pageview_candidate 101 Best Pizzas in America 2013 (Slideshow)

#84 Metro Pizza, Las Vegas (Milano)

Gennaro Lombardi’s influence was so strong that his shop on Spring Street almost directly resulted in what’s generally accepted as one of, if not the best, pizzas in Las Vegas. Founders John Arena and Sam Facchini's grandparents settled just 50 yards away from Lombardi’s, and "ever since those early days, pizza has been at the center of [their] family life" (their parents’ first jobs were feeding coal into the bakery ovens where Sicilian pizzas were made for local immigrant families in the neighborhood). Metro Pizza (which was born in 1980 as Original New York Pizza and was renamed in 1986 when they expanded beyond the first location) has been making fine handcrafted pies with freshly made dough each day and superior ingredients for more than 30 years. There are now six locations putting out more pies than you can get through in 10 sittings. Among the specialty pies the Milano (a white pie with mozzarella, ricotta, and garlic) is worth noting, so too a specialty pie and Metro Pizza original that along with mozzarella and ricotta, features ziti. Of course, you’ll want to give a nod to at least one of the six "East Side Pizzas" named for New York City streets like Mulberry, Mott, and Bleecker.