For centuries, pizza and pasta battled for the title of Italy’s most beloved dish, an honor that was ultimately bestowed upon Sophia Loren. Cast your vote for the Boot’s best culinary creation with today’s Groupon to Li’l Nick’s Pizza & Restaurant in Wheat Ridge. Choose between the following options:
- For $12, you get a pizza meal with one large pizza and an accompanying smaller dish (up to a $24.20 value). Available dishes include one of the following:
- Any salad
- Any soup
- Any appetizer<p>
- For $15, you get $30 worth of Italian and Mexican fare.<p>
Inside Li’l Nick’s Pizza & Restaurant, the Quintana family caters to voracious appetites with a menu spanning two continents of flavors. Large single-topping pizzas showcase an array of soliloquizing fresh ingredients, such as chilis, pineapple, or homemade italian sausage in slow-cooked sauce. Teeth crunch into taco salads adorned with Mexican meats and guacamole, and spoonfuls of minestrone flood mouth caves with tides of italian broth. Trays of antipasto bring together meats, cheeses, and anchovies splashed with italian dressing on a bed of lettuce. Alternately, a mélange of mouth-melting Mexican fare awaits to satisfy south-of-the-border cravings. As tables stage a heated salsa-versus-marinara debate, savvy sippers can enjoy one of Bobby Q’s 16-ounce house margaritas or an ice-cold Peroni.
Li'l Nick's Pizza
As a boy, Bob Quintana’s first bite of pizza came fresh from the kitchen of his Italian neighbors, the Marones. Inspired by the authentic taste, he and his family began baking their own pies with herbs and tomatoes from their garden. Bob’s early encounters with Italian food burgeoned into a career at various local pizzerias, which eventually led him to open Li’l Nick’s Pizza with his wife in 1978.
Named for his then two-year-old son, the eatery was truly a family affair, with Bob's mom Ruby in the kitchen whipping up italian sausage. Today, Bob and now-adult Nick continue to rule the restaurant, where staff members create sauce, dough, and meatballs from scratch. Though their menu still flaunts staple pizzas, pasta, and sandwiches, it has expanded to also encompass Mexican tacos and burritos. The eats fuel conversation in two dining rooms, as well as at a recently installed bar with a 60-inch flatscreen TV filled with 60-inch-tall actors.
Arvada Plaza Area
5016 Kipling St.
Wheat Ridge, Colorado 80033Get Directions