While Colorado may not be the first state you think of when you hear “PIZZA,” they sure know what they’re doing in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. In fact, Boulder, the charming city that’s perched between trailheads and the Flatirons, may just have some on the best pizza in the country. For nature enthusiasts seeking a balance between urban life and the great outdoors, Boulder, with its incredible food, music, art, breweries and boutiques, may be the place for you. These are the five pizza eateries in Boulder, Colorado to get great pizza.
Barchetta is the epitome of a classic American dining experience but with pizza that will knock your socks off. Perfect for dining amongst friends and family, this chic, no-frills restaurant offers counter service and takeout with plenty of seating inside and out, plus a tap wall that’s filled with pour-your-own beer and wine options. There’s even a house cocktail in the mix. Made with locally-milled grain, the crust is soft on the edges but with a crispy bottom so you can pick up a slice and savor every bite. Fresh, flavorful meats, cheeses and vegetables are piled on to create the pie of your dreams. While you can’t go wrong with a classic Margherita or Vodka pie, they have a ton of creative pizzas to try, from the Zesto! Pesto! with mozzarella, farm-roasted and marinated zucchini, lemon, charred onion salt and parm, to the Hell in a Bucket topped with duck prosciutto, mozzarella, cherry preserves, taleggio, chives, parm and orange zest.
Audrey Jane’s Pizza Garage.
Known as Boulder’s neighborhood slice shop, Audrey Jane’s Pizza Garage serves up New York-style pizza in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere. This pizza joint was featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, so you KNOW it’s the real deal. The pizza is made with naturally-leveled pizza dough that’s slowly fermented for three days before going into an electric deck oven. The result is an airy, chewy and light crust that’s packed with flavor. There are three pizza types to choose from, a New York Style, a Sicilian rectangular pan pizza, and Patty Style, which is a sesame-seeded, grandma-style pizza named after the owner’s mom. As far as toppings go, the world is your oyster, and there are vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and white pies to satisfy everyone. Standouts include the Hot Honey Disco Pie with sauce, mozzarella, salami picante, mushrooms, Calabrese honey and basil, the Crunchy Vegan with hand-crushed tomato sauce, kale, sweet onions, Brussels sprouts, roasted cauliflower, garlic, basil and pumpkin seeds, and the PB&J made with prosciutto, burrata, arugula, jam, extra virgin olive oil, Mozzarella.
For a contemporary pizzeria that pays homage to the regional flavors and traditions of Naples, Italy, Pizzeria Locale is a must visit. Founded by the same owners as celebrated Italian restaurant Frasca Food and Wine next door, this stylish neighborhood spot is elegant yet casual, with an inviting atmosphere that’s perfect for solo dining, date night, group dinners and more. To start, don’t miss shared plates like the arancini, meatballs and a delightful antipasto salad. As far as pizza goes, there are the classics, including a Margherita with fresh mozzarella and basil and a Diavola with salami piccante, smoke mozzarella and homemade chili oil, as well as seasonal inventions like La Friulana that’s topped crème fraîche, marinated peach, guanciale, red onion, montasio cheese, basil and grana padano. They’ve also got an incredible selection of spritzes, aperitivo, amaro-based cocktails and Italian wines to pair with your pie.
Since we ARE in Colorado, no list would be complete without a Colorado Mountain Pie institution. Enter: BeauJo’s, home of the Colorado-style pizza. Colorado-style pizza is the kind of pizza you need after a day climbing, skiing or walking through the mountains. It’s a hearty meal that’s sold by the pound, with an unheard of amount of cheese, toppings and sauce. Ideal for family dining, post-adventure fuel-ups and curing some serious pizza craving, the pies from BeauJo’s are the stuff of Colorado legends. Mountain pies have a hand-rolled edge of daily-made dough that creates a barrier to contain a mountain full of fresh toppings and they serve honey to dip those crusts like a built-in dessert. Specialty pizzas here include the Hipster, with roasted garlic-olive oil sauce, spinach, roasted red peppers, pineapple, pepperoncini peppers, mozzarella and ricotta cheeses, the Hamburger with Beau Jo’s pizza sauce, your choice of Italian sausage, hamburger, or both with pepperoni, green peppers, mushrooms, red onions, and mozzarella cheese, and the Motherlode with Beau Jo’s pizza sauce, salami, pepperoni, meatballs, bacon, Italian sausage, Canadian bacon, and mozzarella cheese.
Crosscut Pizzeria & Taphouse.
Further afield but equally worth noting is Crosscut Pizzeria & Taphouse that’s just over the mountains in Nederland. If you’re willing to make a short trip with an absolutely stunning drive, Crosscut will tickle your taste buds with its artisan wood-fired pizzas and craft beer. The dough is made with organic, Colorado-milled flour and undergoes a 3-day fermentation before it’s prepared for you. Inventive pies include the Hawaiian, made with river bear meats peach-wood smoked ham, pineapple, jalapeños, mozzarella and tomato sauce, and the 3-Cheese topped with provolone piccante, grana padano & mozzarella cheese blend, fresh arugula, oregano and a drizzle of lemon-garlic olive oil. A side of the house-made chili honey is a must for that crust. We especially love the dog-friendly patio with views of the creek.