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Pie Obsessions: Nine Boulder Pizzerias For Every Taste

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It's hard to go wrong with pizza whether it is lunch or a casual dinner, takeout, or a late night snack. Boulder has options that range from Sicilian and Neapolitan to New York-style and beyond. Colorado grown, these old and new spots offer everything from personal pizzas for you to cut your own way to giant slices you can eat at 2 a.m. If we missed your favorite, please leave it in the comments below.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Pizzeria Locale

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1730 Pearl St
Boulder, CO 80302
(303) 442-3003
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Brought to Boulder by Frasca Food and Wine owners Bobby Stuckey and Lachlan MacKinnon-Patterson, Locale is a contemporary pizzeria inspired by the regional flavors and traditions of Napoli, Italy. The pies are a must but don't miss the small plates and desserts like the creamy, Budino, a butterscotch pudding.

2. Pizzeria Da Lupo

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2525 Arapahoe Ave
Boulder, CO 80302
(303) 396-6365
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Pizzeria da Lupo is run by Jim Cohen, a James Beard Foundation nominee who hails from New York. This casual eatery offers affordable ($10-15 per pie), crispy crust, artisan pizza baked in a wood-fired oven. When you enter the small shop, it makes you feel like you’re in a version of your Italian Grandmother’s kitchen, with exposed brick and photos of Italian families and heirlooms lining the wall.

3. Pizzeria Basta

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3601 Arapahoe Ave
Boulder, CO 80303
(303) 997-8775
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Nestled off the beaten path in East Boulder within the Peloton Building sits Pizzeria Basta. Inspired by Naples, chef-owner Kelly Whitaker builds his hand-tossed pies with domestic flour topped with local ingredients, some of which he grows right on the restaurant patio. His 1000 degree oven is the source for all they cook there, with no stove tops or fryers. You can find a carefully curated, seasonal beverage and wine list, making for the perfect pizza and beverage combo.

4. Proto's Pizzeria

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4670 Broadway St
Boulder, CO 80304
(720) 565-1050
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Pam Proto opened Proto’s Pizzeria in 1999 in Longmont and based of popularity of its fresh, simple Neapolitan pizzas, expanded to Boulder, Lafayette, Broomfield and Denver. You select your pizza size, choosing from small, medium or large to fit your appetite and if you want take-out they will cook your pizza halfway, left uncut, so you can finish it up at home, hot and fresh within minutes.

5. Lucky Pie Pizza & Tap House

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637 Front St
Louisville, CO 80027
(303) 666-5743
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Lucky Pie Pizza and Taphouse’s original location is in Old Town Louisville, just up the way from Boulder; there is a second location in downtown Denver. Owner Brendan McManus ensures the pizzas are topped with unique, creative combinations - think: acorn squash puree and fig gastrique. The pies are baked in a handmade brick oven. Try one of the seasonal antipasti and one of the many local beers on tap.

6. Beau Jo's Pizza

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2690 Baseline Rd
Boulder, CO 80305
(303) 554-5312
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Beau Jo's Pizza is known for its classic Colorado Style Mountain Pie. With multiple locations around the state, the pie shop dishes this thick, deep-dish like pizza alongside honey for dipping the pizza "bones." The Colorado 14er, another specialty pie, was featured on Pizza Paradise on The Travel Channel.

7. Nick & Willy's Pizza

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801 Pearl Street
Boulder, CO 80302
Nick-N-Willy's Pizza got its roots in Boulder and has quickly expanded to many more locations with signature pizzas like the Big Kahuna with mandarin orange, bacon and pineapple or Fresh Jalapeno Burn with red peppers, jalapenos, hot 'n spicy sausage and fresh cilantro. The pizzas are also available for Take-N-Bake to bring home.

8. Abo's Pizza

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2761 Iris Avenue
Boulder, CO 80304
Abo's Pizza has been offering New York style pizza for 30 years, starting first in Boulder and growing to 13 locations around Colorado. Abo's dough is made fresh daily, with a thin crust and that notorious large slice loved by college students and families alike.

9. Cosmo's Pizza

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659 30th St
Boulder, CO 80303
(303) 447-3278
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Cosmo's Pizza is a well-loved, casual pizzeria with locations around Colorado's front range. Popular with the late night crowd, Cosmo's is open everyday until 2 a.m. Insider tip: order the famous spicy ranch alongside your slice.

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1. Pizzeria Locale

1730 Pearl St, Boulder, CO 80302
Brought to Boulder by Frasca Food and Wine owners Bobby Stuckey and Lachlan MacKinnon-Patterson, Locale is a contemporary pizzeria inspired by the regional flavors and traditions of Napoli, Italy. The pies are a must but don't miss the small plates and desserts like the creamy, Budino, a butterscotch pudding.
1730 Pearl St
Boulder, CO 80302

2. Pizzeria Da Lupo

2525 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80302
Pizzeria da Lupo is run by Jim Cohen, a James Beard Foundation nominee who hails from New York. This casual eatery offers affordable ($10-15 per pie), crispy crust, artisan pizza baked in a wood-fired oven. When you enter the small shop, it makes you feel like you’re in a version of your Italian Grandmother’s kitchen, with exposed brick and photos of Italian families and heirlooms lining the wall.
2525 Arapahoe Ave
Boulder, CO 80302

3. Pizzeria Basta

3601 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80303
Nestled off the beaten path in East Boulder within the Peloton Building sits Pizzeria Basta. Inspired by Naples, chef-owner Kelly Whitaker builds his hand-tossed pies with domestic flour topped with local ingredients, some of which he grows right on the restaurant patio. His 1000 degree oven is the source for all they cook there, with no stove tops or fryers. You can find a carefully curated, seasonal beverage and wine list, making for the perfect pizza and beverage combo.
3601 Arapahoe Ave
Boulder, CO 80303

4. Proto's Pizzeria

4670 Broadway St, Boulder, CO 80304
Pam Proto opened Proto’s Pizzeria in 1999 in Longmont and based of popularity of its fresh, simple Neapolitan pizzas, expanded to Boulder, Lafayette, Broomfield and Denver. You select your pizza size, choosing from small, medium or large to fit your appetite and if you want take-out they will cook your pizza halfway, left uncut, so you can finish it up at home, hot and fresh within minutes.
4670 Broadway St
Boulder, CO 80304

5. Lucky Pie Pizza & Tap House

637 Front St, Louisville, CO 80027
Lucky Pie Pizza and Taphouse’s original location is in Old Town Louisville, just up the way from Boulder; there is a second location in downtown Denver. Owner Brendan McManus ensures the pizzas are topped with unique, creative combinations - think: acorn squash puree and fig gastrique. The pies are baked in a handmade brick oven. Try one of the seasonal antipasti and one of the many local beers on tap.
637 Front St
Louisville, CO 80027

6. Beau Jo's Pizza

2690 Baseline Rd, Boulder, CO 80305
Beau Jo's Pizza is known for its classic Colorado Style Mountain Pie. With multiple locations around the state, the pie shop dishes this thick, deep-dish like pizza alongside honey for dipping the pizza "bones." The Colorado 14er, another specialty pie, was featured on Pizza Paradise on The Travel Channel.
2690 Baseline Rd
Boulder, CO 80305

7. Nick & Willy's Pizza

801 Pearl Street, Boulder, CO 80302
Nick-N-Willy's Pizza got its roots in Boulder and has quickly expanded to many more locations with signature pizzas like the Big Kahuna with mandarin orange, bacon and pineapple or Fresh Jalapeno Burn with red peppers, jalapenos, hot 'n spicy sausage and fresh cilantro. The pizzas are also available for Take-N-Bake to bring home.
801 Pearl Street
Boulder, CO 80302

8. Abo's Pizza

2761 Iris Avenue, Boulder, CO 80304
Abo's Pizza has been offering New York style pizza for 30 years, starting first in Boulder and growing to 13 locations around Colorado. Abo's dough is made fresh daily, with a thin crust and that notorious large slice loved by college students and families alike.
2761 Iris Avenue
Boulder, CO 80304

9. Cosmo's Pizza

659 30th St, Boulder, CO 80303
Cosmo's Pizza is a well-loved, casual pizzeria with locations around Colorado's front range. Popular with the late night crowd, Cosmo's is open everyday until 2 a.m. Insider tip: order the famous spicy ranch alongside your slice.
659 30th St
Boulder, CO 80303

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