If you've never had authentic Italian pizza, then what you think is pizza might, in fact, be a cunningly disguised pretzel. Today's Groupon clears up the confusion with $25 worth of authentic Neapolitan pizza, cuisine, and drinks at Pizza Republica in Landmark Place for $10. Pizza Republica prides itself on having no freezer, so expect every ingredient to be ultra-fresh and do not expect them to freeze your leftovers for you.
Authentic Neapolitan pizza cooked in a wood-fired brick oven is Pizza Republica's true raison d'etre. Soft, thin, fragrant, and enclosed in a high, smoky-crisp edge of crust, you can order it napolitana (with pomodoro san marzano, shaved garlic, oregano, olive oil, and watercress, $14) or rustica (with in-house sausage, prosciutto, fresh mozzarella, and dried chili, $16). If the prefabs are too prefabby, fight the power by concocting your own pizza for the people ($12–$20 with maximum toppings). To make it a truly authentic Neapolitan experience, eat your pizza a libretto (folded like a book) or with a knife and cordless drill.
Beyond pizza, the Republica menu offers a wide range of rustic Italian delights, including oven-risen flatbread antipasti ($4), ossobucco alla milanese ($23), and Nona's stuffed shells ($14). To go with them, the trattoria also provides a massive list of more than 150 Italian sparkling wines, white wines, and red wines from 20 regions. Wine, like pizza, is best when shared, so treat you entire family to some good, honest Italian cuisine in a setting far more welcoming than Pizza Republica's competitors, Pizza Dictatorship and Pizza Failed Police State.
- From meatballs the size of softballs, delicious thin crust, wood fired pizza, and a huge wine list, this place has it all! The decor is gorgeous, the staff is super friendly, and I can't say enough about the food -- YUM! – sme06, Urbanspoon
- We had a wonderful dining experience at Pizza Republica. We think they serve the best thin-crust pizza in Denver. – OpenTable user who dined on 11/18/2009
- One of my favorite new restaurants. Wonderful staff! Killer italian - real italian. Highly recommend it. – OpenTable user who dined on 11/18/2009
Were You Really Eating Pizza?
The pizza at Pizza Republica is so authentic, it may cause you to wonder if the pizza you’ve eaten in the past was really pizza at all. Here’s a guide to knowing whether you were really eating pizza:
The Situation: You took bite after bite of a thin crust topped with real cheese and zesty tomato sauce.
Were You Eating Pizza?: Maybe. But you may also have been dreaming. Were you sharing the “pizza” with your high-school girlfriend, Karl Marx, and a bear/your dad? If so, you were not eating pizza.
The Situation: While remarking on the complex nature of stone placement and shot selection, you compliment Swedish skip Peja Lindholm.
Were You Eating Pizza?: No, you were color commentating the 2006 Winter Olympics’ curling competition for NBC, Fred Roggin.
The Situation: After carefully arranging the toppings, you enjoy your first bite of a luscious, homemade pie.
Were You Eating Pizza?: No. For the last time, putting legos and pepperoni on a dirty newspaper does not make a pizza.
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