Sending a big hello after this lovely Memorial Day weekend… well at least the weather was lovely in Boulder, Colorado! I spent the weekend in Boulder with my sister and was not envious of the crummy weather in Chicago (except for a HOT Monday). Her boyfriend, Josh, had been raving about a new pizzeria that opened, so we had to check it out ;). Ariel, Josh, and I were joined by our cousin, Sarah, and her friend Ali who were visiting from Colorado Springs.
Backcountry Pizza & Tap House is located near the downtown area, but set away from the hustle and bustle. We drove over for some pizza & beer to start off our Saturday night.
At first glance of the menu, it reminded me of Piece Pizzeria & Brewery. They place an equal emphasis on pizza and their wide selection of beers. We ordered some beer for starters, ranging from an amber ale to a Mead blackberry liqueur beer. I was so excited to share a drink with my sister who recently turned 21!!
We moved on to tackle the pizza orders and decided two medium pizzas would satisfy our large party. A medium is 16 inches in diameter, much smaller than their XXL pizzas… yeah, it’s one of those places.
For our first pizza, we went with a specialty pizza: Garden Fresh- Cheese, red peppers, green peppers, tomatoes, and red onions. The second pizza had ½ red-pesto sauce with red onions, ½ red sauce with pepperoni <–See the similarity with Piece? They offer red sauce, pesto sauce, white sauce, just like Chicago’s New Haven-style establishment.
When our pizzas arrived, we dug right in. A bunch of us started with the Garden Fresh, and I was definitely pleased…
I couldn’t taste any sauce because of the overload of toppings, but the crust was GREAT. A doughy crust with braided edges satisfied the crew. Since I always love to assess a pizzeria at its purest point, I was anxious to try the other two combinations.
The pepperoni was good, but there was something lacking. It was quite ‘flat’ and surprisingly I went back to liking the Garden Fresh. This leads me to believe that although the basics of the pizza are so-so, the combination of toppings with the crust highlight the positive aspects of the pizzeria.
Ariel liked the pesto & onion pizza, but she too had some gripes about the lack of pesto spread and thought it may have been a bit bland.
- Backcountry Pizza & Tap House is great for groups- many sizes of pizza and lots
- The crust is stellar if you are looking for a no-char pizza
- Don’t stray away from the specialty pizzas or you may be a bit disappointed
- Beer selection is great! A nice place to congregate with friends!
That’s all for now! Until then, I’ll leave you with this picture of my family’s new puppy, Jack He is too cute and I can’t wait to meet him!