(Last Updated On: September 20, 2014)
The concept is so simple in nature: basic handmade dough topped with sauce, cheese and a variety of toppings. Yet there is something about pizza that speaks to the hungry American heart. It’s a blank canvas, a signature staple of our culture, a go-to when you’re too tired to cook or care.  As I sit here writing this, I find myself daydreaming about soft and chewy crust, perfectly balanced tomato sauce and tons of gooey cheese. If your stomach just started to rumble, you are in luck, because there are plenty of great places in Breckenridge to grab a slice when that irresistible urge takes over.

Great pizza and homemade dinners all in one spot (Photo by Jessie Unruh

Fatty’s Pizzaria at 106 S. Ridge Street has been a locals’ favorite for decades, and it’s pretty easy to see why the minute you walk through the door. Fatty’s caters to every type of sports fan, with flatscreen TV’s in every corner of the restaurant. Even if your team is from the other side of the country, there is a good chance Fatty’s will have it on one of its televisions, and its menu has a little something for everyone — especially pizza lovers.

–          Check out the Clam’s Casino Pizza, with its whole baby clams, bacon, onion, roasted garlic, fresh parsley, olive oil and asiago cheese on a thin crust, lightly painted with a balsamic vinaigrette reduction.

Downstairs at Eric’s on 111 S. Main Street has been rated one of the best Breckenridge restaurants on TripAdvisor for years, and any parent will tell you there is a good reason for that. With an arcade right out front, kids will be entertained for hours. Eric’s also draws in adults, with its choice of 120 beers. Eric’s menu reads like a book, so even the most finicky eater will find something for lunch, dinner or late night.
–          Check out the New Coney Island Pizza: Eric’s famous crust topped with chili, sliced hot dogs, onions and cheddar cheese

Pizza, Beer, Wings and Sports (Photo by Jessie Unruh)

Northside Pizza at 315 N. Main Street is a place for skiers and boarders, since it’s just steps away from the gondola, and many of the items on the menu are named after runs at Breckenridge Ski Resort. In addition to a diverse selection of specialty pizzas, Northside also has great chicken wings, including the Double Black Diamond wings that are so spicy they are guaranteed to make an impression. No joke, I have seen grown men cry after eating them, so try them if you dare.

–          Check out the Magic Carpet Pizza, with Northside’s signature sweet and spicy Thai chili sauce base, green onions, grilled chicken, peanuts, diced jalapenos and fresh cilantro. Add pineapple for an extra bit of sweetness.

Giampietro’s has been making legendary pizza for generations (Photo by Jessie Unruh)

Giampietros Pasta & Pizzeria at 100 N. Main Street #212 dishes up authentic Italian cuisine with a focus on well-crafted pizza. Giampietros makes its dough from scratch, and the delicious smell of rising yeast hits you the minute you walk through the door. During the peak seasons there is usually a line out the door, but the wait is always worth it.
–          Build Your Own: My creation rarely disappoints with Italian sausage, spinach, garlic, fresh basil, artichokes and ricotta and mozzarella cheese.
Extreme Pizza at 200 N. Main Street offers both dine in and delivery with the unique option of ordering your pizza online. In a town that doesn’t shy away from getting extreme, this pizza place fits right in and is the perfect place to take the family with its wide selection of pizzas, calzones, wings and subs.
–           Look into Peace in the Middle East, with its homemade hummus, vine ripe tomatoes, black olives, caramelized onions, feta, fresh basil, pepperoncini and mozzarella.