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Slice, Slice Baby

Savoring the Best Slices

Article by Millie D'Souza

Photography by Poppy & Co. by Kelsey Huffer and Illustrations by Gina Dodge

Originally published in Boulder Lifestyle

In a culinary world that seems to be ever-changing, it’s often difficult to find your constants. One that’ll never change? A good old slice of pizza. This month we rounded up some of Boulder’s best for those moments when you just can’t kick the craving for a cheesy triangular slice of goodness. 

Kicking it off with the ultimate old-school classic, The Sink - a Boulder staple for over 100 years. And while the burger has stolen the show for years, their pizza isn't what first crosses your mind, it is what has gotten the attention from Obama to Anthony Bourdain to the Mayor of Flavortown himself, Guy Fieri. Their “Ugly Crust” pizza couldn’t be more of a beautiful masterpiece, with the extra big and thick crust added as the signature touch by the Heinritz brothers when they purchased The Sink in the 90s. And of course a crust isn’t complete without some honey to enjoy dipping every last bite of that “ugly” crust. 

Next on our list is the upscale East Pearl Staple—Pizzeria Alberico. An established favorite of Boulderites, Pizzeria Alberico, the former Pizzeria Locale, underwent a grand refresh earlier in 2023. Alberico is the maiden name of Dannette Stuckey, wife of Bobby, Co-Founder of Frasca Hospitality Group. Its ample menu features staples beyond just red and white pizzas, like arancini, charcuterie and polpetta. Its signature Mais pizza, topped with crème fraîche, pancetta, corn, mozzarella, pecorino and chives is a dish that stood firm throughout its rebrand-and rightfully so. It pairs perfectly with a Southern Italian-inspired sip, with options from the full bar emphasizing classic and craft cocktails and regional wines. As the weather warms with spring’s arrival, Pizzeria Alberico will continue to be the hot spot for al-fresco dining on the patio or a quick bite at the bar. 

Barchetta, on Walnut, was founded by Chef Jesse Jensen and is his love letter to pizza. Featuring hand-crafted pies perfect for sharing with family and friends, it has got to be one of the best spots around town. Barchetta knows pizza, so if you’re feeling real Italian, try the Ruby: topped with vodka sauce, mozzarella, provolone, parmesan and herbs (and don't forget the Spicy Shallot Ranch). They are also not afraid to shake things up, so take a walk on the wild side and try one of their unique creations, the Clam Pie, The Potato Boy or The Bee Thousand. Right downtown, this pizzeria serves up the classic American dining experience fit with a buzzing communal space perfect for hosting your next party or private event. 

For a bonus slice if you find yourself road tripping down to Denver, don't miss making a stop at Provolino to try a slice of Caleb's Midnight Delight complete with alfredo sauce, mozzarella, sweet chili crunch, fresh herbs. Chef Jeff Schwing will make sure to swing by your table and make sure you complete your meal with some Fernet. 

The last slice in this round-up goes out to Fringe A Well-Tapped Eatery, right off Valmont and 28th Street. Created with hopes to bring communities together in a casual and comfortable atmosphere to eat great high-quality food, this charming corner spot is the perfect place for those coming right off a mountain rafting trip or a hike up Sanitas, or for a fun family night out. With unique toppings including fried eggplant parmesan, lamb pepperoni and pickled red onions, Fringe bolsters creativity like none other—especially with their self-pour tap wall featuring 16 beer and wine options, boasted as Boulder’s first do-it-yourself style spot. The cherry on top? Date night can become game night as their pizzas are served with your own scissors to slice. Half a pie or eight individual pieces—no judgment here!

From a late-night stop to mid-day dining gems, Boulder’s culinary scene has certainly got some goodies. Whether it's an old reliable spot or one you've yet to visit, we hope this month’s Pizza Round-Up satisfies those irresistible cravings. Because who doesn’t love pizza?