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Best Authentically Italian Pizza Denver 2009 - Marco's Coal-Fired Pizzeria

Marco\'s Coal-Fired Pizzeria

Marco's Coal-Fired Pizzeria

2129 Larimer St.

Denver, CO 80205


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You could cut the kitchen right out of the center of Marco's, airlift it to Rome, set it down in the middle of that city — and any Italian cook could step right up and get back to business. But we'd miss that kitchen, because it's the heart of a great, hip new hangout in the Ballpark neighborhood. The ovens here are serious fire-breathing monsters that can blister up a fine pie in sixty seconds. The crusts are made fresh with the best flour in the world: Italian flour. And everything — everything — is done in accordance with the rules set down by various Italian pizza-certifying bodies that get their kicks by traveling all over the world and telling people if they're making their pizzas properly. Marco's is, and owner Mark Dym has the paperwork to prove it. But more important, Marco's excellent pies prove that sometimes the old ways are the right ways and the best ways, and that one diverges from tradition only at one's own risk.
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Marco's pizza was fantastic in the months after it opened. More recently (Oct, Nov, Dec 09), however, the pizza has been Americanized. Last time I was there there was WAY too much cheese. And, it was not fresh mozzarella.

The Vera Pizza Napoletana certification apparently needs more ongoing QC. I will periodically check back to see if Marco's is back on track, but right now I would not recommend it.


I've been to that amazing place in Naples and it's not too far off from Marco's. Marco's is AMAZING pizza.


If "authentically Italian" means undercooked crust, unseasoned sauce, and minimal toppings, you're RIGHT, they win!


If anyone has read 'Eat, Pray, Love,' and loved the 3 page rant on the pizza in Naples, this is it. It is fantastic.