Pizza, quite understandably, can inspire religion-like levels of fervor. And one of the most apotheosized Chicago-style pizzerias is now open for worship in Denver. Giordano’s has debuted its first Colorado restaurant on the 16th Street Mall at California Street.
When debating Chicago’s best deep-dish pies, three names typically come up: Giordano’s, Gino’s East and Lou Malnati’s. The latter two have yet to cross the Colorado state line, but Giordano’s is steadily expanding, and it’s now open in nine states.
Unenlightened? Giordano’s is known for its souffle-like, giant pizzas. The “toppings” and cheese (lots of cheese) are stuffed inside and topped with sauce, so, it’s sort of upside-down from what we’re used to. These mammoth pizzas have built such a cult following, that they can be shipped nationwide. Except now we don’t have to pay for shipping, just for parking.
The first Giordano’s opened on Chicago’s south side in 1974, and the brand has been making believers out of legions of Chicago diners and tourists ever since. Denverites can get indoctrinated now; our Giordano’s outpost opened Nov. 13.
Giordano’s: 1600 California St., Denver, 720-874-5205; giordanos.com; Sun.-Thurs. 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-11 p.m.