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Jul
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14 New Denver Restaurants and Bars You Need to Try Right Now

If you’ve been thinking how one Detroit-style pizzeria in Denver isn’t enough, you’re not only not alone, you’re also in luck. In fact, you’re about to find yourself in heaven on Earth, because the chef-partner of this shoebox-sized (okay, takeout pizza box-sized) parlor is a master of the Motor City pie — baked in a […]

30
Jun
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ZAGAT – First Look: Blue Pan Pizza Opens in West Highland

The gist: Blue Pan Pizza, a collaboration between Detroit natives Giles Flanigan and Jeff Smokevitch, opened last week in West Highland featuring an extensive board of pies dedicated to Detroit, Italy, Chicago and New York. “Because we offer four different styles of handcrafted pizza, not to mention a gluten-free version, plus really unique recipes and […]

09
Jun
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Blue Pan Pizza Partners Jeff Smokevitch and Giles Flanagin Turn Adversity Into Success

Jeff Smokevitch and Giles Flanagin of Blue Pan Pizza Competition often involves rejection, and rejection can turn into a major motivation for those driven to win. Jeff Smokevitch, chef and co-owner of Blue Pan Pizza, which will open next week in West Highland, is no stranger to competition — or learning from failure. As a member […]

04
Jun
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Blue Pan Pizza Readies for Mid-June Opening in West Highland

Michigan natives and friends Jeff Smokevitch and Giles Flanigan have fired up the ovens and are just a couple of weeks away from opening Blue Pan Pizza on West 32nd Avenue in the Highland neighborhood. The new eatery, which will specialize in Detroit-style pizza but also offer several other styles, has been several years in the […]

01
Jun
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Boulder’s Wild Flour Bakery Provides Gluten-Free Dough for Top Pizzerias

Dough expert Jeff Smokevitch of Blue Pan Pizza recently earned high honors for a gluten-free pizza at the World Pizza Championship in Parma, Italy, where he competed with scores of other pizza pros from around the globe. It turns out that the dough for the pizza that helped him win the Triathlon award (with combined […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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