The Best Pizza in Denver, according to me
As a self-proclaimed pizza connoisseur, it’s high time I put together a list of my favorite pizzas across town. To be totally honest, there are still so many I have not tried so this is not a complete list. Just what I have had and loved so far. Still much market research to do!
Note that these are not in any particular order!
Blue Pan Pizza
Highlands & Congress Park
Blue Pan Pizza takes the cake as my favorite pizza in Denver. For my 29th birthday party, I had an epic girls only garden party with about eight different pizzas from Blue Pan. I love a good Sicilian pizza, so their Detroit square-style prima is drool-worthy. These are award-winning pizzas y’all! I am always torn between Parma Italian Detroit Style or the Italian-style Gold Hill.
South Pearl Street
Kaos was the first pizza I ever had in Denver! Even after living a block away for 4 years, Kaos is still one of my favorites. This little house has a huge garden/patio area that is pure perfection on a sunny day. My favorite pizza is the Garden Pizza, but I always check the board for that week’s specials. I think Kaos might have been the first time I ever had an egg on my pizza, too!
Pizza and Oysters… I mean is there a better meal? This tiny joint in RiNo serves some of the best wood fire pizza in Denver. Cart Drivers’ specialty menu is limited but each one is seriously delicious.
DC Pie is a Miami-based pizza joint that just opened their first outpost in Denver. We went for a media dinner and had such a good meal. The pizza menu offers no specialties so it’s all build your own but with limited toppings. We went for mushrooms, onions, and pepperoni chips – naum! They also have a Nutella pizza that is just over the top delicious.
Downtown, Glendale, DTC
I used to eat at Pizza Republica once a week when they had a great lunch special – pizza, salad, and soda for like 10 bucks but they no longer offer it. However I really like all of their pizza. I’m a sucker for authentic Neapolitan pizza.
Colore Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria
This Italian spot is right down the street from our house and it took us over a year to try it out. Clay and I finally went to Colore on date night and had some amazing pasta so the next time we were craving pizza we ordered takeout. Yummmmm y’all! Amazing pizza so close to home and we had no idea! I, of course, had the prosciutto and Clay had the carne.
Downtown/ 16th Street Mall
I’m from Georgia so I grew up on Mellow Mushroom. I feel like you either love or hate Mellow crust and I am firmly in the love camp.
Y’all everything is so, so good at Osterio Marco. I love their salads, sandwiches, and pizzas. Oh, and the burrata is fire. There is nothing I love more than sitting on this patio on a sunny day drinking rose, eating burrata, and their prosciutto pizza. I also love their wild mushroom & robiola pizza and I’m pretty sure I had a seafood pizza there once that rocked my world. Most of the seating is downstairs so if it’s snowing/raining this is the perfect place to go. It was in this very restaurant that I told my BFF a few names I had been tossing around to name my blog and we decided on Blue Mountain Belle!
Virginia Village, Park Hill
Clay drove past Ester’s on his way home from work and insisted we go check it out. A pleasant surprise for us – the pizza is not only so good, it’s Phish-themed! Get it? Ester’s! While most people wouldn’t notice, every specialty pizza is a Phish song! Hehe. A second location just opened that is huge! Great spot for groups and game days with plenty of TVs. On our last trip to Ester’s, Clay and I fell in love with our pizza orders. I had the Prince Caspian and Clay had the Lawn Boy.
Clay and I ended up at Cavatella after the spot we went to in Stanley Market Place had a wait. What a deliciously serendipitous turn of events! Did I use that word correctly, John Cusack? Maybe? Oh well. Cavatella is a fine Italian restaurant by Chef Elise Wiggins, formerly of Panzano’s, one of the premier Italian restaurants in town. Wiggins has created an incredible restaurant. We sat at the kitchen bar and had probably one of my favorite meals and dates in Denver. We chatted with the kitchen staff and ate delicious mussels. Our Speck, Sunny Egg, and Smoked Mozzarella pizza was out of this world good. Goodness, I need to eat this again ASAP.
Hops & Pie
My new neighborhood pizza joint! My first time at Hops & Pie was years ago but went back recently and am sooo excited this spot is so close by! Slice and Salad for less than $10 yes, please. Crispy crust, yummy sammies and a great beer selection – yes please!
Cheap/Jumbo Slide Pizza
Downtown, DU, Cap Hill + other locations
Anthony’s is the only pizza place in town I have found with Sicilian Slice. When I worked closer to the Union Station location I went way too often. Perfect cheap slice with a Diet Coke.
Two Fisted Mario’s
This is my go-to slice close to work. Extra cheese and mushrooms and a fountain Diet Coke – yum! The pizza is thin, crunchy, and light on cheese.
South Broadway, Colfax, Tennyson
Fat Sully’s was a hangover staple in my 20s. One large pizza with bacon and mushrooms can last two 20-year-olds for days! They basically know us by name. There are a few locations around town and it shares the same space as Denver Biscuit Company and Atomic Cowboy.
Cosmos = jumbo slice pizza and spicy ranch. When I gave up cheese for Lent in college, this was the first pizza I had afterwards when I was visiting Boulder over Easter break.
Jimanos pizza spot is down the street from our house and turns out delicious thin crust pizza cut in rectangles. Clay and I order this on very lazy Saturday mornings.
South Pearl, Cap Hill, Lohi
Thank you to the reader that pointed out that I was missing Sexy Pizza!! Sexy Pizza was my neighborhood slice joint for years and the perfect hangover cure. While I really don’t like the name the pizza is solid.
On my list to try
Readers have suggested a few more spots for me to try – THANK YOU keep’em coming!
Nicolas Pizza in Lakewood
Dion’s in Commerce City and Aurora
Original Pizza in Broomfield
Goombas Pizza Grinder in Arvada and on Colfax
Pie Hole on South Broadway
Missing one of your favorite spots? Let me know! Comment, tweet, or DM me and I’ll be sure to try it! Check out more Denver favorites here.
Thanks, DC Pie for the Media Visit and helping to inspire this post! As always, all opinions are my own.