New York Style Pizza in Denver

 
 

New York Pizza by the slice.


'G' explains why this is her favorite Denver Restaurant for NY style pizza.

 

A true New York style pizza slice has a thin crust, much thinner than the ordinary pizzas we see today. In addition Italian New York style pizza is cooked well done so that the cheese turns to a golden brown color rather than retaining its original white color. Anything less than this is not a true New York pizza and should not be confused with the other American pizza styles. Pizza restaurants in Denver, just like New York, will serve a slice or a whole pie.

NY style pizza Denver, Colorado.
Authentic New York pizza in Denver and Highlands Ranch.

In Denver, most pizzerias serve some type of variation of the New York style pizza. In many cases pizzeria restaurants make a pizza that is neither as thin, nor cooked as well done, but it resembles a New York style pizza.

The first New York pizzas were simple and topped off with tomato sauce, cheese and basil leafs. Over time, new and unique toppings have been added. Still, one of the best pizzas around is the traditional New York style pizza, which in Denver, is commonly sold by the slice. Next time you are in the mood for pizza order a true New York style pizza and eat it like they do in New York, which is folded over long ways while it is still hot. In Denver, many preferred toppings include pepperoni, sausage, black olive, mushrooms and green peppers. For the record, the favorite for my 4 year old daughter and me is cheese.

NY vs. Jersey Style Pizza

I was fortunate enough to have my first 'real' NY Style Pizza slice in Brooklyn, New York in the summer of 2001. My business partner Jeff (He is a native New Yorker) and I were in New York for some high-level meetings. We stayed with one of Jeff's old college roommates in Brooklyn and they both recommended the same restaurant when questioned about the best "New York Style Pizza." I am sorry the name escapes me, but I think it was Fat Tony's. Gluten free "Jersey Style" pizza is "just like New York pizza, only better sauce." Fans of Jersey style pizza seem to have quite a big "chip" on their shoulders.

During summers of my college years I apprenticed as a long-haul truck driver and had been 'schooled' by the country's most informed and faithful 'eaters.' Small diners and 'greasy spoons' were very familiar to me so, an out of the way place in Brooklyn, New York like Fat Tony's, was no surprise. The cook was just as you would imagine for a small Italian "two man" restaurant. Both had on, what at one time, must have been white t-shirts. White paper hats added to the almost cartoon atmosphere. Jeff and I sat down at the other table. There were only two. I really figured Jeff was just putting me on and later we would go to the 'Best' Pizza restaurant in New York. I did not know I now was there.



For people who already know what 'real' New York style pizza is, no explanation is necessary, but for others who may have only sampled 'fast food delivery' or 'bowling alley' style pizza, the taste cannot be compared. Something happens to the flavor of cheese when it is 'browned' and fully cooked into a pizza instead of just allowed to melt on top.

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Top Pizza Requests:

 1.
Pepperoni

2.
Sausage and Peppers

3.
Sausage

4.
Vegetarian

5.
Peppers

6.
Hawaiian

7.
Plain

8.
Barbecue Chicken

9.
Bacon

10.
Cheesesteak

Additional Italian Menu

Chicken Parmigiana
Boneless breast of Chicken sautéed in Marinara Sauce, topped with parmesan and melted mozzarella cheeses, complimented by pasta and fresh seasonal vegetables

Shrimp Scampi
Jumbo Shrimp sautéed in butter, white wine and Italian spices, accompanied by pasta and fresh vegetables

Shrimp Gorgonzola
Large Shrimp sautéed in a white wine and cream sauce, topped lightly with gorgonzola cheese,
complimented with pasta and sautéed vegetables
 

Spicy Shrimp and Chicken

Penne pasta, sliced chicken, cayenne pepper romano cream sauce, mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes and green onions

NY Style Spaghetti

New York recipe. Tomato sauce, parmesan and mozzarella. Served with spaghetti pasta and
Baked Cheese Tortelloni