Pizza lovers will unite at the inaugural Las Vegas Pizza Festival on Saturday, Nov. 16 from 1-4 p.m. at The Industrial Event Space (2330 Industrial Rd.), featuring unlimited sample slices from 20 of the finest pizzaiolos and innovators shaping Las Vegas as a pizza lovers’ destination today. Tickets are on sale now at vegaspizzafest.com.
Founded in partnership with the Las Vegas Pizza Alliance, participants include Good Pie, Pizza Rock, Metro Pizza, Old School Pizzeria, Pizzeria Monzu, Dom DeMarco’s Pizzeria & Bar, Brooklyn’s Best Pizza & Pasta, Pop Up Pizza, Naked City Pizza Shop, Flour & Barley, Mama Napoli Pizza, Yukon Pizza, Those Guys Pies, Settebello Pizzeria Napoletana, Amore Taste of Chicago, Carmine’s Pizza Kitchen, bBd’s Beers, Burgers, Desserts and Ada’s. Three-time World Pizza Champion and 2019 Caputo Cup Champion Laura Meyer of Pizza Rock will join Nicole Bean of Pizaro’s Pizza in Houston, Tex. and Audrey Kelly of Audrey Jane’s Pizza Garage in Boulder, Colo. to present a special “Women in Pizza” booth. Each chef will showcase their unique signature style of handcrafted pie, from classic Sicilian and Grandma to modern Detroit, New York, Chicago and more, along with gluten-free and vegetarian varieties.
“People don’t realize the talent we have in Las Vegas in regards to pizza, but we have chefs competing – and winning – against the top pizza shops across the world, including Tony Gemignani from Pizza Rock, a 13-time World Pizza Champion; John Arena from Metro Pizza, who has won more ‘best pizza’ awards and accolades than you can count; and Chris Decker, a World Pizza Champion 2017 Bronze Medalist and 2018 Silver Medalist who also competed in Italy at the Pizza World Championship,” said Vince Rotolo, owner of Good Pie. “Pizza is the universal food that truly brings people together in a way no other food can and we want to continue building this community on a local, authentic level through this festival.”
Scott Wiener, star of Thrillist’s original video series “Really Dough” and founder of Scott’s Pizza Tours and hunger relief organization Slice Out Hunger, will serve as emcee, while other guest stars include 10-time World Pizza Champion and winner of Food Network’s “Chopped: Pizza Poetry” Nino Coniglio, three-time World Pizza Champion Derek Sanchez and pizza tossing world champion Scott Volpe.
Tickets are $45 GA per person or $50 for GA adult and one child under eight years old. VIP tickets are $85 and include early entry at 12 p.m., complimentary beer and wine and additional culinary bites in the VIP lounge.