Down and Out in Denver

Fat Sully’s Pizza

Posted in denver, food by Blake on April 30, 2010

One of DOD’s best virtual gal pals, Mama Monroe (over at the Denver Omelette) responded some time ago to my woes about not being able to find decent pizza here in D-Town.  One of her recommendations was Fat Sully’s.  Last night I gave it a try (despite the fact that I am generally scared of any restaurant that uses words like “fat” in its name.  What becomes of one who dines at these places?  I refuse to enter Blimpie’s and have never ordered a pizza from Pudge Brothers.)

Fat Sully's 20" Pie with Pepperoni and Sauteed Onions

Fat Sully’s is located in the DOD neighborhood (they’re on Colfax between Adams and Steele) and they deliver (not just to homes; their website says they’ll bring you a pie in a bar or to a park bench if that’s where you’re hungry).  They estimated about 45 minutes in delivery time.  30 minutes later my pizza had arrived.  Options include a 12″ and a 20″ pizza, which can be the standard Neapolitan or white.  The smaller is available gluten-free and toppings are $1.50 apiece.  Fat Sully’s slogan is “New York Inspired.  Locally Owned.”  The first part is probably what made Mama recommend it as I had been bemoaning my inability to get NY-style pizza here.  The box actually explains that this Fat Sully character himself found it very hard to find the perfect slice in the Mile High City so he set up camp in NY and then brought his expertise back to Denver: “So strap in you pie lovers, you’ve finally come home.”

And indeed I may have.  I ordered a 20″ (enormous!  but 12″ seemed a little small) with pepperoni and onions.  A couple observations right off the bat, which can be seen in the image above.  Fat Sully’s seems to put the toppings on first, and then the cheese.  You can’t actually see the pepperoni on the pie, though it is there.  I’m not totally sure if you can taste it as well this way, at least at first bite.  Their onions are also sautéed, meaning that the crunch of the onion that I quite like isn’t there. But these are minor quibbles.  The pizza is great.  The sauce is not overly sweet.  The cheese is generous and does that wonderful congealing thing that good pizza cheese does.  There is just a little grease, but not too much (pizza grease is good and very NY).  The crust is tasty, if overly puffy at the sides.  It is otherwise just the right thickness.

One Slice of Fat Sully's 20" Pie

The 20″ pie is enormous — just look at that slice above!  That said, I may or may not have consumed 6 of its 8 slices in one sitting.  No one else was present who can confirm or deny this.  I will say that writing this post has made me increasingly hungry; I think it’s time for the leftovers!


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  1. mamamonroe said, on April 30, 2010 at 11:15 am

    Blake – WOO HOO! Glad you liked it… as an east coast transplant I have truly found this to be the closest to home. Also recommend: Enzo’s End (adjacent to my favorite Denver dive – the one and only PS Lounge) – just down the block from Fat Sully’s. While it is not exactly the pizza love that I grew up with (yes, on the Jersey Shore) – it also comes close.

    Look for my next blog post to include a review of Buenos Aires’ pizza and empanadas. Coming soon – hopefully today. -M.M.

    • Blake said, on April 30, 2010 at 11:24 am

      Thank you for the recommendation, Mama! Having now consumed the leftovers, I can confirm that this will be my go-to place for ordering pizza in the future.

      I am, however, very curious to hear about Buenos Aires Pizza. I’ve driven by it many times and never been.

  2. squadratomagico said, on April 30, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    As an ex-pat New Yorker (grew up in the ‘burbs), my professional opinion is that the crust looks a little too “puffy,” as you note. It appears a tad less crisp, more bready, than absolute NY pie perfection.

    That said, I likely would gobble a good anchovy pie from Fat Sully’s up in a New York minute! It’s a mouth-watering picture!

    • Blake said, on May 1, 2010 at 8:18 am

      You are correct. Just slightly too puffy, but it wasn’t super thick anywhere but the sides. I did leave a few crusts in the box when I dumped it, which I don’t usually do.

    • went said, on August 27, 2010 at 5:02 pm

      Holy shit go back to NY then. It’s just fucking pizza, Eating shouldn’t be a fucking hobby.

      • Blake said, on August 27, 2010 at 11:29 pm

        But silly commenter, eating IS a hobby. And it should be an enjoyable one.

  3. Historiann said, on May 1, 2010 at 6:28 am

    Blake, I’m with you on the restaurant names that reference fat. There’s a sandwich shop in Fort Collins called “Obees.” (Say it out loud–it sounds like “obese.”) Not my first choice when I want a sandy-pandy.

    • Blake said, on May 1, 2010 at 8:19 am

      Even though I know I shouldn’t let names like that keep me away, they always do. At least in this case it’s Sully who is fat; it doesn’t have to be me.

  4. Brent D said, on May 1, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    Love Fat Sully’s! Give it a try by the slice in the restaurant sometime too, HUGE slices, I think from a 24″ pie. Fold in half, eat up! All the slices I’ve had in house have been the thinner, crispier type. Your pics do look “puffier” than I remember from the single slices.

    Only been to Buenos Aires Pizza once, really liked it too! Thanks for reminding me, I’ll have to go back soon.

    • Blake said, on May 2, 2010 at 7:05 am

      Thanks for the tip, Brent. I will definitely check out Fat Sully’s by the slice.

  5. bsgirl said, on May 4, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    Remind me not to stop by your blog around 4 in the afternoon when I’m already really hungry … because this post has my stomach growling! You often bemoan the lack of good eats in Denver but your blog posts beg to differ — you make Denver seem delicious!

    • Blake said, on May 4, 2010 at 4:59 pm

      Aside from the pizza situation — now remedied thanks to suggestions from DOD readers! — I’m actually pretty satisfied with the gastronomic life here in D-Town. Other things not so much, but the cuisine is not half bad.

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