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Naked City Pizza Coming to El Cortez

The restaurant will open after the new year.

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.

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