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Best Pizza in Denver | Usaj Realty Top Picks

Posted at 02/18/2019 12:01 PM by Pat O'Connor

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Ok, so Denver didn’t rank in the top 10 of best pizza cities in America according to Trip Advisor.

Let’s continue to keep that little secret to ourselves, right?

Truth be known, Denver is home to brilliant, independent pizza makers that pack a punch with doughy and cheesy delights. Whether you like deep dish or thin crust, pizza becomes a delectable art form at these restaurants across the Mile High City.

Here is Usaj Realty list of the best pizza in Denver. Enjoy a dine-in experience, pick up a pie on your way home from work or get delivery as most of these establishments offer all of the above.

White Pie (City Park West)

Modern Apizza in New Haven, Conn., consistently ranks among the best pizza restaurants in America. When you walk into White Pie, you’ll be transported to the East Coast compliments of owners/brothers Kris and Jason Wallenta. They grew up eating the misshapen Modern Apizza pizzas and have created their very own version to suit the Rocky Mountain lifestyle. Enjoy artisanal wood-fired pizzas, a very creative menu and a wonderful ambiance in which to enjoy a cocktail. You’ll love the horseshoe shaped bar, exposed brick walls, stacked firewood and the cluster of suspended wine bottles from the ceiling.

City Park West: 1702 Humboldt St., Denver, 80218 (303-862-5323)

Blue Pan (West Highland and Congress Park)

Offering delicious Detroit, deep dish style pizza with loads of cheese and gourmet toppings, be prepared for the cheese that goes all the way to the crust! Blue Pan arrived in Denver during the summer of 2015 and expanded to include the Congress Park location. Choose among Detroit deep-dish, classic Italian, Chicago cracker thin, New York slices and even gluten free variety crusts. Be sure to try the Brooklyn Bridge or Sweetie Pie. There are many other menu offerings including salads, wraps and meatballs.

West Highland: 3930 West 32nd Avenue, Denver, CO 80212 (720-456-7666)

Congress Park: 3509 East 12th Ave, Denver 80206 (720-519-0944)

Sexy Pizza  (Jefferson Park, Capitol Hill and South Pearl)

Get large slices of thin crust pizza and great specialty pizzas, uniquely named with delicious toppings at Sexy Pizza (try the Sexy Sheikh). You’ll find great grab and go slices and beer deals on local craft beers. Sexy Pizza actively supports four non-profits: Colorado Youth Symphony Orchestras, Harm Reduction Action Center, Students for Sensible Drug Policy and Colorado Village Collaborative. Get your sexy on!

Jefferson Park: 2460 Elliott St., Denver, 80211 (303-927-7764)

Capitol Hill: 1018 E. 11th Ave.,Denver, 80218 (303-830-8111)

South Pearl: 1579 S. Pearl St., Denver, 80210 (303-777-5878)

Esters Neighborhood Pub (Virginia Village and Park Hill)

You get fresh ingredients, creative flavor combinations and seriously tasty execution of everything from a traditional pie to gluten free and vegan options. This place will please almost any crowd. Located on Holly, just north of Evans, there's a cozy front patio, a casual dining room and a separate sports bar area with TVs in every nook and cranny. As a bonus, they have amazing salads and a mouth watering brunch. This place sets the standard for kid friendliness and prices are reasonable with all kinds of happy hour, and daily and lunch specials. Foodies appreciate the flavor combos you can't find anywhere else and they always deliver. They've got GF crusts and as a major bonus, also make amazing sandwiches so everyone can get what they want. Esters now serves the northeast quadrant of Denver with its new location in Park Hill/Stapleton. Same great food and awesome staff.

Virginia Village: 1950 S. Holly St., Denver, 80222 (303-955-4904)

Park Hill/Stapleton: 2201 Oneida St. Denver, CO 80207 (303) 997-4173

Hops and Pie (Highlands)

Pizza with pizzaz and daily specials (including drink), what’s not to like about Hops and Pie? Serving up delicious craft beers and fresh, interesting toppings on artisan pizzas, Hops and Pie whips up wheat and gluten free crusts, as well as a myriad of vegan and vegetarian toppings. If you’re not in the mood for pizza, try the Krunch Wrap Superior, Chipotle Mango Carnitas Tacos, fresh salads, and delicious sandwiches. Ask about joining the Beer Club. It’s like a never ending happy hour!

Highland: 3920 Tennyson St, Denver, CO 80212 (303-477-7000)

Atomic Cowboy (Highlands, East Colfax and SoBo)

If you’re into multiple personalities, this is the spot for you. Serving one of the best Bloody Mary’s around, Atomic Cowboy begins with breakfast and offers every imaginable biscuit entree, grits and cinnamon rolls. Enjoy breakfast until 2 p.m. At 11 a.m., pizza madness takes over when Fat Sully’s enters the room. As seen on the Food Network, Fat Sully’s serves up New York style pizzas with the freshest ingredients.

East Colfax: 3237 East Colfax, Denver  (303- 377-7900)

SoBo: 141 S Broadway, Denver, CO (303-377-7900)

Highland: 4275 Tennyson St, Denver, CO 80212 (303-377-7900)

Kaos (South Pearl)

Opened in 2009 after months searching for the perfect location and three months converting the guest house into a pizza kitchen, Kaos is home to a 10,000 pound wood burning oven imported from Italy. The 100 year-old brick cottage is adjacent to a garden patio which regularly makes the “Denver’s Best” list, and has become an oasis for folks to gather and enjoy life. The pizzas are made in the most antiquated, inefficient and outdated way, using no mechanical processes. Everything is handmade and sure to please.

South Pearl: 1439 South Pearl Street, Denver, 80210 (303-733-5267)

Oblios (Park Hill)

For many Park Hill residents, this is the go-to spot. You cannot go wrong with anything on the Oblio’s menu. Plus, they give you free breadsticks as an appetizer! Check out the seasonal menu which reflect ingredients perfect for the given month. Scrumptious red and white sauce pizzas are complemented by an equally flavorful variety of Italian style sandwiches. Families love Tuesday nights which feature free kids pizzas, complimentary ice cream sundae bar, and a balloon animal artist and face painter. Oblio’s loves being part of the Park Hill community and giving back. If you are in need of a community fundraiser, donation or auction  item, don’t hesitate to contact them.

Park Hill: 6115 E. 22nd Ave., Denver, 80207 (303) 321-1511

Pie Hole (SoBo)

Beer, pizza, pinball … is there anything more to life? Pie Hole is the bare bones pizza point that takes great pride in the names of its offerings: Ninja Pie, Drunk Candy, Margherita Eata, to name a few. Furthermore, they sell fresh pizza by the slice that are ready for consumption when you walk through the door. Got the late night munchies? Try the chocolate chip cookies.

South Broadway: 44 S. Broadway, Denver, 80209 (303-777-4743) 

(Editor's Note: This article was originally published in November 2017. It has been completely updated and revised for accuracy).

Posted by Pat O'Connor

Pat O’Connor has dual citizenship in both Wisconsin and Colorado, having been born and raised in Wisconsin Dells, but later adopted by the Centennial State. A graduate of the University of Colorado (B.S. Journalism, 1980), O’Connor began her career as a sportswriter at the Boulder Daily Camera under the tutelage of the venerable Dan Creedon. Her experience also includes stints in public relations at Aspen Highlands Ski Area, the Colorado Trial Lawyers and the Colorado Division of Wildlife. When she isn’t piecing together sentences, the self-proclaimed “Cheesehead” enjoys hanging out with her three kids and assortment of family pets, running, playing golf, hiking 14ers, horseback riding and skiing. As a mother to two (at one time three) competitive swimmers, her favorite fragrance is eau de chlorine. During football season, she can be found cheering for the Buffs on Saturdays and screaming when the Packers score on Sundays. She loves talking sports and giving recommendations on cheese curds.

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