Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014 | 2 a.m.
“On a good day, I can eat two slices, but this is some serious pizza,” Planet Hollywood President David Hoenemeyer told me after cutting the dough last week to officially open Planet Hollywood’s Pin-Up Pizza, home to the Strip’s largest slices at 15 inches long.
Pin-Up Pizza, at the Strip entrance to Planet Hollywood near Pink’s Hot Dogs and Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood, celebrated its grand opening Friday morning with a pizza dough ribbon cutting, dough flairing, pizza tossing and Pin-Up Pizza girls. Vice President of Food and Beverage Jeffrey Frederick and Director of Food and Beverage Terrence O’Donnell joined Hoenemeyer at the dough cutting.
“Bringing authentic New York-style pizza to the Strip, Pin-Up Pizza is a great addition to Planet Hollywood’s already impressive restaurant lineup,” Hoenemeyer said. “The menu, location and vibe offer guests a one-of-a-kind experience, whether they are grabbing a slice on the go or enjoying the view on the Strip-side patio.” (The patio is shaped like a slice of pizza.)
Pin-Up Pizza is home to the largest slice on the Strip, with each slice measuring 15 inches long, and has entrances from the street and inside Planet Hollywood’s casino near the sports book. The menu features cheese, pepperoni, white, artichoke, margherita, sausage and meatball parm pizza slices at $4.75 to $5.50 each. The artichoke, pepperoni and sausage slices are early favorites.
Each hand-tossed, Neapolitan-style pizza measures 30 inches across and uses 4 pounds of dough, leaving each slice to measure 15 inches long by 6 inches wide. Also on Pin-Up’s menu beyond pizza: hand-rolled garlic knots, tomato mozzarella salad, stromboli pinwheel, stromboli roll and piped-to-order cannolis (which are correctly crunchy on the outside). Pin-Up also serves beer and wine.
Continuing the brand’s theme, Pin-Up features Pin-Up Pizza girls adorned in retro rockabilly uniforms bringing to life Bettie Page, Jayne Mansfield and other famous pin-ups of the 1950s.
So pizza or hot dogs for Planet Hollywood’s president and the New Jersey native? “Pizza, but hot dogs are a close second,” Hoenemeyer said.
Pin-Up Pizza is open 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 11 a.m. to 4 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
Don Chareunsy is senior editor for arts and entertainment of the Las Vegas Sun.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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Catering to the young and modern crowd, Planet Hollywood is a one-stop shop for entertainment with its massive shopping mall, slew of restaurants, spacious casino and clubs.
The ambiance of the casino is retro-chic meets high-tech with black granite floors throughout and colorful LED lights throughout the space. The theme carries into the 100,000 square-foot casino with 250 flat screens topping off slot machines. The casino is also home to 87 tables, a sports book and a poker room.
There's also the Miracle Mile Shops, one Vegas' largest malls, with 140 stores including BCBG Max Azaria, bebe, Urban Outfitters and The Discovery Channel Store.
Following an afternoon of shopping, guests can satisfy their appetites at one of the gourmet restaurants in Planet Hollywood, like the non-traditional approach to steakhouses at Strip House or check out the exotic Far East motif at KOI restaurant and lounge. And if guests are still looking for more, they can spend the after hours at Privé, Triq or Krave nightclubs.
Perhaps one of the resorts biggest attractions came in March with the addition of "Peepshow." The naughty twist on the story of Little Bo Peep is modern-day spin on the run-of-the-mill Vegas topless review. The "Peepshow" stage has seen visiting celebs like Scary Spice Mel B, "Dancing with the Stars" Kelly Monaco and Playboy's Holly Madison.