Good Denver Artisan Pizza: Osteria Marco
If you love pizza, you need to try out the pizza from Osteria Marco, located in the heart of Larimer Square. The “little brother” of Luca d’Italia, Osteria Marco is a Good restaurant with a delicious menu, a lively atmosphere, and reasonable prices. Over 80% of Osteria Marco’s menu items are under $15–unheard of in Larimer Square–but it is quality of the pizza that makes the restaurant truly Good.
There are certain dishes in this city you have to try for yourself, and one of those dishes is the Fig and Crispy Prosciutto pizza from Osteria Marco. Topped with crispy prosciutto, figs, goat cheese, fontina, and truffle oil, it is, quite simply, one of the best menu items I’ve had in Denver. You will savor every last bite. Another Good one is the Shrimp and House Sausage pizza. Shrimp, sausage, Fresno chiles, red onions, heaps of arugula, and just the right amount of salt bring this pizza into perfect harmony.
There are lots of other Good non-pizza menu items from Osteria Marco, such as the Calamari appetizer. Not your standard fried calamari dish, this one comes out as more of a spicy salad with lightly fried calamari, Fresno chiles, salad greens, and a red pepper agrodolce vinaigrette. It’s phenomenal.
I find Larimer Square to be one of the most charming parts of Denver to go for a dinner date, but I also find that many of the restaurants there are extremely pricey with portion sizes that leave a lot to be desired. Osteria Marco bucks the trend by offering fantastic food, “just right” portion sizes, and reasonable prices (which you can make even more reasonable with the Eat Denver Dining Deck). Buon appetito!