The vegan pizza at the Marquis Theater is a show-stopper

We've found some very good vegan pizzas in town, including this year's Best of Denver award-winner. But the pie to beat in 2013 comes from the oven at the Marquis Theater, which has minimal seating for diners -- but plenty of entertainment while you wait.

Most of the people heading into the pizzeria's entrance, right next door to the main door for the theater, were looking for a giant slice or two -- but we were going for the whole thing. Once we'd ordered two massive pizzas from the lone pizza-related employee -- who was cook, cashier and entertainment in one -- we had a half-hour to kill. Which is easy when you're sitting in a front-row seat to the pedal-powered party buses full of laughing, drinking groups out for Saturday-night shenanigans and drunken pizza-munchers trying to start shit with various passersby and loiterers.

Once the pizza arrived, though, there was no reason to pay attention to anything else. Pictured above is the Sticks & Weeds, a specialty pie that comes with mushroom, onion, green pepper, spinach, tomato, fresh garlic and vegan cheese; we also ordered it with Denver Seitan Company wheat-meat, which we highly recommend. The bottom of the crust was crispy and brown, all of the toppings fresh and ample. It was, as the website advertises, a slice of heaven.

The Don't Call Me Whitey specialty pizza featured garlic and olive oil in lieu of tomato sauce, plus parmesan, fresh basil, mozzarella and crushed red pepper; we'd ordered it topped with Denver Seitan Company seitan. Those beautiful golden-brown bubbles should speak for themselves, but in case they don't: If you like white pizza, you've come to the right place.

Marquis Pizza is open from 5 p.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday and 5 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. For more info, call 303-292-2829 or visit

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Amber Taufen has been writing about people, places and things in Denver since 2005. She works as an editor, writer, and production and process guru out of her home office in the foothills.
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