“Where have you been all my life?!” – That was my first thought after dining at the new Live Basil Pizza in Denver at a private tasting and media preview in Denver. The genius of this fast and fresh restaurant is that it’s built upon the “make it your way” concept you’re familiar with at Subway, Chipotlé, etc., letting you choose the ingredients to top your pizza with and in less than three minutes, it’s served to you hot and fresh.
For just $8, you can choose from four different sauces, five different cheeses and add up to three toppings on your personal 11″ stone-fired pizza. The focus is local, all-natural and organic. There is even a gluten free crust option. Kid’s pizzas are only $4. Our kid gobbled hers’ up with no crusts left.
Can’t decide on your toppings? Choose from a menu of signature pizzas and favorites, 13 in total. We sampled ALL of them. Some of my favorites included:
The Hot One: red sauce, Italian cheese blend, natural pepperoni, spicy giardiniera, fresh jalapenos, red pepper flakes and spicy oil.
The Colorado with Bison Sausage + Green Chile: white sauce, Italian cheese blend, goat cheese, bison sausage, fire-roasted Hatch green chiles, roasted red onions, roasted sweet corn, imported olive oil and fresh cilantro.
Mediterranean Chicken with Organic Spinach: red sauce, Italian cheese blend, fresh goat cheese, fresh organic baby spinach, all natural chicken breast, imported Greek olives, herb-roasted marinated peppers and imported olive oil.
To complement your pizza, add from one of three different salads including a Simple Bistro Salad with olives, Grana Padano cheese and sun-dried tomato vinaigrette, Arugula, Lemon and Pistachio Salad with chopped pistachios and lemon vinaigrette. or the Colorado Chopped Salad with fire-roasted sweet corn, crispy tortilla chips, cilantro, and green chile ranch dressing.
What’s for dessert? How about a Hagen-Dazs hand-spun sorbet Mixed Berry or Peach Mango Smoothie?
Other refreshing beverages available are Boylan’s sodas and fountain drinks, wine, domestic, local craft beer and imports.
When it was time to go home, we chose our good old standby, pepperoni, pineapple and green peppers. It reheated perfectly in the oven the next night for dinner.
Denver is fortunate to be the home of the very first Live Basil Pizza locations in Southeast Denver with another to be opening soon in Federal Heights. But, I have no doubt that this delicious “Build Your Own Pizza” (BYOP) concept will take off fast and become a leader in the now dizzying array of fast-casual restaurants. Even Forbes is predicting it. So, if you don’t live in Denver, don’t worry, you may be seeing a Live Basil Pizza firing up near you soon!
Disclosure: My family was invited to a private tasting at Live Basil Pizza in exchange for this review. No other compensation was provided. All opinions are my own and without influence by Live Basil Pizza.
Photo credit: Woodstone Firedeck oven photo courtesy of Live Basil Pizza.