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Who serves the best pizza by the slice in Las Vegas? After all, there is no better way to cap off a day of booze, gambling, and countless other vices. Many strong opinions exist, but only one truth – The one we’re about to share with you.
Our methodology for identifying the best pizza by the slice in Las Vegas will be excruciatingly thorough. Photographic evidence, detailed notes, and expertise gained over decades of pizza consumption will be key to an accurate comparison of options. Another important metric figured into our pizza rankings is price point and perceived value.
To ensure we’re comparing apples to apples, we ordered a standard pepperoni slice at all establishments.
So here it is, the countdown of the top 7 pizza by the slice options in Vegas.
7. Pop Up Pizza: Our basic pepperoni slice at Pop Up was tasty but not overly memorable. Topping quality lagged compared to establishments that scored higher in our rankings as the pepperoni was comparable to the bagged pep you would buy at a grocery store. Oven heated at the time of purchase, it was okay, but not much more. Pop Up also offers higher end, exotic slice options that we would suggest upgrading to.
6. Naked City Pizza: A differentiated slice which can be found at El Cortez on Fremont Street, Naked City’s standard slice was the thickest among all slices we tested and square in shape. While most competing pizza spots served up a thin crust slice, Naked City’s sported considerable weight complete with a crunchy thick crust and flavorful, high quality toppings. My hunger was quickly annihilated.
Interestingly, this was the only spot that the pizzas weren’t on display for the customer however. After a ten minute wait, my slice made it to the table lukewarm at best. Even at a less than desirable temperature, great taste and overall satisfaction were there and allow Naked City to make the list of top options. Not offering any visibility into how the pizza was prepared was a little odd however.
Update: Unfortunately, Naked City Pizza at El Cortez has closed, however their Westside-Chinatown and South Strip McCarran locations will remain open.
5. Sirrico’s: Tucked into the themed miniature city section of New York New York’s gaming floor, Sirrico’s has been my go to late night slice for years. Disappointingly, this was the only location that our slice was not re-heated at the time of purchase and it made a difference. Similar to Naked City, it was lukewarm at best. Making up for the temperature was the flavorful pepperoni which was generously applied and great overall taste. At a $7/slice price point though, there are better options.
4. Secret Pizza (The Pizzeria): You can find The Pizzeria, commonly referred to as Secret Pizza, on the second floor of Cosmopolitan next to Jaleo. Look for the hallway lined with records and follow it back to the cafeteria like, no frills, 10 seat pizza joint which is a stark contrast to Cosmo’s other dining options. Note that not all pizza available for purchase is visible. My social anxiety got the best of me when pepperoni wasn’t one of the 3 visible pizzas and I deviated from my plan and ordered mushroom… only to find out pep was available, just hidden from view. If you don’t see what you are craving, don’t be shy and ask.
My slice, heated at the time of purchase maintained it’s structural integrity nicely, with minimal flop, and featured a nice crunch. Also notable was the lack of grease puddles on the golden brown layer of cheese. A high quality slice that ranks among the top options on the Las Vegas Strip.
3. Pin Up Pizza: Rated by our panel of experts (me) as the best pizza by the slice on the Strip (but #3 in Vegas as a whole), Pin Up serves one of the biggest slices out there when measured by surface area. Pin Up’s slices are thin, greasy, floppy, and tasty as hell which are the perfect components that comprise a satisfying drunk piece of pizza. Don’t let the number 3 ranking fool you. From a quality standpoint, it’s in the mix for the top piece of pizza in Vegas, the only thing holding it back is its slightly inflated price point ($7).
2. Evel Pie: Almost an attraction outside of the pizza they offer, Evel Pie’s atmosphere is equally alluring. The Fremont East pizza shop has an Evel Knievel theme with memorabilia covering the walls and 2 pinball machines available for play. Pizza by the slice options are displayed at the counter and the slice is heated at the time of purchase. Once reheated, the thin crust had a nice “crispness” or crunch factor although the slice was large enough that folding it was necessary to maintain its structural integrity. Setting this slice apart though was the flavor of the pepperoni which was notably high quality and extremely flavorful. We recommend taking advantage of Evel’s $6 slice and a beer deal.
1. Pizza Rock: The best pizza by the slice in a city with a lot of great options, Pizza Rock is the king of kings. Worth the 1 block walk from the Fremont Street Experience, Pizza Rock makes it’s home at Downtown Grand and offers both a sit down restaurant and a walk up window for slices to go. The slice at Pizza Rock was by far the largest of it’s competitors, heated at the time of purchase, featured a ton of high quality spicy (but not overpowering) pepperoni. It’s a thin crust pizza with a thick edge which proved to be tasty, filling, and a great handle. Bravo, Pizza Rock. Damn that was good.
Interestingly, we found that the best pizza options in Las Vegas were downtown and that the quality was delivered at a lower price point. Fremont Street pizza options tended to run $4-$5 while prices on the Strip were $7-$8 on average. While all of the slices listed are worth pouncing on, Pizza Rock is worth an extra trip and then some.