone

Not having the Edgewater Inn's "Howdy Special" on your list makes your article lose ALL credibility.

John Mccall
John Mccall

You forgot Tony P's on East 17th and Clarkson.

tmsvalberg14
tmsvalberg14

No BeauJo's or Bonnie Brae pizza? The writers of this article are clearly not Colorado Natives...

tmsvalberg14
tmsvalberg14

No BeauJo's or Bonnie Brae pizza? These people writing this clearly aren't Denver Natives.

Jose Montoya
Jose Montoya

12 best, if you are a douchy hipster. These places suck. Who lined Westys pocket to make this list. This should be the 12 douchiest pizza places for pussies in cardigans.

Michelle Schwinghammer
Michelle Schwinghammer

"sauce ain't sweet enough for ya?! no worries, here's some honey to pour on the crust-hunk." so. GROSS.

James Gold
James Gold

What??!!! You don't like chewing through eight inches of near-raw dough? Pizza snob! ;)

Docktor Noisewater
Docktor Noisewater

Mama Alvinos in Aurora kicks any pies ass. Here endeth the lesson.

Tim Tindle
Tim Tindle

Right Coast pizza in wheat ridge!

Colin Shimkovitz
Colin Shimkovitz

Hahah so glad the greedy bastards I used to work for at mici are not on this list. "Fine hand crafted italian"...all Hispanic (and very nice and underpaid) chefs

medwards1986
medwards1986

Pie hole! Best pizza by the slice in all of Colorado!!

Ross McAfee
Ross McAfee

Are you fricken kidding me?!?! No Marquis Pizza?!? #morons

Michelle Schwinghammer
Michelle Schwinghammer

i've gotten better pizza in a hospital than they make at beau jo's. beau jo's is a culinary blight on denver every bit as bad as casa bonita.

Sarah Joyce
Sarah Joyce

Fat Sully's really should be on this list.

Matt Loomis
Matt Loomis

No Benny Blancos, and The Marquis Theatre. Both good New York style pizza.

Aj Jensen
Aj Jensen

How is Beau Jo's NOT on this list? Also Allegra's on 23rd and Oneida? Ya'll are missing out....

Dan Simpson
Dan Simpson

# 11 on the list and Frank the Pizza King.If only Frank served beer.

BravaPizzeria
BravaPizzeria

Alrighty James - David here from Brava! Pizzeria.  I'm going to call your bluff and invite you to the Brava! patio at the clock tower to show us your pizza making skills.  You just let me know when and I'll have the oven all fired up.

3vilmonkey
3vilmonkey

Agreed.  Beau Jo's is awful pizza.. and awfully overpriced at that.  I'd rather grab a slice from a school cafeteria...

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