The hardest reviews to write are of places or experiences that are simply good- not exemplary and not terrible, but plainly decent. That’s Aria’s Five50. I’ve certainly had better pizza, even in Vegas, but Five50 provides a nice option against the high-end eateries in Aria and its neighbors.
I was with a friend (Yes, I have some) and we were looking for something quick and casual- Five50 served us well. It was virtually empty on a Monday evening in July, spare two or three other patrons. You won’t have much trouble getting a seat on a weekday.
You can make your own or choose from one of their eight “signature” pies. They’re a tad pricey at $25-$29 a pop, but rent is expensive center Strip. You can also order their signature pizzas by the slice, which is good for a pair having trouble coming to a consensus or a famished loner having a hard time committing.
I opted for a slice of both the Gotham and the Forager. Both were quite good. Two slices will easily fill even the most hungry Vegas wanderer. The real star, though, was the meatball dish. Dare I say it was as good as Pizza Rock? I don’t know, but it was damn close.
The restaurant has a sizable bar and a nice selection of beer. I prefer sitting at the counter if I’m alone or with a buddy. I find that drink service is expedited, even if there are few clientele. An empty beer is a sin in Las Vegas. The menu, even the slice options, are fully available at the bar. Service was good enough. We didn’t have a complicated order nor was there any major spillage, so good enough works.
I won’t be going out of my way to visit Five50 again, but I wouldn’t pout if I found myself there on a future trip. I’ll save the pouting for losing craps sessions.