So what does a James Beard Award winner do after he’s conquered steakhouse, vegetarian fare and contemporary American cuisine? He opens a pizza joint, of course. And like everything else, Shawn McClain did it exceptionally well. His new restaurant, beautifully designed by the Rockwell Group and boasting 12 craft beers on tap, is a great all-around experience. The best part, of course, is what comes out of his wood-fired ovens. There are eight signature pies, all on the more traditional side, served on a crust that has great chew and some tang. Think of your favorite sausage and pepperoni slice, or a great white pizza with garlic, fresh basil and smoked cheddar cheese. One of the chef’s secrets? Using handmade sausages or cured meats produced just for Five50 and seasonal ingredients obtained by his own foragers. In Aria, 590-7550.
A Peek at Life Is Beautiful 2017
Gorillaz are coming to Las Vegas for the first time ever. 2016’s Grammy winner for best new artist, Chance the Rapper, will return. English rockers Muse will bring their dizzying live show to the streets of Downtown. And that’s just the top of an eclectic bill that features more than 70 acts, along with comedy, interactive art installations, a group art exhibit featuring the work of Mark Ryden, Tara McPherson and Shepard Fairey and much more. Last year saw more than 137,000 attendees trod the festival footprint. Who’s ready for more?
Best of the City 2016
Our seventh annual celebration of all things Las Vegas, from the best place to fix your speeding ticket to the best Bloody Mary.