Pizza Public’s dining area takes on two different looks during any given business day: it’s a family-oriented "craft" pizzeria by day and turns into a full lounge and bar at night. Amid soft lights and flat-screen TVs, daytime diners and families nibble on house pizzas fresh from the kitchen that can be decked out in traditional pepperoni or more daring toppings such as goat cheese or mango. When the sun goes down, the eatery’s bar comes to life as patrons sip on cocktails or a large selection of Colorado craft beers. The full menu is available all day, with gluten-free options for all pizzas and a tapas list that includes bruschetta and the eatery’s inventive prosciutto puffers.
At Udi's, you'll find more than a dozen wood-fired pizzas, plus a wide variety of appetizers, salads, and desserts. Start with the hummus plate ($6), served with vegetables and house pizzetta, or wood-fired olives with balsamic ($4). Udi's offers an extensive offering of specialty pizzas. Try the mushroom with mozzarella, taleggio, Parmesan, and truffle oil ($14), or the soprasetta ($15) with dry-cured fennel salami, whole-milk mozzarella, and parsley.
It might be obvious, but basil is a signature ingredient at Basil Doc’s Pizzeria. The restaurant’s staff members use the green leaf for just about everything, whether its blended into their sauce, scattered atop their pies, and thrown at weddings if they run out of rice. Basil Doc makes their pizzas, calzones, and panino the same as they have since 1996, when the original location opened in the Washington Park neighborhood. The operation has expanded to include three additional spots, all of which exemplify Basil Doc’s philosophy of serving the freshest ingredients and minimizing their environmental impact. At each location, vegetables are sliced fresh daily, and sauces and dough get crafted from scratch to create specialty pies ranging from the Florentine, a combination of eggplant and spinach, to the Fargo, a white pie topped with grilled chicken, pine nuts, and green chiles.
Buenos Aires Pizzeria's menu was crafted outside of the pizza box. Try an empanada ($2.05 each) filled with a mouthwatering meat such as beef or chorizo, or choose one of their veggie empanadas, including blue cheese and onion, corn, and margarita (tomato, basil, and cheese). You can also opt for an order of canastitas, better known as open-faced empanadas ($2.90 each). Venture down the menu with a warm sandwich, such as the Cuban (ham, pork, swiss, pickles, mustard, and mayo, hot pressed on Cuban bread, $8.30), Media Luna (ham and cheese oozed between flaky croissant, $5.65), or a meatball sub (with tomato sauce, oregano, and chunks of mozzarella, $7.90).
CiCi’s Pizza combines the variety of a family-friendly buffet with the thrill of bottomless pizza. Each pie is crafted with dough made from scratch daily and then slathered with homemade marinara and showered with toppings ranging from traditional pepperoni and Italian-style sausage to creative combinations including buffalo chicken and mac 'n' cheese, resulting in more than 28 signature pizzas. The buffet is stocked with a plethora of fresh pastas, such as cavatappi noodles with classic marinara or Alfredo sauce, as well as fully customizable signature salads. After they've feasted on savory options, diners can revisit the buffet for dessert including freshly baked brownies, slices of apple pizza, and cinnamon rolls drizzled with icing—or they can eat dessert first, thereby tearing an irreparable hole in the space-time continuum.
The circular-comestibles chefs at Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers master a cheer-inducing combination of stone-baked pizza and craft beer, providing diners with innovative menus. Both Denver and Centennial menus feature a house special pie ($13.95–$27.95) that arranges bites of mozzarella, pepperoni, sausage, ground beef, ham, smoked backon, and a variety of vegetables across a doughy bed cushioned with fresh red sauce, and a gourmet kosmic karma pizza ($13–$25.95), which stars often-understudying ingredients including feta, spinach, and sun-dried tomatoes with a dash of pesto. The restaurant's repertoire of grilled hoagies includes Denver’s pesto-and-basil-loaded capri ($6 half; $9.75 whole), and Centennial’s Irv’s ($6.40 half; $9.95 whole), which boasts an edible collage of grilled sausage, caramelized onions, and green peppers. A fully stocked bar features at least 36 draft beers, including Odell's Cutthroat Porter and Rogue Dead Guy Ale, all of which are more tasty palate cleansers than standard options such as ice-cube platters or ginger lollipops.