"The slices of pizza there were as big as our faces, and it was to die for…we didn’t leave hungry!"

− Denver Daily News - Denver Colorado

"Brand X pizza? Fuhgettaboudit, we say – Abo’s is the real thing!"

− The Daily Camera – Boulder Colorado

Boulder County Gold  – Boulder Colorado
“Best Pizza”
2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

“What does a boxing legend have to do with Boulder County’s favorite pizza? Well, back when Abo’s founder Steve Abo was learning the craft of Neopolitan-style pizza making in New York, he apprenticed in a restaurant owned by Rocky Graziano. Then he brought his pizza mojo out West and when he opened the first Abo’s store on The Hill in 1977, Abo fashioned his proprietary sauce on the The Rock’s family recipe. The dough is made daily, formulated for the classic Neopolitan thin-but-pliable crust, rustically bubbly with chewy cheese that stays on the pie.

Fresh comes first at Abo’s. Everything is prepared daily, so whichever pie you choose is going to be tasty. Order off the menu or customize your pizza to your heart’s and stomach’s content. Why is Abo’s better? “Definitely, it’s the ingredients!” says Charles Sarni, a manager at the Broadway store in Boulder. “The dough is fresher, and the sauce is some of the best I’ve tasted. And I’m from New York, I know the difference.” The ovens start up at around 10 am and before lunchtime, hungry Abo-ites start coming in for a four-dollar slice (a meal in itself) or just give in and order a whole pie.”

“College students know that pizza is a viable option for breakfast, lunch, dinner or a late-night snack. Adults know pizza is always a hit with kids and co-workers. Boulder thinks the best source for this magic pie is Abo’s Pizza, where slices come oversized and toppings are abundant in option. New York style buffs up with classically thin crust made from dough tossed fresh daily. Generous amounts of mozzarella, fresh toppings and a list of locally brewed beers to wash it all down makes Abo’s a place to catch up with friends or check on the score of the game between classes, all while enjoying a moderately priced slice of pie.

Abo’s is also open late night, where slices become part of a fun night with friends or food for thought during late night study sessions. Our runner-up this year is the always classy, always delicious Proto’s Pizza Napoletana with locations in Boulder, Longmont, Lafayette, Broomfield and Denver. Beau Jo’s of honey-for-your-crust fame earns third place this year. Fourth place went to Nick-n-Willy’s, with Cosmo’s in fifth.

Boulder Weekly – Boulder Colorado
“Best Pizza”
2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2011

Boulder Weekly – Boulder Colorado
“Best Late Night Food”
2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

“Give it to us flat and round and with the sacred Mana of the Gods flowing down the center of the fold, and what else is there? Chill, brothers and sisters, life is too short to quibble over N.Y.-style versus Chicago-style (deep down, you know what you like, right?). One of Boulder’s greatest pleasures is catching a Friday night show up on The Hill and striding over to Abo’s just before encore for a couple of slices with the Fox PA still clanging in your cranium.

Genuine institutions are rare these days, but Abo’s has been wheeling out NY-style perfection for a thousand years and a hundred thousand Friday nights when all that mattered was thin crust perfection. Been there, done that. Cosmo’s is another Boulder institution, recently expanded and pumping the loudest kitchen-crew tunes in town, serving up pies for the vampires of Willy Villyville. Hapa does the late-night sushi thing on The Hill and downtown, and the Dark Horse is one of Boulder’s last truly woolly burger zones. You gonna finish that?

“Yo, Slice! It’s half-time, the Broncos are up by three, and you’re hungry. How about a hot New York-style pizza and a couple of fresh salads, delivered right to your door? Get on the horn and tell the nice folks at Abo’s what you need. “Pepperoni is still our top seller,” says Eric Bruner, manager at the South Broadway location. The Super Combo and Veggie Supreme are big time, too – or you can get whatever you like, made to order by the slice. Brand X pizza? Fuhgettaboudit, we say – Abo’s is the real thing.”

Colorado Daily – Boulder Colorado
“Best Pizza”
1996, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2011

Daily Camera, Boulder County Gold – Boulder Colorado
“Best Quick Lunch”
2002

The Best of Longmont – Longmont Colorado
“Best Pizza”
2009

The Daily Camera – Boulder Colorado
“The Best Pizza”
1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004