Cosmopolitan “Secret” Pizza
At a Glance
What is it?
A “secret” pizza joint that isn’t much of a secret anymore.
Where is it?
At The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on the Center Strip.
What kind of food is served?
Pizza mostly, either by the slice or in full pies.
What is the atmosphere like?
What atmosphere? This is more of a grab and go kind of joint.
How is the service?
Fine – it’s mainly interacting with people at the counter.
What are the prices like?
Not bad for a big slice of pizza.
What else do I need to know?
Look for the hallway with the record album covers.
What’s the bottom line?
Not bad for a late night nosh if you are in the building.
One of the ways in which The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas stands out is through its unusual marketing campaigns. You’ve probably seen them – surreal commercials with things like bunnies and kittens or evocative dancers along with the tagline “Just the right amount of wrong.”
Well, one of the things they did “wrong” is they built a restaurant and then didn’t tell anyone about it. It isn’t listed on the hotel’s restaurant list; it doesn’t show up on the resort maps; and it doesn’t even have an official name. And in typical Cosmo fashion, it was the exact “right” thing to do.
I’m breaking some sort of unspoken rule by divulging the “secret” pizza place’s location, but it’s really not that hard to find. Head up to the third floor where most of the other restaurants like Estiatorio Milos is located and look for the unmarked hallway between Jaleo and Blue Ribbon. It’s lined with record album covers and you’ll hear music blasting from other end so “secret” is probably overstating it here. It’s not like it’s behind a secret door guarded by a bouncer who requires a password to get in.
At the end of the hall is a small, white-tiled space of a pizza joint. There are a few stools at counters and a pinball machine, just to keep things lively, but this is more of a grab and go kind of place than a dine in. They sell by the slice or full pizzas and the types vary depending on what moment you step in but cover all the basics – cheese, veggie, sausage, pepperoni, and the traditional “white pie” variety (done with ricotta cheese). It’s New York style – big slices, thin crust, and easily foldable.
That’s pretty much all the sell – pizza. There are a couple of basic salads, options of cheesecake or cannoli for dessert, and beverages (including beer).
Slices are around $5 and are, as mentioned, quite big. Full pies run from just over $20 for a basic cheese up to around $30 for the loaded versions.
Is it the best pizza in the world? No. Is it even the best pizza in Vegas? Probably not. But it’s good, hearty, well-prepared, and handy for a late night nosh. I wouldn’t go out of my way to grab a slice here but if you happen to be in the building and are craving something simple, this is a good, relatively affordable option.
Worth noting is that the secret is not really a secret and the place can get very busy, especially late nights when the clubs are letting out. Long lines are typical at peak times so if you are ordering a full pizza, call ahead.