The charm of Pizzeria Monzú far outpaces its strip mall exterior. The dining room—a bright combination of brick and industrial decor with a second-floor loft—was formerly home to Nora’s, an Italian restaurant so popular with locals, it moved to a larger space down the street. Pizzeria Monzú keeps things in the same family, under the direction of Giovanni Mauro, who mixes traditional Sicilian recipes with elevated modern touches. The pizza dough is prepared with the chef’s own unique starter made from a combination of local peaches and a strain from Ischia believed to be hundreds of years old. Fermentation is five days. The result is a soft and sweet crust that could be enjoyed all by itself, but works just fine in anything from a simple pepperoni slice to the more composed “Vegas Meets Italy” combo of dates, pistachio, ricotta, arugula, and prosciutto. A small stage hosts live jazz and piano on select nights.
How to order: Make a reservation to dine-in or order to-go online.