Authentic Neapolitan Pizza & Colorado Craft Beer: Marco’s Coal-Fired Pizzeria
I had a lot of great beers during American Craft Beer Week. So somewhere along the way I had to find time for a tasty meal to help me balance out all that booze.
I love pizza. It’s my favorite food. One of the best things about pizza is that it comes in so many styles: thin, deep dish, stuffed crust, etc. There are even breakfast and dessert pizzas. To me, it never gets boring. And one of the most interesting places for pizza in Denver is Marco’s Coal-Fired Pizzeria. Marco’s is certified by the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana, the only VPN certified pizzeria in the State of Colorado. And their authentic Neapolitan Pizza is amazing.
Some friends and I dined at Marco’s over the weekend, and we tried lots of different things. First up: Lemoncello chicken wings. While I did not sample the wings due to being vegetarian, they got rave reviews at our table. Not your typical buffalo wings, my friend described them as crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside and very well seasoned. We also ordered the Arrosto salad, which came with a plethora of fresh coal-fired vegetables.
We decided on three pizzas. The Campania, which is much like a Margherita but with Bufala mozzarella. It had plenty of basil, which is how I like it. The Queens, a veggie lover’s pizza with artichokes, roasted peppers, mushrooms, and red onion. And the Abruzzo, made with Bufala Mozzarella, Parmigiano Reggiano, Gran Cru, Caciocavallo, Fresh Basil, and EVOO. It was pretty rich, but if you like white pizza you definitely need to try this one. It ended up being my favorite of the three. But it was a very tough decision as I thoroughly enjoyed them all. And everything paired well with my favorite Colorado craft beer: Ska’s Modus Hoperandi. Marco’s Ballpark location has eight beers on tap with several more available in bottles & cans (and of course a large selection of wine and cocktails too).
Though we were pretty full from all that fantastic food, we went ahead and indulged in some of their Nutella Pizza for dessert. It’s pizza dough stuffed with a layer of Nutella, sprinkled with cinnamon and powdered sugar on top. Wow. So delicious! And, as we had some left, our server advised us that it is a wonderful treat with coffee the next morning.
I didn’t try anything I didn’t love at Marco’s. I’m already looking forward to my next visit, as I definitely need to order the Cannoli. If it’s anywhere near as good as the Nutella Pizza I won’t be disappointed. A restaurant with great pizza, desserts and craft beer makes me very happy. I highly recommend Marco’s for excellent Neapolitan Pizza and a craft beer (or two!)