Upscale Boulder pizzeria lowers prices during new happy hour
Pizzeria Locale, the kid sibling to Boulder’s highly honored Frasca, opened last year, my husband and I were twice deterred once by a long wait and onceby getting there before it opened for the evening. On our third try, we got a table and were wowed by the ambiance, the quality and service — as have so other many folks.
Locale makes fabulous hand-tossed pizzas and pours really good wine, but quality comes at a price. When it I wrote a post (“Pizzeria with Frasca Perfection“) about it, but we didn’t return until tempted by their new happy hour from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. They call it Apperitivo Hour, which is more glamorous, but we would have enjoyed it and appreciated the value no matter what the name. Examples of prices: arancini, those divine little rice balls, 2 for $2 (regularly $1.50 each); marinara pizza $5 (regularly $9); house-cured olives, $2 (regularly $4); and house red or white wine or Aperol spritzes, $4 (regularly $6).
Each pizza is hand-formed, so each has rustic individuality. Below are two — one the Marinara, the other the Margharita — that came out at the same time. Pizzeria Locale serves them uncut, expecting knowledgeable diners to eat them with knife and fork. I know what I’m supposed to do, but I really prefer to cut mine into wedges and pick them up in my hand.