Sometimes there’s nothing better than a nice, piping hot slice of pizza to pair with a perfect night of gambling.
I say that without a hint of facetiousness. There are times, even in the dead heat of a Las Vegas summer, when the cards are falling, the chips are getting pushed, the slots are clanging, and the dice are flying that you get hungry.
Naturally, Las Vegas is a city filled with all kinds of different places to eat, and those restaurants have a time and place. Still, there will come a moment when you want something fast that grounds you a little bit.
That maybe reminds you of home or gives you a bit of familiar to hang on to as you are wagering a lot of your money.
In this case, pizza can do quite nicely. Even better, there are pizza places in just all the Las Vegas casinos along the Strip.
Those places are useful when you want fast, but don’t necessarily care about quality. When you want something a little more gourmet, I’ve got eight places you can go in search of a quality piece of pizza.
8- Northside Nathan’s
There’s a part of me that wanted to rate Northside Nathan’s higher than eight, but after thinking about it, it’s probably the right place. The thing with Northside Nathan’s is that its strength can also be it’s one weakness.
I am talking about Detroit style pizza.
For those who like deep-dish, it’s great. Those who don’t might not know that Northside Nathan’s also does a traditional round style.
For my money at Northside Nathan’s, I go with the Adelaide’s Supreme with all the toppings except jalapeno, anchovies, and pineapple (thank goodness) in their famous Detroit style.
In the round style, I give the nod to the Tex Mex Style featuring green sauce, pinto beans, meatballs, and jalapenos.
It’s unusual and unusually good.
7- Pizza Rock
Pizza Rock reminds me of a traditional pizzeria done Las Vegas-style: big neon, lots of flashes, a feeling that you’ve walked into something different, but still with some heart. With a few locations across the Las Vegas valley including one located inside the Green Valley Ranch Casino and Resort, Pizza Rock is one of my favorites.
That heart starts with the fantastic menu at Pizza Rock, including some wicked appetizers and insalata.
Still, we’re talking about pizza here, so let’s talk about one of the five ways you can get a pizza made at Pizza Rock:
- New York/New Haven-style made in a 700-degree brick oven
- Pizza Napoletana baked in a 900-degree wood oven
- Pizza Romana cooked in a 700-degree electric brick oven
- Classic American prepared in a 550-degree gas brick oven
- Classic Italian made in a 550-degree gas brick oven
Given all those styles, it’s nearly impossible to say which is the best of all of them. That would take a lot of time and a lot of eating. So, take it from me and believe that there are a lot of really great topping choices that are inventive and mix great flavors.
Also, you can take my word for it and order the New Haven Lou (that’s New Haven-style if you hadn’t guessed) with mozzarella, spinach, sliced meatball, ricotta, crushed red peppers, garlic, EVOO, oregano and romano. They do it with no sauce, but I like to request it.
6- Dom DeMarco’s Pizzeria & Bar
Not every restaurant that gets transplanted to Las Vegas is a success. Still, Dom DeMarco’s Pizzeria & Bar started from pretty rarified air and managed to survive even in the desert.
That tradition now continues in the Sin City sun. Located where most people never see (the parts where the native Las Vegans live), Dom DeMarco’s Pizzeria & Bar was opened by pizza masters and trained by Dom himself to make the pies.
When you go to Dom DeMarco’s, you can always choose to customize your pie however you would like.
This pizzeria and bar also feature ten specialty pizzas, including The Big Apple, made with imported San Marzano tomatoes, mozzarella, pepperoni, ham, meatballs, house-made sausage, Grana Padano and fresh basil. Tell me that doesn’t sound great?
5- Popup Pizza
If you read Popup Pizza’s press, they’re the best slice in town. Even though that comes straight from the horse’s mouth, it’s not that far off.
Popup Pizza, which is not a popup, instead located in the Plaza Hotel, offers six different types of specialty pies along with the option of making your pizza your way. One of these pies is a vegan pie, which you should try if you don’t eat meat or consume dairy.
Still, for me, the perfect choice is either the creamy onion, spinach, and mushroom, or the hot pepperoni. Both pizzas have a fresh onion cream sauce as their base, both topped with fresh mozzarella. The creamy onion, spinach, and mushroom are finished with roasted mushrooms and sautéed spinach. At the same time, the hot pepperoni adds pepperoni, pickled jalapenos, and a topping of Mike’s Sweet & Spicy Honey.
Honey is a controversial topic, but popup will make you believe.
4- Metro Pizza
Metro Pizza was founded by people who grew up in the pizza business. More importantly, when they opened Metro Pizza, they did it intending to honor the humble pizza slice that can be found in great pizza joints across the country.
They’ve done an excellent job of it, too.
At Metro Pizza, you can get regular round pizzas, stuffed pizzas, Sicilian square pizzas, and New York-style pizzas all under one roof. They’ve got plenty of specialty pizzas and varieties that you can try, too.
Still, for money, the star of the show is their East Side Pizza (New York style.) It’s hard not to get an Old New York style with tomato sauce and big slices of fresh mozzarella. The Mott Street with sausage, peppers, and onions also is a can’t miss item for the pizza lover in all of us.
3- Flour & Barley
Flour & Barley does a great job of combining traditional Italian flavors with modern sensibilities all in one pie. It’s a difficult thing to get right, but Flour & Barley does it (and does it so well they opened a second location on Waikiki Beach!)
Still, the proof of a pizzeria is in the pie, not the location. Fortunately, Flour & Barley delivers with several local specialties, seven white pizzas (including a shrimp scampi pizza), and eleven red sauce pizzas.
My pick is the lasagna pie with Bolognese, mushrooms, sausage, and ricotta cheese because it’s just different enough to be remarkable.
Evel Pie is precisely what it seems like: the daredevil life of Evel Knievel compressed and transformed into a pizza restaurant with a healthy dash of old school rock and roll to boot. It’s a place to get a great pizza pie when you’re also too metal to eat anywhere else.
No, no, that’s a good thing.
The menu has several specialty pies that you can order whole or by the slice, but really the joy of Evel Pie is making your own. I can’t help but order my pie with “man candy bacon” and vegan meatballs for sort of a “duality of man” type of pie.
The Gang Green with basil pesto and mozzarella is also a great choice.
1- Naked City Pizza
This is the type of place you have to be careful when searching for on Google, but I promise this pizzeria is safe for work and has even been featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. It’s also one of the most quality pies you will find in Sin City.
Naked City Pizza doesn’t have the hugest menu. Its specialty pie list has only eight entries along with four more vegan pizza recipes. Still, that doesn’t matter at Naked City because you don’t go here for crazy flavor combinations (Flour & Barely has that covered.)
No, you come to Naked City Pizza because the pies are great or it’s Sunday, and you want brunch.
Whatever the reason you are going to love this pie.
In a city that’s reinventing itself as the elegant dining capital of the world, please leave it to Las Vegas to have also mastered the utterly delicious pizza. All sorts of different styles and varieties are there for eating; you just have to decide if you want something quick and delicious, a Detroit style, New York-style, or something in between.
No matter what it is, though, you can probably find it on this list.