NoCo’s Best 2022: Northern Colorado’s Top 3 Pizza Places
NoCo's Best is all about finding the best of the best in local food. Each of the top three spots below has been voted as the best by you, the people of Northern Colorado. Because who knows NoCo better than the people who actually live here?
Townsquare Media's Taste of Fort Collins is back - and what would the Taste of Fort Collins be without, well, the food of course?!
Taste of Fort Collins, one of Northern Colorado's hottest events of the year brings thousands of people from the local community together every summer for a weekend filled with live music, entertainment, and lots of your favorite foods from local restaurants.
Each year, several local Northern Colorado restaurants are recognized for serving up some of the best of the best specialty foods in the area - from wings to sandwiches to barbecue to dessert (and much more), these selected restaurants are each crowned in their respective categories during Taste of Fort Collins, and formally named as NoCo's Best.
Born and raised on the East Coast, I know good food when I taste it... and that holds especially true when it comes to pizza.
Maybe I'm biased, but I'm a firm believer that New Jersey is home to the best pizza in the country (some say it's because of the water in the state, but who really knows). I live in Colorado now, though, so over the last year and a half, I've been on a mission to scout out the best food in the area - pizza included.
I'll admit, I was quick to assume that Northern Colorado pizza couldn't possibly live up to the perfection that is east coast pizza... but you know what they say when you assume things.
So, I decided to switch up - thanks to the help (and hearty appetites) of a few of my friends, we took to the Northern Colorado streets to find the absolute best pizza NoCo has to offer.
NoCo's Best Pizza: The Finalists
You live here too, and your opinion matters - that's why, before anything, we look to you to help us select NoCo's Best.
This year, over 300 votes were submitted by you, our Northern Colorado community to help select the top three best places to get pizza in NoCo; based on your votes, this year's NoCo's Best Pizza finalists are:
Finalist #1 - Krazy Karl's Pizza
Finalist #2 - Slyce Pizza Co.
Finalist #3 - Pulcinella Pizzeria
Your votes directed us on where to start and end our Northern Colorado pizza tour, so thank you for that. Following an afternoon filled with smiles, good eats, and overly-stuffed bellies, my friends and I sat down to discuss our thoughts and opinions regarding each restaurant's pizza:
- Krazy Karl's Pizza: Whether you've been living in Fort Collins for a week or for years, you're bound to know that Krazy Karl's Pizza is a staple in Ram Country. For that reason alone, we were all very excited to try their pizza. The "judges" (my friends) and I each had a slice of their classic pizza and a slice of their "North of the Border" pizza, a best-seller of the restaurant that features pepperoni, green chiles, and cream cheese. While we fully expected to enjoy the classic plain slice (and we did), we were all pleasantly surprised by how delicious the North on the Border slice was, as it is totally something we'd never typically order on our own... until now that is.
- Slyce Pizza Co.: I wouldn't say this if I didn't mean it... indulging in a slice from Slyce (pun intended) is the equivalent of having a slice of pizza shipped to me from New Jersey - it's THAT good, IMO. My fellow judges can't attest to that last point since they're not from New Jersey themselves, but they do fully agree that everything we tried at Slyce was simply an 11/10. (For reference, we each had a plain slice, a penne slice, and a chicken parmesan slice.)
- Pulcinella Pizzeria: I had always heard good things about Pulcinella, and the good must've certainly been true since the pizzeria was voted among the best pizza places in NoCo. My friends and I each tried a slice of their plain and pepperoni pizzas, and it. was. delicious. I personally loved the crust to sauce + cheese ratio on both slices. We'll all definitely be returning to this spot.
The official winner for NoCo's Best Pizza will be announced this weekend at Taste of Fort Collins!