Wednesday, May 16, 2012 | 5:33 p.m.
The days-old pizza pickup spot on the southern end of the Plaza’s recently revamped casino has the perfect name, because it seemed to pop up out of nowhere. And it’s a good thing it did.
- Pop Up Pizza
- At the Plaza, 386-2110.
- Daily, 11 a.m.-late.
The menu—probably printed out at home, with four types of pie by the slice—assigns Downtown-y names to ordinary pizza toppings, such as “the 18b” (cheese) and “the Main St.” (pepperoni). “The Fremont” gets a little wild, with sausage, bacon, pepperoni, roasted peppers and eggplant, but it’s the simple slices that excel. The tomato sauce, made in-house, tastes fresh and slightly sweet with a kick of basil. The spheres of pepperoni are large and spicy. And the crust is spectacular, slightly charred underneath with a great chew factor, just as good as described in a friend’s tweet that alerted me to Pop Up Pizza’s existence.
Look, it has been proven: Revitalizing a city’s Downtown core is dependent on brilliant pizza. We need this, people. So, go to the Plaza and get a Pop Up slice. Consider it an investment in our future.
The Plaza, renovated in 2011, has a lobby that features marble and inlaid mosaic tiles, chandeliers and a plush front desk that matches the classic Las Vegas feel with a contemporary look.
The hotel has 1,003 rooms and suites that showcase views of the Las Vegas Strip and downtown Las Vegas. Amenities include world-class entertainment, a casino floor that offers an array of classic gaming choice, which include 600 slot machines, a 400-seat bingo room, 18 table games and 57,120 square feet of casino space.
Among the dining options is Oscar's Beef * Booze * Broads, a steakhouse opened by former Las Vegas Mayor Oscar B. Goodman, which is located in the glittery dome enclosure above the hotel's main entrance.
The Plaza sits at the west end of the Fremont Street Experience on the site of the first train depot and auction site in Las Vegas, dating back to the San Pedro-Los Angeles-Salt Lake Railroad in 1905. The railroad was sold to Union Pacific in 1921 and the depot was demolished in 1970 to make way for the Union Plaza Hotel, built in 1971.
The hotel has been featured or is visible in several movies, including the 1971 James Bond film, "Diamonds are Forever;" the 1989 film "Back to the Future Part II;" the 1995 move "Casino," and the 2000 movie "Pay it Forward."