If you find yourself in the Lower Highlands and are looking for pizza, I regret to inform you that the selection is limited. But don’t fear, because there is a cheese and butter soaked oasis in this pizza desert. It’s called Pasquini’s Highland and it is there to offer you $1 PBR’s during Happy Hour and a decent slice anytime.
Pasquini’s Highland is part of Tony Pasquini’s Denver pizza empire. You have probably seen their Smart Cars zipping around town schlepping pizzas door-to-door.
Pasquini’s is a go-to type spot when your hungry and need a drink. They have a good selection of beer. The salads aren’t bad. They even bring you a plate of garlic and butter soaked breadstick goodness as a complimentary appetizer. But most importantly, they serve up a hearty slice of pizza. We ain’t talking about flatbread/cardboard type pizza. The kitchen is not interested in reverse engineering pizza without the crust or substituting goat cheese for mozzarella (although they will upon request). What they are doing is serving up New York style pizza. No pretentious and ill-conceived experimentation here, just big, fluffy crusts with plenty of sauce.
The interior of the restaurant itself has a nice design. It is divided into three sections and two of them are elevated. The bar is situated on the upper half of the restaurant and has TV’s. If you do end up being seated in the far seating area, you might get the distinct feeling that you are no longer in Pasquini’s. This may or may not be true because the restaurant connects to Zio Romolo’s Alley Bar. The bar is also owned by Tony Pasquini and it can be a little tricky to tell where one ends and the other begins.
The service can be a little hit or miss. Usually more miss than hit. But if you are looking for five star service, then you shouldn’t be heading for the corner pizza joint. Or try Domino’s. They’ll bring it to you in 30 minutes or less, or else it’s free. Pasquini’s makes no such guarantee.
When Pasquini’s is at it’s best is during Happy Hour. PBR’s are a dollar during Happy Hour. That alone should keep this on every local’s list. I spent the past summer in Washington D.C. and once paid $6 for a PBR. It permanently scarred me. A large pizza will run you about $16 and that should be plenty to feed a group of four.
The old saying says “any port in a storm.” For diners in the Highlands, Pasquini’s ain’t a bad port to pull into for a slice and a dollar beer. Let’s hope they don’t exploit their near monopoly on the Highland pizza market. As Spiderman’s grandmother taught us, “with great power comes great responsibility.” I’m looking at you Paquini’s.
2400 West 32nd Ave.
Denver, CO 80211
Sun: 11am – 11pm
Fri-Sat 11am – midnight
Delivery 11am – midnight Daily