Finding the Best Pizza In Vegas

Food — By thmeeks on August 31, 2011 at 1:24 am

PizzaTrying to pick the best pizza in Las Vegas is difficult—but not because the city doesn’t have good pizza places. Defining good pizza is very subjective, no matter where you live. New York style or Chicago style? Thin crust or thick crust? The variables are numerous, and that’s before you even get to the issue of anchovies.

Las Vegas has several pizza chains, including Grimaldis, California Pizza Kitchen, BJ’s Pizza, and Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza. If you think the best pizza is the most consistent pizza, you’ll want to find one of their locations around town.

On the Strip, the most talked about pizza—both because of its quality and quirky location—is the “hidden” Pizzeria at the Cosmopolitan. It’s not even listed on their website. Located on the third floor down a hallway (you may have to ask for directions), the Pizzeria gets consistently high marks for inexpensive and good New York style pizza.

Off the Strip, Metro Pizza has been around for decades and remains a local favorite. They have more than one location in town, two of which are close to the Strip: one is at Ellis Island on Koval, and the other is up the street from the Palms at Flamingo and Decatur.  The menu has something for everyone, whether you like your pizza with nothing but cheese, or would  rather try the Seafood Fra Diavolo with grilled shrimp, calamari, mozzarella, spicy sauce, and a lemon wedge. Metro Pizza is flexible on the crust style, so if you prefer a thicker crust, they can accommodate you. Once you’ve eaten here, you’ll know why they’ve stayed in business for so long, a major accomplishment for a family-owned restaurant in Las Vegas.


Photo courtesy of Sarah Katzenell

Tags: Hidden Pizzeria at the Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas Pizza Chains, Metro Pizza, Pizza


  • Best Pizza in Las Vegas says:

    You got the pizza place at the Cosmo, so you’re right on the money about that place. Also Grimaldi’s is good. A few others I recommend are Rocco’s NY pizza across from Red Rock hotel, and NY pizza and pasta on Jones. Also there is a new place opening up on W Charleston that is being opened by a NY pizza joint operator.

  • Terrisa says:

    I have to be honest and say that I was disappointed with Rocco’s after everything I’d heard about them. I liked the hole-in-the-wall ambiance (very New York-ish), but I thought the food was only OK. Everyone has such specific likes/disliked on pizza, though! I like the thicker crusts, and authentic NY pizza is so thin that it’s foldable.


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