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.
Drawing from a supply of imported Greek ingredients and familiar Old-World recipes, Bucci's Greek & Italian Specialties' chefs forge a menu of homey Mediterranean cuisine that calls to mind visions of the old world’s tastiest traditions. Homemade tzatziki sauce crowns gyros stuffed with roasted beef and lamb or baked chicken, and the spanakopita's carefully assembled layers of spinach, feta, and phyllo pastry bake to a perfectly golden brown. These ingredients even influence the Italian specialties, creating pizzas with distinctive toppings of spinach, black olives, and feta or gyro meat, tomatoes, and onions. However, entrees such as the spicy sausage ravioli and the baked ziti maintain their hearty Italian roots by following the time-honored recipes first published in the Aeneid's appendices.
A trim of decorative vines circles the dining area, alluding to the trellises of Greek and Italian vineyards, and adding a verdant splash of color to the cherry-red walls and their framed artwork. A faux-stone archway separates the front and back halves of the room, and nearby potted plants add even more greenery to the space.
Sazza's delicious mission is to bring delectability at a minimal environmental cost, starting at the top with as many organic, locally sourced ingredients as possible, all the way down to the free-range artichokes, recycled soda-can patio furniture, biodegradable cups and glassware made from wine bottles, and you-degradable pizza and salads. Sazza staffers even wear recycled tees that have been donated by customers (in exchange for a discount) and re-branded with the Sazza logo for new life in wear.
Royal Gorge Tavern's menu lists New Jersey–style pizzas made with homemade dough, foot-long sandwiches topped with Thumann's antibiotic-free meat, and cavernous salad bowls. Fill mouths or pockets with fried mac 'n' cheese ($5.95) before styling your own 12-inch ($10+) or 16-inch ($14+) pie, denouncing gluten with a gluten-free pizza ($11.99+), courting a calzone ($10.95+), or trapping a wild salad ($6.95+). The 12-inch Yeti, a sandwich piled with Thumann's italian lunchmeats, cheeses, lettuce, onions, sweet peppers, and dressing, doubles as a paperweight ($10.95). Traditional hot and cold sandwiches come in half ($5.95) and whole ($6.95+) varieties and pair well with frothy sips of Odell microbrews ($4.50), Guinness drafts ($5), or a glass of Ecco Domani pinot grigio ($6).
Nestled within the Cottonwood Plaza Shopping Center, Tonti's Pizza fashions award-winning New York–style pies within classic pizzeria digs. Cooks slather homemade East Coast tomato sauce on myriad Italian dishes, adding dollops to crowd-pleasing calzones and mozzarella sticks. Tonti's cheese has been extolled in Westword for its astonishing stretchiness, which helps pizzas hold fast even as lunching executives pull from each end to get a bigger share of the last slice.