Ruffrano's Hell's Kitchen Pizza Manitou Springs

Nelson’s vision began during a trip to New York City. He came across a little pizza joint called Hell’s Kitchen Pizza claiming to offer the best New York  pizza. He hesitated, almost to the point of not entering the pizza place with his friend. To his surprise, it turned out Hell’s Kitchen Pizza really offered some of the best New York pizza. Nelson was inspired by the quality and taste of the pizza and wanted to bring the taste to Colorado. He was working as a real estate agent and was looking for a change of pace. He mentioned such to his friend that he was dining with. As it turned out, his friend knew the owner and the owner was onsite that evening. Nelson was afforded the opportunity to meet the man behind the original Hell’s Kitchen Pizza. He spoke of his dreams and how he would like to open a Hell’s Kitchen Pizza in Colorado. The owner was inspired by Nelson’s drive and promised him the secrets to Hell’s Kitchen Pizza when he was ready to start up.


When Nelson returned to Colorado, he immediately began to look for a location to establish a New York pizza restaurant. As a Real Estate agent, he was able to find a location to purchase in Manitou Springs on 9 Ruxton Avenue. Nelson contacted the owner of Hell’s Kitchen Pizza in New York to let him know and he flew out to New York soon afterwards. The owner, impressed with Nelson’s drive and follow through, gave him all of his secrets for the best New York  pizza. That is how the legacy of Ruffano’s Hell’s Kitchen Pizza Manitou Springs began. Please familiarize yourself with our menu!


Manitou Springs FREE Summer Shuttle (Courtesy of METRO)

Catch the Manitou Springs shuttle for a relaxing, air-conditioned ride along Manitou Avenue, with service that will connect you to the Pikes Peak Cog Railway, the Incline and historic downtown Manitou Springs. Plan your day in Historic Manitou Springs at The shuttle will now run through out the year. 

Parking Schedules (Courtesy of Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce)

Summer Schedule (In Season) – operates during Daylight Savings Time
• Paid Parking seven days a week from 7am to 8pm
• 15 minutes free, 1x per day (on street)
• Must input license plate numbers/letters for any parking option, even for free parking
• Rates on-street: $1 each for the first 3 hours, $2 each for hours 4-6; $3 each to park over 6 hours (daily maximum $28)
• Rates in Public Lots: $1 each hour up to 4 hours; $5 for 5 hours and above

Winter Schedule (Off Season)
• Paid Parking from 8am to 5pm
• Mondays through Thursdays – 3 hours free, 1x per day (on street)
• Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays – parking program per Summer Schedule (including 15 minutes free)
• Must input license plate numbers/letters for any parking option, even for free parking. Rates On-Street: $1 each for the first 3 hours, $2 each for hours 4-5; $3 each to park over 6 hours (after initial free period, as applicable).
• Rates in Public Lots: $1 each hour up to 4 hours; $5 for 5 hours and above

Parking Tips

1. To use the 15 Minute FREE option when parking on-street downtown
At the meter enter license plate number then:
• choose #1 Purchase Ticket
• Choose #1 15 minute FREE
• A receipt will print

The 3 hour FREE option during the off season works the same way.

2. Use a cell phone camera to take a photo of a license plate for reference. If you have a typo on the receipt just place it on your dash to avoid a ticket.

3.  Add time to parking on the street at any on-street parking “meter” kiosks in town, not only the one parked closest to.

4. Pay or extend your time in the off-street lots at the meter in the lot you parked in ONLY. Lot rates are lower with a maximum of $5 for all day.

5. Paid parking hours in the Downtown for summer, and all of Ruxton year round, are 7:00am to 8:00pm.

6. If a kiosk does not print a receipt , it may be out of paper. Call (719) 685-2571 to request a refill, or walk away knowing your license plate was recorded as “paid” if the screen showed the expiration time.

7. Parking on Ruxton is signed with detailed instructions. Please read all signs close to where parked.

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