Editor’s note: We’re just craving pizza all the time lately. There are few foods that are more comforting. So leading up to Super Bowl Sunday, we’re bringing you a three-part series on our favorite pie. Today, a Top 10 pizzeria guide, with a twist. Next week: Previewing a forthcoming pizza place that’s already selling out its pies. In case you missed it, here’s part one. 

What pizza have you become in the pandemic?

Lately, I’m surprising myself. Turns out I’m a double meatball, a hot honey squash and a sausage-lovers.

But it wasn’t always like this. Pre-coronavirus, I was a proud artisanal mortadella, a crème fraîche and corn, or the occasional, foldable slice of cheese. The other day, driving home near 9 p.m. after a last-minute pizza run, I about suffocated on the heady scent of red onions and roasted garlic. This would be a good way to go, I thought, took out a slice (while it was still hot) and turned up the music real loud.

Read on for my 10 top pizza spots around town, personified and ranked, of course. (And then 10 more recommended by you, dear readers.)

10. Brooklyn’s Finest

(Regis and downtown)

You reminisce about your college days, maybe too much. You believe a garlic knot counts as a side dish, and your definition of salad includes shredded mozzarella. If you were a slice, you’d be meaty — bacon, sausage, pepperoni, salami, ham — with mozzarella.

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9. Marco’s Coal Fired

(Ballpark)

You care about AVPN Certification, whether or not you know what it stands for (Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana, FYI). You went to Italy once. If you were a pizza, you’d have an accent — mozzarella (preferably Bufala), San Marzano tomato, arugula, prosciutto di Parma, pecorino and extra virgin olive oil, always.

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8. Vero

(RiNo)

You know a Neapolitan, sure, but you’re not fussy about it. You’ll get down on some weird toppings, some sweet and savory, oh, with an order of pasta on the side. If you were a pie, you’d be spicy — smoked mozz, acorn squash, grana padano, hot honey, thyme and Calabrian chile oil.

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7. White Pie

(Uptown)

You came up on the streets of Connecticut. New Haven, to be exact. Or you went to Yale for a semester, which is different. Either way, you know a real white pie when you spot one. You order apizza. If you were a slice, you’d hold the tomato — garlic, bacon, Crimini mushrooms and a sunny egg right on top.

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6. Famous Original J’s

(Five Points)

You’re pepperoni and cheese, OK? You’re too busy for this. You never should have left New York.

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MORE: This Denver French restaurant couldn’t get pandemic aid. Now, it’s serving pizza.

5. Pizzeria Lui

(Lakewood)

You’re pretty cool, you know? You shop small and local, you’re up on all the new spots and you’ll go out of your way for the good stuff. Exactly how far? To Lakewood, of course. If you were a pizza, you’d be so of the moment, you’d be a street taco on flatbread — chorizo (homemade), tomatillo salsa, cotija cheese, shucked corn, cilantro.

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4. Pizzeria Locale

(Boulder original, multiple spinoffs in Denver)

You’re a hard one to pin down, very high-low, upscale weekend date night but Sunday in sweats. Custom-made Italian oven, super talented chefs. Also a partnership with Chipotle and real business sense. If you were a pizza, you’d be budino instead — fancy Italian for butterscotch pudding, chocolate ganache, whipped cream on top.

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3. Grabowski’s

(RiNo)

You’re a surprise, sleeper hit. You understand the difference between a pizza meal and a pizza snack. And this is the latter. You pop ’em like popcorn, starting with the corners first or else saving them for last. If you were a pie, you’d hail from Chicago, but not the well-known parts. You respect tradition — crust cracker-thin, sausage Italian.

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2. Cart-Driver

(LoHi and RiNo)

Dear God, people adore you. You learned your secret from a great chef; you put littleneck clams on it! You are late-night happy hour, seafood tins and Prosecco on tap. A shipping container with a line out the front. What a gem. If you were an adorable píz, you’d be tomato, mozzarella and basil — but make it the best.

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1. Blue Pan

(Congress Park and Highland)

You are controversial and a real crowd-splitter. People aren’t sure what’s happening, where you came from. Chicago? Nope, Detroit. Sheet-pan-cooked, requiring a knife and fork. You didn’t know you would be called here, but here you are, and not for the faint of heart. If you were a pie, you’d be more like a cake with cupped pepperoni and creamy ricotta dollops. And wait: Is that tomato sauce … on top?

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And now: 10 reader-favorite pizza shops

Here are 10 more places that you recommended to us via our newsletter, Stuffed. Sign up for weekly food and drink news sent straight to your inbox.

Frontroom Pizza (Lakewood) – Jordan

Kaos Pizza (Platt Park) – Stephanie

Marquis Pizza (Ballpark) – Joe

Mici Handcrafted Italian (Highlands Ranch, Parker, Central Park, Congress Park, Lafayette) – Sara

Piccolo (Hampden) – John

Proto’s Pizza (Broomfield, Boulder, Gunbarrel, Lafayette, Longmont, Denver) – Marilyn

Ritual Social House (Capitol Hill) – Joanna

Viale Pizza & Kitchen (Virginia Village) – Gay

Virgilio’s Pizzeria & Wine Bar (Littleton) – Paul

Walter’s 303 Pizzeria (Littleton, Uptown, Lowry and Colorado Springs) – Trent


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