Nothing gets people more excited than soliciting their opinions about where to find the best pizza. I asked the question on Twitter and got five immediate responses. Responses were still trickling in a day later.
The fact is that we all have very different opinions about what makes a great pizza and I think a lot of this depends on the region where we grew up.
With that in mind, here are my picks for the best pizza in Colorado. Granted, I’m no pizza professional and I would love to hear your picks too.
Colorado Boy Pizzeria & Brewery, Montrose
Colorado Boy’s Rustica is one of the most delicious things I’ve ever put in my mouth. It features garlic oil, cheese, artichokes, roasted peppers, capicola ham and gorgonzola.
I recommend sitting at the back bar and watching the pizza makers put these delicious creations together. Everything that goes into this pizza is fresh, fresh, fresh.
Pair your dinner with one of Colorado Boy’s award-winning beers and life is good, very good.
High Mountain Pies, Leadville
This tiny restaurant seats eight, maybe, but there’s a big backyard for summertime guest to enjoy.
The pizza here is awesome and you can create pretty much anything you want. Love extra jalapenos? Be careful what you ask for, they don’t skimp on toppings here.
Even if you can’t find a seat and the weather outside is frightful, get a pie to go. You will not be disappointed.
Poppy’s Pizza & Grill, Estes Park
Poppy’s makes a pizza that has had me coming back for several years. It’s the Rocky Mountain and it features smoked trout, capers, cream cheese, red onions and mozzarella. It may sound a bit odd, but I’m telling you that this combination is divine.
Always busy, I’m definitely not the only one who loves Poppy’s.
Hernando’s Pizza Pub, Winter Park
I’ve left a lot of dollar bills on the walls at this place. A longtime favorite of many Coloradans who grew up skiing in Winter Park, Hernado’s Pizza Pub is a must-stop anytime we’re in town.
I couldn’t finish this piece without including an honorable mention category. We stumbled into Pablo’s Pizza in Grand Junction a couple of years ago. Their pizza was so good that I still remember how pleased we were with our lunch there.
If you enjoy New York Style pizza, you’ve got to go to Antonio’s Real New York Pizza in Estes Park. The Godfather will make you a New York style devotee.