Live Basil Pizza adds locally sourced toppings to the menu

Feb. 13, 2014

Denver-based Live Basil Pizza has unveiled its first 'Chef's Pick' pizza topped with a variety of organic Cremini, Button, Oyster and Cinnamon Cap mushrooms from Hazel Dell Farms of Fort Collins, Colo. This pizza will only be available at Colorado locations until Feb. 28 or until ingredients run out.

Introduced in Denver in 2013 by the founder of Smashburger, Live Basil Pizza serves handcrafted pizzas that combine parts of a traditional Neapolitan pizza with a quick and customized service platform, according to a news release. The pizzas include imported San Marzano tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, aged provolone, goat or ricotta cheese and variety of all-natural meats. Also, basil plants are nurtured inside the restaurant so the leaves can be picked and placed on top of each pizza before serving.

"Choosing organic ingredients is not only about serving food people can feel good about eating," Chef Andrew Selvaggio said in the release. "But it is also about serving farm fresh ingredients that our guests know defines a good-tasting pizza from a great tasting one."

For this month's "Chef's Pick," the organic mushrooms are dressed with olive oil, sea salt and black pepper.

"We are pleased to work in partnership with Hazel Dell Farms and highlight a collection of their mushrooms on our Organic Mushroom Pizza this month," said Tom Ryan, founder of Live Basil Pizza. "Since our inception, collaborating with local farms to source the most fresh, seasonal menu ingredients whenever possible has been a hallmark of the brand. We have seen a shift in the way that mindful consumers eat today. There is a bigger focus than ever on natural, organic ingredients and a customized dining experience that's quick and affordable."

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Topics: Food & Beverage , Pizza Sauce , Pizza Toppings

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