Pizzeria Locale started in Boulder, CO, as a casual offshoot of fancy next-door neighbor Frasca Food & Wine. Three years in, the suits at Chipotle took a liking to Locale’s masterful wood-fired pizzas and backed an expansion into Denver, Kansas City, and Cincinnati (location info here). The pies at the Boulder flagship are twice the price of the ones you’ll elsewhere, but there’s a reason for that: The ingredients and execution are more complex. The Fragola, for instance, is made with strawberries, speck, robiola, mozzarella, green onion, and balsamic vinegar. The Primavera hits a home run with mozzarella, ricotta, English peas, fava beans, mint, and lemon. And the fist-pumpingly good Salsiccia Bianca makes sweet, sweet love with moz (the cheese, not the vegan), broccoli rabe, smoked scamorza, garlic, chili, and crunchy bits of fennel sausage. Hungry yet?
1730 Pearl St., Boulder, CO; 303-442-3003.