Ten Pizza Styles and Where to Get Them in Denver (or a Little Beyond)

A classic Neapolitan pizza from Pizza Republica.
A classic Neapolitan pizza from Pizza Republica.
Danielle Lirette

From the recent proliferation of wood ovens turning out pitch-perfect renditions of the street pizzas of Naples, Italy, to odd interlopers from Wisconsin, Georgia and Washington, Colorado's pizza options have exploded in recent years. Purists and transplants may still wave off Denver as a second-rate pizza town, but there's no denying the variety. Neapolitan is the current rising star, but if you look beyond the basic configuration of sauce, cheese and crust, you'll find a wide variety of shapes, textures and flavors compliments of the many newcomers who have put down roots in this once pizza-poor town.

Keep reading for ten pizza styles and where to find good examples of them around the metro area -- and in two mountain locations.

See also: Denver's Ten Best New Bars of 2014

Neapolitan-style pizza at Marco's Coal-Fired Pizza.
Neapolitan-style pizza at Marco's Coal-Fired Pizza.
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10) Neapolitan

Naples, Italy is arguably the birthplace of the modern pizza. The thin, hand-tossed pie with a light and simple sauce and a modest amount of mozzarella cheese has evolved over the decades, but the hallmarks -- a crust with a good chew from high-protein flour, a blistered edge from a white-hot oven (preferably wood-fired), and a light hand on the toppings to keep the crust from getting soggy -- should all be there. Marco's Coal-Fired Pizza, certified by the Vera Pizza Napolitana, is the closest you'll find without getting on a plane, but newcomer Cart-Driver and DTC favorite Pizza Republica also turn out tasty and traditional wood-fired versions. For those in the eastern suburbs, A-Town Pizza in Aurora fires a mean pizza, with the requisite 00 flour, San Marzano tomatoes and fresh mozzarella.

Fat Sully's pizza serves pies from a walk-up window or inside Atomic Cowboy on South Broadway.
Fat Sully's pizza serves pies from a walk-up window or inside Atomic Cowboy on South Broadway.
Mark Antonation

9) New York Style

It's tough to please former denizens of the city that made pizza what it is in the U.S. Turning out big, floppy slices heavier on the cheese and sauce than the Neapolitan forebear, New York pizzerias have their faithful proponents who won't abide by anything but their favorite. In the heart of Denver, Slice Works and Fat Sully's should satisfy a New Yorker's longings; out in the suburbs, try Virgilio's Pizzeria & Wine Bar or Big Bill's New York Pizza.

Black Sky specializes in New Haven pizza.
Black Sky specializes in New Haven pizza.
Jonathan Shikes

8) New Haven Style

New Haven pizza is not very well known outside of Connecticut, but think of it as a crispier, less saucy version of New York style. White sauce is common and clams are a sought-after topping. Black Sky Brewery on Santa Fe Drive is one of the few places in town where you can get the Connecticut specialty; the Clams Casino pie comes topped with nothing but olive oil, garlic, clams and bacon.

Keep reading for more pizza styles and where to get them.



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