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The Noshery, Cart-Driver Get Reviewed This Week:

Students can study, friends can meet up at The Noshery, near Regis University. Cart-Driver serves up wood-fired pizzas in the RiNo neighborhood.

The Noshery
The Noshery

The Noshery, a bakery and café nestled near Regis University is "the kind of place every neighborhood needs," critic Gretchen Kurtz says in this week's Westword review. Andrea Knight, whose culinary background includes D Bar, the Wooden Spoon, and Whole Foods, owns the casual spot. She handles all the pastry offerings, while Mike Alvarez handles the food line. The food is simple, but crafted in a true homemade style. Kurtz praised the small menu, which includes breakfast dishes, sandwiches, a daily homemade soup (which customers rave about), salad, antipasti, and macaroni and cheese. All in all, the café is a cozy, unpretentious spot to meet up with friends or to spend the afternoon studying.

Cart-Driver is an excellent addition to the RiNo dining scene, says critic William Porter of the Denver Post. It's a small, casual spot where patrons order at the counter, then wait at their table or booth for their wood-fired pizzas. Cart-Driver has nine pizzas, and a variety of small plates, most notably the Iowa prosciutto with pickled green tomatoes, which Porter called a "standout" item on the menu. Though the metro has seen a sudden influx of many pizza shops, Cart-Driver has made a name for itself.

· 14 Spots for Wood-Fired Cooking in Denver and Boulder [EDEN]

· Review: The Noshery Is the Kind of Place Every Neighborhood Needs [WESTWORD]

· Dining review: At Cart-Driver in Denver's RiNo district, pizza plus [DP]