No pineapple, no ranch on this pizza in Denver and readers respond

Coabunga! Casey Jones, a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle-themed pizza joint, opened Friday in the former home of Giordano’s at 24 Broadway. It’s another concept from Handsome Boys, the homegrown restaurant group that had just opened the RiNo Country Club the week before, adding to a lineup that includes Slashers and a slew of Larimer Square spots.

Mat Shumaker, a native New Yorker and longtime chef at Rosenberg’s and Famous Original J’s, heads the kitchen and has a passion for pizza. “Growing up in New York, I ate pizza in two different years, 365 days in a row. Just because it wasn’t a challenge; nobody asked me. I just did it,” he recalls. “I really like pizza to death.” And he has some ground rules: no pineapple and BYO ranch.

This is the group’s first acquaintance with this part of town. “This little strip of Broadway is one of the last remaining that feels like Denver,” said Handsome Boys founder Josh Schmitz. “There are no chains, it’s super unique, it’s very diverse. It feels very unique in Denver. And all of our neighbors are incredible. I think it’s going to be a really fun summer here.”

And a hot one, judging by the comments on the westword Facebook post about Casey Jones: Emily says:

Lamb & lamb. No pineapple? No farm?

Chris adds:

No farm? Is that supposed to be cool and hip or something?

answers Wes:

They probably just let people know that they serve adult pizza.

Counters Jay:

I am originally from Brooklyn, New York and only eat cheese pizza, but they have to offer their customers what the customer wants.

Answers Kyle:

As a customer you have the right to choose from what they offer.

explains Melissa:

Ranch and New York pizza don’t exist in the same sense. Oh dear. …Why are you ungrateful for dipping your pizza in shit? Sprinkle some cheese or red pepper flakes on top and fold it in half like a proper New Yorker. Damn Colorado…

Notes Jason:

Pineapple on pizza is great. As a customer I should have the choice. Are we in New York? And why exclude items that some customers want because of your personal preference? If you own a restaurant, you are in the service industry. It sucks when you start telling your customers no.

James suggests:

It’s like taking a dog from Chicago and asking for ketchup. The reason regional foods are what they are is that they don’t compromise.

Offers Quint:

How New York of them. More of a fan of places that don’t ban ingredients that customers like, and where I can buy what I go or eat at the establishment.

Larry adds:

New York pizza is never NY pizza outside the NY area. It’s easy to call it that for marketing, but it’s BS.

Miracles Joseph:

Can we stop with this BS? Haven’t we had enough of those “corky” slack hipster bars already?

Offers Nate:

Maybe buy a pizza maker that isn’t anti-pineapple for a Ninja Turtle themed pizza place. Literally Michaelangelo’s favourite. Pretentious failure.

Brandon notes:

Lucky for us, there are a ton of other places to grab a piece the way you want, on Broadway.

And finally there’s this from Don:

Welcome to the neighbourhood! Thanks for landing (boarding?) in, as you say, “One of the last remaining [strips] that feels like Denver.” I’ll be over soon!

Wow, no ranch, no pineapple! What do you think of the decision not to offer it to Casey Jones? Overall, what do you think of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle theme? And what’s your favorite place to get pizza on Broadway? In subway Denver? Post a comment or share your opinion on [email protected]

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