Proto’s is a local chain that you probably already know from its North Boulder or Lafayette locations. It was the first retail occupant of Gunbarrel Center, on Gunbarrel Center Court, that new street in the center of the new apartments.
Proto’s menu is limited to Napoletana style pizza and a few appetizers and salads. There’s a full bar, including draft beers.
What’s a “Napoletana style pizza” you may be wondering? I had no idea (other than that I liked it) until I checked Wikipedia:
According to the rules proposed by the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana, the genuine Neapolitan pizza dough consists of wheat flour (type 0 or 00, or a mixture of both), natural Neapolitan yeast or brewer’s yeast, salt and water. For proper results, strong flour with high protein content (as used for bread-making rather than cakes) must be used. The dough must be kneaded by hand or with a low-speed mixer. After the rising process, the dough must be formed by hand without the help of a rolling pin or other machine, and may be no more than 3 millimeters (0.12 in) thick. The pizza must be baked for 60–90 seconds in a 485 °C (905 °F) stone oven with an oak-wood fire. When cooked, it should be soft, elastic, tender and fragrant.
I know there’s one part of this that Proto’s probably likes: These pizzas cook fast!
A medium pizza, for as little as $10 serves two. Add tax and tip, and two can eat very well for less than $7 each, which is in the Subway range, but Proto’s is way better.
Proto’s is one of my favorite places to eat in Gunbarrel. I’ve been to the location here maybe a half-dozen times, and about as many times to the other locations.
You generally can’t park on the street. I always park behind Proto’s, on the small lot just to the east of the Proto’s building. Or, there’s the huge and mostly empty parking garage just to the south.