Denver's Best for Pizza

Pizza party
March 1, 2016
by Zagat Staff

These Denver spots churn out thin-crust, deep-dish and artisanal pies that'll satisfy your every pizza craving.

Pizzeria Locale
American · Speer · $
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.2 · Service 4.4

An offshoot of the Neapolitan smash hit in Boulder (from Bobby Stuckey and Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson), this light, bright chain is a far more streamlined affair, with counter service, a smaller menu and wines on tap. Of course, the thin-crust pies – coming out of a specialized oven in minutes flat – remain true to inspiration (with a couple of American twists here and there), capped off by the famous butterscotch budino.
Hops & Pie
Pizza · Berkeley · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.1

If you "never thought mashed potatoes could be good on a pizza" , wait till you get a load of the "unique toppings" at this Berkeley pie parlor and taproom, which also dishes up "tasty" salads, "huge, delicious" Rice Krispies treats and more while pouring a "wonderful assortment of craft beers" ; "knowledgeable" service and special deals enhance the "laid-back" , "local feeling."
Pizza · River North Art District · $
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.7 · Service 4.0

It's a "small space" with "counter ordering and tiny tables" , "but once you bite into the pizza, you'll forget all that" since this "fun" , "cool" , autostrada-inspired RiNo hangout manages to turn out "fabulous" wood-fired pies, "delicious oysters" and "downright tasty" drinks in a converted shipping container; with "amazingly quick" service and patio seating too, fans "love the whole concept."
Osteria Marco
Italian · Central Business District · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.2

"Throw a dart at the menu – you can't miss" at Frank Bonanno's "casual" , "reasonably priced" Italian in LoDo, where "chewy, tangy" "artisan" pizzas and "eye-rollingly good" housemade cheeses and salumi pair with a "great wine list" ; "helpful" yet "unobtrusive" service ensures you'll feel "right at home" in the "basement-level" space, at once "cozy" and "high-energy" – though there's also a "delightful" sidewalk patio to "enjoy on sunny days."
PARISI pizzeria, trattoria e vino
Italian · Berkeley · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.9 · Service 3.9

"If you're looking for artisan-style thin-crust pizzas" and "housemade pastas" that are "consistently flavorful and fresh" , try this counter-serve Italian deli and market, a bright, comfy Berkeley Park "favorite" that’s "worth" the "wait in line" at prime time; downstairs, the more formal Firenze a Tavola is "warm and inviting" for dinner (Wednesday–Saturday).
Marco's Coal Fired Pizzeria | Ballpark
Pizza · Ballpark · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.1

"Fantabulous, authentic Napolitano" pies featuring "crispy" , "coal-fired" crusts and "top-of-the-line" ingredients satisfy "misplaced NYers" and other "pizza snobs" who congregate at these "popular" parlors "with personality" that also offer "rustic fresh salads" and limoncello wings you "can't live without" ; though some find them "a little spendy" for the genre, patio seating and "attentive" service add value.
Virgilio's Pizzeria & Wine Bar
Pizza · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.2

"Amazing" thin-crust pizza, "gotta-have garlic knots" and other Italian items owe their "authentic touches" to this Littleton eatery's Neapolitan owner, who commands a "helpful" staff; throw in a "wide variety of wines at a reasonable price" , and no wonder the sprawling, villalike setting is "always busy" with "families and friends."