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"Fuhgettaboutit," say the shirts of the servers at this pizzeria, which brings a taste of the Big Apple to Denver's southern suburbs. The walls of Big Bill's are adorned with murals of the New York skyline, and all remaining blank space is filled with photos of athletes paying their gratitude to owner Bill Ficke, a former Denver Nuggets assistant coach and New York native who left sports to open this restaurant. His kitchen, which includes chefs trained on Long Island, serves up massive thin-crust pizzas in addition to a menu of calzones, southern Italian pasta dishes and desserts imported straight from the Big Apple. Crowds of families pack this basic parlor nightly; sports stars are frequently spotted among them.
Real New York-style pizza has a few rules. The crust must be thin but not cracker-like -- crispy along the edges, but with some give in the center to allow the slices to be folded. That crust should be mounted with tomato sauce, spread thinly across the base so that the white of the dough is still visible beneath. The sauce is then topped with just enough mozzarella to cover it completely, but never in excess; one layer of cheese suffices. Then there's the true test: All ingredients... More »
Big Bill's is packed with the sort of shlocky, I-heart-New-York paraphernalia that generally makes us run screaming from the premises. But we make an exception for Bill's, because it actually knows a thing or two or three about true New York-style pies. The pizzas here are big, thin and perfectly cooked, redolent of char, covered in sweet red sauce and stretchy, gooey cheese. And, of course, every pie has the magical orange grease that sets a true New York thin apart from the legions of... More »
Big Bill's has great pizzas, calzones and chicken parm sandwiches, as well as the requisite New York mementos hung all over the walls to let everyone know that this is the real deal. But what truly gives Bill's an honest feel of New York's blue-collar latitudes are the Drake's Cakes stocked proudly behind the counter. Just as Tastykakes are key to a Philly cheesesteak joint, the Drake's coffee cakes and Yodels give Big Bill's that extra bump of authenticity, making it an indispensable... More »
If you're looking for a raucous, crowded, family-friendly, suburban Italian restaurant with New York city transit maps, 9/11 memorials and a lot of crazy crap on the walls, Big Bill's is your place. But this is also the best spot in town to get a slice of a serious, New York-style thin-crust pizza -- a gooey, greasy, foldable wedge that doesn't just taste, but also looks and smells, exactly like the kind Brooklyn made famous. The sauce is mild and sweet, the pepperoni thin-cut, the cheese... More »
For the best N.Y. style pizza, this is the place to go. If you've ever lived in N.Y. (I did) or visited and tasted true hand-tossed N.Y. pizza, this is it! The crust is amazing and they top your pizza with the freshest ingredients. Other "N.Y." pizza restaurants in the area are not even close to the quality that Big Bills puts on your table. Fun family environment with beer and even the Rockies game!
What can I say - pizza just like in the big apple but you don't have to go 2000 miles to get it. The garlic knots are great too. Bill's a sports guy so be prepared for walls covered with NY sports memorabilia.
My grandma Judy discovered Big Bill's New York Pizza by sheer dumb luck. She was on an errand in the County Line strip mall that houses the pizza parlor and decided to take my mother a carry-out lunchtime calzone. This single act of generosity... More »
Sometime in the late 1990s, my family stumbled upon Big Bill's New York Pizza, 8243 South Holly Street, a dark parlor that specializes in thin-crust pies. Because the southern suburbs weren't exactly... More »
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