Most people never need an excuse to indulge in pizza, but just in case you’re looking for one, October has officially been designated National Pizza Month.
According to Pizza.com, 94 percent of Americans eat pizza at least once a month, which equates to about 45 slices of pizza per person in the U.S. each year. That’s 100 acres of pizza per day, or 350 slices per second.
In Las Vegas there are plenty of places to indulge in the popular pie whether you’re looking for New York-style, gourmet toppings or just traditional margherita.
1. Wolfgang Puck Pizzeria & Cucina (inside Crystals at CityCenter) – Chef Wolfgang Puck is known for his famous wood-fired pizzas and you can find a variety of interesting choices here. The restaurant serves everything from favorites like margherita with fresh mozzarella and basil to more adventurous flavors like the Yukon gold potato with mascarpone and rosemary.
2. D.O.C.G. (at The Cosmopolitan) - This casual Italian eatery from chef Scott Conant serves some great slices. Don’t miss the robiola and truffle pizza with wood-fired crust, tangy cheese, truffles and a light sprinkling of sea salt.
3. Secret Pizza (at The Cosmopolitan) – You won’t be disappointed with the pizza here – if you can find it. There’s no signage in the front and it’s not easy to spot if you were walking by. Hidden on the third floor of The Cosmopolitan, you won’t know this little eatery is there unless you follow the record-lined hallway into a tiny, standing room-only place. At the walk-up counter you’ll find fresh, incredibly tasty thin-crust pizza like pepperoni, cheese and veggie offered by the slice. Or take a whole pie to go.
4. Grimaldi’s (at The Shoppes at Palazzo and at the Fashion Show mall) – This New York City favorite serves thin-crust pizza baked in a coal-fired brick oven. Build your own pie with white, pesto or red sauce and choose from toppings including artichoke hearts, meatballs, oven-roasted sweet peppers and more.
5. Metro Pizza (at Ellis Island) – Local favorite Metro Pizza makes fresh dough by hand each day, bakes it on stone hearth ovens, and tops it with sauces made from the finest vine-ripened tomatoes and select cheeses. Choose from traditional pizzas, stuffed pizzas and specialty pies including the Flying Piggle with barbecued pork, butter pickles and crispy onion strings.
6. Settebello (at The District at Green Valley Ranch) – This pizzeria is the place to go for Napoletana-style pizza, cooked in a wood-burning oven and made with fresh ingredients straight from Italy. Try the Settebello pizza, topped with crushed tomatoes, pancetta, wood oven sausage, roasted mushrooms, toasted pine nuts, mozzarella, basil and extra virgin olive oil.
7. Slice of Vegas (inside The Shoppes at Mandalay Place) – Grab a slice of gourmet pizza at this casual spot in The Shoppes at Mandalay Place between Mandalay Bay and Luxor. Slice of Vegas serves New York-style pizza and specialty pizzas including a Philly cheese steak pizza and a chicken wing pizza.
8. Otto Enoteca Pizzeria ( at the Venetian) – Celebrity chef Mario Batali knows how to make a great pizza. Try the corn pizza with charred corn and bufala mozzarella or the sweet onion with prosciutto cotto.
9. Trevi (at The Forums Shops at Caesars Palace) – Trevi is celebrating National Pizza Month by offering featured pizzas for $9.99. Chef Peter Scaturro will concoct a new brick oven pizza for every day throughout the month of October. Some choices will include barbecued chicken, carbonara and Philly cheese steak.
10. Pop Up Pizza ( at the Plaza downtown) – If you’re downtown, don’t miss the fresh gourmet pizzas at Pop Up Pizza, which include vegetarian and vegan varieties for the health-conscious diner. Try a slice of the “Goodman,” which features spinach, potatoes, caramelized onions and mushrooms.