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We are celebrating National Pizza Day today, so of course we’re going to honor one of the most-beloved foods of all time. Plus, we’ll fill you in on where you can get the best pizza in Las Vegas. But first, the legend behind the origin of this tasty dish is kind of neat. It was named after royalty!

The Origin Of The Margherita Pizza

According to nationaldaycalendar.com, pizza first came from Italy in 1889. When a man named Raffaele Esposito made one for the queen, Margherita of Savoy. The chef used tomatoes, mozzarella and basil on the pizza to represent the colors of the Italian flag. And because it was inspired by Queen Margherita, the pizza was also named the Margherita.

Types Of Pizza

The Pizza Margherita is actually of the Neapolitan style. Which consists of basil, cheese, tomatoes and oregano, or some variation thereof. Neapolitan pizzas are traditionally so thin that they often have to be eaten with a fork, and they can’t hold a lot of toppings. They were often sold cheap by street vendors in Italy and consumed by the poorer citizens of the cities.

The Chicago style pizza is named after the city where it was invented. It was first made by Italian immigrants who came to Chicago and wanted something similar to their beloved Neapolitan pizza. Instead of the traditional thin crust, though, the pizza was made with the thick “deep dish” crust Chicago is known for, though the basic  ingredients from the Neapolitan remained the same.

New York style pizza, also named after its city of origin. It’s famous foldable crust is thick enough to handle a lot of toppings. Fun fact: New Yorkers believe the unique flavor of New York pizza comes from the minerals specific to the tap water in the area.

California Pizza was created in, you guessed it, California. It was when a rather experimental chef tried unusual pizza toppings like mustard and ricotta. He served his creations to Wolfgang Puck, who hired the man that eventually started the California Pizza Kitchen chain.

Detroit Pizza also has a cool origin story. Since Detroit is so known for its automotive industry, you’ll know a Detroit pizza when you see a square pizza cut into squares. That’s because the pizzas were first baked in the 1940s an automotive parts pan.

There you go. Some knowledge to impress your fellow pizza-lovers. There are other styles but those are the most popular ones.

The Best Pizza Places in Las Vegas

So where are the best places to find a decent pie in Las Vegas? We think these top the list. –Wendy Rush

  • Those Guys Pies

    With almost 100K followers on Instagram, you know these guys are good! And they’re one of those Italian places that also do the sandwiches, chicken fingers and mozzarella sticks. Are you drooling yet?

    Those Guys Pies has three locations in Vegas. Hours at all locations are the same: Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur 11:00 am – 9:00 pm; Fri, Sat 11:00 am – 10:00 pm

    2916 Lake East Drive in The Lakes area (Summerlin); (702) 629-2626; 5585 Simmons St in North Las Vegas; (725) 251-5826; 2895 N Green Valley Pkwy in Henderson; (702) 331-0978

  • Marsigliano's Pizzeria & More

     

    Guy Fieri himself put his endorsement on this place. It was featured in Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. And if that’s not enough to convince you, it was also voted Best Family Pizzeria in Las Vegas by Vegas Food & Fun.

    Marsigliano’s Pizzeria & More is located at 8125 W Sahara Ave in Las Vegas, between Durango and Buffalo. (702) 979-9222.

    They are open Mon-Thurs 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., Fri-Sat 10 a.m. – 10 p.m., and Sun 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

  • Pizza Rock

    If you missed it, Pizza Rock was named in the top 50 Pizzerias in the U.S. in 2023 by 50 Top Pizza. They have lots of different pizza styles that they do. And their huge party-sized pizza is very popular. Pizza Rock is located at 201 North 3rd Street at Downtown Grand, or in Henderson at the Green Valley Ranch Casino. (702) 385-0838

    Downtown hours are Sun-Thurs 11:30a.m. – 10p.m. and Fri-Sat 11:30a.m. – midnight; They have a happy hour Mon-Thurs 3 – 6 p.m.
    GVR hours are Sun-Thurs 11:30a.m. – 10p.m. and Fri-Sat 11:30a.m. – 11p.m.; They have a happy hour Mon-Thurs 3 – 6 p.m.

  • WENDY'S PICK - Rocco's NY Pizzeria

    Freshly Cooked Classic NY Style Pepperoni Pizza

    Freshly Cooked Classic NY Style Pepperoni Pizza

    Rocco’s is another Italian-style deli that offers amazing pizza. And you can get it here by the slice or whole pie. And even if it’s not on the menu, ask for the Lasagna Pizza! It’s amazing. Rocco’s NY Pizzeria & Pasta is located at 580 E Windmill Lane in Las Vegas. Near Windmill & Buffalo.  580 E WINDMILL LN

    They are open every day from 11a.m. – 9:45p and available for dine in, pick up or delivery. (702) 623-8693.

  • Side Piece Pizza

    If you’re looking for a tasty pizza AND a great deal for National Pizza Day, look no further. Side Piece Pizza in Red Rock Casino is raved about by locals. And they have a special happening for National Pizza Day. But they have specials on other days as well. Check them out at sidepiecepizza.com.

    Located at 11011 W Charleston Boulevard. 702-640-0664.

    They’re open Mon-Thurs 11a.m. – 10p.m., Fri 11a.m. – 11p.m., Sat 10a.m. – 11p.m. and Sun 10a.m. – 10p.m.

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