It’s harder than one might think to find a good dentist in Las Vegas. Oddly, it’s even harder to find a good pizza here. For a town that has a large east coast population, a good pizza should be easy to find out here. For some reason, it isn’t.
During a recent trip to the dentist to repair a tooth damaged for the fourth time in five years with a hard bit of pizza crust, my dentist shared, in detail, the nuances of several of his top pizza picks. Turns out he’s one of the foremost pizza experts in town.
This brings us to Grimaldi’s Pizzeria in Boca Park in Summerlin, Dr. Nguyen’s top pick. Grimaldi’s boasts about their crust. They believe that one of the ingredients in their classic, thin crust pizza is the New York City water. They’ve even hired a chemist to duplicate the mineral content of NYC water for the water they use in their crust. It doesn’t stop there. The pizza is cooked in a coal fired oven. But not with any kind of ordinary coal. It’s “special” coal. From Pennsylvania. Anthracite, for you geology geeks (apparently that’s the good stuff according to the menu).
We’re not sure if it’s the special water or the Pennsylvania coal (that must be a logistical nightmare to get here to Las Vegas) but we will have to agree with Dr. Nguyen. This might be the best pizza we’ve had to date in Las Vegas (and we’ve had more than we care to admit).
We ordered a large 16-inch pizza with pepperoni and sausage ($20). Even before we tucked into the pie, we could tell it was going to be a winner. The crust was perfect-thin and chewy but yet substantial enough to stand up to the outstanding sauce. No dreaded corn syrup was detected in the sauce, just real, honest tomatoes. The handmade mozzarella was first-rate as were the pepperoni and sausage. We could find no fault with our pizza-or the service. Both were exceptional.
The only fault we can find with Grimaldi’s is the brief menu. With only pizza, calzones and five salads, we’d love to see a couple of appetizers included that utilized that fine coal burning oven (roasted artichokes, anyone?). But when the star is pizza, and ours truly was a shining star, we soon forgot about that.
Special water and coal aside, we enjoyed some serious pizza at Grimadi’s. Until we find better pizza (and that’s unlikely, given the number of years it took to find this one) Grimaldi’s will be our go-to pizza. Pizza can be ordered dine-in or take-out but we highly suggest one of their outdoor tables for the view and people watching before the weather gets too hot. They feature a full bar and a decent wine list. We recommend the house red, a Canaletto Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, a perfect casual red that went great with our pizza, and at $15 for a full carafe, a bargain.
Boca Park Fashion Village
750 South Rampart
Las Vegas, NV 89145-5810
11:00AM to 11:00PM daily