#67 Pizzeria Locale, Boulder, Colo. (Margherita)
Boulder isn’t the first place you’d look for one of America’s best Italian restaurants, so it likely won’t be the first city you’d seek out one of its best pizzerias. But it shouldn’t be last. The philosophy of chef Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson and master sommelier Bobby Stuckey’s Italian restaurant in the Rockies’ shadow is based on the local restaurants innortheast Italy’s subalpine region. The same commitment to great food at their restaurant Frasca is applied to the pizzas at next door’s Pizzeria Locale (their kitchens even actually connect), a contemporary pizzeria inspired by the traditional pizzerias of Naples. In contrast to the quiet greatness inside Frasca, there’s a din inside Pizzeria Locale, an exciting energy and buzz and the smell of great pizza in the air and beautiful photos on the walls (photographer David Woody accompanied the Frasca folks to Naples as they refined their pizza-making skills). There are five white pies, and twice as many red ones, with mushrooms, speck, prosciutto, pepperoni, zucchini, salame, and the like making them all worthwhile endeavors, but this far from Naples you’re going to want to feel at home, so you’ll be ordering the margherita.