Now That's A Pizza Pie: FIVE50 Pizza Bar

Shawn McClain's new eatery joins the ranks of Las Vegas' best pizza joints

By Heather Turk,

The bar at FIVE50 Pizza Bar — Photo courtesy of MGM Resorts International
When you think of the best cities for pizza, places like Chicago and New York probably come to mind, not Las Vegas. But considering the Strip is home to some of the world’s best chefs and restaurants, it should come as no surprise that Las Vegas is quickly becoming known for its wide selection of palate-pleasing pies. If you’re still doubtful, however, look no further than FIVE50 Pizza Bar inside ARIA to win your taste buds over.

The first casual concept from James Beard award-winning chef Shawn McClain, FIVE50 (named after the ideal temperature to cook a pizza) opened in July adjacent to the casino’s race and sports book. Serving a selection of wood-fired pizzas in an industrial-chic space designed by celebrated architect David Rockwell and the Rockwell Group, it's the perfect place to grab a slice while watching the game or enjoy a pie with family and friends.

Guests can choose from one of eight signature pizzas at FIVE50 Pizza Bar or build their own — Photo courtesy of MGM Resorts International
Although FIVE50’s 16-inch pies are perfect for sharing, there are so many tasty combinations, you may want to order a pizza for every individual at the table! Signature must-tries include the delectable North Beach, topped with clams, smoked mozzarella, sweet onions and oregano. Guests can also build their own pizza from an array of gourmet toppings, including prosciutto, sopressata and wood-fired eggplant.

FIVE50 offers a selection of small plates, salads, pastas and desserts, too, like the flavorful Grilled Garlic Bread with reggiano Parmesan, mascarpone and parsley and the heavenly Heirloom Tomatoes salad with Di Stefano burrata, extra virgin olive oil and summer basil. There’s even a cheese and charcuterie bar! And don’t forget to wash everything down with a selection off of FIVE50's impressive craft beer menu. Gourmet pizza and craft beer–what more could you ask for?