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Detroit-style pizza with spinach, cherry tomatoes, and artichoke hearts
A Detroit-style pie from Blue Pan.
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19 Incredible Denver Pizzerias for Long, Cheesy Slice Pulls

A go-to guide to the city’s top pies and slices

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A Detroit-style pie from Blue Pan.
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Denver may not have its own signature pie, but it’s a thriving pizza town nonetheless, representing the full spectrum of regional American — not to mention traditional Italian — styles admirably. From Detroit and New York to Naples and Sicily, there’s something here for every homegrown local or transplant. In fact, there are so many primo parlors in metro Denver alone that there’s no room for their Boulder counterparts below; to offer a quick rundown of the most notable up northwest, then, consider the original Pizzeria Locale, Basta, Fringe, and Audrey Jane’s Pizza Garage.

As for these 19 spots, they’ve either long defined the local scene or are quickly proving themselves indispensable to it: Here’s a true slice of Denver.

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1. Hops & Pie/Berkeley Donuts

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3920 Tennyson St
Denver, CO 80212
(303) 477-7000
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Helping to put Tennyson Street on the map when it opened to instant raves a decade ago, this craft beer and pizza parlor has streamlined its menu until it can return to business as usual — but the selection goes beyond the norm even so. It starts with a hefty list of custom ingredients for topping thin-, thicker-, or Detroit-style crusts: Think smoked tofu, pulled pork, Swiss cheese, and mashed potatoes. It continues with the Artisan Pie of the Month, which could feature carnitas, queso fresco, pineapple, pickled red onion, tomatillo salsa, and chipotle crema or duck confit, smoked ham hock, white beans, gravy, fromage blanc, and gremolata. And then there’s the slice of the day, which might be a play on Frito pie or a meatloaf TV dinner. Throw in an ever-rotating taplist, and the options are truly near-endless.

Meat and veggie pizza on a serving pan
Hops & Pie offers its standard pizzas by the slice as well as 12-, 14-, and 18-inch rounds; it also does Detroit-style squares and thicker pan pies.
Thomas Kolicko

2. Black Shirt Brewing Co

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3719 Walnut St
Denver, CO 80205
(303) 993-2799
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As one of RiNo’s premier breweries, the Black Shirt crew doesn’t just pair beer with pizza, they pour it right in, making the dough with spent grains and infusing many of the ingredients, from sauces to sausages, with their ales. The salty-sweet War Pig rocks pepperoni, prosciutto, bacon, sundried tomatoes, and a chipotle-maple glaze, while the Buffalo Soldier comes with chicken, bacon, jalapeños, red onions, and of course buffalo sauce as well as a drizzle of ranch or blue cheese dressing.

Pizza on a pan with a pint of beer
To pair with its pizzas, Black Shirt brews everything from saisons to stouts along with its flagship amber ales.
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3. Grabowski's Pizzeria

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3350 Brighton Blvd
Denver, CO 80216
(720) 207-9615
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Chicagoans know that there’s more to the city’s pizza scene than deep-dish — there’s also what this pizzeria inside RiNo market hall The Source calls “cracker crust, tavern-style.” True to tradition, topping options are simple and meat-heavy, though the Old Comiskey features the Italian veggie relish called giardiniera.

Grabowski’s Chicago Classic pizza
Grabowski’s Italian sausage–topped Chicago Classic.
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4. Bar Dough

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2227 W 32nd Ave
Denver, CO 80211
(720) 668-8506
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Only good things can come from a tiled oven as drop-dead gorgeous as the one at this LoHi haunt. And so they do. The pizzas here aren’t fussy, just crafted with care to pair with drinks that exude Italian style — from classic spritzes to the wild Hold the Piada with burrata-infused gin and parsley. Speaking of burrata, it’s featured on the Ortolana with grilled eggplant, roasted red peppers, and basil; another cheesy treat is the Quattro Formaggi with fresh mozzarella, parmesan, gorgonzola dolce, and aged gouda.  

Sausage pizza with broccolini and red chiles
Bar Dough’s Salsiccia pizza with spicy red sauce, parmesan, fennel sausage, broccolini, and Fresno chiles.
Kayla Jones

5. Blue Pan Pizza

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3930 W 32nd Ave
Denver, CO 80212
(720) 456-7666
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Operating a second branch in Congress Park, this Highlands specialist in Detroit-style pizza has won international competitions with some of its creations, baked in square steel pans that yield caramelized, cheesy edges. Among the prize pies is the Parma Italia, which features both parmesan and prosciutto from its eponymous region as well as sopressata, burrata, scamorza, and arugula.

Detroit-style pan pizza with pepperoni
Detroit-style pies are Blue Pan’s forte.
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6. Cattivella

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10195 E 29th Ave ste 110
Denver, CO 80238
(303) 645-3779
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Southern-born but Italian at heart, Elise Wiggins ferments her pizza dough for 48 hours before popping it into the wood-burning oven that anchors her exhibition kitchen. The results, befitting her training in Naples, tend toward the traditional, exemplified by highlights like the Quattro Formaggi with fonduta, fontina, gorgonzola, and parmesan plus preserved tomato and oregano.

Salumi pizza
Cattivella’s Salumi Calabrese is dotted with a spicy pepper sauce called pilacca.
Ruth Tobias

7. Cart-Driver

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2500 Larimer St #100
Denver, CO 80205
(303) 292-3553
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Ever-popular for its Euro-cool vibe as well as its wood-fired pies, this dynamic duo — housed in a RiNo shipping container and the old Z Cuisine space in LoHi, respectively — hasn’t lost its mojo amid the pandemic. In addition to crowd favorites like the namesake Cart-Driver with mozzarella, sausage, kale, and chili flakes and the clam pie with littlenecks, pancetta, roasted garlic, and cream, it whips up specials on the regular — a recent example being the Pulcinella with artichoke alfredo sauce, spinach, more roasted garlic, and a side of marinara. Snappy cocktails and geeky wines add to the allure.

Pizza with tuna, capers, romesco, sunchokes, and egg
Frequent specials, like this pie with tuna, capers, romesco, sunchokes, and an egg, round out Cart-Driver’s roster of standards.
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8. Famous Original J's Pizza

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715 E 26th Ave
Denver, CO 80205
(720) 420-9102
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Just as he does at Rosenberg’s Bagels & Delicatessen next door, the owner of this Five Points walk-up joint, Joshua Pollack, engineers his water supply to give it the mineral content of that in New York — which in turn gives his dough the gluten content it needs for that streetwise crunch and chew. What more does an East Coast transplant need to cure homesickness — besides, of course, a tangy red sauce and a classic array of toppings? (But just in case the answer is “a thicker crust,” Famous J’s also offers rectangular “grandma pies.”)

Two pizzas on a picnic table
From the water to the walk-up window, Famous Original J’s aims to recreate the New York pizza experience.
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9. Marco's Coal Fired | Ballpark

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2129 Larimer St
Denver, CO 80205
(303) 296-7000
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Mark Dym opened the first pizzeria in Colorado to be certified by the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana, the international regulatory body for proper Neapolitan methods, in the Ballpark neighborhood back in 2007. So while it also offers New York–style pies — including one topped with its famous limoncello-marinated chicken — first-timers should start with any of the tributes to pizza’s birthplace, graced with ingredients like mozzarella bufala, crema di tartufo, and pistachio pesto. (For those in the DTC area, there’s a second location in Englewood.)

Pizza with pepperoni, Italian sausage, mushroom, red onion, and basil
Marco’s Brooklyn pie comes with pepperoni, Italian sausage, mushroom, red onion, and basil.
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10. White Pie

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1702 Humboldt St
Denver, CO 80218
(303) 862-5323
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Though fraternal owners Kris and Jason Wallenta, who also run Dos Santos around the corner, opened this stylish Uptowner in honor of the New Haven–style parlors they grew up around in Connecticut, their menu is anything but beholden to tradition (East Coast or otherwise). Pies here come topped with everything from mashed potatoes and walnuts to spinach-artichoke dip and broccolini to delicata squash and romesco sauce — and they taste as intriguing as they sound.

Red pie with sopressata, pickled chiles, and hot honey
White Pie’s Porky Porkorino with sopressata, pickled chiles, and hot honey.
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11. Fat Sully's Pizza- Colfax

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3237 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80206
(303) 393-1515
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Getting its start as a food truck before entering the confines of Atomic Cowboy, Fat Sully’s now boasts locations along a trio of high-traffic Denver corridors: Colfax, Broadway, and Tennyson. But for all its growth (and despite the pandemic curb on its all-important late-night hours), this scrappy pizzeria remains a cult favorite for its hand-tossed, 20-inch behemoths, which cut into slices big enough to fold in half — New York style.

Slice of pizza with a pint of beer
While Fat Sully’s delivers the slices, its home bar at Atomic Cowboy serves up the well-priced beer and cocktails.
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12. Denver Pizza Company

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309 W 11th Ave
Denver, CO 80204
(720) 475-1471
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Rich but never greasy — even though the beer-battered crust is buttered before serving — the pizza from this Golden Triangle and Montclair duo is the brainchild of a Chicago native whose combos lean unapologetically all-American. The East Colfax, for instance, piles chicken, cheddar Jack cheese, green peppers, and tomatoes atop green chile, while the Cream Cheesman combines its namesake ingredient with bacon and pepperoncini. 

Pizza with tomato and basil in a takeout box
The crust at Denver Pizza Company is both buttered and beer-battered.
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13. Angelo’s Taverna

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620 E 6th Ave
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 744-3366
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Though it wouldn’t be out of place anywhere along the Northeastern Seaboard, Angelo’s has for decades served as a second home to the Alamo Placita neighborhood, where it serves up red-sauce staples and seafood treats like chargrilled oysters with equal aplomb. Signature combos include the extra-meaty Sir Psycho Sexy with meatballs, sausage, pepperoni, salami, and pancetta, while the list of custom ingredients gives vegetarians plenty to play with — fried eggplant, sundried tomatoes, broccoli, artichoke hearts, and three different types of olives, for example. (A second location in Littleton adjoins sibling Carboy Winery.)

Pizza with shaved steak, peppers, and onions
Angelo’s Under the Bridge pizza with shaved rib eye, provolone, peppers, and onions.
Ruth Tobias

14. Pizzeria Locale - Broadway Denver

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550 Broadway Blvd
Denver, CO 80203
(720) 508-8828
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The fast-casual spinoff of the famous Boulder original now has four locations in Denver, all devoted to Neapolitan-style pies prepared from start to finish in minutes flat. The Mais with ham, corn, garlic, crème fraîche, and garlic oil has its own fervent following for good reason (and so, by the way, does the budino, or butterscotch pudding).

Margherita pizza on a marble counter
Pizzeria Locale, a concept of the Frasca Hospitality Group, is currently offering Margherita pies for $5 on Mondays.
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15. Pie Hole

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44 S Broadway
Denver, CO 80209
(303) 777-4743
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Late-night hours, paper-plate decorations, funky toppings, and all, this South Broadway parlor provides the kind of hazy flashback to college that everyone needs now and then. In addition to wacky signatures such as the Potato & Bacon with alfredo sauce and the Munchy Mango with peanut sauce, brown sugar–roasted jalapeños, and scallions, it concocts daily slices that throw even regulars for a loop, like the Turkey Dinner with gravy, cornbread stuffing, and cranberry drizzle. 

Pizza with peanut sauce, mangos, brown sugar–roasted jalapeños, and green onions
Pie Hole’s Munchy Mango is a true original with peanut sauce, mangos, brown sugar–roasted jalapeños, and green onions.
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16. Pizzeria Lui

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5380 W Mississippi Ave
Lakewood, CO 80226
(303) 922-3202
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Grateful Bread Company alum Zach Parini opened this little Lakewood outlet to instant acclaim in 2017, and the buzz hasn’t died down since. A beautiful wood-burning Acunto oven from Naples turns out equally handsome, bubble-crusted pies whose toppings range from the fairly standard to the highly unexpected: Take the Street Taco with chorizo, corn, cotija, cilantro, and tomatillo salsa.

Pepperoni pizza with gorgonzola
A white pie with pepperoni cups at Pizzeria Lui.
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17. Joy Hill

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1229 S Broadway
Denver, CO 80210
(303) 954-8784
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Despite the unfortunate timing of its grand opening just before the pandemic, the arrival of this homage to the fern bars of the 1970s on South Broadway’s Antique Row has proven auspicious thanks to the kitchen’s earnest craft. The organic dough undergoes a natural two-day fermentation to yield a crust that’s paper-thin yet somehow sturdy on bottom, chewy at the edges, and tangy all over, while the topping combos are as flavorful as they are thoughtful (not to mention veggie-centric). Must-tries include the Hunter with bison chorizo, cheddar, green-chile ranch dressing, caramelized onions, pickled jalapeños, and cilantro as well as the vegan Gatherer with roasted onion sauce, walnut gremolata, oyster and crimini mushrooms, scallions, mint, parsley, and white balsamic vinegar.

Pizza with bison chorizo, cheddar, onions, jalapeños, and green-chile ranch
Joy Hill’s The Hunter pizza.
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18. Kaos Pizzeria

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1439 S Pearl St
Denver, CO 80210
(303) 733-5267
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Living up to its billing as a garden-to-plate restaurant, this longtimer on Old South Pearl doesn’t just emphasize local sourcing, it grows some of its own produce and even has a bartering program for neighbors with green thumbs. The results sometimes resemble fresh, colorful salads on crust as much as pizza. Seasonal specials are always worth a whirl, whether topped with garlic sauce, white cheddar, roast pumpkin, Gala apple, kale, and balsamic or braised lamb shank, feta, tarragon-fennel pesto, pine nuts, cucumber, and olive tapenade. (Meanwhile, over in Berkeley, sibling Mas Kaos slings tacos as well as pies.)

Pizza with tomato, mozzarella, and basil
A classic Margherita at Kaos.
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19. Esters Neighborhood Pub

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1950 S Holly St
Denver, CO 80222
(303) 955-4904
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Denver doesn’t have anything quite like Massachusetts-style bar pizza, but this beloved Virginia Village fixture and its Park Hill sibling have carved out a similar niche as vital purveyors of the neighborhood pub pie. Despite their relatively thin, crispy crusts, they’re solidly built for soaking up any of the 20 or so craft beers on tap (with plenty more in bottles or cans), be it the Ya Mar with sausage, salami, ham, and two types of mozzarella or fancier fare like the Prince Caspian with prosciutto, gorgonzola, figs, and arugula.

White pizza with potatoes in takeout box
Esters’ Bliss pie features aged Gouda, herb-roasted potatoes, and arugula pesto along with mozzarella, scallions, and both garlic- and white truffle–infused olive oil,
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1. Hops & Pie/Berkeley Donuts

3920 Tennyson St, Denver, CO 80212
Meat and veggie pizza on a serving pan
Hops & Pie offers its standard pizzas by the slice as well as 12-, 14-, and 18-inch rounds; it also does Detroit-style squares and thicker pan pies.
Thomas Kolicko

Helping to put Tennyson Street on the map when it opened to instant raves a decade ago, this craft beer and pizza parlor has streamlined its menu until it can return to business as usual — but the selection goes beyond the norm even so. It starts with a hefty list of custom ingredients for topping thin-, thicker-, or Detroit-style crusts: Think smoked tofu, pulled pork, Swiss cheese, and mashed potatoes. It continues with the Artisan Pie of the Month, which could feature carnitas, queso fresco, pineapple, pickled red onion, tomatillo salsa, and chipotle crema or duck confit, smoked ham hock, white beans, gravy, fromage blanc, and gremolata. And then there’s the slice of the day, which might be a play on Frito pie or a meatloaf TV dinner. Throw in an ever-rotating taplist, and the options are truly near-endless.

3920 Tennyson St
Denver, CO 80212

2. Black Shirt Brewing Co

3719 Walnut St, Denver, CO 80205
Pizza on a pan with a pint of beer
To pair with its pizzas, Black Shirt brews everything from saisons to stouts along with its flagship amber ales.
Courtesy of Black Shirt Brewing Co

As one of RiNo’s premier breweries, the Black Shirt crew doesn’t just pair beer with pizza, they pour it right in, making the dough with spent grains and infusing many of the ingredients, from sauces to sausages, with their ales. The salty-sweet War Pig rocks pepperoni, prosciutto, bacon, sundried tomatoes, and a chipotle-maple glaze, while the Buffalo Soldier comes with chicken, bacon, jalapeños, red onions, and of course buffalo sauce as well as a drizzle of ranch or blue cheese dressing.

3719 Walnut St
Denver, CO 80205

3. Grabowski's Pizzeria

3350 Brighton Blvd, Denver, CO 80216
Grabowski’s Chicago Classic pizza
Grabowski’s Italian sausage–topped Chicago Classic.
Paul Albani-Burgio/Eater

Chicagoans know that there’s more to the city’s pizza scene than deep-dish — there’s also what this pizzeria inside RiNo market hall The Source calls “cracker crust, tavern-style.” True to tradition, topping options are simple and meat-heavy, though the Old Comiskey features the Italian veggie relish called giardiniera.

3350 Brighton Blvd
Denver, CO 80216

4. Bar Dough

2227 W 32nd Ave, Denver, CO 80211
Sausage pizza with broccolini and red chiles
Bar Dough’s Salsiccia pizza with spicy red sauce, parmesan, fennel sausage, broccolini, and Fresno chiles.
Kayla Jones

Only good things can come from a tiled oven as drop-dead gorgeous as the one at this LoHi haunt. And so they do. The pizzas here aren’t fussy, just crafted with care to pair with drinks that exude Italian style — from classic spritzes to the wild Hold the Piada with burrata-infused gin and parsley. Speaking of burrata, it’s featured on the Ortolana with grilled eggplant, roasted red peppers, and basil; another cheesy treat is the Quattro Formaggi with fresh mozzarella, parmesan, gorgonzola dolce, and aged gouda.  

2227 W 32nd Ave
Denver, CO 80211

5. Blue Pan Pizza

3930 W 32nd Ave, Denver, CO 80212
Detroit-style pan pizza with pepperoni
Detroit-style pies are Blue Pan’s forte.
Ruth Tobias/Eater

Operating a second branch in Congress Park, this Highlands specialist in Detroit-style pizza has won international competitions with some of its creations, baked in square steel pans that yield caramelized, cheesy edges. Among the prize pies is the Parma Italia, which features both parmesan and prosciutto from its eponymous region as well as sopressata, burrata, scamorza, and arugula.

3930 W 32nd Ave
Denver, CO 80212

6. Cattivella

10195 E 29th Ave ste 110, Denver, CO 80238
Salumi pizza
Cattivella’s Salumi Calabrese is dotted with a spicy pepper sauce called pilacca.
Ruth Tobias

Southern-born but Italian at heart, Elise Wiggins ferments her pizza dough for 48 hours before popping it into the wood-burning oven that anchors her exhibition kitchen. The results, befitting her training in Naples, tend toward the traditional, exemplified by highlights like the Quattro Formaggi with fonduta, fontina, gorgonzola, and parmesan plus preserved tomato and oregano.

10195 E 29th Ave ste 110
Denver, CO 80238

7. Cart-Driver

2500 Larimer St #100, Denver, CO 80205
Pizza with tuna, capers, romesco, sunchokes, and egg
Frequent specials, like this pie with tuna, capers, romesco, sunchokes, and an egg, round out Cart-Driver’s roster of standards.
Ruth Tobias/Eater

Ever-popular for its Euro-cool vibe as well as its wood-fired pies, this dynamic duo — housed in a RiNo shipping container and the old Z Cuisine space in LoHi, respectively — hasn’t lost its mojo amid the pandemic. In addition to crowd favorites like the namesake Cart-Driver with mozzarella, sausage, kale, and chili flakes and the clam pie with littlenecks, pancetta, roasted garlic, and cream, it whips up specials on the regular — a recent example being the Pulcinella with artichoke alfredo sauce, spinach, more roasted garlic, and a side of marinara. Snappy cocktails and geeky wines add to the allure.

2500 Larimer St #100
Denver, CO 80205

8. Famous Original J's Pizza

715 E 26th Ave, Denver, CO 80205
Two pizzas on a picnic table
From the water to the walk-up window, Famous Original J’s aims to recreate the New York pizza experience.
From the Hip Photo

Just as he does at Rosenberg’s Bagels & Delicatessen next door, the owner of this Five Points walk-up joint, Joshua Pollack, engineers his water supply to give it the mineral content of that in New York — which in turn gives his dough the gluten content it needs for that streetwise crunch and chew. What more does an East Coast transplant need to cure homesickness — besides, of course, a tangy red sauce and a classic array of toppings? (But just in case the answer is “a thicker crust,” Famous J’s also offers rectangular “grandma pies.”)

715 E 26th Ave
Denver, CO 80205

9. Marco's Coal Fired | Ballpark

2129 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205
Pizza with pepperoni, Italian sausage, mushroom, red onion, and basil
Marco’s Brooklyn pie comes with pepperoni, Italian sausage, mushroom, red onion, and basil.
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Mark Dym opened the first pizzeria in Colorado to be certified by the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana, the international regulatory body for proper Neapolitan methods, in the Ballpark neighborhood back in 2007. So while it also offers New York–style pies — including one topped with its famous limoncello-marinated chicken — first-timers should start with any of the tributes to pizza’s birthplace, graced with ingredients like mozzarella bufala, crema di tartufo, and pistachio pesto. (For those in the DTC area, there’s a second location in Englewood.)

2129 Larimer St
Denver, CO 80205

10. White Pie

1702 Humboldt St, Denver, CO 80218
Red pie with sopressata, pickled chiles, and hot honey
White Pie’s Porky Porkorino with sopressata, pickled chiles, and hot honey.
Ruth Tobias/Eater

Though fraternal owners Kris and Jason Wallenta, who also run Dos Santos around the corner, opened this stylish Uptowner in honor of the New Haven–style parlors they grew up around in Connecticut, their menu is anything but beholden to tradition (East Coast or otherwise). Pies here come topped with everything from mashed potatoes and walnuts to spinach-artichoke dip and broccolini to delicata squash and romesco sauce — and they taste as intriguing as they sound.

1702 Humboldt St
Denver, CO 80218

11. Fat Sully's Pizza- Colfax

3237 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80206
Slice of pizza with a pint of beer
While Fat Sully’s delivers the slices, its home bar at Atomic Cowboy serves up the well-priced beer and cocktails.
Courtesy of Atomic Cowboy

Getting its start as a food truck before entering the confines of Atomic Cowboy, Fat Sully’s now boasts locations along a trio of high-traffic Denver corridors: Colfax, Broadway, and Tennyson. But for all its growth (and despite the pandemic curb on its all-important late-night hours), this scrappy pizzeria remains a cult favorite for its hand-tossed, 20-inch behemoths, which cut into slices big enough to fold in half — New York style.

3237 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80206

12. Denver Pizza Company

309 W 11th Ave, Denver, CO 80204
Pizza with tomato and basil in a takeout box
The crust at Denver Pizza Company is both buttered and beer-battered.
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Rich but never greasy — even though the beer-battered crust is buttered before serving — the pizza from this Golden Triangle and Montclair duo is the brainchild of a Chicago native whose combos lean unapologetically all-American. The East Colfax, for instance, piles chicken, cheddar Jack cheese, green peppers, and tomatoes atop green chile, while the Cream Cheesman combines its namesake ingredient with bacon and pepperoncini. 

309 W 11th Ave
Denver, CO 80204

13. Angelo’s Taverna

620 E 6th Ave, Denver, CO 80203
Pizza with shaved steak, peppers, and onions
Angelo’s Under the Bridge pizza with shaved rib eye, provolone, peppers, and onions.
Ruth Tobias

Though it wouldn’t be out of place anywhere along the Northeastern Seaboard, Angelo’s has for decades served as a second home to the Alamo Placita neighborhood, where it serves up red-sauce staples and seafood treats like chargrilled oysters with equal aplomb. Signature combos include the extra-meaty Sir Psycho Sexy with meatballs, sausage, pepperoni, salami, and pancetta, while the list of custom ingredients gives vegetarians plenty to play with — fried eggplant, sundried tomatoes, broccoli, artichoke hearts, and three different types of olives, for example. (A second location in Littleton adjoins sibling Carboy Winery.)

620 E 6th Ave
Denver, CO 80203

14. Pizzeria Locale - Broadway Denver

550 Broadway Blvd, Denver, CO 80203
Margherita pizza on a marble counter
Pizzeria Locale, a concept of the Frasca Hospitality Group, is currently offering Margherita pies for $5 on Mondays.
Courtesy of Pizzeria Locale

The fast-casual spinoff of the famous Boulder original now has four locations in Denver, all devoted to Neapolitan-style pies prepared from start to finish in minutes flat. The Mais with ham, corn, garlic, crème fraîche, and garlic oil has its own fervent following for good reason (and so, by the way, does the budino, or butterscotch pudding).

550 Broadway Blvd
Denver, CO 80203

15. Pie Hole

44 S Broadway, Denver, CO 80209
Pizza with peanut sauce, mangos, brown sugar–roasted jalapeños, and green onions
Pie Hole’s Munchy Mango is a true original with peanut sauce, mangos, brown sugar–roasted jalapeños, and green onions.
Ruth Tobias/Eater

Late-night hours, paper-plate decorations, funky toppings, and all, this South Broadway parlor provides the kind of hazy flashback to college that everyone needs now and then. In addition to wacky signatures such as the Potato & Bacon with alfredo sauce and the Munchy Mango with peanut sauce, brown sugar–roasted jalapeños, and scallions, it concocts daily slices that throw even regulars for a loop, like the Turkey Dinner with gravy, cornbread stuffing, and cranberry drizzle. 

44 S Broadway
Denver, CO 80209

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16. Pizzeria Lui

5380 W Mississippi Ave, Lakewood, CO 80226
Pepperoni pizza with gorgonzola
A white pie with pepperoni cups at Pizzeria Lui.
Ruth Tobias/Eater

Grateful Bread Company alum Zach Parini opened this little Lakewood outlet to instant acclaim in 2017, and the buzz hasn’t died down since. A beautiful wood-burning Acunto oven from Naples turns out equally handsome, bubble-crusted pies whose toppings range from the fairly standard to the highly unexpected: Take the Street Taco with chorizo, corn, cotija, cilantro, and tomatillo salsa.

5380 W Mississippi Ave
Lakewood, CO 80226

17. Joy Hill

1229 S Broadway, Denver, CO 80210
Pizza with bison chorizo, cheddar, onions, jalapeños, and green-chile ranch
Joy Hill’s The Hunter pizza.
Ruth Tobias

Despite the unfortunate timing of its grand opening just before the pandemic, the arrival of this homage to the fern bars of the 1970s on South Broadway’s Antique Row has proven auspicious thanks to the kitchen’s earnest craft. The organic dough undergoes a natural two-day fermentation to yield a crust that’s paper-thin yet somehow sturdy on bottom, chewy at the edges, and tangy all over, while the topping combos are as flavorful as they are thoughtful (not to mention veggie-centric). Must-tries include the Hunter with bison chorizo, cheddar, green-chile ranch dressing, caramelized onions, pickled jalapeños, and cilantro as well as the vegan Gatherer with roasted onion sauce, walnut gremolata, oyster and crimini mushrooms, scallions, mint, parsley, and white balsamic vinegar.

1229 S Broadway
Denver, CO 80210

18. Kaos Pizzeria

1439 S Pearl St, Denver, CO 80210
Pizza with tomato, mozzarella, and basil
A classic Margherita at Kaos.
Glenn Ross

Living up to its billing as a garden-to-plate restaurant, this longtimer on Old South Pearl doesn’t just emphasize local sourcing, it grows some of its own produce and even has a bartering program for neighbors with green thumbs. The results sometimes resemble fresh, colorful salads on crust as much as pizza. Seasonal specials are always worth a whirl, whether topped with garlic sauce, white cheddar, roast pumpkin, Gala apple, kale, and balsamic or braised lamb shank, feta, tarragon-fennel pesto, pine nuts, cucumber, and olive tapenade. (Meanwhile, over in Berkeley, sibling Mas Kaos slings tacos as well as pies.)

1439 S Pearl St
Denver, CO 80210

19. Esters Neighborhood Pub

1950 S Holly St, Denver, CO 80222
White pizza with potatoes in takeout box
Esters’ Bliss pie features aged Gouda, herb-roasted potatoes, and arugula pesto along with mozzarella, scallions, and both garlic- and white truffle–infused olive oil,
Ruth Tobias/Eater

Denver doesn’t have anything quite like Massachusetts-style bar pizza, but this beloved Virginia Village fixture and its Park Hill sibling have carved out a similar niche as vital purveyors of the neighborhood pub pie. Despite their relatively thin, crispy crusts, they’re solidly built for soaking up any of the 20 or so craft beers on tap (with plenty more in bottles or cans), be it the Ya Mar with sausage, salami, ham, and two types of mozzarella or fancier fare like the Prince Caspian with prosciutto, gorgonzola, figs, and arugula.

1950 S Holly St
Denver, CO 80222

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