September 30th and October 1st
Las Vegas, NV
We took our final long pizza trip this past weekend to Las Vegas! Doing Vegas in less than 24 hours was a bit crazy, but it was definitely worth it, and not just for the pizza.
We took a late Friday flight and landed around 11 pm. Luckily, Pizza Rock was open until 2 am (just one of the amazing things about Vegas!). And we had Tess joining us for the weekend (and chauffeuring us around and taking our pictures).
The menu at Pizza Rock was very similar to Tony’s Pizza in San Fransisco, because both are creations of Tony Gemignani. The atmospheres of the two restaurants could not be more different, though! Pizza Rock has a stage for live music, and a large bar in the middle. They also had a take out line for slices, which went out the door at 12 am, which was when we got there. We easily got a table, though.
Similar to Tony’s Pizza, the restaurant only makes a small number of margherita pies per day and also had the sausage and stout pie on the menu. We went with a more classic choice this time – the New Yorker. This had mozzarella, sausage, pepperoni, and lumps of ricotta on a New York-style crust.
While the crust isn’t quite like New York pizza, it got pretty close. We all really liked the plops of ricotta, and the pepperoni gave it a good spicy kick.
We made our way back to our hotel to grab a couple of hours of sleep before hitting the strip on Day 2. We actually didn’t have pizza for lunch, and went with one of the famous brunch buffets instead. We hit our second pizza stop for an early dinner (although, Eric was definitely NOT hungry after the brunch buffet).
The second and last pizza place in Las Vegas was Metro Pizza, which has a few locations around the city. We went to the one close to the airport, since we only had a few hours before our red-eye flight back to NJ. We happened to visit on their annual Grease-themed weekend, so we got to listen to some awesome 50’s music while eating our pizza.
Metro Pizza doesn’t try to fit its pizza into any particular style. Instead, they create a blend of styles to make their own unique pie. We all agreed that this would be great pizza for the Vegas crowd after a day of drinking. We got two pizzas here for the three of us. The white pie is the Milano, with ricotta, garlic, and mozzarella. The second one is the Olde New York, which was just cheese and tomato sauce. Both with fresh basil, which always is a plus.
Tess, we hope you aren’t sick of pizza after this weekend! Thanks for joining us for this 24 hour trip!
201 N 3rd Street
Las Vegas, NV 89101
1395 E Tropicana Ave
Las Vegas, NV 89119