Although New York and Chicago are seen as Meccas for pizza lovers, Colorado has some high-quality offerings as well. From family-friendly local chains to gourmet pizza from well-known chefs, our state has plenty to offer the pizza connoisseur.
Founded in 1973 in Idaho Springs, Beau Jo's is a favorite stop for skiers and other high country visitors. Aside from the original location, Beau Jo's can now be found in Denver, Arvada, Evergreen, Boulder, Fort Collins, and Steamboat Springs. The restaurant is best known for its "mountain pies" — thick-crusted pizzas with a hand-rolled edge, loaded with your choice of toppings. The standard crust is made with honey and white flour, but wheat and gluten-free options are also available. Take a look at the menu and plan your mountain pie excursion at www.beaujos.com.
Anthony’s Pizza and Pasta
Anthony's Pizza and Pasta made its beginnings near LoDo in downtown Denver in 1984. The signature pie here is a New York style, thin-crust pizza, but Anthony's also delivers an excellent thick-crust pizza that stands up against authentic Chicago pies. Anthony's now serves pizza as well as pasta dishes and sandwiches from numerous individually owned locations throughout the state. For menus and locations, go to www.anthonyspizzaandpasta.com/locations-and-menus.html.
The founder of Blackjack Pizza opened his first store in 1983 to provide mountain dwellers with an alternative to Domino's. The original location in Federal Heights has now spread to several outlets throughout Colorado and in neighboring states. Blackjack features crispy, hand-tossed and thick crusts with a variety of toppings, and specializes in delivery pizza. Pick your pizza at www.blackjackpizza.com/menu.php.
If your taste in pizza runs more toward the specialty gourmet variety, drop in at Pizzeria Basta in Boulder. Basta's founder, Kelly Whitaker, perfected his wood-fire techniques in Italy, Los Angeles, and Hollywood. The menu features wood-fired pizza with toppings both traditional and gourmet. Basta also has other menu offerings sure to please the pickiest of diners, using locally grown and organic ingredients wherever possible. Whitaker even makes his own sausage, ricotta, and mozzarella and cures the pancetta found on these spectacular pies. To make reservations for an evening out with pizza above and beyond the ordinary, visit bastaboulder.com.
Osteria Marco offers another excellent source for gourmet pizza as well as panini and, on Sundays, slow-roasted suckling pig. Precede your pie with a tasty selection of antipasta, many of which are hand-crafted at the restaurant's formaggi and salumi bar. Pizza offerings range from a traditional Margherita to a delectable fig pizza with goat cheese, fontina and arugula. Best of all, the prices won't break your budget. Visit www.osteriamarco.com to check out the menu and reserve your table.
Your pizza-centered outing can range from a quick meal for the whole family to a romantic gourmet dinner for two. Find just the right pie to suit you and your loved ones by stopping by one of these great Colorado restaurants.
This article is presented by Perkins Motors in Colorado Springs, Colorado