The Saucy Noodle's trademark red-and-white canopy has been welcoming locals with piping hot platters and Old World Italian charm for more than four decades. Drop in for lunch and demurely dine on crisp caesar salad ($6.95) sprinkled with fresh romano cheeses and homemade dressing. Italian meatball sliders ($7.95) bubble with caramelized onions and mozzarella cheese, and tempting pastas ($7.95+) and specialty plates such as eggplant parmigiana ($8.95) inspire formerly recalcitrant taste buds to sing Billy Joel's greatest hits.
Modmarket's chic interior serves as an ideal stage for the mouthwatering performances of the restaurant's wholesome, seasonal culinary stars. The menu—which contains nutritional information for each dish—eases diners into their restorative repast with an array of salads, available in such verdant configurations as thai coconut, whose bed of greens teems with sweet potatoes, chicken, and peanut-mango dressing ($8.75). Many of the eatery's salad dressings contain no gluten, animal byproducts, or narwhal tears, and the from-scratch soup selection always includes at least one vegan option. The restaurant's pizzasmiths forge exotic, innovative creations, such as the pizza sporting fig, goat cheese, gorgonzola, arugula, and pepper ($8.50), and all pizzas are available with soy cheese and whole-grain or gluten-free crusts. Sandwiches, such as the chipotle steak ($8.50), come with a choice of vegan bread or gluten-free wrap and toast to toothsome crispness in a 600-degree brick oven.
With today's Groupon, $10 gets you $25 worth of divine pizzas and more at Mici Handcrafted Italian Restaurant. This family-owned, modern bistro serves some of the best pizza in Denver. Don't be deceived by the modern venue, fast service, and low price tags—each item on the menu is a deliciously authentic family recipe made with fresh cheeses, meats, and vegetables. Pasta sauces simmer for hours to savory perfection, while pizzas combine fresh dough and the finest Parmesan cheese in the country. This Groupon is valid at either of Mici Handcrafted Italian's two convenient locations: Downtown or Cherry Creek.
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.
Dough devotees at Extreme Pizza whip up a hunger-clobbering menu of wings, subs, and creative pizzas in a laid-back environment. Specialty pies brandish carefully calibrated toppings and include the Ragin' Rooster pizza with barbecue chicken and cheddar ($15.95 for a 12") and the Everest, a meaty medley of italian sausage, pepperoni, salami, and ground beef ($20.95 for a 16") that was named after the first mountain to offer carry-out. Sub sandwiches sop up roast beef’s juices ($5.95) or help waistlines stay svelte with protein-packed combos of turkey and swiss ($5.95). A bucket of buffalo wings ($29.95) chaperones three dipping sauces to the table, where diners can dunk more times than Michael Jordan playing one-on-one against a newborn.