Patrick Mangold-White operates the charming Kaos Pizzeria in a Victorian house on South Pearl Street and the newer Uno Mas Taqueria just a couple of blocks south of that. Along with his Gaia Bistro in between the two, he's got quite a lock on the Platt Park neighborhood dining scene. So when the restaurateur decided to hop to a new neighborhood and put a new eatery in the John's Garage redevelopment project at 4526 Tennyson Street, what better way to bring familiar menus to a new audience than by combining two restaurants into one bold new space? And so Mas Kaos was born.
The dual pizzeria-taqueria opened yesterday in the Berkeley neighborhood with a menu divided between street tacos in fourteen configurations, sixteen wood-fired pizzas — and a few surprises menu that take advantage of the big outdoor oven's cooking capacity. There are also a handful of oven-baked pasta dishes and appetizers in both Italian and Mexican themes, so you can enjoy toasty garlic bread alongside chips and guacamole. And sandwich lovers will be delighted by between-the-bread offerings, with three tortas and three Italian-style grinders.
This meeting of tacos and pizza takes place in a spacious, double-decker dining room with towering ceilings and a mezzanine level looking down onto the bar. The space takes advantage of Colorado's sunny climate, with big garage doors that open onto a wide patio and an indoor/outdoor bar with a window that slides closed to keep out chilly weather.
Mas Kaos is open for lunch and dinner from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. The back half of the renovated John's Garage houses Call to Arms Brewing, which opened last July. For more photos of Mas Kaos, see our complete slideshow.