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Tony Gemignani, an 11-time World Pizza Champion, is bringing his concept, Pizza Rock, to Las Vegas. Slated to open later this summer, Pizza Rock will feature gourmet pizzas in a variety of styles, hand-crafted artisan cocktails and an extensive imported beer and wine list.

"I absolutely love Las Vegas and have many fond memories of the city's exciting nightlife, food and entertainment scene," said Gemignani, who visits Las Vegas yearly for the International Pizza Expo. "I'm especially excited to be in downtown Las Vegas, an area that is undergoing tremendous renovation and becoming a true destination location."

The 185-seat restaurant designed by Michael Boskovich and constructed by Terra Nova Industries, will offer a variety of Italian and American pizza styles, all cooked in one of the restaurant's four different ovens, including Neapolitan, Classic Italian, Classic American, Sicilian, Roman, and gluten-free.

Menu highlights will include Gemignani's award-winning pizzas such as the Sicilian-style Burratina Di Margherita (Burrata cheese, cherry tomatoes tossed with basil, extra virgin olive oil and balsamic reduction), which won the Gold Cup Pizza Championships Leece, Italy; Napoletana-style Margherita (San Marzano tomatoes, Mozzarella Fior de Latte, basil, extra virgin olive oil and sea salt), which won the World Pizza Cup Naples, Italy; and Cal Italia (Asiago, Mozzarella, imported Gorgonzola, sweet fig preserve, Prosciutto di Parma, Parmigiano-Reggiano and balsamic reduction), which won the Gold Medal in Food Network Pizza Champions Challenge.

Additionally, a selection of pastas, calzones, Stromboli, antipasti and salads will be offered, all with a focus on authentic Italian ingredients and organically-grown produce. All pasta will be made on-premises, as will the Sicilian and Calabrese link and bulk sausages. Pizza Rock will also offer an array of New York slices, calzones, paninis, strombolis, grinders, meatball subs and house-made vanilla soft serve (with toppings from olive oil and sea salt and Fernet reduction to seasonal berries, hazelnut and Valrhona chocolate) that can be ordered and served from the sidewalk.

Pizza Rock's full bar will focus on hand-crafted artisan cocktails, an extensive draft and bottled beer list and a collection of wines with a focus on California and Italy. An Acoustic Sunday Brunch will feature specialty breakfast pizzas and also a twist on classics like meatball hash and eggs, eggs Benedict with pancetta and French toast made with focaccia bread.

Pizza Rock will also feature a sound system and DJs Thursday through Saturday nights. It will be open Sunday-Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to midnight and Thursday-Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 4 a.m. Sunday will also feature an Acoustic Brunch served from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

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