Is it possible to fall more in love with a city every time you venture out at night? Because that seems to be happening to me here in Las Vegas. Last night after an exhausting 10 hour work day I made my way towards Downtown LV in search of dinner and drinks. My group had initially decided on a favorite spot of ours, but ended up walking into Pizza Rock instead. Can we say… best last minute change of plans ever?! Here’s how it went…
I’ve been hearing abou this place for months now so I was definitely open to trying it out. I had heard about the chef and general vibe of the restaurant, but not much more than that. The second I walked in I could tell we made the right decision. We were escorted back towards the bar (past a giant truck which doubles as the DJ booth on weekends) and sat at our table. It was pretty empty which was nice because we got served right away. The waitress greeted us and took our drink order, then said she would be back to talk about the menu…
The menu is intense, exciting, and extremely impressive. She went over each part like it was a map of the pizza world. Literally, no joke! Each section had its own type of crust, size, sauce, flavor, and inspiration. I don’t remember her name, but she was awesome and had pink hair. We ended up starting with meatballs, garlic-garlic bread and drinks. After that we moved onto a NY style pizza with homemade sausage, cheese, incredible sauce and ricotta dabs then a Brooklyn style calzone (which you can see by my crappy iPhone pics above).
With some San Francisco roots, George Karpaty, Tony Gemignani, and Trevor Hewitt have created the ultimate pizza experience. It might sound silly, but I’ve never thought of pizza in this way before! These guys seriously make it art.
Garlic-Garlic Bread – (garlic lovers dream) Chunks of garlic and cheese on a crispy bread
Classic Meatballs – Some of the best marinara I’ve ever tasted
Deep Fried Brooklyn Calzone – Mozzarella, Spinach, Ricotta, Garlic
New Yorker – Winner, Best Traditional in the World, Las Vegas Sliced Mozzarella, Tomato Sauce, Sliced House Link Sausage, Garlic, Pepperoni, Ricotta
I can’t wait to go back for another round. Next time I’m aiming for the Pizza Romana which is their version of a tasting menu (so smart). It’s a longer style pizza made three ways, so everybody in your party can try something different! I could write pages more about this place, but instead would highly recommend you try it out for yourself.
(Images via Pizza Rock)