Five Vegas Pizzerias Serve Tastings for a Charity Event

Eat pizza to help fund hunger relief efforts

By OTS Staff

On Monday, August 16, 2021, five of Las Vegas’ most popular pizza makers plus a local brewery are banding together to host a special charity event, The Las Vegas Pizza Alliance Pizza Party, on the first night of Pizza Expo 2021. 

The Feast of Friends and The Las Vegas Pizza Alliance join forces to help raise money for the non-profit organization, Slice Out Hunger. Since 2009, this volunteer-driven non-profit has raised more than $100,000,000 to fund hunger relief efforts in the United States. One hundred percent of the proceeds from this event will go towards supporting local hunger relief funds. 

Vegas pizziaolos participating in the event are: John Arena of Metro Pizza, Mimmo Ferraro of Pizza Forte, Gio Mauroof Pizzeria Monzu, Vincent Rotolo of Good Pie, and Michael Vakeneen of  Pop-Up Pizza. Plus Crafthaus Brewery will be serving ice cold beer. 

Here is some fun facts about each of the Vegas hotspots:

Metro Pizza

Awarded the “Best Pizza in Las Vegas” by several publications including USA Today, Las Vegas Review Journal and Las Vegas Weekly, Metro Pizza was first established in 1928. This pizza joint also offers 3-hour cooking classes for $29.95 that share the history and methodology in making a delicious pizza. This course includes a multi-course meal and beverages. Call their Catering Department to get further details.

Pizza Forte

Before attending culinary school in San Francisco, Pizza Forte’s pizza maker Mimmo Ferraro attended UNLV from 1997 through 2007, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Ferraro also comes from a background with parents in the food industry. His parents run another family-owned restaurant in town, Ferraro’s Italian Restaurant, that opened in 1985.

Pizzeria Monzu

Gio Mauro, the owner of Pizzeria Monzu, is one of three sons of the owners that operate the neighborhood Italian eatery, Nora’s Italian Cuisine, according to their site. Also his love of quality ingredients means he serves pizza with no commercial yeast and natural starters on his menu. 

Good Pie

This pizza shop’s founder, Vincent Rotolo, is originally from Brooklyn. For a taste of the east coast, try Good Pie’s NY street slices, Brooklyn-style round pies, Detroit-inspired pizza squares and their gluten-free or vegan options. Plus their flour and tomatoes are imported from Italy through Orlando Foods, according to their site. 

Pop-Up Pizza

This downtown pizza joint serves some unique pies locals and visitors will want to try including: Creamy Onion, Spinach and Mushroom–made with fresh onion cream sauce and whole milk mozzarella finished with roasted mushrooms and sauteed spinach; Mike’s Hot Pepperoni–made with fresh onion cream sauce, whole milk mozzarella, cup and char pepperonis, pickled jalapenos topped with Mike’s Sweet & Spicy Honey; and Vegan Pizza–prepared with fresh tomato sauce, vegan mozzarella, sauteed spinach, roasted mushrooms, roasted artichokes and bellpeppers. 

For $25, enjoy samples from all five pizzerias at this special event. The party will be at Good Pie (1212 S Main Street) from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Purchase tickets for this upcoming event at

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