Don't ask me why, but I used to get, and continue to get, inquiries about "the best pizza in Denver" and/or Colorado. I don't know what it is about the Mile High City that has pizza lovers asking for advice, but damn if the Centennial State isn't adding pizzerias at a good clip. Yesterday, the Denver Business Journal listed a number of new places opening there.
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Pizzeria Locale has taken delivery on the oven you see above, a Stefano Ferrara "mobile"* oven, has it installed, and appears to be in the final stages of training staff. Self-described as "a contemporary pizzeria inspired by the traditional pizzerias of Napoli," Locale will be home to the first Ferrara oven in the state. Target opening date: "late January." [via Caleb Schiff]
Good pizza turns up in surprising places. In the case of Pizzeria Basta, it's a condominium complex near downtown Boulder, Colorado. It's a little tricky to find if you don't know what to look for—though the listed address is on a main drag, you've got to turn off that road onto a side street, wind your way through the condo parking lot, and look for the outdoor patio of the ground-floor restaurant. But it's not surprising that such incredible pizza emerges from the oven of Kelly Whitaker.