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26
Apr
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Bringing the 313 to the 303

After several attempts over the last few years, Brown Dog Pizza co-owner Jeff Smokevitch will finally bring his Detroit style pizza to Denver. Blue Pan Pizza is set to open June 8 in the West Highland neighborhood. “I have so much confidence in my product and I want to show it to other people in […]

13
Apr
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The man behind Blue Pan and Brown Dog, how he can’t wait to bring it to Denver.

There are few things that have the ability to pit cities against each other more than sports and food, but such regionalism doesn’t seem to bother fans of Jeff Smokevitch’s Detroit-style pizza in Telluride, Colorado. “Everyone was against it. They said, ‘don’t call it Detroit-style.’ They said it would have bad connotations,” said Smokevitch, a […]

08
Apr
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Coming Soon: Blue Pan Pizza

Jeff “Smoke” Smokevitch had been looking for locations to open a pizza place in Denver for nearly a decade. He opened Brown Dog Pizza back in 2004 in Telluride, and wanted to expand his brand of pies to the Front Range. This past year, he finally found a place: the little spot on 32nd Avenue […]

20
Mar
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West Highland Adds Blue Pan Pizza to the Neighborhood

The ovens have been delivered and slice counters built. Up next? A liquor license. Telluride’s Brown Dog Pizza owners Giles Flanagin and Jeffrey Smokevitch found a home for their new Denver location, Blue Pan Pizza, in the Highlands. The space was previously occupied by Basil Doc’s, who closed its doors early this year. Read the […]

10
Mar
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Westword Magazine talks about our opening

Those who follow restaurant news around town may remember the fracas in the East Washington Park neighborhood in the summer of 2011, when Giles Flanagin and Jeff Smokevitch tried to open a branch of Telluride pie joint, Brown Dog Pizza, at 1001 South Gaylord Street. A handful of neighbors who didn’t buy into what Brown Dog […]

18
Jul
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Great American Bites: Is the USA’s best pizzeria in San Francisco? USA TODAY

The scene: In recent years, dozens of places have sprung up nationwide claiming to make authentic Neopolitan pizza under the regulations of the Associazione Vera Pizza Napoletana (AVPN), or Real Neapolitan Pizza Association, a group that essentially licenses pizzerias worldwide and tries to preserve the strict pizza-making traditions of Naples, birthplace of the food. Before […]

01
Apr
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Pizza entrepreneurs dishing up Detroit-style pies

Every day, people come into Jeff Smokevitch’s stylish Brown Dog Saloon in Telluride, Colo., look at his menu and ask, “What’s Detroit pizza? It’s like Chicago, right?” No, it isn’t. Neither is it like New York, New Haven, California, Neapolitan or Sicilian pizza. It’s distinctly Detroit-style, and Brown Dog customers — who had never heard […]

23
Jan
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Shortage of steel pans has Detroit-style pizza makers scrambling

Here in Detroit, we all know what it takes to make a great Detroit-style pizza: dough for the thick but airy crust, absurd amounts of cheese and ladles of rich, long-simmered sauce. But the special ingredient most people don’t know about is the pan — a certain blue-steel industrial utility pan made for decades by […]

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