Pizza in Las Vegas is better than ever. When I first moved to Las Vegas the pizza was almost inedible. Thankfully, that’s no longer the case. There was almost no difference between ordering pizza from a chain restaurant, casino restaurant, or mom and pop shop. Today, you can find a good slice of pizza all over Las Vegas.
Pizza is a great quick bite for any time of the day in Las Vegas. However, it’s particularly a perfect meal in downtown Las Vegas. There are great pies and slices that can be enjoyed at any time of the day. Today we’ll look at three great pizza shops in downtown Las Vegas. Each of these can be the best slice in downtown Las Vegas depending on the day, time, and your mood.
Evel Pie takes its name from the famous daredevil Evel Knievel and the food it serves – pizza pie. The entire restaurant is decked out with Evel Knievel memorabilia including his pinball game the old school stand-up video game Stunt Cycle that’s based on his jumps. The atmosphere feels like a pizzeria from the lower east side of Manhattan in the 1990’s. Most importantly, the slices are delicious.
Time to visit: Lunch – They have a lunch special for a slice and a beer (usually Pabst Blue Ribbon) for $6.
Pizza Rock takes pizza to the next level with award-winning pizza chefs, multiple pizza ovens and the best ingredients you can find. Sure this is a place you can go for a slice but they offer so much more…and so much better pizza. The menu features a variety of gourmet pizzas prepared in the appropriate oven for the style of pizza. Personally, I don’t love every pizza on the menu but the pizzas I do like are amazing. The New Yorker and Detroit Red Top are fantastic.
Time to visit: Happy Hour – They offer discounts on drinks and food. The one-topping personal pizza is only $5. Pair the pizza with a craft beer and you’re out the door for $11 or $12 for a perfect meal to start the night.
Pop Up Pizza
This is the only pizzeria here that’s inside of a casino. Pop Up Pizza is located in the Plaza Hotel and Casino near the sportsbook. They’ve always had an excellent but underrated slice of pizza. The new menu features a variety of new items and an even better slice than they’ve always had. They even have a vegan pizza. They now offer more unique recipes but I still prefer the regular thin crust slices and pies here.
Time to visit: Kickoff – The pizza shop is right next to the sportsbook. Grab a table and order a pie to enjoy while watching the games.
Second best time to visit: Late night. Nothing soaks up the booze like a slice or two.
Marc Meltzer covers Las Vegas, gaming and men’s lifestyle for various outlets. Check out his blog at Edge Vegas.