The Best Pizza in Breck: A Local’s Guide

Pizza. Yum… It just might be the best thing in the world. Baked cheesy goodness, robust sauce and crispy, chewy crust. What more could you really ask for?

Whether you like it thick or thin, cheesy or saucy, plain jane or loaded up, Breckenridge has a pizza you’ll love. We’re here to give you “the inside slice” about the best pizza in Breck. We asked locals about their favorite spot to grab a heavenly slice and this is what they had to say.

Giampietro Pasta & Pizzeria

By the Slice: Yes – all day

Thick or Thin: They offer a thin and crispy New York-style pizza as well as a Sicilian deep dish.

The Cheese on Top: Almost everyone we asked said Giam’s was hands down the best pizza in Breckenridge. They make everything in-house, including their pizza sauce, and the quality of ingredients really shines through. They’ve also expanded the dining room area to include more tables, a bar and a private dining room.

The Inside Slice: Pizza by the slice is perfect for a quick lunch. It’s always delicious, never too greasy and the crust is perfectly crisp!

Giampietro Pizza & Pasteria

Giampietro Pizza & Pasteria

Fatty’s Pizzeria

By the Slice: Yes – during lunch from 11 am to 4 pm

Thick or Thin: You get the best of both worlds here. Fatty’s offers traditional and thin crust pizza. You can even choose between white or whole wheat dough.

The Cheese on Top: Fatty’s has big slices and a slice of cheese is only $3. When you add toppings, they don’t mess around. They load it up all the way to the crust.

The Inside Slice: There’s a reason it’s been around for so long; they’re fast, friendly, affordable and consistent.

Northside Pizza

By the Slice: Yes – all day

Thick or Thin: Northside offers thin, traditional hand-tossed, deep dish, and “Out of Bounds” crusts

The Cheese on Top: These guys are seriously creative. Even though they still offer all the traditional pizza topping options, you can get a little crazy with their signature pizzas. They are chock full of bold flavors that span green chiles to smoked bacon. If you’re looking for a fresh and delicious twist on pizza, you need to check out Northside.

The Inside Slice: The Out of Bounds crust option is where they load up on the toppings. They don’t hold back, they stack ‘em on all the way to the crust and then cut it up into squares. This option is perfect for families with children or big parties.

Downstair's at Eric's Bar

Downstair’s at Eric’s Bar

Downstairs at Eric’s

By the Slice: Yes – after 9 pm

Thick or Thin: They offer a traditional hand-tossed crust, but you still have a few options. You can choose between white, garlic white, wheat, garlic wheat, or gluten free

The Cheese on Top: Eric’s is the perfect spot to hit with the family after thrashing powder all day long. It’s a restaurant and bar with 29 flat screen HDTVs, 25 arcade games, 30 beers on tap and 50 beers by the bottle. The kids are sure to love all the games and you can kick back, unwind and watch the game with a beer.

The Inside Slice: The Garbage Pizza is definitely a local’s favorite. It’s the traditional “let’s-throw-everything-on-here” pizza and it is delicious. If you want to try something a little different, but equally enticing, check out the Arugula and Prosciutto Pizza.

Downstairs at Eric's Arcade

Downstairs at Eric’s Arcade

Luigi’s Sports Bar & Pizzeria

By the Slice: Yes – all day (buy 2 slices get 1 cheese slice free for happy hour 3-6 pm)

Thick or Thin: Luigi’s offers a handcrafted New York-style, crispy square, and a gluten-free crust

The Cheese on Top: Luigi’s takes a creative and unique approach to their pies with specialty pizzas that will blow your mind. They have a breakfast pizza complete with a mozzarella base, topped with eggs over medium, cheddar and your choice of breakfast sausage, bacon, or Taylor Ham. They make all ingredients in-house, including the mozzarella and sausage.

The Inside Slice: Brace yourselves. They have Mac & Cheese Pizza. *Drops mic*

Luigi's Sport's Bar & Pizzeria

Luigi’s Sport’s Bar & Pizzeria

Michael’s Italian Restaurant

By the Slice: No

Thick or Thin: Traditional hand-tossed crust

The Cheese on Top: You will feel like Michael himself is cooking an authentic Italian pizza for you and your family. They have great service, delicious food and fair prices.

The Inside Slice: They have very good classic Italian food in the heart of downtown Breckenridge. It’s a great place for families to eat after a long day of hitting the slopes.

There you have it! These are the best places to go in Breckenridge to get pizza. Next time you’re here, check out one of these Breck pizza joints and treat yourself to a glorious slice (or a whole pie). Remember, any pizza is a personal pizza if you try hard enough and believe in yourself.

Tip: For lodging within walking distance of these Breckenridge pizza joints, visit Grand Timber Lodge.

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Breck’s Booziest Bloody’s

Bloody Mary’s: the glorious hair-of-the-dog libation that helps get you goin’ in the morning. After a late night out on the town, a Bloody Mary might be exactly what you need to kick-start your day. The Best of Breck Team ventured around the county and did some “research” on where to get the best hangover cure in a glass in Breckenridge. We turned to our own taste buds and reached out to locals so we could give you the inside scoop. Here’s who made the cut (not in any particular order):

GC8 Bloody at Robbie's Tavern

GC8 Bloody at Robbie’s Tavern

Robbie’s Tavern | Base of Peak 8 | Breckenridge Ski Resort

GC8 Bloody – Three Olives Vodka with pickle, pepperoncini, olive and bacon skewer – $12

Robbie’s is a brand new, locally owned slopeside bistro with unparalleled views. Located right at the base of Peak 8 within the Grand Colorado on Peak 8, Robbie’s is the new hot spot to grab a drink après skiing. We checked out their bloody as advised by some locals, and were blown away. It was seriously good; the perfect mix of vodka and tomato juice, perfect spice, and topped with BACON. Yeah, bacon.

The Canteen | 208 N Main St | Breckenridge

Garden Bloody Mary – Three Olives Vodka and a spicy tomato juice with what really seems like the whole garden. – $12.50

The Canteen is a local’s favorite with a HUGE Bloody Mary served in a literal canteen cup. Make sure you carve out some time to drink this whole canteen. Just when you think it can’t get any better, it tastes almost better than it looks. Also, don’t forget to order a mini Coors Sidecar for only $1.75 extra!

Ullr Café | Grand Colorado on Peak 8, 1627 Ski Hill Rd | Breckenridge

Ullr Cafe Bloody Mary

Ullr Bloody Mary at Ullr Café

Ullr Bloody Mary – Elevate Vodka, house-made Bloody Mary mix, pickle, olives, pepperoncini, lime, slice of bacon and a sausage roll.  – $14

This Bloody Mary is no joke. Come hungry and thirsty and leave full with this boozy breakfast in a cup. It doesn’t stop there, though… the views make this journey up to Peak 8 all worth it. Enjoy your Bloody Mary outside on their patio looking at all the skiers coming down Peak 8 and hopping on the Colorado and Rocky Mountain SuperChairs.

The Motherloaded Tavern | 103 S Main St | Breckenridge

The Usual Suspects – Pick your house infused vodka: pickle or jalapeno. Then pick your mix: Zing Zang or Motherlode Provisions. Served with a surprise garnish! -$12

The Ultimate Bloody Mary – 32oz of the Usual Suspect with an extra gluttonous garnish of fun! -$20

MLT is known for their house infused booze, so of course, you get an infused vodka with your bloody. They garnish the Usual Suspect with a strip of bacon, olives, pepperoncini and olives. The Ultimate Bloody gets a little crazy. First of all, 32oz of booze. 32. OUNCES. Sign us up. Second of all, they garnish that baby with peppered bacon, a spam fry, and an entire chicken tender! Really reinforcing the whole ‘meal in a glass’ concept.

The Crown | 215 S Main St | Breckenridge

Bloody Mary – Breckenridge Vodka or Breckenridge Vodka Chili Chile, with pickle, celery, jalapeno, pepperoncini, olive, lemon, and lime. Served in a mason jar. -$9

If you’ve never been to the Crown, definitely check it out. It’s a cute little coffee shop right in the heart of Breck that has delicious breakfast, lunch, coffee and BOOZE! You can get all these delicious boozy breakfast drinks early in the morning because it’s a coffee shop so they’re open earlier than most places. They keep it local and use vodka from Breckenridge Distillery as well as 9600 Bloody Mary Mix. Then they basically top it off with a salad. Sold.

So next time you’re in Breck and stay out a little too late, head to one of these spots in Summit County for a delicious hangover cure. Remember, you can’t drink all day unless you start in the morning!

Cheers!

 

The Best Happy Hours in Breck: A Local’s Guide

After a long day of skiing or hiking, there’s nothing better than sitting back, kicking off your boots and enjoying a cold one (or two). Here are the best places in Breckenridge to go for happy hour deals.

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We asked locals about their favorite happy hours in Breckenridge. Here’s what they had to say.

Aurum Food & Wine | 209 S Ridge St

Price: $$
Gluten-Free Menu: No, but gluten-free options are available
Happy Hour: One of the best happy hour spots in Breck. 4-6 pm daily
The Deals: Half-priced apps, half-priced wines by the glass, half-priced draft beer and $7 classic cocktails
The Cherry on Top: The food is to-die-for, the atmosphere is lovely, and the servers are super friendly and accommodating
Local’s Guide: Since this place is so awesome, you will most likely be battling for a seat at the bar. Get there early! Also, we recommend whetting your whistle with the “Corpse Reviver” or the “Bees Knees.” Then top it off with the signature House Rolls and the French Onion Burger (the best burger in Breckenridge, in our humble opinion).

Modis | 113 S Main St

Price: $$$
Gluten-Free Menu: No, but gluten-free options are available
Happy Hour: 3-6 pm daily
The Deals: Appetizers under $10, reduced prices on cocktails and wine pours
The Cherry on Top: One of the original owners Eric was feeding his son dinner one night. His son kept saying, “mo dis” (as in, I want “more of this”)… and that is how the name “Modis” was born
Local’s Guide: Try “The Implication” if you’re a bourbon lover, or the “Powder-Hound Sour” if you want to try something truly unique and delicious.

The Blue River Bistro | 305 N Main St

Price: $$
Gluten-Free Menu: No, but gluten-free options are available
Happy Hour: 2-5 pm daily
The Deals: Two-for-one appetizer menu, two-for-one martinis
The Cherry on Top: Live music to groove to Mondays and Tuesdays, 5-10 pm
Local’s Guide: Try a martini! They have an extensive and diverse list. Check out the “Paloma Martini” with Espolon tequila, St. Germain elderflower liqueur, Cappelletti Aperitivo, ruby red grapefruit, and muddled cucumber.

Ember | 106 E Adams Ave

Price: $$
Gluten-Free Menu: Yes
Happy Hour: Scratch that. At Ember, it’s called Euphoric Hour! From 4-6 pm daily
The Deals: Reduced drink prices, great wines for $5/pour and $5 appetizers
The Cherry on Top: This place has a great artistic atmosphere, everyone is friendly and the bar is curved which makes it easy to chat with your neighbor
Local’s Guide: The selection of appetizers is the best part, and the quality of the food is fantastic. Try the “Sexy Woman” martini with jalapeño-infused vodka, passion fruit and lime.

Motherloaded Tavern | 103 S Main St

Price: $$
Gluten-Free Menu: No, but gluten-free options are available
Happy Hour: 3-6 pm daily
The Deals: $1 beer, wine and shots; $2 off house infusion cocktails and $5 food specials
The Cherry on Top: Live music every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Football specials on Sunday and Monday night. Check the events calendar for karaoke, trivia nights and late-night music. There is always something going on here!
Local’s Guide: Motherloaded has a laid-back vibe with friendly and attentive staff. Everything they make is from scratch. Try the Mac & Cheese Egg Rolls, Disco Tots or the Sweet Pepper Applewood Bacon (candied magical bacon deliciousness) and then toast marshmallows right at your table.

Mi Casa | 600 S Park Ave

Price: $
Gluten-Free Menu: Yes
Happy Hour: 3-6 pm daily
The Deals: Enjoy great drink specials, 3 tacos for $5 and $5 wings
The Cherry on Top: Mi Casa has been a locals’ top choice for après ski since 1981. They have an impressive selection of Mexican cervezas and the largest tequila list in Summit County with over 100 offerings.
Local’s Guide: There are also free chips and salsa during happy hour. Check out the specialty margaritas made with freshly squeezed lime juice and your choice of tequila.

Hearthstone | 130 S Ridge St

Price: $$
Gluten-Free Menu: Yes
Happy Hour: 4-6 pm daily in the lounge or on the patio in the summer
The Deals: Discounted appetizers and cocktails, $6 wines by the glass, $3 microbrews and domestic beers
The Cherry on Top: The Hearthstone is the perfect destination for a romantic date night
Local’s Guide: Head upstairs for a small, secluded bar with phenomenal views of the town and mountains. Try the “Strawberry Serrano Martini” or the “Gingered Gimlet.”

Cecilia’s Cocktail Bar & Nightclub | 520 S Main St

Price: $$
Gluten-Free Menu: No, gluten-free options available
Happy Hour: 3-8 pm daily
The Deals: 2-for-1 martinis, $3.50 empanadas and more
The Cherry on Top: Cecilia’s transforms into an incredible nightclub once the sun goes down. The dance floor is a riot and the cocktails are even better
Local’s Guide: Ask for the “Satan’s Soul Patch” cocktail. You won’t be disappointed! It’ll set your taste buds ablaze…literally.

Cheers!

 

Tip: For lodging within walking distance of these Breckenridge happy hour hot spots, visit Grand Timber Lodge.