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Baking a proper pizza at 8,000 feet isn’t easy. But, from casual to upscale, these piping-hot pizza spots are sure to please your palate.

Acquolina’s prosciutto pizza, topped with mozzarella, arugula and shaved grana

1. New York Pizza
Offering both slices and pies, New York Pizza is a staple for cravers of its marquee entree served Big Apple-style. Conveniently located on the Hyman Mall and open until 2:30AM daily, this low-key joint’s simple cheese pizza is the ticket—especially when paired with one of the Colorado microbrews on tap. 409 E. Hyman Ave., 970.920.3088

2. Acquolina Trattoria & Pizzeria
The recently opened Acquolina serves up thin, crispy pizzas ranging from the classic Margherita to the inventive Salsiccia, complete with ground sausage, braised fennel, raisins and pine nuts. Gluten-free dough is available, as are numerous Italian wines by the glass. Now that’s amore. 415 E. Main St., 970.925.8222

3. Brunelleschi’s
Don’t let the casual atmosphere fool you—Brunelleschi’s pies pack a punch. With friends, take your own power of four pizza tour to sample pies named after Aspen’s four ski mountains. Gluten-free dough? Come and get it! 205 S. Mill St., 970.544.4644

4. Limelight Lounge
The Lounge at The Limelight Hotel offers hand-tossed pizzas featuring local ingredients. Of these, partaking in the Purple Kale pizza—made with mozzarella, lemon ricotta spread and marinated figs and pear—is a must. As for the add-ons? Try Applewood smoked bacon, smoked duck or pork belly. 355 S. Monarch St., 970.925.3025

5. Mezzaluna
Since opening in 1987, Mezzaluna has been churning out pies from its wood-burning pizza oven. With dough and sauces made fresh daily, bite into Aspen tradition via the veggie pizza topped with spinach and pesto. Then wash it down with a vintage selection from the award-winning wine list—a Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence designee for the past two years. 624 E. Cooper Ave., 970.925.5882