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Pizza is one of those foods that is loved by everyone, no matter their walk of life, cultural background or lifestyle choices. Though Denver and Colorado may not be known for pizza, but much like most of the culture, it’s comprised of a melting pot of options. Because of this, there are numerous pizza shops that represent different styles of the American staple, all of them different and delicious. Here’s a look at the best pizza joints in and around Denver.
616 E. 13th Ave.
Denver, CO 80203
Bennie Blancos is “A slice of the Bronx,” and it means it in every way possible. The tiny location next to the Beauty Bar on 13th Avenue has some of the best New York-style slices available, and it is open late. This is not a pizza shop where you can hang out or even dine in, rather you grab your dripping slice, add some finishers like garlic or Parmesan and out you go. Now, depending on the day, you could get the staff of short, stern New Yorkers or humorous bubbly Coloradoans, but either way, you’re going to get a terrific slice of ‘za.
1319/1307 22nd St.
Denver, CO 80205
For something a little beyond the typical slice, Buenos Aires offers Argentina-style pizza that definitely gets the mouth watering. The homemade feel you get makes sense, it’s a family-owned pizzeria, but it’s the unique ingredient pairings that really make it a favorite. With numerous choices of sauces and toppings, no two pizzas are alike, and that’s what makes a meal at Buenos Aires unforgettable.
The Walnut Room
3131 Walnut St.
Denver, CO 80205
The Walnut Room is a bar and venue but its pizza is what keeps people coming back time and time again. The artisan thin crust is hard to define but along with the mix of typical and original recipes, this little pizza will satiate any appetite. For a truly Colorado experience, order the Mile High which is pepperoni, sausage, smoked ham, green peppers, onions, mushrooms, green olives, black olives, pineapples, jalapeños and fresh garlic. Pair your pie with a cold brew and a live show for a great night.
1018 E. 11th Ave.
Denver, CO 80218
Whether you want a slice or a whole pie, Sexy Pizza will satisfy. The fun locale and no-frills pizza is perfect after a long night or as an easy dinner, but where Sexy Pizza truly shines is through its community involvement. With Philanthropic Pies right on the menu, you can make a difference in the world by simply buying a tasty pizza. Although it has all of the standard favorites, Sexy Sheikh is a spice lover’s dream with pepperoni, fresh jalapenos, cream cheese and mozzarella.
17060 E. Quincy Ave.
Aurora, CO 80015
In the heart of South Aurora, A-Town Pizza is quickly making a name for itself in the state. The fire-roasted Neapolitan pizzas embody a taste all their own. Using only the best and freshest ingredients, these 11-inch pies taste gourmet without the fancy price. The extremely diverse menu of toppings allows even the pickiest pizza eater to build their perfect pie. The Wide Right is an adventurous option with cream cheese buffalo wing sauce, fresh mozzarella, gorgonzola cheese and oven roasted chicken.
Nicole Cormier is a hip-hop head with business ambitions who stumbled awkwardly into journalism in 2007 as Colorado Music Buzz’s hip-hop editor. She is the publisher and editor of the Colorado hip-hop e-magazine. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.