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Abo's Awards

Boulder County Gold, 09/23/09 – Boulder Colorado

  • “Best Pizza” 2008, 2009With all the pizza places around, what makes Abo’s stand out? “Quality ingredients – special dough and special sauce made daily just for Abo’s,” according to manager Ben Bishop. “Also, our professional pie makers, professional because of the quality they assure and the pride they take in their work.” It’s true, the dough is made fresh daily and hand tossed according to Neopolitan New York tradition, and, oh, that genuine Neopolitan crust – benissimo! It is classically thin with a bumpy texture, bubbly, pliable but firm to fold over. Abo’s Pizza still adheres to the original quality ingredients of its first pie, which hit Boulder in 1977. The sauce is a proprietary blend fashioned after the legendary Rocky Graziano family sauce recipe. Founder Steve Abo was trained in New York pizza restaurants owned by the once-famous boxer. Abo’s continues to use high quality tomatoes from the same supplier year after year. The freshest vegetables are delivered and chopped daily. They use mozzarella cheese that won’t slide off the crust. A slice of Abo’s pizza is only $3, and the restaurant offers lunch specials. Bishop says, “Thanks to all our fans,” and notes, “We have quite a few regulars who come in three to five days a week. We know them by their names and their slices!”

Colorado Daily – Boulder Colorado

  • “Best Pizza” 1996, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, and 2006*

Boulder Weekly – Boulder Colorado

    • “Best Pizza” 2003, 2004, 2005*, 2006, 2008“Approximately 3 billion pizzas are sold in the U.S. each year, according to the National Association of Pizza Operators. What does that look like on an individual level? Well, that ends up being 46 slices of pizza for each man, woman and child in America per year. Now that’s a lot of pizza. It seems that everyone has a favorite kind of pizza. With options galore — from toppings to type of crust — there’s something for everyone. But here in Boulder County, our readers have spoken. It’s Abo’s Pizza’s hand-tossed Neapolitan New York style pizza with its famous sauce and custom blended 100-percent Mozzarella cheese that warms the hearts and waters the mouths of Boulder’s pizza lovers. When Abo himself was a CU student, he and his friends used to complain that there was no place in town to “ fill the munchie.” Abo decided to do something about the New York Pizza void in Boulder. In 1977 he opened the first Abo’s Pizza on University Hill. Now, 31 years later, Boulderites are still grateful for the slice of New York that Abo brought to their happy little city. Pam Proto and Rayme Rossello have been delighting Boulder County residents with their Neapolitan pizzas since 1999, offering upscale quality and taste for dine-in or take-out. Nick-N-Willies opened its first shop on Pearl Street and has made a name for itself offering hungry locals gourmet take-out.”–Boulder Weekly, Best of Boulder County 2008


  • “Best Late Night Food” 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008“How is it that Boulder doesn’t have a decent 24-hour joint?” Shouldn’t the confluence of 3 a.m. student crammers and 20-something-year-old party animals generate a late-night culinary mecca beyond Denny’s or, heaven forbid, the Taco Bell drive-thru?But while senior citizens and Boulder High seniors will continue to haunt the home of the Grand Slam, and the lines at TB may still wrap around tighter than a 7-layer burrito, Boulder should be able to provide night owls with respectable sustenance until about 2:30 a.m. At least that was the ambition of Steve Abo, pie pioneer of our beloved Abo’s Pizza. After dropping out of CU, this entrepreneur headed back to his hometown of New York, where he had an apprenticeship under none other than Rocky Graziano, the 1947-48 middle-weight-boxing-champion-turned-pizza-chain-guru. Abo brought his apprenticing skills back to Boulder in 1977, bringing with him punch-packing NYC slices via Abo’s on University Hill. Since then, this Boulder institution’s insomniac hours (open until 2 a.m. except for Sunday) have provided cause for numerous study breaks and taken the edge off many a post-bar buzz. In addition, Abo’s has paved the way for other eateries like honorable mention Cosmo’s Pizza to dish out high-quality dough well into the night.If you’re looking for a swankier end to your late-night cravings, runner-up Hapa offers racous raw fish until 10 p.m. on weeknights and until midnight from Thursday through Saturday.”–Boulder Weekly, Best of Boulder County 2008


The Daily Camera – Boulder Colorado



  • “The Best Pizza” 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004*“Yo, Slice! It’s half-time, the Broncos are up by three, and you’re hungry. How about a hot New York-style pizza and a couple of fresh salads, delivered right to your door? Get on the horn and tell the nice folks at Abo’s what you need. “Pepperoni is still our top seller,” says Eric Bruner, manager at the South Broadway location. The Super Combo and Veggie Supreme are big time, too – or you can get whatever you like, made to order by the slice. Brand X pizza? Fuhgettaboudit, we say – Abo’s is the real thing.”
    –Daily Camera, Boulder County Gold 2002
  • “Best Quick Lunch”

Incite Denver – Denver Colorado

  • “Best Slice” 2000

The Best of Longmont – Longmont Colorado

  • “Best Pizza” 2009


    • “Denver Daily News said…”
      “The slices of pizza there were as big as our faces, and it was to die for…we didn’t leave hungry!”


* Runner-up