With a signature pizza size called the Monster, you’d expect Pudge Brothers Pizza to be more focused on quantity than quality. But in fact, the chefs create their signature varieties of hand-tossed pies by blending together the flavors of three sauces, a range of meats, and fresh veggies. From within sizzling ovens, chefs pull out creations such as the Jersey Girl—a pizza featuring italian sausage and green peppers—or the White Delight—a ham, chicken, and garlic-sauce combination. Pies range in size from 10 inches to 18 inches, with a range of garlic bread, wings, and cinnamon bread to fill in a meal. The shop also offers delivery service, ensuring clients can have a hot, hearty meal when time is short or when the paparazzi won’t leave their front yard.
Washington Park Grille's inviting interior, built from exposed brick and gleaming wood, draws in groups for hearty meals and after-work socializing. Bartenders fill snifters with single-malt scotches and mix dessert martinis to be sipped in the lounge or by the flickering light of an indoor fireplace. At lunch and dinner, guests choose from an assortment of Italian and American plates that won an OpenTable Diner's Choice award in 2011. Chefs infuse buffalo meatloaf with ground wild mushrooms and pair pappardelle pasta with rosemary-pesto sauce and meatballs made with Colorado lamb. They also prepare a menu of gluten-free plates—duck confit bruschetta, for example—and late-night pizzas. Brunch entrees such as roast prime rib with eggs provide a better reason to get up early than Al Roker’s secret coded messages sent through the television.
Under the supervision of an experienced chef at Woody’s Tavern, crackling logs not only give pizza dough a crispy crunch, but also create complex, smoky flavors. Chefs top pizzas with specialty combinations, such as the California Dream's basil pesto and artichoke hearts or the Pep Pep Pepperoni's roasted poblanos and jalapeños, and use gluten-free crusts and big, round carrots for those with dietary restrictions. Customers can enjoy the slices by the pie or sample a variety at the shop’s featured all-you-can-eat salad, soup, and pizza bar. These dishes and their hearty half-pound burgers pair well with the 16 drafts on tap, award-winning wine, margaritas, and other cocktails from the bar.
Denver Pizza Company offers a menu overflowing with thin-crust and gluten-free base layers for topping mountains of spice blends and flavorful ingredients. A personal pie ($4.99), like a studio apartment, offers the freedom to arrange toppings however you'd like within 8 inches of personal space. The popular 5280 tops its upper crust with mozzarella, pepperoni, mushrooms, and a 5,280-spice blend crushed together by the local Spice Boys of the Rockies ($14.99). The Hero pizza flattens toppings from its homophone—the gyro—including tzatziki sauce, lamb meat, kalamata olives, tomato, and fresh basil leaves onto a foldable pizza slice ($17.25).
The Cherry Tomato leads taste tours of Italy via a menu of fine wines, hearty meat dishes, and customizable pasta platters. Guests can honor an Italian cultural heavyweight with the caper-filled beef carpaccio, named for Renaissance painter Vittore Carpaccio ($8.95), and then celebrate Winston Churchill’s fashion flair with bow-tie pasta. Meat lasagna bakes beef into a hearty pasta bundle filled with homemade marinara ($10.95). Heat-seeking taste buds backstroke through linguine waves in fiery arrabiata moats ($10.95). Order the pasta puttanesca alla famiglia to share communal tureens of garlic-kissed tomatoes and pesto-pawed kalamata olives ($11.95). Naked potato gnocchi get gussied up with meaty bolognese boas, creamy alfredo gowns, or savory butter-and-herb onesies. The color scheme of the pasta felese evokes patriotism, its white chicken melding with green peas and red tomatoes to create an edible Italian flag on an uncharted plate island ($11.95).
Organic Pizza Company lives up to its moniker by working directly with local, eco-conscious grain growers and building a menu based around certified-organic ingredients. The pizza makers craft their crust with organic white flour and brewer's grain from Great Divide Brewing, sealing in taste with a selection of more than 30 toppings such as gorgonzola cheese, prosciutto, and arugula, which also dot fresh salads. Take-and-bake pizzas line Organic Pizza Company’s freezers, letting customers heat them up at home or over a neighborhood trashcan fire when sharing with friends. Organic Pizza Company strives to give back to the community by raising funds for the Metro CareRing, a hunger-relief organization that provides food, transportation, and other services to people in need.