Everyone loves pizza, and if you don’t you’re probably a nihilist.
(No offense to nihilists. That’s cool.)
Boulder has a nice amount of pizza options, enough to fool Chicagoans and New Yorkers into temporarily feeling at home (just go with it). Seriously, though, even if you’re accustomed to the big city, you’ll be surprised at cheap prices and tasty spins on the classic, cheesy pie.
And if you are in fact a nihilist and aren’t a fan of pizza, most of these spots have sandwiches, calzones, wings, pasta, breadsticks and salads to tide you over, too.
1110 13th St.
11 a.m.-11p.m. daily
Chicagoans know a good deep-dish pizza. You won’t find many deep-dish options in Boulder, but Papa Romanos will feed your fix while you’re in town. Located on the Hill, Papa Romanos is a convenient spot to grab some signature square-shaped deep dish or hand-tossed pizza, wings, salads or breadsticks, which they call Bambino Bread.
Plus, you can find tons of cheap deals on Papa Romanos’ website or in coupon books around campus.
Warning: For those of you with a weak stomach or tiny appetite, don’t blame me scarfing down your personal Bambino pizza (six pieces).
1336 Pearl St.
Sunday-Thursday 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-2 a.m.
Aside from the savory, thick Sicilian-style crust, Pizza Colore boasts a unique array of toppings. You can load your pizza with baby clams, prosciutto, eggplant, plum tomatoes, shrimp and artichoke hearts to name a few. Choose from white, pesto or classic red for your sauce — the pesto pizza is a must try.
Don’t be confused by the menu. Pizza Colore also has a wide variety of antipasti, panini, dulce and caffe. That’s appetizers, hot sandwiches, deserts and coffees — in Italian.
1325 Broadway St. #108
11 a.m.-2 a.m. daily
CU students flock to Cosmo’s for a slice or two of its delicious, generously proportioned slices.
They’re huge. Fold and devour.
Cosmo’s also has a wide variety of toppings for both vegetarians and carnivores. Everyone will find what they need.
The pizza is worth a visit alone, but Cosmo’s Spicy Ranch dipping sauce is the trademark. The homemade spicy ranch is so popular that you can purchase the sauce in pint-sized jars, buy a T-shirt with the Cosmo’s Spicy Ranch logo and visit Cosmo’s website for a plethora of spicy ranch recipes. Yes, the sauce has its own logo. It’s a big deal.
You can also order calzones, salads and breadsticks — all good with that spicy ranch.
1124 13th St.
11 a.m.-1 a.m. daily
637 S Broadway St.
Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
2761 Iris Ave.
Monday-Friday 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Abo’s Neapolitan New York-style pizza will make a New Yorker feel like they are back in the city.
Founder Steve Abo, a New York native, left Boulder to return to the city in the 1970s to spend six months working at a pizzeria owned by boxing legend Rocky Graziano. Abo perfected his craft and came back to open a pizza shop in Boulder. Today, Abo’s is open in several locations around town.
Abo’s has a large selection of toppings and multiple variations of their pizza. Come here for humongous slices. Don’t stop at pizza here either — try a calzone or stromboli that you can stuff with your favorite toppings.
Backcountry Pizza & Tap House
2319 Arapahoe Ave.
Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Located close to campus, Backcountry is a prime spot to eat some pizza and drink a beer (if you’re 21 or older, of course). Backcountry has 10 specialty pizzas on its menu and will please a wide range of pizza lovers. If you are into the veggie scene, try the Mediterranean pizza, which is topped with pine nuts, garlic, roasted red peppers, artichokes, kalamata olives and feta, all over a combo of pesto and red sauce. If you’re a meat guzzler, try the Meat Grinder, a pie covered with pepperoni, Canadian bacon, hamburger and sausage.
Wash down your pizza with a choice of over 50 draft beers and a monthly rotation of taps. Almost forgot: they have pinball, too.
1165 13th St.
11 a.m.-10 p.m. daily
The Sink has many things going in its favor. From the daily drink specials to the unique artwork plastering the walls, it’s one of the most revered restaurants in Boulder.
Proof of fame: The Sink drew a visit from President Obama in 2012, and you might have caught the restaurant on the Food Network’s “Diners, Drives-Ins and Dives” in 2011.
The food, including the pizza, is fantastic. Choose from The Sink’s five specialty pizzas or go ahead and create your own personal pie, and you even get to choose from three crust options — sesame honey, white honey and whole wheat. Try the Perfect Pesto pizza for a zesty pesto pizza topped with broccoli, onions, artichoke hearts, and feta, or the Sinkza (Obama’s pick), a red sauce pizza topped with pepperoni, sausage, green pepper, black olive and onion.