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2401 15th St, Denver, CO | Directions 8020239.756750 -105.009080
Neighborhoods: Highland, Northwest Denver
Pizza quest – I'm on a pizza quest and so far in Denver this is the best pizza I have found.
The neighborhood atmosphere and outdoor dining are great too.
Irresistible, thin-crust, Italian country-style pizza packed with urban attitude and great flavor. – In Short
Burning tiki lamps lead into a warm, rich, red dining room where silver piping runs back and forth beneath the soaring ceiling. Colorful mosaic tiles cover the top of a long bar where single folks enjoy wine, specialty martinis and espressos. Urban crowds often drift in from downtown to relax in the earthy glow. The pizza is real Napoletana-style--thin, slightly blackened crust bubbles up through rich homemade tomato sauce and fresh mozzarella.
Best pizza ever! – Food is delicious! Caesar salad and pizza are fabulous. The service is so-so but everyone is very friendly.
Finally a Decent Pizza – Protos satisfied my search for decent Pizza in the year since I moved to Boulder. It's a different style, unique, tasty, I rate it about 7.5 of 10 (Everything else I had tried was 6 or less). The Restaurants are loud, service ok, but if you have kids it can be fun to watch part of the preparation process, as long as the noise does not bother them. Portions are smaller than standard, very thing crust, so order a size up from your standard (or order dessert, it's reasonably good.) By the way, I've had three pizzas in my life I rated a 10, 2 of them chicago style: Zachary's Pizza in Berkeley (10, oh how I miss the college days), Giordano's in Chicago (9.95), and a dive called Oasis (9.6, since gone downhill to a 7 or 8) in Palo Alto.
Great Fresh Pizza – Best pizza I have had in long time. Was amazingly fresh. I have gone back three times in the past month. I love the concept of the "Wino Card" they offer when you purchase a bottle of wine. I also recommend the tomato salad.
Back to the farm-- Negativos – Having just come from three years on the east coast, I found ambience busy, friendly, pizza was authentic Neopolitan, desserts tasty, wine by glass good. Clam pizza was a treat--not too much garlic. Obviously very popular neighborhood place with available parking. People looking for deep dish stuff your face probably need bigger chairs, bigger parking spaces out in big box suburbia someplace. Protos was not pretentious, just urban. I could easily see why hanging there on Friday nights would be popular.
User review by melissawildeman – THIS is the best pizza! Thin crust, ooey-gooey cheese and an amazing selection of toppings! The wine list is fabulous as well! The ambience is very contemporary and she-she!
Garlic Overload!! – I live near Proto's on Platte St. and order pizza from here regulary. However, after my last experience, I do not think I will be eating here for some time. We ordered the clam pizza and traffic jam (this one has the most toppings, unlike the others with barely any cheese/toppings) but I noticed a very heavy garlic taste coming from the clam pizza. I like garlic, but I think they honestly put about 12 cloves on the small pizza. I tasted the garlic 'after-taste' through til the next morning - blegh! My husband has had the same effects and was pretty disgusted. Also, the service was really bad as our 'waitress' or 'waiter' (I could not figure out which) was not courteous and made us feel rushed. Had the same experience from the bartender. She acted like the world was coming to an end. I don't get this place!!!??
5280 magazine blew this one. – My wife and I and another couple went to this restaurant because 5280 magazine rated it as one of the best pizza places in town. Major disapointment! Oh yeah they have a thin crust pizza all right. Can you say Quesadilla? We ordered three different pizzas that night and all three arrived at are table sorely lacking in toppings and the flavor was marginal. When your paying a premium price for a pizza I expect to see lots of toppings. As far as wait staff I would say the service was average at best.
If you like a good pizza there are several others in town that blow this one away.
This place rocks. – Cool atmosphere. Great food. Eclectic wine list. The place gets out of hand at night, but that just adds to the vibe. Techno-jazz fusion music. Mixed crowds--DU kids next to LoDo developers next to restaurant people on their night off. The prosciutto pizza rocks. Try the clam pie Friday nights and whatever special drink weirdness is coming out from behind the bar. Love this place!
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