Las Vegas is known for a lot of impressive attractions. But in the past decade, it’s food that has taken top billing. Glamorous, celebrity chef-driven, fine-dining restaurants may abound. But so does some of the best pizza in the world.
After all, if you can’t offer up a great slice, what kind of foodie mecca can you be?
The only problem now is narrowing down the myriad of choices. We feel your pizza pain, so fortunately, we’ve done the work for you with this list of a baker’s dozen of best pizza in Las Vegas.
This list of the 13 best pizzas in Las Vegas is sure to satisfy, whether you’re the strictest of traditionalists or a nouveau connoisseur craving more exotic ingredients. You’re in the right place, because Las Vegas –a legitimate pizza city – sports plenty of incredible options.
One of them is the aptly named, Secret Pizza, located on the hotel’s third floor at the end of a stylish hallway adorned with album covers.
While many of the pizzerias on our list earned their spot by serving pies as luxurious as their Las Vegas surroundings, Secret Pizza excels at the basics. If you want a New-York-style pizza that is worth standing in the long lines that crowd that hallway after hours, this is the place.
There are a few rules you’ll have to abide by, though, including the “no ranch” sign, meaning that any requests for that creamy salad dressing will be nixed.
Get your fix of creaminess instead from the White Pizza, which comes accented with garlic and a generous portion of milky ricotta cheese.
Good Pie is the brainchild of chef Vincent Rotolo, who hails from Brooklyn. Those familiar with pizza from this famous borough will absolutely love the thin, crisp crusts here. For a more substantial option, amazing Detroit-style pizzas are available, too.
We highly recommend the Grandma-style, Good God, made with finely-milled Caputo-style, U.S.-grown organic flour, imported artichokes, tomatoes, fresh Galbani Premio mozzarella, and Greco Italian sausage.
Of course, it’s a given that the world’s only Evel-Knievel-themed pizzeria is right here in Las Vegas. Evel Pie on Fremont Street is packed with photos of the legend, himself, and all sorts of memorabilia paying tribute.
The menu is as unique as the setting. Where else can you enjoy a slice covered in candied bacon? Or the “Man Candy”? Or the barbeque sauce and pulled pork number known as the “Hog Heaven”?
But for adventurous pizza afficionados, Evel Pie offers something definitely out of the ordinary: rattlesnake.
That’s right. The “World Famous Snake River Special” comes complete with “Evel’s tomato sauce,” caramelized onions, roasted peppers, mozzarella, and honest-to-goodness rattlesnake sausage for one unforgettable pie.
The grab-and-go window at Pizza Rock couldn’t be more convenient for anyone who prefers a great slice on the go.
Pizza Rock’s menu includes popular styles, including Chicago, Sicilian, New Haven, New York, and even some fancy “California” versions like its one-of-a-kind, Quail Egg White Rose Potato Guanciale.
Award-winning pizza chef Tony Gemignani bakes his pizzas in four different types of ovens, each attuned to the special needs of each type of pie.
How good are his creations? His Margherita actually won the World Pizza Cup in none other than Naples, Italy. Yup, they’re that good.
Back in 2009, Chris Palmeri’s Naked City Pizza was just a humble food cart parked outside a bar.
Fast forward to today, when there are now five locations, including one inside El Cortez casino.
How did Palmeri and his brother – both from the great pizza city of Buffalo, NY – grow their operation so quickly?
The fact that Naked City Pizza grabbed national attention when it was featured on Guy Fieri’s popular show, “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives,’’ sure didn’t hurt.
It also helps that this pizzeria – which the brothers run with help from friends and family – also has a truly incredible slice of pizza: the Guinea Pie.
You won’t be able to get enough of the white garlic sauce on it, not to mention the mozzarella, ricotta, baby spinach, and homemade meatballs. It made Fieri’s mouth water, and is sure to do the same for yours.
Since opening the pizzeria in 2012, chef Michael Vakneen has received accolades for his high-end slices.
Even so, they’re served in a casual, welcoming space with a genuine New York feel. There’s a mural dedicated to The Beastie Boys, along with a soundtrack of old-school hip hop from Brooklyn and Los Angeles.
The pizzas, both carnivore-tempting and vegan-friendly options, never disappoint. One of the best is the Suprema. This delectable pie is made with fresh sauce, then covered with whole-milk mozzarella, before being topped with roasted mushrooms and red peppers, crispy pepperoni, and spicy Italian sausage.
Another Las Vegas pizzeria that draws inspiration from New York, Metro Pizza was founded by John Arena and Sam Facchini, two staples in the city’s flourishing food scene.
You won’t have trouble finding Metro Pizza, as there are four locations around Las Vegas with another one in Henderson.
Don’t miss the 86th Street Square Pie, a Sicilian-style pan pizza made with slow-simmered tomato sauce, creamy mozzarella and Romano cheeses, and a nice drizzle of olive oil on top. But there’s more — “cup and char” pepperoni that provides just the right lick of smoky spice.
Settebello adheres to the strict Italian requirements for true Neapolitan pizzas. It also sources all of its ingredients from Italy and West Coast farms.
The chefs here don’t use rolling pins, which means each pie has its own unique, hand-formed shape. Enjoy it the traditional way by tearing off pieces with your hand to eat like a true Italian.
The interior of Don DeMarco’s is definitely more Vegas than NYC, though, with plenty of open-air seating to soak up the balmy weather with that impeccable slice.
Enjoy the Di Fara Special, made with Sicilian sauce, pepperoni, Grana Padano, fresh basil, and two types of mozzarella, including one that’s house-made.
Giordano’s is renowned in Chicago, home of the deep-dish pizza. And the deep-dish at its Vegas outpost delivers a taste of Chi-town beautifully.
This monster of a pizza is stacked with a load of cheese and red sauce, all atop a rich, buttery crust. It’s as decadent as it gets.
Chef Giovanni Mauro went to great lengths to channel Italy with his Las Vegas pizzeria. The moment you step into Pizzeria Monzu, you know a good slice is just moments away. The aroma of oregano and tomatoes wafts from the open kitchen. White cloth-draped tabletops and warm lighting add to its inviting atmosphere.
Pizzeria Monzu has a highly regarded reputation for Italian food across the board. But of course, you came for the pizza. And it will not disappoint.
Chef Mauro’s pizza dough may be one of the most unique around, made with a proprietary starter that’s made from two strains, one developed in 2001 with apricots from a local farm and the other from a 300-year-old mother starter from Ischia, an island in the Gulf of Naples.
This pizza dough is like no other – soft and sweet. Indeed, many patrons swear they’d be happy just eating the dough.
But definitely try the toppings. In particular, you can’t go wrong with the Vegas Meets Italy pizza, which is crowned with ricotta, arugula, pistachio, dates, and prosciutto.
Esther’s Kitchen is known for its seasonal Italian soul food. Good thing its amazing pizza is always in season, too.
At this elegant, industrial hip restaurant, chef James Trees holds court. A Las Vegas native, he has worked under legendary chefs such as Michael Mina, Eric Ripert, Ray Garcia, and Akasha Richmond. After helping to open multiple restaurants across the country as the Mina Group’s corporate sous chef, Trees returned to Vegas to open Esther’s Kitchen.
Find a wonderful array of pizzas here, including one spotlighting boar sausage, potatoes, pomegranate balsamic, and fried rosemary. It’s a hearty pie that completely satisfies.
For our last pick, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention one of the pizza world’s most divisive creations: Hawaiian pizza. Perhaps no other pizza has so many haters, as well as legions of devoted fans.
Other pizzerias may simply throw some pineapple slices on a pie with Canadian bacon. But Chef Christopher Builder didn’t get to where he was – including stints in Los Angeles and San Francisco – by taking the easy way out.
Instead, his Maui Wowie is a rendition that Hawaiian-pizza lovers dream about.
It is made with pickled jalapeno, an original house-made bacon barbeque sauce, and, of course, pineapple. However, Builder’s version goes further with a topping of shredded pork that’s smoked for 16 hours onsite. This pizza isn’t the Wowie for nothing.
Ready to Savor the Best Pizzas in Las Vegas?
We hope this list of the best pizzas in Las Vegas included not only some old favorites but a few new to your palate.
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