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Proto's Pizza - 32 Reviews - 2401 15th St, Denver, CO - Family Restaurants Reviews - Phone (720) 855-9400

Proto's Pizza

2401 15th St
Denver, CO 80202
(720) 855-9400
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I went here when I was pregnant, so I don't know how valid my opinion is:) But...this pizza is absolutely amazing. I read so many reviews about the "bad" service, and yes, it is...


Good food, but Protos is very proud of everything they do. Salads are some of the best in town. Fresh, fresh ingredients. I find the wait staff, although personable, lacking ...

specialty pies 5/25/2009

First the good; the pizza is mouth-watering, the atmosphere hip, the employees exceptional. Protos isn?t trying to cater to the chain pizza patron, so if your idea of a great pie is an XL-processed-meatzza, wax cheese, Velveeta-filled-crust-bomb, then go back to domino hut. Protos specializes in handmade, never processed, specialty pies made fresh to order. The Denver employees are friendly, knowledgeable and down to earth. If you?re looking for great Neapolitan handmade pies with a stylish atmosphere and courteous employees that know their wines, than Protos is for you. There is also a tiki torch lit patio that is great for summer afternoons/evenings. Pros: employees, pie Cons: owner more

One of the top pizzas in Denver 12/18/2008

Despite the crowded chaos and above the din, there is pizza euphoria to experience at Proto's. This place is seriously simple, offering only pizzas, salads and desserts on its menu, in addition to a full bar with a rotating wine list. The pizza is very authentic and flavorful and the open kitchen, with its imported Italian wood oven, can be viewed from any perch in the place. My mother, who is from Europe, proclaimed the pizza the best she'd had since our trip to Rome together. And if you like clams, every Friday night is clam pizza night! The owners fly them in for the occasion. Pros: Great pizza, energetic environment, interesting wines Cons: Parking, loud crowds, not enough space more

AMAZING pizza 10/23/2008

I went here when I was pregnant, so I don't know how valid my opinion is:) But...this pizza is absolutely amazing. I read so many reviews about the "bad" service, and yes, it is a small place so seating can be troublesome, but it is a PIZZA JOINT!!! I suppose I don't expect the same kind of service here as I would at a fine dining restaurant. It is a more casual atmosphere with a nice touch of Chic Italian culture and I just LOVED it. In this kind of restaurant, I don't WANT to have waiters breathing down my neck. I want to spend the time with the person I came with and enjoy the wonderful atmosphere and great food. I recommend every person in Denver to come here and I guarantee you everyone would love the food...and the "hard to please" people might find fault in the service. Pros: Best Pizza I know in Denver Cons: Small restaurant, therefore takes a while to be seated...get there early! more

fantastic pizza!! 9/12/2008

best restaurant in the area!! their thin crust pizzas are always made with fresh ingredients. my husband and i have been there several times and love it. i highly recommend that you give this place a try. the staff is always friendly and we've never had a problem with seating although it has a tendency to fill up so come early otherwise you may be stuck waiting for a table. they also have a bar inside although some drinks are on the pricey end. give it a try, you won't be disappointed! Pros: fresh ingredients, friendly staff, fun atmosphere, tv in bar area Cons: parking, pricey drinks, limited seating as its a small space more

Pizza - Good Service - Bad 11/12/2007

The Pizzas are good. The ingredients are flavorful. The crust was thin and crispy but did not have any of the blisters which I loved in Italy. Pros: crisp pizza, nice wines Cons: poor service more

Good thin crust pizza, simple salads 10/14/2007

Proto serves one of the better thin crust pizzas in Denver. They offer a good array of fresh ingredients, small salads and a decent little bar. The place is small and has a limited number of tables, but the patio is great if it's warm. The atomica is a good choice if you like a lot on your pizza. Their sausage is flavorful, not too much fat with a good amount of fennel. Sometimes the pizzas could use more sauce. The salads are prefect for an entree or for sharing, but a little expensive. The wine list is good and fairly priced, nothing eclectic, but easy to navigate. Pros: Good thin crust pizza, fresh salads Cons: Parking more

Great food 9/12/2007

Good food, but Protos is very proud of everything they do. Salads are some of the best in town. Fresh, fresh ingredients. I find the wait staff, although personable, lacking in warmth. I have visited many times and am never treated as a valued customer. Maybe my money doesn't mean as much as someone else's. I don't know. I don't got here any more. Pros: Food is good Cons: Personnel generally do not generate any warmth - kind of pompous actually more

Wonderful Pizza! 8/11/2007

If you want to go somewhere with amazing pizza, amazing service, and a wonderful atmosphere, Protos is the perfect place. I love the atmosphere! They have a bar, a small sitting area outside to people watch while you eat, and you can watch them bake the pizzas in their oven at the back end of the restaurant. The pizza is delicious. There are several different types of pizzas on their menu. You can order small med or large. The thin soft crust is delicious. I also have had several of their appetizers and they were excellent. The panini w/ olive oil was great and so was the Caesar Salad w/ Anchovies. They have Stella on Draft...mmmm! I love how it is more on the healthy side and reasonably priced. I highly recommend this place. more

poor service, ok pizza 7/13/2007

Wait staff showed lack of concern for getting our drinks and the sausage pizza didn't have any sausage on it when it arrived at our table. The waiter offer to correct the situation by sprinkling cooked sausage on our baked pizza and said that was all they could do to correct our order. They then offered to let us have our cheese and onion pizza at half price. Never again. Pros: location Cons: service more

Great pizzas and wine selection 4/6/2007

I went to Protos one evening with a friend, my teenage son and a few of his buddies. The pizza at Protos was outstanding. The boys loved the Protos' pizza with yummy sausage and my favorite was the Pontiff's with spinach and fresh tomatoes and cheese. The crust is thin in the style of Napoli, so it's lovely, lower carbs and not as filling. The special salad was good too with walnuts , feta and bits of fruit. We had tiramasu and gelatos for dessert and espresso which topped of the meal delightfully. The service was great with many people checking in with us regularly, despite the fact that they were quite busy with customers. Last, but certainly not least, the young manager, Kara, was charming and made us feel welcome as well giving an excellent suggestion as to our wine choice with dinner. We will certainly return to Protos in Denver and highly recommend a visit to this restaurant. Pros: Parking was great in the garage at the back. Great pizza, nice wines and full bar. more

Hot, from the Crust Up. 4/5/2007

My roommate and I have been going to Proto's every Wednesday night for the last 6 months. We go for the great pizza, the great beer, and the incredible service that we get from a fantastic group of people. Go to Proto's becuase you want to have a good time...hang out with a group of eclectic people from all over the Denver area. It has a chill vibe and a welcoming environment. If you are in hurry for one of those chains for delivery. But If you want a one of a kind pie, check this place out. I can honestly say this is one of my favorite spots in Denver. Pros: Service, diverse bar menu more

Fabulous Customer Service 4/5/2007

Coming from a small town I had my doubts that I could find a similar experience in the big city. I have to say that Protos has proven to me that no matter were you are in the world that a small town feel can be experienced anywhere. Every time I walk into Protos on wednesday nights I feel like I am a welcome friend. Not only do they have great food but they also have fabulous customer service; the greeting I receive by the Hostess, the positive attitudes and smiles seen in the Kitchen crew and Support staff, as well as great conversations with the Bartender, Waiters/Waitresses, and Manager, I feel that this little place called Protos is food for the soul... more

I'm torn... 4/3/2007

Proto's has incredable pizza...if it was not for there awesome pizza I would never go back. On multiple occasions it would take close to 10 minutes before anyone greeted us and another 45 minutes to seat us. Then once we did get seated it has taken close to another 15 minutes before our waiter even stopped by the table to get our drink order. There service is terrable and the resturant is so small your lucky to even get a table. If your willing to deal with waiting and terrable service for good pizza then this is the place for you. Pros: Good pizza Cons: Pricey, BAD service, small resturant & not many tables more

Looking for disappointment? 3/8/2007

We tried Proto's because of the great reviews. There were 3 tables seated in the restaurant, but it took 15 minutes for our waiter to greet us with his "I don't want to be here" attitude. It took another 20 minutes for him to return with our drinks and take our order. We didn't see him again until our burned pizza arrived. Then, after we had finished eating our charred dinner, he decided to smile when he dropped off the check--nice last-ditch effort for a tip. The place was empty, and this is the service we had. I can't imagine what it's like when the place is packed. We will never return to this restaurant. Pros: Not a single one Cons: bad service, burned food more

This place is great. The review below me is ridiculous. 12/9/2006

This place has great pizza, wine, martinis and desert. The pizza is the best I have had in a long time. The seating is tight but it works just fine. The entire staff was very nice. We tried two different types of pizza and the gelato cookies and cream and it was all amazing! Great neighborhood also. Pros: Pizza, Gelato Cons: Nothing more

DO NOT EAT HERE 11/22/2006

We were seated promptly but people from the bar had their jackets and scarfs on the table and the hostess did not have them moved and expected us to sit on their personal items. Once seated we went unnoticed for about 12 minutes, while those that arrived after us were greeted and had their orders taken. Our table was mashed between a busy walkway and the bar, quite uncomfortable. The portion size of the tomato and mozzarella salad was really small for the high price tag. My boyfriend had a fork and food dropped into his lap by a waiter passing by. We were delivered the wrong pizzas twice, before our pizzas arrived. When they finally arrived 45 minutes after ordering, there was no apology. Overall, we could never get the attention of our waiter. The restaurant has lots of staff, but they seem to not coordinate together at all. This place was a miserable experience!!!! Pros: Not much at all Cons: Horrible service, tight spaces, rudeness more

Good pizza, wine and staff 11/20/2006

This is a place where you want to sit down, split a fresh green salad and have a thin crust (not too heavy) pie. Finish it with either a crisp white or a flavorful red and you have a good start to your evening. On occasion, they have wine tastings that are unpretentious and low cost. Try something new and show up on one of those nights, the staff will help you match your pizza with your wine. When's Domino's ever done that for you? Pros: Fresh food and good variety Cons: Parking more

Best pizza in town! 11/13/2006

The pizza is light with excellent flavor. The atmosphere is young & urban & neighborhoody. My only complaint is that sometimes the staff is standoff-ish. But it's usually because they are so busy. There are only a couple of tables outside, but it's fun to sit out front on a sunny summer day. Pros: The pizza more

I Love this Pizza in downtown Denver 10/2/2006

This is a great occasion to treat yourselves with the best pizza in Denver. The food is great along with the atmosphere and service. Proto's is not your typical pizza restaurant we see here in this part of the country. This is how pizza should be everywhere and makes me appreciate where pizza really came from and what it's really meant to be. Thank you Proto's for your awesome restaurant and hope to see you this winter comming from Oklahoma City. Pros: If you like pizza, then go to Proto's... more

Great vegetarian pizza 7/23/2006

Today for lunch I had a vegetarian pizza to go (i think it's called the "Key" something) with artichoke hearts, kalamata olives, and pesto. It really was fantastic. They are a little pricey for the size ($10 including tax for the smallest pizza with 4 slices), but I will definitely come back. This is my second time there and was not disappointed. more
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Irresistible, thin-crust, Italian country-style pizza packed with urban attitude and great flavor.

Owner Message

  • Proto's first opened in 1999, and has been serving true Neapolitan pizza ever since. With four locations throughout Colorado, Boulder, Denver, Lafayette and Longmont, we're sure that there's a Proto's Pizza not far from you!

    Neapolitan pizza is the original pizza from Naples Italy. Proto's is like eating in the Old Country. The pizza pies are thin, bubbly and slightly charred. The flavors melt on my taste buds like a dream. The martinis are shaken hard and poured into ultra chilled glasses. The wine list is creative and original at Proto's Pizza. I slipped down some fresh oysters on the half shell to start my meal, and then sat back at the end of it all and devoured a cannoli and double espresso. I'll be back on Friday for their clam pizza.

    The owners, bakers and staff are dedicated to the belief that Proto's Pizza is the best pizza you'll ever eat.


  • In Short
    Burning tiki lamps lead into a warm, rich, red dining room where silver piping runs back and forth beneath the soaring ceiling. Colorful mosaic tiles cover the top of a long bar...

  • 6/30/2006 Provided by Citysearch

Additional information

  • Hours:

    Daily 11am-10pm
  • Payments:

    Discover, Visa, Master Card, American Express
  • Neighborhoods:

    Highland, Northwest Denver