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Best Pizza Denver 2011 - Pizzeria Basta

Pizzeria Basta

Pizzeria Basta

3601 Arapahoe Ave.

Boulder, CO 80303

303-997-8775

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So often, things get lost in translation when you're transporting one country's cuisine to another part of the world. So instead of trying to create an exact replica of an Italian pizzeria when he opened Pizzeria Basta, chef/owner Kelly Whitaker drew inspiration from Naples, where he'd spent a year making pizzas. But Whitaker definitely grounded Pizzeria Basta in Boulder, focusing on local ingredients for his pies: He uses domestic flour to make his crust, topping it with a thin sauce created from local tomatoes, house-stretched mozzarella and other Colorado ingredients, some grown in his own patio garden, then bakes it all in a scorching, wood-fired oven for a base that's crisp along the edges, chewy in the center, and bubbling with local flavor. Just about every rendition, whether a classic Daisy (the English translation of "Margherita") or a seasonal special, gets drizzled with olive oil and topped with a pinch of salt for the perfect finish. Deceptively light and intensely satisfying, Whitaker's pies successfully capture the essence of Italy while also smacking of Colorado.

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3 comments
Gerry
Gerry

Basta is fabulous! Love this place! Highly, highly recommend!

Brennan
Brennan

Boulder or Denver, this is the best gourmet pizza around. Homemade moz and perfect flavor combinations. This new place is a must try for any pizza lover.

Dom
Dom

I thought this was the best of Denver? Not the Republic of Boulder!

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