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May 30, 2010 12:19 PM

Pizza in Denver

Any good pizza in downtown Denver? I'm looking for thin crust with some char, wood ove, etc.

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  1. Not in downtown proper, but very close: Marco's Coal-Fired Pizzeria.

    In downtown proper, Osteria Marco. Its pizza's good, although honestly it's not the best thing there—the salumi/formaggi are.

    Osteria Marco
    1453 Larimer, Denver, CO 80202

    9 Replies
    1. re: tatamagouche

      tata, Pasquini's doesn't cut a rug on your dance card?

      1. re: Veggo

        Nope. I remember liking it back when I lived in Boulder in the mid-90s, but I now live a few blocks from the one on S. Broadway and I definitely think the quality has slipped...

        I actually just had surprisingly good pizza from Lala's on 7th, though, and I'm growing quite fond of a new place on Old S. Pearl, Kaos (though neither, word to the OP, are downtown).

      2. re: tatamagouche

        Close to being downtown.. Proto's is the style the OP is after.

        BTW, had another GREAT pie at Bueno's Aires Pizzeria the other day on way to ballgame. Ham, artichoke, corn, whole milk mozz.. very filling and satisfying. Not thin crust by a long shot.

        Also- is Two Fisted Mario's still open? They have great, sturdy, pie as well. Can't think of another thin / wood-fired downtown except Marco's.

        1. re: e_bone

          Oh, man, I still haven't been to BAP. Loved BA Grill, was so sad to see it go...

          1. re: tatamagouche

            Already had Osteria Marco on my list, but for the salumi...I'll add the pizza to list. I read about Buenos Aires it good? More like deep dish? Where is Marco's Coal Fired...close by downtown or more of a hike? We have Grimaldi's coal fired pizza here that I'm fond of. Thanks for the suggestions.

            Osteria Marco
            1453 Larimer, Denver, CO 80202

            1. re: jsaint

              It's not at all a bad walk from Larimer Square in good weather...


              Larimer Square
              , Denver, CO 80202

              1. re: tatamagouche

                Both Marco's and Buenos Aires Pizza can get VERY crowded before a Rockies game, so time your visit to either accordingly. In fact, Marco's is considered to be in Five Points, which is adjacent to the Ball Park Neighbhborhood, and BAP is not far. One warning: Unless they have changed their policies, Marco's is quite inflexible. When my husband and I shared a pizza there some months ago, we asked for all of a particular herb to be placed on one half of the pie and left off the other half. The waitress said they don't do this. When we asked why, she was clueless and finally said she had to ask the manager, who did approve our simple request. I found it off-putting, even tho' the pizza was quite good. If you care about such things, note that Marco's is not "coal-fired" but made in a wood-burning oven, which is probably better but makes the name puzzling.

                Reasonably priced and pretty good pizza downtown is at Mici ( on Stout between 15th & 16th . Many of the upscale restaurants also do individual pizzas, esp at happy hour..

                1. re: ClaireWalter

                  Thanks! Noticed almost everyone has happy hours...nice!!!!

          2. re: e_bone

            BAP is tasty in its own way, but since the OP asked for "thin crust with some char, wood ove, etc." I don't think it fits this particular bill. It's a unique pizza, not really similar to any of the typical US styles. Crust is kinda bready, and it's really all about the toppings (golf sauce, hard-boiled eggs, etc.). For me, it doesn't really scratch the same pizza itch that Marco's does (or, new in Boulder, Pizzeria Basta).

        2. For that type of pizza, I still like Basil Docs. It's not downtown, but I'd assume that they would deliver to wherever you are downtown. I don't know where you're from, but the style is New Haven, CT (although they don't have coal-fired ovens like the best New Haven places).

          A lot of people like Marco's. I've been there twice and have been only ok with the pizza. I will tell you that their coal-fired oven chicken wings are fantastic, however.