There's been a lot of excitement about the opening of Pizzeria Locale's modest space east of Boulder's Pearl Street Mall. That's mostly because it shares owners with the fancy Frasca Food and Wine, just down the street, and because of their famously painstaking effort to duplicate a true Neapolitan pizza (see Denver Post article for more details).
The Diavola came with marina sauce, a very light spread of mozzarella cheese, basil leaves, and a spicy salami. The Quattro Formaggi was, as expected, much heavier on the cheese, containing mozzarella, Parmesan, ovin sardo, and fontina. While not health food, this pizza really isn't the calorie bomb most of us are used to. If you're expecting something like an Uno Chicago Deep Dish Pizza to come out of the oven, you may not recognize what's on your plate.
I'm no Neapolitan pizza connoisseur, but the authenticity of their pies seems legit. The crust is light, delicate and chewy. In fact, it becomes so flimsy in the center that you probably want to eat your slice with a fork and knife. Cheeses, sauces, and toppings were very flavorful and fresh, despite their long trek from Italy to our table. Splitting the two pizzas between the three of us was the perfect amount of food.
We finished off dinner with a biscotti, which was pleasantly soft and not too sweet.
Overall, this pizza was decent but not too remarkable. However, for the totally reasonable prices - $9-$18 per pizza - it's certainly worth a visit.
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