October is about foliage, Halloween, post-season baseball (not for us, this year) and….pizza! The unanimously loved cheese, sauce, and bread trio doesn’t just get a celebratory day, but a whole month. Here’s a roundup of the area’s must-have pies.
Marquis Pizza: Pizza is the cause of regional arguments everywhere, especially in the melting pot of transplants here in Denver. For those looking for foldable slices, head to Marquis for New Yorker–approved, thin-crust, giant street-style slices that make you feel like you’re under the Brooklyn Bridge. Cheese or pepperoni is the only way to go. 2009 Larimer St., 303-292-2829, marquispizza.com
Patxi’s Pizza: If you’re not crust-biased, you can choose from a variety at this San Francisco-originated eatery. Go deep with Chicago-style, crisp with thin crust, gluten-free, or branch out with the cornmeal pan crust. We like the cornmeal: The golden brown base tastes a bit like breakfast, a little like dessert, and a lot like really good pizza. Multiple locations, patxispizza.com
Pizzeria Locale: The Boulder location started it all but the Denver outposts (Broadway and the just-opened Highland) took the concept into the fast-casual realm. Now the Highland shop is serving pies with an old-school strain of Edison wheat. The flour is milled in house and turned into crusts that have earthy, nutty, and wholesome notes (they’re healthy too). Look for the crust to roll out at the other locations over the coming months. Multiple locations, pizzerialocale.com
Ernie’s Bar & Pizza: This Italian gem in Sunnyside makes its dough fresh every morning and tosses it that evening for dinner. With more than 30 beers on tap, this place has become the quintessential neighborhood joint. 2915 W. 44th Ave., 303-955-5580, erniesdenver.com
Lucky Pie: This spot is the perfect place to ring in fall with seasonal pizzas geared towards those autumn taste buds. Try the Farmer’s daughter, with butternut squash, bacon, sage, and farmer’s cheese. Taste New England with a few of Sam Adam’s small-batch beers, exclusive to Lucky Pie. 1610 16th St., 303-825-1021 and 637 Front St., Louisville, 303-666-5743, luckypiepizza.com
Hops & Pie: Not only does this Tennyson Street shop pour the signature H26P IPA from Station 26, the eatery also make its crust (and its mac and cheese) with said beer. That infusion highlights Hops & Pie’s dedication to the ultimate pairing of pizza and beer. Choose toppings that range from smoked ham hock and beer-braised brisket to smoked tofu and mashed potatoes. Ask the bartender to pair your pie with a brew. 3920 Tennyson St., 303-477-7000, hopsandpie.com