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East Coast Style Pizza in Vegas

Discussion in 'Restaurants & Buffets' started by CosmoM, Sep 13, 2012.

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  1. CosmoM

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    As far as I knew there was only one east coast style pizza in Vegas and it was at the Cosmopolitan.

    One weekend night I went there and there was at least an hour wait to get to order a single slice. So I needed to find another place.

    I found an article about Cosmopolitan Pizza vs. Pop Up Pizza at The Plaza downtown on Vegas Chatter. So I headed to the Plaza after another late night attempt to get a slice at the Cosmopolitan. I don't want to wait over 15 minutes for a slice, let alone an hour.

    BTW, there is a pizza restaurant in San Francisco where the wait is two hours or more for a pie - Go humans! Yes we are the superior animal.

    I was lucky to find parking across the street next to the Golden Nugget, I entered in the Casino entrance that is close to the bus station, and that is where Pop Up Pizza was - no need to walk across the casino.

    No wait whatsoever.

    Pop Up is not exactly east coast, since it does not fold as easy - it has a thin crust, but they have more top layer ingredients, and the ingredients are quality. I had a pepperoni and a gourmet veggie slice which were excellent and the ingredients were fresh.

    Now I know where to go for my pizza fix - The Plaza.


    Cheers,


    Cosmo
     
  2. 4dazeoff

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    we tried pop up in august and liked it so much we went back the next day. sampled about 4-5 different slices and all were excellent!! another trip we ate a couple slices at ellis island, i think metro pizza? was pretty good but we were pretty trashed. i'd eat there again as well! good luck!:beer:
     
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  3. oc_guy

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    You can call in you order at Cosmo if you're ordering a full pizza
     
  4. DuckyD77090

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    The pizza shop in the Cosmo is run by two guys based out of the Philly metro area. I think they're technically from the Jersey side of the Delaware River, but the point is, the style of pizza they make is closer to what you get in Philly than NY.

    They are also dirty Eagles fans :rolleyes2: :vomit:. The pizza is, however, a very good representation of what one would get in Philly/inland South Jersey. And as someone who spent his college years in that area and moved elsewhere, it's a great 'trip home' for my tummy.

    I couldn't pin pop-up-pizza on a specific area. It's definitely styled after East coast pizza, but I couldn't pin it on any one thing that I knew. It wasn't thin enough to be NY-style (like you said, it doesn't fold), the sauce wasn't quite NY, Philly, Jersey Shore... but sort of an amalgamation of all 3. The cheese and toppings were top notch and that sort of brought the whole thing together.

    It's funny - Hash House and Pop up Pizza (and maybe McDonalds late at night if I was too lazy/drunk to get over to Fremont) are the only reasons I'd walk in the place. Even after the renovation, their folks just don't... get it.
     
  5. atom

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    There's a place in Hendersen that I've read about called "East Coast Eats". The owners are from Boston's North Shore. They got a pretty good writeup in Seven magazine. Yelp reviews seem mixed. I can't vouch for it yet, but plan to try it next time I'm in town.
     
  6. jr7110

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    There is no such thing as real "east coast style" pizza in Vegas. It might be good, but being a native New Yorker, there is no pizza in the world like true New York pizza!!!!
     
  7. mike_m235

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    Everyone says that. They're all wrong. You can find it, you just have to look a lot harder...not like being in the city where you can get it anywhere, any time of day. But there are plenty of pizza places all over America where a guy left his family business in NY to open it somewhere else. Sure, it doesn't have the rat droppings in it that you'd get in NY, but it's mostly still good :ssst:
     
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    Or leaded water...
     
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  9. DuckyD77090

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    I always loved this chest thumping. What is 'true' NY pizza? The guy who sells $1 slices back behind the bus terminal on 41st/9th does more volume than the places you're thinking about, but you wouldn't consider it 'true' NY pizza. TwoBrothers, the mini-chain $1 pizza, of it's run by Iranians. Another outlet, again by the bus terminal was run by Indians, last I checked.

    John's on 44th/8th (inside a beautiful church building, if you've never been) is Italian-owned and is a completely different product from the pizza place across my NY office (owned by Armenians, I believe) on 40th/Lex which is different from Anna Maria's (again, Italians) in Williamsburg which we hit up for delivery when we're drinking at Brooklyn Brewery. Anna Maria's was one of the better NY-style pie's I've ever had in my life.

    Like I said, the Cosmo pizza isn't NY pizza. It's Philly pizza. If you've ever been to the Jersey shore, the pizza there is closer to Philly-style (itself, a derivative of Trenton tomato pie) than NY-style. Pop-up in the Plaza was a true blend of many northeastern styles sort of rolled up into a unidentifiable - but very pleasurable - mixture of influences. It's almost like someone studied how to make pizza from the greater NY area and averaged everything out. I haven't had Metro pizza, so I can't comment on their product.

    Furthermore, just to :stir: some, I'm willing to bet that whatever pizza you think is 'true' NY pizza is crap! :poke: :ssst:
     
  10. DonD

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    We flew into the NY airport for a layover and they had a big sign saying, New York Pizza. I couldn't wait to try it. Please, please tell me that's not real NY pizza.
     
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    Ask half a dozen new yorkers what 'real' NY pizza is and you'll get at least 3 different answers. And I only went there for college, so what do I know?
     
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    Pop Up Pizza is getting rave reviews all over the place. I am going to have to give that joint a try.
     
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    Be happy you saved your money and didn't get into the Cosmo pizza place. It didn't impress me.

    NYNY has a new pizza place which was actually very good. (Not the one downstairs in the casino area, but the one upstairs.)
     
  14. DRich2

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    NY Pizza

    I don't know what you consider NY pizza, but a Grimaldi's just opened in the Palazzo. They are my favorite pizza in Las Vegas.
     
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    Agreed!

    Grimaldi's all the way.

    Fashion Show Mall and Palazzo have convenient locations (along with a couple of others in the Las Vegas area).

    Delicious. :licklips:
     
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    I agree with LV Bound the one in NYNY is fine.. we lived on it last time in Vegas but hey we live in Australia where there is no NY Pizza
     
  17. djegators

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    Just curious, why is it so important for NYers to find "real" NY pizza in Vegas?




    As for pizza itself, we were very satisfied with Slice of Vegas at MB last trip, even though I can't say what "style" it is exactly. Maybe not the very best, but everything was fresh and very hot.
     
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    I just like it when people say a place isn't as good as X place in NYC. Well yea....you are in Vegas....If it was better, wouldn't it be called Vegas style pizza?
     
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    I just tried this place; it was pretty good to me

    but i'm not a pizza snob/pizza expert so I don't really have any other opinion about it...I just thought it tasted good :thumbsup:
     
  20. DuckyD77090

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    For the same reason that Philadelphians care greatly about cheesesteaks, Texans care about beef BBQ and chili, Carolina/Mephis folk care about pork BBQ and Chicagoans care about Vienna Beef hotdogs served on steamed poppy seed buns with celery salt, giardiniera, and a sport pepper. Not to mention that other crap they call pizza :nono: (Just kidding Chicagoans. I enjoy your style of pizza, too).

    There's a particular care and focus given to a regional food. It is, in the most intimate and subtle of ways, the mark of being "home." Even slight differences in technique or product can yield a vastly different product - or at least it can seem that way when compared to something that you've eaten on a regular basis since you were a kid.

    ... Which is why I can speak so deeply on pizza. I've eaten NY-style and Jersey shore pizza my whole life. I went to school outside Philly, so I got a very good dosing (as well as 5 years of vocational experience) of how that product is ever-so-slightly different from NY-style on which I was rasied.

    I enjoy a good cheesesteak, but I can't speak to it with the same depth and passion. And I really can't speak to a Chicago hot dog. They'll chase me and my bottle of Heinz ketchup out of town.

    Here's a good ones to give the NY'ers a coronary. I have a bagel shop in suburban Houston that is better than most bagel shops in New York. How good is it? It gives Essa Bagels or River Road Bagels in Fair Lawn, NJ (probably the best bagel shop on the NJ side of things) a run for their collective money.

    Proceed to hate on me, but it's true.
     
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