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What pairs better with a Friday evening than beer and pizza?  In my book, nothing comes close.  However, don’t spend this Friday ordering in with a sixer of Budweiser.  Instead, head to the old Dixon’s space at 16th and Wazee for a sophisticated sampler of 27 drafts, fresh cheeses, meats and “grown-up” style pies.

Lucky Pie Pizza opened in LoDo for the city dwellers on February 29th and offers similar cuisine to northern suburbanites at its original location in Old Town Louisville.  The downtown location offers a sidewalk patio for our sunny summer days and, for those who are sheltering sunburns or a lack of sunglasses, a warm, yet industrial, environment indoors.  With exposed brick, vaulted ceilings and red lighting above the booths, Lucky Pie Pizza in LoDo feels like anything but your average pizza joint.

And, speaking of average, their pizza is anything but.  Colorado flour brings the Neapolitan style crust to perfection and a sauce made simply of San Marzano tomatoes, grown on the side of Mount Vesuvius, tops the pies nicely.  If you are a pizza purest, just go for the Cheech; a simple 14 incher topped with smoked mozzarella, tomato sauce and oregano.  For those who have a bit more adventure under their belt, try the Alvin; a crispy crust adorned with acorn squash puree, fig gastrique, maple walnuts and goat cheese.  Or, go for the Bruges with shaved brussel sprouts, apples, fontina, mozzarella, pistachios and olive oil.  With all pies priced at under 16 bucks, you can have a great meal for two or three.

Oh, did I mention the mozzarella bar and Charcuterie plates?  For $12, guests can sample each of the four, freshly processed cheeses such as smoked mozzarella and ricotta.  For $17, a medley of intriguing meats will adorn your palate.  These selections can be paired with several jams, jellies and aiolis for an additional $1.50 per accoutrement.

In addition to an amazing and diverse selection of stomach sustainability, a liquid lunch, or dinner, is also an option.  Lucky offers a vast selection of wines, 27 beers on tap and half dozen delicious specialty cocktails freckled with rye whiskey, St. Germaine and Leopolds Peach.

Go early, go often, but just make sure you go. – Hillary Bonner

Lucky Pie Pizza is located at 1610 16th Street, Denver, CO 80202 (303) 825-1021