I’ll be honest. I had never heard of Tony Gemignani. I’m not well versed in the world of pizza and didn’t know he had a popular a popular restaurant in San Francisco — Tony’s Pizza Napoletana — or that he was an 11-time World Pizza Champion.
But, what I do know is this is the perfect place for the group of people who each want a different style of pizza. Thin, New York, Sicillian, whatever… they’ll have it plus different electric and wood ovens to boot. Pizza Rock is one of the many new restaurants breathing life into the Downtown scene, located next to Triple George Grill and across from the new Downtown Grand casino.
Their extensive menu can be overwhelming for those that are indecisive, like me. So, it’s best to peruse the menu ahead of time or just let someone else order. The Cal Italia ($18) was the best pizza I tried with its rich flavors from the sweetness of the figs to the savoriness of the prociutto. I also enjoyed the heat from the quail egg white rose potato guanciale ($18) even though I’m typically not crazy about spicy foods.
The Roma III ($32) is great if you’re in the mood for an appetizer, entree, and dessert pie all in one. The middle section with the cream sauce and meatballs was the main standout for me. Not so impressive were the margherita ($16) and farmer’s market (pumpkin puree, cinnamon, marshmallow). According to their menu only 73 pizza margheritas are made daily. The “limited availability” made it irresistible to try, but I found it to be somewhat of a letdown even with the fresh ingredients.
Our group even had room for dessert. The pecan turnover and apple calzone more than satisfied my sweet tooth. The mud pie, after chiseling away at it, wasn’t my favorite. It only succeeded in making me feel guilty for consuming all those calories.
So, while dishes were hit or miss, there’s enough promise to warrant a return visit. Judging from the crowds waiting to dine here as I was leaving, it looks like Pizza Rock will do just fine with the Downtown crowd, whether or not they know the credentials of the pizza guy in charge.
201 N 3rd St
Las Vegas, NV 89101