Downtown may soon be a mecca for local pizza lovers.
On Friday, Naked City Pizza announced it will soon be coming to El Cortez. A rep for the casino confirmed Monday that Naked City will take over the space currently held by Pizza Lotto.
The restaurant is slated to open after the new year.
When it opens, it will join Evel Pie, Pizza Rock and the Plaza Hotel’s Pop Up Pizza—all serving quality pies and slices within stumbling distance of Fremont Street’s late-night crowd.
Of course, Naked City isn’t new to Las Vegas or Downtown.
Back in 2009, chef-owner Chris Palmeri would sling hot dogs out of the Dino’s parking lot before opening Naked City Sandwich Shop next door to the beloved dive bar. That soon evolved into Naked City Pizza inside of Moon Doggies Bar on Arville Street and, later, a second restaurant on Paradise Road, along with an “express” joint inside of Blue Diamond Saloon.
Returning Downtown is “the realization of two dreams I’ve had for Naked City since we left our spot outside of Dino’s,” Palmeri wrote in an Instagram post.
It is with great excitement that we announce that we will be opening a Naked City Pizza at the El Cortez! This is the realization of two dreams I’ve had for Naked City, since we left our spot outside of Dino’s. To bring Naked City into a Casino in Las Vegas and to bring Naked City full circle and open in downtown. We could not be more excited to be part of the downtown community and be inside the oldest continuously run casino in Las Vegas.