Basic Kneads Pizza

July 16th, 2011

If you need to know one thing about me, it’s that I absolutely love pizza. Sometimes I think I have the culinary needs of a four year old. If anyone ever asks the question, “what do you feel like for dinner tonight”, there’s about a 90% chance I’ll give in to those childish needs to eat cheesy goodness.

Pizza is comforting, filling, and can be incredibly delicious. It can also be shit. Pure shit. There is a lot of pizza places in Denver that I think are pretty good, a few that are wonderful, and plenty that have no business serving food. It my eyes, the simpler the better. The less the ingredients are processed, the better tasting the pie will be.

I recently was down at the First Friday Artwalk on Tennyson, when I had that sweet siren call of charred dough hit my nostrils. Not being overly interested in the art that we were looking at, I politely excused myself from the group, and followed that smoky trail. Is that wood they’re burning? Why yes it is. I walked about a half block, before I saw what I was looking for. The Basic Kneads Pizza Truck.

Three people, an 800-900 degree wood-burning oven, and a slew of simple, fresh ingredients were all packed into this beautiful mobile package. Remember how I told you that I have the culinary needs of a four year old sometimes? Well don’t laugh when I tell you what I ordered. Like any little kid, I had to go for the pepperoni pizza.

The crust was thin, and expertly charred. It carried that natural, wood fired feel that ads another flavor dimension to the experience. The sauce was really simple – crushed tomatoes, and fresh oregano. I really enjoyed this style of sauce because you still get nice big chunks of tomatoes, which give that nice bright, fresh flavor. And last but not least, the cheese. Oh, the cheese. A blend of shredded mozzarella and fresh mozzarella. The perfect balance between flavor and meltiness.

What ensued was me figuring out that I had found one of the better pizzas in Denver. In fact, I loved it so much, that I recently drove into downtown during rush hour, just to bring a pie home for dinner. For my second encounter, I opted for the Margherita, which is pictured below.


After I had the pleasure of enjoying Basic Kneads pizza a few times, I decided it was time to write it up. I called the owner, and asked him a few questions.

IE: What’s one tip you have for the home cook?

BK: You can buy tiles from home depot, and use those instead of a pizza stone. They’re cheaper, and essentially do the same thing. Also, don’t be afraid to crank up your oven, and cook the pizza at a really high heat.

IE: What are some of your favorite spots around town to grab local grub?

BK: I’ll take a food truck over a restaurant any day. But, I also like Bones, and Tacos y Salsas.

Basic Kneads is something that you should really make a special trip to check out. I promise you, you will be extremely satisfied. You can find them at the Civic Center during lunch on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and at Great Divide Brewery on Wednesdays and Fridays for Happy Hour and Dinner.

So before you pick up the phone to call Papa Johns. For the love of christ, hang up, and drive down to wherever Basic Kneads truck is