Denver’s “Top 5” pizza restaurants

By Jim Lawson on February 10, 2024
Denver's "Top 5" pizza restaurants
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We asked a bunch, well a few, people we know “what are the best pizza’s in the Denver area?”

Here’s what they told us.

(In no particular order)

Blue Pan Pizza

3930 W 32nd Ave, Denver, CO (And other locations)

Detroit-style pizza that has won international competitions with some of its creations, baked in square steel pans that yield caramelized, cheesy edges. Check out the Parma Italia, which features both parmesan and prosciutto as well as capicola, burrata, and arugula, and the Brooklyn Bridge, with pepperoni, Italian sausage, ricotta, garlic, and oregano.

Marco’s Coal Fired Pizza

(Ballpark / DTC)

2129 Larimer Street, 303-296-7000 / 10111 Inverness Main Street, Englewood, 303-790-9000

They say, “We know from experience that there is nothing more satisfying than that first bite of a truly great pizza: the crunch and chew of the perfect crust, the sweetness of the sauce, the earthy aroma of basil and the salty taste of fresh mozzarella that lingers for just a moment on your tongue.”  Starting in the Ballpark neighborhood back in 2007 they not only serve Sicilian and New York style pizza, including one topped with its famous limoncello-marinated chicken, they’re mostly know for to pizza’s their signature styles with ingredients like mozzarella di bufala, crema di tartufo, and pistachio pesto.

Big Bills NY

8243 S. Holly St, Centennial 303-741-9245

With a nickname that matches his stature and heart, “Big Bill” Ficke has been a fixture in Denver since the mid-1970’s.

Ficke opened Big Bill’s New York Pizza in Centennial, Colorado, in 1995 and it quickly became known for its warm and friendly atmosphere and authentic New York-style pizza and Italian food. One of the hallmarks of Big Bill’s NY Pizza is its annual “9/11 Day of Giving” fundraiser in remembrance of the September 11 attacks, where rather than paying a meal check, diners make a donation and all the proceeds go to cancer research in Colorado. Big Bill’s NY Pizza has raised more than $1.645 million through this fundraiser since 2009.

Big Bill’s has some of the best New York pizza you will ever taste. Be sure to check out the Sicilian thick crust pizza.

Redeemer Pizza

2705 Larimer Street 720-780-1379

New York-style and thick Sicilian options are both available. All the pizza is made on naturally leavened with a 72-hour fermentation process crust with just a faint sourdough tang, and Redeemer mixes its artisan approach to dough with classic, craveable components like ooey-gooey low-moisture mozzarella.

Grabowski’s Pizzeria

13794 W. Jewell Ave, Lakewood. 303-379-9513

True authentic Chicago style pizza. If you’re from Chicago, this is the pizza you grew up with. Their dough is made in house and cooked in al old fashioned rotating oven directly on a stone baking hearth. From their website: “Grabowski means people who come from a working-class, immigrant background, people who work hard and have nothing handed to them, people who have struggled against discrimination, people who are honest and tough, people who persevere and prevail.” Their pizza is a Chicago classic.

Honorable Mention

Beau Jo’s

Home of the original Colorado style Mountain Pie. So, what exactly is that? Beau Jo’s says,

“So, what is Colorado-style pizza, anyway? It’s the kind of pizza you need after a day of exploring our great state, sold by the pound and designed to serve up an unheard amount of cheese, toppings, and sauce.”

“Our Mountain pie has a hand-rolled edge of daily made dough creating a barrier to hold in a mountain full of fresh toppings, to satisfy an adventurous appetite”

They have six Colorado locations: Arvada, Evergreen, Ft. Collins, Idaho Springs, Steamboat Springs and Lone Tree.

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