Garlic Knots, House Marinara
86th Street Square Pie, Pepperoni
Brats, tots & THOTS – Bratwurst, Muenster, Sauerkraut, “Everything” Tots, Caraway Crust w/ a side of Beer Mustard
18-hour Pan Risen Detroit Style Pizza, Fresh Mozzarella, Meatballs
Coconut Gelato, Pumpkin Pie Gelato
Carrot Cake, Cream Cheese Icing, Caramel, Whipped Cream
Red Velvet Cheesecake
At some point every claim must be tested and recently John Arena showed The Bronx why Metro Pizza’s Sicilian is beloved by in-the-know Las Vegans, a strong showing at The New York Pizza Festival paired with Chris Decker’s Bronze at The Caputo Cup further cementing the pair as world-class talents and prompting yet another visit to their home base on Sky Pointe Drive.
Always a personal favorite and much better with friends, the recent addition of extra Televisions showing everything from Playoff Baseball to The Golden Knights and College Football, it was shortly after seating that a familiar waitress stopped by, the filling of Beverages followed by Garlic Knots with everything else deferred to John and Chris who were both in typically good spirits.
Dining as a party of five including two Children, one who is reportedly not a Pizza “fan” nonetheless willing to try two of three Pies presented, it was with a version of the “86th Street Square” treated to a lengthier fermentation that things got started, each slice perhaps 1/3 the weight it looks and baked golden with more Herbs detectable than in the past plus a lingering nuttiness present amongst the Cheese.
Next presented one of Decker’s seasonal inspirations, a crisp Caraway Crust topped in seasoned Potatoes, Bratwurst and Sauerkraut, it was eschewing Mustard that buttery Muenster was left to meld a German bounty, all but one slice consumed and that was only due to the arrival of an all-corners Detroit Style masterpiece topped with wet Mozzarella and Meatballs plus extra Parmigiano-Reggiano packed into the Crust.
Sated but never too stuffed for Dessert, October’s Pumpkin Pie Gelato nearly on par with Metro’s top quality Coconut, it was with many spoons that bites slowly disappeared thanks in large part to the kids while adults focused their attention on creamy Red Velvet Cheesecake plus Metro’s best selling Carrot Cake whose moist layers would undoubtedly perform admirably at Schenectady New York’s annual Festival celebrating the orange Vegetable.
FIVE STARS: Serving Las Vegas for 37+ years and continuously evolving the concept while slowly growing the brand it would be difficult to say anyone has contributed more to Sin City’s love of Pizza than John Arena, and although any brand featuring more than one space may suffer from inconsistency Metro sets a high standard by rewarding their old customer base with predictable greatness while Chris Decker’s creativity looks towards a new era and without ever neglecting the basics – the same synopsis as always since it warrants repeating.
RECOMMENDED: The 86th Street Square Pie has been impressive for over two years and only gets better with each visit. Order it and consider anything else offered as a special from @everythingbutanchovies Social Media feed as well.
AVOID: The Detroit-Style remains off-menu, but with advanced notice Metro just might be able to make it happen.
WHAT THE STARS MEAN: 5 World Class, 4 Excellent, 3 Good, 2 Fair, 1 Poor.