Last week, we spent the week in Breckenridge, Colorado. I got to try my first Colorado wine, the Carlson Vineyards Laughing Cat Riesling, a wine I very much enjoyed. Another treat was dinner out at The Flatbread Pizza Company, hidden up some stairs, but well worth searching out.
At least one of the owners is a cycling enthusiast, with some very cool bicycle-themed decorative pieces, along with the lighting and artwork. A mountain bike is snugged up in the rafters, with chainrings under polyurethane forming a bar across the front of the restaurant. Very cool.
The Flatbread Pizza Co's Mission is to offer a rustic, family friendly atmosphere which to enjoy quality, artisan flatbread pizza. The Flatbread Pizza Co. also has a Zero Waste Policy. Plates, cups and cutlery are 100% biodegradable, since they are made from 100% sugarcane.. After use, simply toss them in the trash and feel good knowing that these plates will naturally biodegrade. The authentic hand built Wood Fired Pizza oven is front and center, with the chef's burning seasoned fruit wood to add to the delicious crust's flavor.
Similar to a Neapolitan style pizza, the crust has a slightly brown charred under belly while the inside stays slightly chewy -- we thought it reminiscent of matzo. The dough is made fresh and hand rolled and can be ordered in a Gluten Free option. The Flatbread Pizza Co uses fresh and high quality natural ingredients, buying directly from Colorado local farms whenever possible, which is something we definitely support.
There are plenty of suggested options available, and the large menu of ingredients makes building your own a test of your culinary skills. The basic pizza includes a choice of olive oil base, pesto base or tomato sauce base with mozzarella cheese, with additional cheeses including mozzarella, goat, parmesan, asiago, gorgonzola, feta, cheddar and smoked gouda. Plenty of choices.
Vegetarians do not get short thrift here, having the option to add Roma tomatoes, mushrooms, onions, red onions, kalamata olives, black olives, brocolli, red peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts, spinach, arugula, cilantro, fresh basil, fresh garlic, sliced pears, sliced apples, pineapple, capers and pesto. Whew.
Add meats like Pepperoni, Italian sausage, wood fired chicken, bacon, shrimp, or prosciutto to get your carnivore on.
If you're travelling with kids, like we were, fresh pizza dough is brought to the table for the kids to play with. Their creations are then baked in the wood burning oven, and returned for eating along with honey.
Our group of 8 ordered 5 pizzas, some off the menu, some built-to-suit. I think we ended up with 1 slice of pizza left, even though it looked like way too much food. The pizzas are advertised as serving 1-2, but 4 could probably split one if eating moderately.
Short but sufficient wine list means that good tastes are easily found. Canned beers follow a recent trend (especially in ski towns, wonder if it has anything to do with the easy carry of aluminum upslope?). Happy hour keeps the liquids flowing and the bill lower.
When in Breckenridge, definitely make plans to visit The Flatbread Pizza Co -- it is a small restaurant though, so go early or expect to wait. Kid-friendly, myriad options, tasty pizzas, and happy hour specials all add up to a satisfying meal.
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