Spicy Pepperoni Pizza, Wolfgang Puck Pizzeria & Cucina

Chef Dustin Lewandowski didn’t grow up cooking Italian food, but he has learned to “really appreciate what you can do with fresh and simple ingredients.” The spicy pepperoni pizza, topped with Calabrian hot chilies, creamy ricotta cheese and oregano, gets a great crust and smokiness from spending time in a wood-burning oven. $16, in Crystals at CityCenter, 238-1000.

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