Slice of Vegas (Mandalay Place, 632-6470) The space formerly known as Caffe Giorgio is now home to a laid-back, sports bar-ish eatery with a familiar menu of Italian-American standards. There are giant salads perfect for sharing, hearty baked pasta dishes, hot and cold sandwiches and cannolis for dessert. What about the pie? It’s straight-ahead stuff, anchored by a classic East Coast thin crust and slightly sweet tomato sauce. The topping list goes on forever, setting you up for create-your-own fun. They’ve got it all, from jalapeño and sundried tomato to artichoke hearts and shrimp.
Pizza Fusion (10345 S. Eastern Ave., 896-9669) Pizza Fusion is a franchise focused on organic ingredients, with locations in six states. Our only one so far is in Henderson, nicely fitted next to a Trader Joe’s. Once you get past their interesting oval shape, you’ll learn these pizzas are built on your choice of organic white, multigrain or gluten-free dough, with fresh and flavorful sauce made with only tomatoes, sugar, olive oil and spices. If you’re totally committed to this healthful approach, there’s soy mozzarella to substitute for the real thing. Give the signature pie a shot, with chicken, Kalamata olives, roasted onions and a little kick from gorgonzola cheese.
Custom Built Pizza (4165 S. Grand Canyon Dr., 473-9918) It can be hard to find restaurants in the sprawling Grand Canyon shopping complex on Flamingo west of the Beltway, but Custom Built Pizza is worth the hunt. Here you can pick your own ingredients in assembly line fashion—it’s kinda like the Chipotle of pizza joints. Mix it up with interesting sauce options like pistachio pesto and spicy diavola, and then watch as your creation flies into the brick oven to create a bubbly, chewy crust.