The Mac n' Cheese Slice at Ian's Pizza Goes Pre-Columbian

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Mark Antonation
This is the culmination of 600 years of culinary noodling.
Pizza in some form -- a disk of baked dough with a few toppings -- has been around since probably the dawn of agriculture, while pasta in Italy dates back to as early as the 13th century. Tomatoes, on the other hand, didn't make it to the land of San Marzano and Chef Boyardee until after Columbus accidentally stumbled upon the entire Western Hemisphere. Thus it's possible that the mac n' cheese pie at Ian's Pizza in the Ballpark neighborhood may be what all pizza would be like had the Niña, Pinta and Santa Maria sunk before making it to the New World's tomato-strewn shores.

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Mark Antonation
The order counter at Ian's, where most just gawk in disbelief.
Of course, how the cheddar cheese got thrown into the mix is still up for debate, but revisionist historians will have to take that up among themselves -- I'm dealing with facts here.

The facts that present themselves at Ian's include an almost cracker-like thin crust, a slathering of creme fraiche and a cobblestone layer of small elbow noodles. Topped with tangy cheddar, a slice is not so much a chunky carbohydrate spearhead as it is a well-balanced blend of crunchy, creamy and chewy (which coincidentally happens to be the literal translation of Niña, Pinta and Santa Maria).

Ian's isn't a Colorado original; the company got its start in Madison, Wisconsin -- which brings the cheddar mystery to closure. With more Italian, or at least Italian-American, toppings like pepperoni and garlicky tomato sauce, cheddar is the exact wrong ingredient (almost as bad as ketchup on a hot dog), but since Madison is more mullet than marinara, we're fortunate that Ian's left off the red sauce.

If you're not into carb-on-carb action, Ian's offers a few other culturally uncertain combos; that slice next to our hero in the photo is a black bean and chorizo burrito pizza, which while a touch timid on its own, was not too bad squirted with a a little of Ian's hot sauce. It just proves that pizza purists are really out of touch with the times; tomatoes on pizza represents the dawn of fusion cuisine -- that most despised of culinary creations.


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Ian's Pizza

2210 Blake Street, Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant


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26 comments
C.J. Diaferio
C.J. Diaferio

It's amazing. I could eat Mac n' Chees pizza allll day:)

Lori Schaffer
Lori Schaffer

We ate there remember! That biotech in front of us took the last slice!

Lori Schaffer
Lori Schaffer

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donkeyhotayy
donkeyhotayy

It's really delicious. I love both pizza and mac & cheese but didn't think I'd like this creation. I was so wrong!

Jacob Edward
Jacob Edward

"Madison is more mullet than marinara"? What the fuck does that even mean? Madison is a far more sophisticated college town than Boulder (not to mention our flagship state university is also ranked much higher) and at least our state capitol doesn't have throngs of homeless people camping out on the front lawn like you do in Denver.

Mark Prager
Mark Prager

CiCi's pizza has had Mac n cheese pizza for years..

Bradley Langston
Bradley Langston

Now people are just throwing any combination of food together to see what happens. Bleah.

TheFabulousMarkT
TheFabulousMarkT topcommenter

It's always nice to hear of another pasta pizza in Denver. I thought I'd heard that Sexy Pizza stopped offering their ziti pizza a while back.

mshaver2010
mshaver2010

uhh, you don't have homeless because you don't have anyone who wants to live there......not even the homeless will move there...duhhh...seriously Wisconsin is not a State people flock to

Mantonat
Mantonat topcommenter

Alfred B. Mullett designed the Madison Courthouse and Post Office in 1867. There's a brewery called Sweet Mullets about an hour away. There's also a Mullet Creek Wildlife Area managed by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, which is headquartered in Madison.

TheFabulousMarkT
TheFabulousMarkT topcommenter

Oh, that's right. I knew there was somewhere else.

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