A collection of neighborhood pizzerias with fresh American Italian food, addictively wonderful breadsticks and the best good-value Italian wine list in town. Known for craveable meatball subs and many savory vegetarian options, Pasquini’s really hits the spot with the best pizza and best lasagna in Denver.
Chef Matthew Franklin of Farro Italian Restaurant delights discerning palates with an extensive wine list and a menu of innovative Italian fare that won acclaim in the Denver Post. Catch a handcrafted, brick-oven-baked dough disk decorated with prosciutto, gorgonzola, and balsamic fig preserves ($12), or dive into spaghetti swimming with shrimp, scallops, mussels, and clams in a spicy red sauce ($17). The flat-iron steak, doused in gorgonzola butter and accompanied by a mountain of roasted Yukon Gold potatoes ($18), straightens out wrinkled tongues with an overload of savory flavors.
Pairing classic Grecian tastes such as moussaka and gyros with plentiful plates of pasta and foldable slices of New York–style pizza, Bucci’s menu sates appetites that call from both sides of the Atlantic and the Adriatic. Start an edible exploration of the Greek isles by nibbling Mediterranean morsels such as spanakopita with tzatziki ($8.50), or fan the flames of desire and cheese by feasting upon salty samples of saganaki ($8). Traditional white pizzas ($18.50 for 18”) come topped with olive oil to satisfy groups of slice-loving sauce-eschewers, and an authentic greek gyro ($6.50) caters to mathematical meat-seekers, featuring savory slices crafted from 90% beef and 10% lamb before being wrapped in pita, tzatziki, and delicious hubris. Greek salads, fresh sandwiches, and homemade entree-sized specialties round out the treaty of traditional tastes, and the quaint atmosphere invites diners to linger over cannoli ($4.50), baklava ($3.75), or postdinner conversations regarding the Homeric origins of the Arnold Palmer iced tea.
Before an audience of excited patrons and supporting cast of bloody marys, wine, and imported and domestic bottles, 10 domestic and handcrafted brews dive from taps into chilly glasses. A menu of pub grub complements the adult libations with classic burgers, Mexican favorites such as tacos and enchiladas, and Italian delights including grinders, pizza, and pasta. Fatigued golfers and complacent dry cleaners grow alert at the sight of the Pueblo Slopper, in which green or red chili and shredded cheese ooze over a thick cheeseburger and crisp fries. A covered patio in back shields diners from hot sunbeams, while the front side of the grill boasts outdoor seating that's open to seagull serenades. Flat-screen televisions peppered throughout the space flicker with sports match-ups, and nightly events—such as live music on Fridays and Saturdays and karaoke on Wednesday nights—help customers stay on key without having to eat with a tuning fork.