“Owner-chef Mark Dym is exhausted. “I was up at 4 a.m. yesterday morning so I could make 800 fucking pounds of chicken wings,” he says, before quickly adding that he’s “not complaining.” He pauses, sweeps the room with his intense eyes and declares: “This is the best job I’ve ever had. I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love what I do, how much satisfaction I get from the people who walk through that door every day, some of them twice in 24 hours. It’s just amazing.””
– Westword Magazine (2009), Denver Colorado
Mark Dym’s flagship store Marco’s Coal Fired has received numerous awards and much acclaim over the years, including -being named Independent Pizzeria of the Year by Pizza Today in 2015, and 5280’s “Best pizza in Denver” in 2017. Recently featured on Guy’s Grocery Games: Pizza Monsters , Mark Dym showed his passion for pizza and an endearing sense of humor. A man that describes himself as “Obsessive, driven, passionate, fiery, loyal, sensitive, witty, accommodating, generous and entrepreneurial,” Denver’s Pizza Icon opened his first pizzeria in the summer of 2008 and as Marco’s Coal Fired approaches its 10 year anniversary, it remains the only Vera Pizza member in the state of Colorado, bringing pizza napoletana to the table “no passport required”.